Admission Information


Degrees Awarded

Gakushuin Women's College is a four-year tertiary program. It is approved by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan and by the Japan University Accreditation Association.
The following degrees are awarded to students who have fulfilled the course credit requirements for their respective programs :

Faculty of Intercultural Studies

  • Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Studies
    (Department of Japanese Studies)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Communication
    (Department of Intercultural Communication)
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Communication
    (Department of English Communication)

Graduate School

  • Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies


The entering class enrollment target is 355 (Japanese Studies 140, Intercultural Communication 170, English Communication 45), including 20 international students, and a small number of Japanese returnee students and mature students.
Transfer students are also accepted into the third-year class, for a total enrollment of about 1, 440 students.

There are 44 full-time faculty members who are supplemented by well over 100 part-time faculty members, many of whom have backgrounds and careers in such fields as the foreign service, journalism, and corporate administration. The student to faculty ratio is approximately 10 to 1.

Admissions Policy
for international degree-seeking students (bachelor's)

Admisions Policy [PDF]

Requirements and Credits
for international degree-seeking students (bachelor's)

As the language of instruction at Gakushuin Women's College is Japanese, regular international students are required to be competent in the language (e.g. JLPT Level N1).
Exchange students should have at least one year of university study of Japanese or equivalent prior to their arrival in Japan.

Language instruction is offered by the college, however, and students will find a variety of Japanese language courses tailored to meet their needs. Classes carry 2 credits per semester each course. A minimum of 134 credits is required for graduation.
Transfer of credits from and to other institutions in Japan and abroad is possible with certain restrictions.
Gakushuin University and the Women's College allow cross registration and credit transfer with certain restrictions.
A four-semester upper-level seminar and graduation thesis are completed by most students. English is the required foreign language. Other requirements include Introduction to Computers and Environmental Studies.

Entrance Examinations and Application
for international degree-seeking students (bachelor's)

Application timeline

The entrance examinations for international degree-seeking students are held in the fall.

The two-semester academic year begins in April.
Spring semester: April to September (classes, April to July)
Fall semester: October to March (classes, September to January)

Admission Statistics

DepartmentTarget Enrollment
Japanese Studies 10 Applicants 6 8 6 9 12 19
Admitted 3 6 4 2 4 15
Intercultural Communication 10 Applicants 14 8 10 16 29 25
Admitted 10 5 7 9 10 12

Subjects of the examination

English: 40 minutes 50 points
Japanese: 60 minutes 50 points
Interview (in Japanese)

Application eligibility

Women who satisfy all the following conditions:

  • Non-Japanese citizenship (those who have Japanese citizenship are not eligible)
  • Over 18 years of age at the time of enrollment. Have completed (or are expected to complete) a 12-year educational program at a school outside Japan, or one specified as equivalent by Gakushuin Women's College or by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science Technology (MEXT) of Japan.
  • In the case of foreign residents in Japan: Have resident status pursant to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.
  • Have passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (Level N1) provided by the Japan Educational Exchanges and Services, OR have equivalent proficiency.

EJU & Pre-arrival admission

We offer pre-arrival admission based on EJU scores.
You can apply for admission and find out whether you have been accepted while remaining in your home nation/region.

For more information, please see our detailed guidelines shown below.

What's EJU:

Further information

Please see for detailed guidelines.


Telephone: +81-(0)3-3203-1906
Facsimile: +81-(0)3-3203-8373.

Students at institutions outside Japan with which we have exchange relationships should apply through their own institution. Other students outside Japan interested in our degree programs should contact the college.


For Japanese returnees students:
The Graduate School:

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