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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange GPA Requirement: 2.5
Education Abroad Advisor: Holly Wheeler Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: 4 Semesters
Language of Instruction: Japanese Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Comparative Cultural Studies, Variety of disciplines in local language
Program Description:

University of Teacher Education Fukuoka (UTEF)

Fukuoka, Japan


Semester placements remaining for Fall 2019/Spring 2020 (both terms):  10
Submit your application to save your spot--this program is first-come, first serve! Academic year students will need 
2 semester spots. Last updated: March 11, 2019


UTEF MapKyushu, the southern-most part of the four main islands of Japan, is regarded as the cradle of Japanese civilization and has many places of interests. The main attractions of Kyushu are Mt. Aso, Kagoshima/Sakurajima, Kirishima, various islands off the coasts, some interesting hot springs, temples, shrines, and Nagasaki. The people of Kyushu also have a reputation for being very friendly. Munakata city, surrounded by mountains, lies between Fukuoka city, Japan's 9th largest city, and Kitakyushu city.
Fukuoka City combines the attraction and convenience of a large urban center, with the abundant natural beauty of Hakata Bay. Visitors can enjoy a great range of sightseeing activities, including shopping in the city center; enjoy a relaxing resort-style experience; experience traditional festivals such as the Hakata Dontaku Port Festival or Hakata Gion Yamakasa; or sample delicious seafood caught fresh from the Genkai Sea. Offering smooth connections to domestic and international transport networks, and combining this with a functional urban environment and many other advantages, Fukuoka City is also making a name for itself as a convention city, hosting many events and conventions throughout the year.

UTEF Campus 1University of Teacher Education Fukuoka (UTEF) was established in 1949 and currently hosts approximately 3,400 students. The campus is located about 40 minutes by train from the city of Fukuoka. The campus lies in a quiet, somewhat rural area providing for a relaxed atmosphere. Access to the city of Fukuoka, with a population of 1 million people, is within easy reach from the campus.

UTEF is dedicated to holistic education, the cultivation of the whole person and the reintegration of knowledge through interdisciplinary education and research. In teaching and research, UTEF seeks to embrace both specialist and generalist approaches, nurturing both academic excellence and the highest ideals of the human spirit. In this way, UTEF strives to fulfill our mission of contributing to society by producing creative and spontaneous graduates who can think and act both locally and globally in pursuit of truth and liberty.


UTEF AerialUniversity Courses

Exchange students to UTEF  take courses in Japanese language and Japanese Education, Culture, and Society:
  • Japanese (Integrated)
  • Japanese (Reading and Writing)
  • Japanese (Listening Comprehension of University Students)
  • Japanese (Listening and Speaking)
  • Japanese Educational System A
  • The Psychology of Cross-Cultural Exchanges
  • Comparative Education and Culture Theory A

Japanese Credit System

The grading scale is a bit different than in the U.S. Most national Japanese universities use a 4-scale grading system with A, B, C, and F. Below-average students are given an F and encouraged to retake the course. An A is 80-100, a B is 70-79, a C is 60-69, and anything lower than 60 is an F.

UTEF Trees
Courses in Japan are usually once per week for 90 minutes for the semester (15 weeks total). While in Japan this is generally considered 2 Japanese credits it is the equivalent of 1.5 NAU credits. Courses should be combined to be equivalent to 3 NAU credits and fulfill an NAU course.  For example, Japanese History I for  1.5 NAU credits can be combined with Japanese History II for 1.5 NAU credits to create a 3 NAU credit class such as History of Japan.
While abroad Japanese visas require students take a minimum of 7 Japanese courses (the equivalent of 10.5 NAU credits).  To be considered full time at NAU students would need to take a minimum of 8 Japanese courses (the equivalent of 12 NAU credits).


Getting Credit for Studies Abroad

Students who wish to receive academic credit (aside from general elective and liberal studies credit) must have their courses pre-approved by the appropriate department. To view a list of academic advisors, please review the information in our Academics section. 

Once you apply through our website, you will be able to enter the classes you wish to take electronically. These classes can be reviewed and approved directly by faculty once entered. If you would like courses abroad to count for general elective credit or liberal studies credit only, please contact your Education Abroad advisor for those approvals.


Semester I: April - August
Semester II: October - February*

*If students wish to study for fall, please consider going for the entire academic year unless you do not need to be physically on campus for the following spring semester (e.g. graduating or taking online NAU courses).


Dormitories are open to both Japanese and non-Japanese students. Two students share a  room. The cost is approximately $200/month including breakfast and dinner. The men's and women's dormitory are separate.

Most international students choose to live in an off-campus apartment. The university staff will assist with finding a furnished apartment within walking distance of campus. 

Read more about visa requirements from the Embassy of Japan.

UTEF Cherry BlossomIf your academic program in Japan is 90 days or more, you are REQUIRED to obtain a student visa from the Japanese government prior to departure. Exchange students should apply for the student visa. You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months AFTER your expected departure date from Japan. Your passport will physically remain at the Consulate until your visa is approved, so keep this in mind if you plan to travel before the program. 
To obtain a Japanese visa you must always refer to the Japanese Consulate with jurisdiction over your state of permanent residence. 

Visa fees, application process, and requirements may change frequently. You should consult your Consulate General's website immediately to obtain a student visa application, a list of requirements, and to verify the application process and timetable.  You may apply in person or by mail, based on the specific requirements from your Consulate. If you submit your visa application by mail, we strongly recommend that you use certified mail so that you may track it later.


Students will be automatically enrolled in NAU’s international health insurance plan with GeoBlue. More information on GeoBlue is available in once you begin your application.
Additionally, students staying in Japan must participate in the National Health Insurance (NHI) Program. National Health Insurance covers 70% of your medical expenses and you pay the remainder (30%). 

NHI does not cover the following: acupuncture treatment, normal childbirth, traffic accidents (if the person responsible is known), general health check-ups, cosmetic surgery, and similar cases. Also, NHI does not cover fees for private rooms or the like during hospitalization. Students will enroll in NHI upon their arrival.


To view the costs for this program, click the "costs" link at the top of this page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included in those costs.

Fukuoka City DayStudents at UTEF have the opportunity to apply for the JASSO and MEXT Scholarships funded by an outside organization.




To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. 

Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application. Once you complete your application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.


 Fukuoka RamenIf you would like to talk to an advisor about this program, you can find his/her name at the top of the brochure page. To make an appointment, or view walk-in hours for this advisor, please visit the "Talk to an Advisor" section.


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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2020-2021 04/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA