University of Tsukuba

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.

The University of Tsukuba is made up of divisions in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, medicine, art, and physical education. Since its founding in 1973, it has been particularly geared towards opening itself to the international academic community and student exchange.

The Junior Year at Tsukuba Program (JTP) is a year-long program for international students that begins in September and ends in June, divided into three terms. Admission is possible either in September or in January.

Students may choose from four categories of courses: (1) Japanese language courses at the intermediate and advanced levels; (2) a small selection of courses taught in English for JTP students on Japanese politics, economics and finance, communication, and education; (3) courses taughts in English for all students at the university, including Japanese students; and (4) regular university courses taught in Japanese (available only to students with advanced language skills).

International students are housed in dormitories on the Tsukuba campus. Tuition waivers and scholarships through Japan's Ministry of Education are available to a number of students each year.

In principle, the program is based on exchange agreements between Tsukuba and several American universities, and priority for acceptance is given to students from those universities. But students from other universities are welcome to apply. Check with your university's study-abroad office, or write directly to Mr. Toshio Sawamura, Division of Foreign Student Affairs, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken 305, Japan. The Division of Foreign Student Affairs may also be contacted by fax, at +81.298.53.6204.