Study at Shiga University

Shiga University is a historic National University with three faculties (Faculty of Education, Faculty of Economics, and, Faculty of Data Science) and two graduate schools (Graduate School of Education with a Master's program and Graduate School of Economics with a Master's program and a Doctoral program).

You may be interested in enrolling in an undergraduate or graduate program at Shiga University. Another way of entering our university is to come as a research student. To learn about the entrance examinations for the undergraduate and graduate programs (including research students), please check the Admissions Information (only available in Japanese language).

Exchange Programs

1.Undergraduate Level

This program is intended for international students who are enrolled in the undergraduate level at their home institution. This program will enable students to deepen their understanding of Japanese culture and society as well as improving their Japanese language proficiency.

Admitted exchange students will be placed either in the Faculty of Education or Economics and will take regular undergraduate courses and Japanese language courses offered by the International Center. Students will have an academic advisor based on their interests, area of studies and Japanese proficiency, and the academic advisor will help them choose courses offered in the faculty.

2.Graduate Level

This program is intended for international students who are enrolled in the graduate level at their home institution. This program will enable students to pursue their research as well as to deepen their understanding of Japanese culture and society. Students will have a faculty member from the graduate school as their academic advisor, and students will choose courses offered in the graduate school.


All application documents must be sent by the coordinator of the applicant’s home institution. Shiga University International Center will arrange an interview with the applicant via Skype or phone to determine admission to the program.

If you are from a partner university and want to apply as an exchange student, please check with the international office at your university for instructions.

Application Deadline Selection Period Notification
Spring Semester (Apr.) Late October November December
Fall Semester (Oct.) Late May June July

We accept exchange students (both undergraduate and graduate levels) to start the program in April or October. Students can study in Shiga University for one semester or two semesters.

As all regular courses will be taught in Japanese, we require applicants to have a certain level of Japanese language proficiency. (Preferably JLPT N2 or the equivalent.) We may accept students without N2 certificate based on the interview and students’ area of studies, etc. For students mainly pursuing Japanese language training, we accept students with N2 or equivalent on Hikone Campus and students with N3 or lower on Otsu Campus.

Short-Term Japanese Studies Program at Shiga University

We also offer short-term study program for students from our partner universities. Currently we have the following short-term program offered in July and November. For detailed information and application procedures, please email kokusai@biwako.shiga-u.ac.jp.

LOCAL BUSINESS in Japan: Culture, Society and Entrepreneurs in Shiga

Program Overview

This program offers the opportunities to familiarize with local businesses in Japan as well as Japanese culture and society. Having a clear focus on local businesses, the program includes site visits to local businesses and entrepreneur’s talks. These experiences will allow participants to understand various local business situations in Japan. Lectures, field trips and hands-on cultural experiences are also incorporated into the program to help promote understanding Japanese culture, society and business as a basic grounding to local business. There will be opportunities to interact with students at Shiga University.

Program contents