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KUEST Outline


Kanazawa University Short-term Exchange Program for Science and Technology (KUEST) is an one-year program that enables students from affiliated universities to learn the Japanese language, culture and society while doing their chosen research in the fields of science and engineering.
We provide students with opportunities to carry out their chosen research at a laboratory under the guidance of an academic advisor.
Through this program, the students will be able to become highly-skilled people with outstanding specialist capabilities, and have high levels of foreign language proficiency and inter-cultural understanding. They are also expected to play an active role in international society.



Japanese language education is offered at seven different levels, from beginners to advanced, with three different classes offered: comprehensive Japanese, kanji, and skill-specific learning. The skill-specific classes offer instruction in reading, understanding lectures, writing, writing reports, oral presentations, Japanese studies, and discussions, etc.
Students will be assigned to the appropriate classes based on the result of the placement test in the beginning of the program.

Research Seminar(Compulsory)

All KUEST students will be required belong to the laboratories of their academic advisors and conduct research. Students can earn credits by taking elective courses such as Independent Research and Experimental Work.

Program for the Study of Japanese Culture and Society(Compulsory)

In these classes, students can get hands-on experience with the rich traditional culture of Kanazawa, and through field trips, lectures by specialists in each field, and group discussions, the aim of this class is to allow them to gain a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and society.

Elective Courses

Courses of various fields of studies are offered in English. Most of these classes are joint classes with Japanese students.

  • Independent Research
  • Experimental Work
  • Global Environment and Its Dynamics
  • An Introduction to the Modern Japanese Culture and Society
  • Japan Law News Project
  • A History of International Politics (Oriental)
  • Seminar in International Society Studies (International Security Issues)
  • Language in Culture and Society
  • Japanese History

Outlines of KUEST 2018-19

Course Registration Form for Specialized Seminar, Research and Experiment

Eligible students

Applicants must meet all requirements listed below.


  1. Applicants should be full-time students, enrolled in the third or fourth year or master’s programs in their home universities at the time of enrollment. (Students in doctoral programs cannot apply for this program.)

  2. Applicants’ major at their home institution should be science or technology and must have an excellent academic record.
  3. Applicants must have a definite plan and purpose to study in the program. They must also have a strong will to devote themselves to the studies in the program.
  4. Applicants must have the ability and the knowledge to take part in specialized research.
  5. Applicants must resume their studies at their home institutions after the completion of their studies at Kanazawa University.
  6. Applicants must qualify for the 'college student' visa.
  7. Applicants must have a good command of the English language to understand lectures given in English. Also, it might be advisable to have taken more than 100 hours of Japanese language instruction before coming to Japan to ensure a smooth adjustment to life in Japan.
  8. Applicants should be healthy both mind and body.

   *Application Deadline: November 20, 2017 (For students who study from 2018/4)
               February 28, 2018 (For students who study from 2018/10)

   *The application form should be sent by email to st-exch@adm.kanazawa-u.ac.jp

    in Excel format, together with additional documents in PDF format.

   Recommedation /  Certificate of Enrollment 

   Medical Report / Agreement for Defraying Expenses



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