URSEP (University of the Ryukyus Short-Term Student Exchange Program)

You can study abroad in Japan without any previous knowledge of Japanese



The University of the Ryukyus Student Exchange Program (URSEP) is a special education program for students of foreign educational institutions that have concluded exchange agreements with the University of the Ryukyus.

This program offers courses in various subjects conducted in English, as well as basic level Japanese courses. The credits given by the University of the Ryukyus can be transferred back to the student's home university. However, the student’s home university reserves the right to determine whether earned credits are valid and count towards the student’s graduation.


Select a course according to the purpose of your study


Japan & Okinawan Culture Experiential Course
Students can learn and experience Japanese and Okinawan culture in English.
Intensive Japanese Language Course
Students will take an intensive Japanese course in the first semester to acquire basic knowledge and skills for communication in Japanese. Students must take at least eight Japanese classes a week. Students may continue to learn Japanese during the second semester to acquire an advanced level of proficiency or attend classes meant for Japanese students for subjects in their field of study.
Applied Linguistics Course
Students will learn linguistics and applied linguistics in English.




1 The student's university must be affiliated with the University of the Ryukyus or be a participating member of the US-UMAP.

2 Applicants must be either enrolled as (full-time) undergraduate students who have completed their second year of study at their home institutions or be matriculated as graduate students. Junior college students who apply must be enrolled in their final year of university.

3 Applicants must be native English speakers or possess an official TOEFL score of at least 500(PBT)/173(CBT)/61(iBT) or an official TOEIC score of at least 590 or an IELTS score of 5.5.

4 Students should be healthy both mentally and physically.

※ There is no requirement for proficiency in Japanese.


Application  2016-2017


2016-2017 Application Guidebook (PDF)

Application Package (PDF

①Application Forms <Form1-9>(
②Certificate of Health <Form10>

Application for Certificate of Eligibility for a Status of Residence (Excel



 2016 Academic Calendar

Fall Semester(Oct.-Feb.) Spring Semester(Apr.-Aug.) (Year 2016)
Oct.4- Feb.15
Dec.29 - Jan.4
Feb.2 - Feb.8
Feb.15 - Mar.31
Preferred arrival date
Placement test
URSEP Orientation
General Orientation
Winter Vacation
Semester Exam
Spring Vacation
Apr. 9
Semester Exam
Graduation Ceremony         
Summer Vacation

*This schedule is subject to change without prior notification.


URSEP Curriculum




●Application ●Education●

International Collaboration
 Hiroko Arakawa
TEL:+81 (0)98 895 8096
Email: kotanryu@to.jim.u-ryukyu.ac.jp

International Student Center
山元 淑乃
TEL:+81 (0)98  895 8116