Study Abroad in Saga City, Japan
Saga City, with a population of 170,000, is in northwestern Kyushu, a short distance from the major city of Fukuoka. It is located in the center of the Saga Plain, spread between Mt. Tenzan and Mt. Sefuri in the north and the Inlet of the Ariake Sea, in the south. Saga Plain is one of the largest plains in Japan is one of the country's leading grain producing regions. The area is also well known for its extensive seaweed production, and as a major ceramics center.
Every year in the beginning of November the Saga International Balloon Fiesta is held. This takes place just outside of Saga City along the Kase River. A special event that this Balloon Fiesta is known for is the Night of Hot Air Balloons. In the evening special shaped balloons, which are tethered and inflated, are lit in a choreographed manner.
Saga University consists of five faculties: Culture & Education, Economics, Medicine, Science & Engineering, and Agriculture. Total enrollment at Saga University is approximately 7,500, including undergraduate, graduate, and research students. The University is especially known for its research focus on environmental and energy issues.
Students participating in the Saga program will enroll for a full academic year in the Saga University Program for Academic Exchange (known as SPACE). SPACE is a special program designed for international students who have been accepted from affiliated universities around the world to study 1) specialty courses in English offered from the Department of Science & Engineering, Agricultural Sciences, Economics, Culture & Education, and Medicine, and 2) Japanese language. The academic program typically combines lectures with tutorials. Classes in the sciences tend to be small and students are expected to study very independently. Assessment is usually based on 1-2 major projects and/or a final exam.
Saga University will assist participants in securing reasonably-priced self-catered accommodation close to the University. Prices typically range from $200-400 per month for a one-bedroom apartment. Students will be directly responsible for rent payments and meals (and therefore will not be assessed room and board fees by Pacific University).
Minimum GPA: 2.75
Language: Must have completed two years of college level Japanese, with a minimum 3.0 GPA in that language.
Must have attended Pacific University full-time for at least one semester.
Application Deadline: February 8th, 2013
Fall: early October until end May
- Spring: Early April until end September