Semester Programs for Non-degree International Students

Non-degree Semester Program

SWU offers 2 types of non-degree semester programs for international students. Students currently studying at SWU’s partner institutions may participate in the following programs as exchange students if they meet certain requirements and are nominated  by their home institutions. Students should consult the study abroad coordinator at their home university for eligibility and selection process.
Non-degree Program Guide for International Students

For those interested in taking liberal arts courses in Japanese:
 ①SWU Academic Program

The 15-week program offered in both Fall and Spring semesters. Students will take courses offered by 14 different departments in Japanese. Students can learn subjects of their interest and also experience actual Japanese university classes with other SWU students.
There is also an optional internship experience (maximum one month) for students who wish to extend their stay after the program.

Below are lists of courses that are open for international students.
To take the course, students must register for the courses during the orientation period and be accepted.
List of Courses open to international students 2022 Spring Semester
List of Courses open to international students 2022 Fall Semester
*Level of Japanese proficiency required to participate differs by course. Please refer to the course list.
*Due to limitations on class size and the fact that degree-seeking students are prioritized, students may not be able to take all the courses of their choice.

2022spring_Syllabus of Japanese language courses *in Japanese
2022fall_Syllabus of Japanese language courses *in Japanese
Course Syllabus Search Website *only in Japanese :
*manual for using the search website

For those interested in focusing on the improvement of their Japanese proficiency:
Intensive Japanese Language Program

The 15-week program is offered in both Fall and Spring semesters.
Students are recommended to take the following 5 Japanese Language courses. Depending on the total number of participants, the language courses will be divided into two levels, and students will be placed based on the placement results.
Students may also take a couple of liberal arts courses of their choice, either in English or Japanese.
There is also an optional internship experience (maximum one month) for students who wish to extend their stay after the program.
Below are course descriptions of the 5  Japanese Language courses.

Japanese Communication: Through conversation-based lessons, students study common Japanese that is useful in school life, homestay, and part-time jobs. < 90-minute class: 2 times a week>
Japanese in Context: Based on weekly topics, students learn active Japanese through the use of media, interview sessions, and interactions with Japanese students. There are also visitor sessions where guest lecturers are invited from Japanese firms to present and talk about various topics. < 90-minute class: 2 times a week>
Internship Preparation: Students learn business manners, Japanese phrases used in business situations, and tips on writing business emails and taking business calls. This will prepare students for an optional internship experience following this program. < 90-minute class: 1 time a week>
Intermediate Grammar: Students develop comprehensive Japanese language skills through learning intermediate-level grammar. < 90-minute class: 2 times a week>
Intermediate Reading: Through reading lessons, students acquire the skills of accurately reading sentences and learning vocabulary and grammar in context. < 90-minute class: 1 time a week>

2022 spring Syllabus for Intensive Japanese Language Courses *in Japanese
2022 fall Syllabus for Intensive Japanese Language Course *in Japanese

For Study Abroad Coordinators at SWU Partner Institutions

Please find here, detailed information on exchange programs, accommodation, and other information necessary for international students. Please fill in the designated form below (Excel format) for nomination and send it to our point of contact by the deadline.
2022-2023 SWU Incoming Exchange Program Information
Nomination List Form
Nomination Deadline
Spring Semester: November 15th
Fall Semester: May 15th
Point of Contact:
Center for International Exchange (CIE), Showa Women’s University
Agency office: Arc Three International Co. Ltd.



◆ The Hirao Scholarship Program
The Hirao Scholarship Program was established through a donation from Mr. Koji Hirao, a current faculty member of SWU who served as its fourth Chancellor. The program aims to provide financial assistance to international students from the Southeast Asia region who wish to study at SWU.
Application Information for the Hirao Scholarship Program(Japanese and English)
The Hirao Scholarship Program Application Form
*The scholarship application form must be submitted with the rest of the program application documents.

For spring semester program: November 25th 
For fall semester program: May 25th

Partner Institutions of SWU and Showa Boston Institute

Shanghai Jiao Tong University[CHINA]
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai International studies University[CHINA]
Shanghai International studies University
University of Shanghai for Science and Technology[CHINA]
University of Shanghai for Science and Technology
East China Nomal University[CHINA]
East China Nomal University
Dalian University of Technology[CHINA]
Dalian University of Technology
Zhejiang Nomal University[CHINA]
Zhejiang Nomal University
Tunghai University
Aletheia University[TAIWAN]
Aletheia University
Mongolian National University of Education[MONGOL]
Mongolian National University of Education
Seoul Women’s University[KOREA]
Seoul Women’s University
Hanyang Women’s University[KOREA]
Hanyang Women’s University
Sogang University[KOREA]
Sogang University
Kookmin University
Sookmyung Women’s University
Sungshin University[KOREA]
Sungshin University
Vietnam National University, Hanoi[VIETNAM]
Vietnam National University, Hanoi
Royal University of Phnom Penh[CAMBODIA]
Royal University of Phnom Penh
Thammasat University
Chiang Mai University[THAILAND]
Chiang Mai University
Universitas Gadjah Mada[INDONESIA]
Universitas Gadjah Mada
Universiti Teknologi Brunei(UTB)[BRUNEI]
Universiti Teknologi Brunei(UTB)
University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific[ASIA]
University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific
Royal Roads University
University of Massachusetts Boston
Lesley University
Endicott College
University of Hawaii at Hilo
University College Capital[DENMARK]
University College Capital
University of Business Academy Aarhus
University of Alcala
Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia[ITALY]
Universita Ca’ Foscari Venezia
University of Turin[ITALY]
University of Turin
Sapienza University of Rome
InterDaF e. V. am Herder-Institut der Universität Leipzig[GERMANY]
InterDaF e. V. am Herder-Institut der Universität Leipzig
Universite Caen Normandie[FRANCE]
Universite Caen Normandie
University of Warsaw[POLAND]
University of Warsaw
Vytautas Magnus University[LITHUANIA]
Vytautas Magnus University
(Buryat State University)[RUSSIA]
Buryat State University
(University of Bucharest)[ROMANIA]
University of Bucharest
University of Queensland[AUSTRALIA]
University of Queensland
(University of Northampton)[U.K.]
University of Northampton

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