Taisho University

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.

The one-year program, established in 1997, consists of two semesters, one from October to March and a second from April to July. In order to qualify for admission to the program, students must demonstrate proficiency in Japanese at the level of Grade 2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. In addition to 13 90-minute classes a week in language skills, students are eligible to audit regular undergraduate courses at the university, which specializes in religious studies (particularly Buddhist studies), sociology, clinical psychology and counseling, comparative literature and culture, and history.

The one-year language program earns full-time students 22 credit hours; upon completion of the program, students should be able to pass Level 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and qualify for enrollment in a Japanese university.

Students are responsible for arranging their own housing. No scholarship assistance is available.

For further information or application forms, contact the International Programs Center, Taisho University, 3-20-1 Nishi-Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-8470, Japan.