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EPOK for Overseas Students


Exchange Program Okayama (EPOK) is a program organized by Okayama University that offers students an opportunity to study in Japan. Through this program, EPOK encourages students to learn and understand Japanese culture, customs and social backgrounds. Classes are offered to EPOK students in English and Japanese. Okayama University and EPOK provides students the ideal setting for studying abroad; one that nurtures education and learning while at the same time offers students an environment for freedom, growth and experience.

By enrolling in the program, students are not only given the opportunity to study at one of the largest universities in Japan, but they are also given the opportunity for personal experience and self-growth. Students will live and interact amongst the Japanese people, and they will experience first-hand what life and living in Japan is like.

All EPOK students are accommodated at the Okayama University Kuwanoki domitory. This dorm is conveniently located just five minutes from the Tsushima Campus of Okayama University (main campus). School library, computer laboratories, convenience shopping, shops, restaurants and various forms of entertainment are all easily accessible.

The International Center offers consultation and guidance to all EPOK students. In case that any EPOK student should have any questions or concerns, the International Center will always be available.

For over the passed ten years, EPOK and Okayama University have strived to encourage the understanding of various cultures around the world. EPOK exists today so that students can have an ideal opportunity to not only pursue academics around the world, but also to promote goodwill amongst all peoples.

Admission Requirements

Students who wish to apply to EPOK must qualify under the program’s admission requirements listed below.

  • Candidates must be of student status with a university with which Okayama University has a mutual exchange agreement.
  • Candidates should be of good academic standing with their home university.
  • Candidates from non-English speaking countries must able to provide decent evidence that their command of the English language is adequate. EPOK accepts internationally acknowledged qualifications such as TOEFL (500 paper-based test score/ 61 internet-based test score), or TOEIC with a test score of 580. Please note that EPOK does not accept any domestic qualifications.
  • Candidates who wish to apply for the JASSO scholarship must meet all requirements as listed above.

Annual Students Accept

Approximately 20 students from universities participating in EPOK are accepted into Okayama University each year.

Dates and Program Duration

Students may choose to enter the program in either April or October. They may also choose the duration of their study at Okayama University - six months to one year.

Student Status

Although EPOK students will be studying in Okayama as short-term exchange students, the Japanese government and Okayama University regard EPOK students as Special Auditors, and all EPOK students will maintain this status for the duration of their exchange at Okayama University.


The credit requirement for EPOK students is a minimum of 10 credits per semester. The university will provide students with an official report of their academic records, listing course titles, grades, and credits earned. Please note that the recognition of credits earned at Okayama University is the responsibility of the students’ home universities.

Academic Calender (Subject to Change)

*Spring Semester (April1,2014-September30,2014)
April 2: EPOK Opening Ceremony & EPOK Orientation
April 3: Japanese Language Placement Test
April 3: EPOK Course Registration
April 4: Enrolment for the Japanese Language Courses
April 9: Classes start

*Fall Semester (October1,2014-March31,2015)
    EPOK Opening Ceremony
    EPOK Orientation
    EPOK Course Registration
    Japanese Language Placement Test
    Enrolment for the Japanese Language Courses

October 6: EPOK Class start

EPOK Orientation Schedule FALL 2013 for continuing students
EPOK Orientation Schedule FALL 2013 for new students


EPOK Syllabus 2012-2013 (2012 April - 2013 March)
EPOK Syllabus 2013-2014 (2013 April - 2014 March)
EPOK Syllabus 2014-2015 (2014 April - 2015 March)

Reports and Photos from Participants

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