If your home university has concluded a student exchange program agreement with Nara Women's University, you are eligible to study or research at NWU for up to one year. You will begin to study at NWU from April 1st or October 1st. If you wish to apply for the program, please contact the division dealing with international affairs at your home university.

Academic Calendar

Nara Women's University runs on a two-semester system.
First (Spring) Semester: From April 1st to September 30th
Second (Fall) Semester: From October 1st to March 31st

Academic Calendar for 2023
April 1st Beginning of Spring semester
April 4th - 10th Class registration
April 10th Classes Start
May 1st University Anniversary Day
August 3rd End of the classes of Spring semester
August 4th - September 30th Summer holidays
September 25th - 29th Class registration
September 30th End of Spring semester
October 1st Beginning of Fall semester
October 2nd - 5th Class registration (for students enroll from October)
October 2nd Classes start
December 27th - January 3rd Winter holidays
February 9th End of the classes of Fall semester
February 10th - March 31st End of Year holidays
March 31st End of Fall semester

* The dates of the academic calendar are subject to change.


1.School expenses (Entrance examination fee, Entrance fee and Tuition)
Exchange students from our partner universities are exempted from the entrance examination fee, entrance fee and tuition.
2.Living costs
Room fee (Dormitory)
International House: 5,900 yen, Interanational Student House: 4,700 yen/month

10,000 -- 20,000 yen/month

20,000 -- 30,000 yen/month

10,000 -- 30,000 yen/month

Since these costs (except for the room fee) vary from person to person, use the above as a budgeting guideline only.


There are two university dormitories available for international students. The International House is exclusively for international students and researchers and Japanese students in the master's course, while the International Student House is open to both international and Japanese students.
Both dormitories are located near campus, offering easy access. Please notify us on the NWU application form if you hope to have a room in either of these dormitories. We will make every effort to ensure a single room for each exchange student.

Application Procedures

The application must be submitted through your home university. If you wish to apply for the student exchange program, you should contact the division or office dealing with the international affairs.

yNecessary documentsz
1.Application form for Nara Women's University (6 pages) ( Word j
2.Four photos (W:3cm x L:4cm)*including one used for the application form. They should be taken within 6 months before admission and no photo editing.
3.Transcript with grades (at home university)
4.Certificate of Enrollment / Studentship (at home university)
5.Health Certificate
*It should be issued within a year before enrolling in NWU. A certificate issued by university is acceptable.
*In addition to the usual health checkup items (e.g. height, weight, eyesight, hearing.), please have an X-ray and blood test.
6.Recommendation Letter
7.Certificate of Japanese language ability(A copy of results of Official Japanese Language Proficiency Examination or a letter from a Japanese language instructor.)
8.Copy of the applicant's passport(photo page, pages of past visits to Japan and past Japanese visas)
9.Curriculum Vitae( Word j
Please manage to make it into one page.
10.Financial statement (This document is required to prove a student can meet her/his living expenses during her/his stay in Japan. A certificate issued from a bank which proves the existance of the financial supporter's (as mentioned on the application) bank account, the account number and the balance is acceptable.)
It should be issued within 6 months before admission.
11.Checklist( PDF )
yApplication deadlinez
For enrollment in April, 2024: October 31, 2023
For enrollment in October, 2024: April 12, 2024
yAll these documents should be submitted to / Contactz
*Please email us scanned documents by the deadline. After checking the scanned documents, we will ask your coordinator to post paper documents.
International Students Section, International Division Nara Women's University
Kitauoya Higashimachi, Nara-city, 630-8506 Japan
TEL: +81-742-20-3240
FAX: +81-742-20-3309
E-mail: ryugakusei@cc.nara-wu.ac.jp

Applying for a Visa

Please see "Visa & Residence Card"