Study in Japan

College and University Programs Administered by Japanese Universities

Aichi Shukutoku University, located about half an hour by public transportation from the center of Nagoya, accepts up to 30 students each year for its program in Japanese studies, which combines language study (at levels ranging from beginning to near-native speaker equivalence) with courses in Japanese arts and culture. The 9-month program follows the American school calendar, with an academic year of two semesters running from September through May.

Akita International University (AIU or in Japanese Kokusai Kyoyo Daigaku) is a Liberal Arts university, a Public University Corporation which opened in 2004 supported by Akita Prefectural Government, with a student population of over 700. Located in Akita on the northern seaboard of the main island of Japan, AIU provides international students with a variety of opportunities to experience Japan (its language, people, culture and society) via university classes, as well as through structured activities outside of the classroom.

This program, available in the fall, spring and academic year, is based at the nationally renowned International Christian University (ICU). In order to fully engage in the local environment and concentrate on language acquisition, students communicate entirely in Japanese under the Middlebury Language Pledge. Through a wide range of extracurricular activities at the university, students can fully immerse themselves in both the language and campus life in Tokyo.

Chiba University is one of Japan's prestigious national universities. The university is composed of approximately 1200 academic staff members, 14,600 undergraduate and graduate students, and 600 international students. The main campus is in Nishi Chiba, less than one hour by train from the center of Tokyo. All Japan Program at Chiba (J-PAC) classes are held at the Nishi Chiba campus.

Chubu University, located in a regional city 30 minutes north of Nagoya, offers international students two programs for improving Japanese language skills: an intensive course of preparation for admission to a Japanese university, and a less rigorous Study Abroad program of language and culture classes.

International students in Chuo University's Short-term Study Program take courses or conduct research at Chuo for one semester or one year as an integral part of their degree program at their home institutions. Credits are transferable, and participants are placed as full-time non-degree students at a specific undergraduate faculty or graduate school corresponding to their major at their home institutions. Generally, the participants are exchange students accepted under exchange agreements between Chuo University and its partner institutions.

Doshisha University, located next to the old Imperial Palace in Kyoto, has established the Intensive Japanese Language Program for its exchange students and students who are planning to attend Japanese universities. The program offers three levels of 20-hour Japanese language courses in the morning from Monday through Friday for about 26 weeks over two semesters. In the afternoon, content courses are offered on Japan, Japanese society and culture, etc., in Japanese, English, German, Spanish, and Chinese.

Full scholarship international program for undergraduate chemistry students looking to transfer to the University of Tokyo. The Global Science Course (GSC) is a new undergraduate 2-year-long transfer program. It was designed to enhance cross-cultural interactions among young minds from around the world coming together to learn science. All GSC classes are conducted in English by world-leading professors who are pursuing cutting-edge research in the most advanced fields, while also focusing on the fostering of students who will lead the next generation in science communities.

Hiroshima University, one of the leading national universities in Japan, is located near the city of Hiroshima, known as the International Peace City. Students in Hiroshima University's Study Abroad Program (HUSA) are integrated into various faculties and classes within the university to ensure greater exposure to Japanese university life.

Hokkaido University's Short-term Exchange Program (HUSTEP) is designed to give students from overseas an opportunity to study at Hokkaido University by enrolling in a special one-year academic program. This is a new program in which students from overseas enroll as special auditors in courses taught in English. The program is offered under the provisions of Inter-University Academic Exchange Agreements concluded between Hokkaido University and counterpart institutions abroad. U.S.

Kyoto Seika University offers an individually-designed Japanese language program for student groups from overseas universities and colleges. This program is designed flexibly according to the needs of the home institution, which chooses both the duration of the program and the time of year when it is held. The duration may be less than one month, or up to three months if required. Japanese language instructors work with students to create original Japanese lessons that are responsive to specific needs.

TUFS, a leader in language/culture area studies programs, provides year-abroad students with opportunities to acquire skills for global leadership through an understanding of Japanese culture and Japan's role in the world at its International Student Exchange Program. Core courses on Japanese language and Japanese and International Studies, together with individual courses on chosen topics under the supervision of faculty members, give students an interdisciplinary base for pursuing their own interests and research topics.

The Japan Studies Program (JSP) at Tokyo International University (TIU) is a one- to two-semester Study-Abroad homestay program open to English-speaking students in all fields of study from accredited Colleges and Universities all around the world. The program was established in 1973, and has since hosted more than 500 undergraduate students from diverse institutions.

Josai International University, located In Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo's Narita International Airport, accepts overseas students to its programs in humanities, management and information science, Japanese studies, and inter-cultural studies. In addition to Japanese language courses, the university offers a curriculum in English on such subjects as Japanese society, literature, and cultural history.

Kanazawa, the capital of Ishikawa prefecture, is one of the largest cities on the coast of the Japan Sea, with a population of over 460,000. Kanazawa University's Student Exchange Program (KUSEP) was founded to provide Japanese language education and lectures in English on Japanese affairs and culture and various other fields of specialization for students from overseas universities affiliated with Kanazawa University. U.S. affiliations are: University of Pennsylvania, State University of New York at Buffalo, College of William and Mary, and Tufts University.

Kansai Gaidai was established in 1945, and has worked since its inception to promote international education. Kansai Gaidai has exchange agreements with 193 colleges and universities in 23 countries, including 124 in the United States. The university is located in Hirakata, which is between the industrial metropolis of Osaka and the classical cities of Kyoto and Nara, presenting many opportunities for field trips to learn about Japan's culture and business.

Established in 1911, Kyushu University was the first national university to create a short-term study abroad program, Japan in Today's World, that allows international students to use English as the medium of instruction in a variety of multi-disciplinary classes.

Students can choose to study for a year (October to July) or for a semester (October to February, or April to July). Students are housed in university dormitories, but short-term host family visits can be arranged.

Meiji Gakuin University, a private institution first established by Protestant missionaries in 1877, with campuses in Tokyo and Yokohama, is continuing a long tradition of welcoming overseas students that began before World War II. It has exchange agreements with a dozen universities around the world, including four in North America: Simon Fraser University, the University of California, Long Island University, and Hope College (Michigan).

Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies, which is located on the northern border of Nagasaki City, offers the Japan Studies In Nagasaki Program (JASIN). The program offers two 15-week terms, one in the fall and one in the spring. Students may enter the program in either term and study for one or two terms. Continuing studies in the college's Japanese-language curriculum are possible.

Located in a rural setting near the historic city of Seto, about one hour's travel north of Nagoya, Nagoya Gakuin University offers both Japanese language and Japanese area studies classes to students from overseas. The one-year course in the Institute for Japanese Studies (IJS) includes 16 credits for language study at five levels of difficulty and 12 credits for classes in Japanese history, society, literature, religion, art, politics, economy, education, science and technology, or business management.

Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, a dynamic university in the field of Japanese language education headed by Osamu Mizutani, now invites applications for a full year/semester intensive Japanese language and culture study in Nagoya, Japan. The program, which has been open exclusively for those from partner universities, now accepts, for the first time, applications from any undergraduate and graduate students.

Nanzan University is part of an educational complex consisting of two women's junior colleges and three junior and senior high schools, in addition to the University and its research institutes and campus study centers. The Nanzan schools are located in the hills overlooking metropolitan Nagoya and in the nearby cities of Toyota and Seto on the outskirts of Nagoya. Nagoya is strategically located in Central Japan where easy access to the bigger cities of Tokyo and Osaka is possible.

Located in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto, the Study in Kyoto Program provides students with a unique opportunity to study Japanese language and culture in the historical and cultural center of Japan.

Ryukoku was founded in 1639 in connection with the Nishi-Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. It has a long and distinguished history and is located in the heart of the ancient city of Kyoto. Today, the university has seven Faculties (Letters, Law, Business Administration, Economics, Sociology, Science and Technology, and Intercultural Communications), undergraduate and graduate programs, a junior college, and the Japanese Culture and Language Program (JCLP). Ryukoku's JCLP is a one-year, intensive program, with five skill levels, and culture electives in addition to the language classes.

Senshu University, located in Kawasaki City midway between Tokyo and Yokohama, offers an intensive language and culture course for international students on a year-round basis, with four terms annually and initial admission possible on a rolling basis.

Japanese language instruction is at five levels based on proficiency; placement tests are given to students both before and after their arrival in Japan in order to determine the level of instruction.

International students are housed in a university dormitory (Kokusai Kenshu-kan); home stays can also be arranged.

Taisho University, a private Buddhist university located in Nishi-Sugamo, northwest Tokyo, has established a new program in which up to 40 overseas students are admitted each year to a special course designed to prepare them for enrollment in undergraduate or graduate programs at Japanese universities.

Tohoku Gakuin University, a private institution founded in 1866, offers three types of special programs for foreign students mainly at its Izumi campus in Sendai: a summer program and a fall semester program in Japanese Studies and an intensive one-year Japanese language program.

Tohoku University is a national university which was established in Sendai in 1907. Tohoku graduated its first foreign students in 1911, becoming the first Japanese university to do so. Now there are 10 undergraduate schools, 12 graduate schools, and 7 research institutions. More than 16,000 students attend Tohoku, including over 800 international students from 50 countries.

Toyo University was established in 1887. It now admits 25,000 students per year, and currently there are over 300 foreign students from ten countries enrolled at Toyo. Toyo has four campuses, and the newest, Itakura, houses the Faculty of Regional Development Studies and the Faculty of Life Sciences. Itakura is 80 minutes by train from downtown Tokyo, in Gunma Prefecture.

The University of the Ryukyus Short-term Exchange Program (URSEP) offers an English-language curriculum together with Japanese language study to students interested in studying in the unique cultural and physical environment of Okinawa. Taking advantage of the university's location in the subtropical region of Japan's southernmost island, the program's faculty offer undergraduate and graduate courses in English in environmental studies, tropical agriculture and medicine, marine science and engineering, and Okinawan music to complement Japanese language and culture courses.

The University of Tokyo (a national university) was established in 1877. There are currently 7800 faculty members, 27,300 students, and 1700 foreign researchers affiliated with the university. The University of Tokyo has academic exchange agreements with 140 schools in 34 countries, including 30 universities and colleges in the United States.

Tsukuba Science City, 40 miles north of Tokyo, is a good place to study the contrast between Japanese tradition and the nation's impressive progress in science and technology. The city houses not only the University of Tsukuba (one of Japan's prestigious national universities) but also more than 150 national and private research institutes. Many of the inhabitants of the rural area around Tsukuba still retain their dialect and their traditional lifestyles, and the city and the countryside are like two different worlds.

Yokohama National University The Junior Year Overseas Program at Yokohama National University (JOY) offers short-term exchange programs beginning in either October or April for students interested in studying in Japan for six months to a year. The JOY Program is not an intensive language study program, but an opportunity to live in Japan while studying a diversity of subjects at one of Japan's top universities. Courses are offered in a variety of subject areas including literature, culture, science, technology, linguistics and economics.