Tokyo International University
The Japan Studies Program (JSP) at Tokyo International University (TIU) is a culturally immersive language program. Students live with a Japanese host family for the entire semester, and spend 12 hours a week in Japanese language courses. In addition to the intensive language courses, students also take elective courses which are taught in English or Japanese. The JSP can accommodate all levels of Japanese language students, from beginning to advanced. About 30 to 35 students attend per semester.
The JSP is located in Kawagoe, a historic castle town about 35 minutes Northwest of Tokyo. This peaceful and convenient location allows students easy access to Tokyo, as well as to the rural and natural areas of the region.
ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for single semesters only
ISEP Direct: undergraduate programs available for single semesters only
ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.
Semester placements only
Semester 1: September to December
Semester 2: March to July
See Information about ISEP-Direct fees and deadlines
The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing, and Meals
ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Semester 1 13-14: $14,500
Semester 2 13-14: $14,950
For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
April 15, 2013
Japanese Language (Beginner to Advanced)
Japan Studies Program Electives are taught in English. Regular TIU courses taught in Japanese.
New courses include Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Education, Communications, Economics, International Relations, and Social Science.
Contact hours per course/week: 12.
Advanced Japanese language students who qualify to take regular university courses in Japanese (passed level N1 of JPLT) may do so in the spring semester.
Semester 1 transcripts are issued in January.
Semester 2 transcripts are issued in July.
Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.
• Intensive Japanese language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the semester for all levels in the Fall. Beginner level Japanese language courses are not typically offered in the Spring semester
• I-to-I applicants who are not native English speakers must submit a minimum official TOEFL of 500 or the ISEP Language Proficiency Report.
Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.
Special Academic Conditions
Applicants must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Upperclassman placement priority.
Hints for Researching Courses
Most recent course lists and information can be found at: http://www.tiu.ac.jp/jsp/academiclife/index.html
Fall and Spring course pages are linked on the left side.
Housing and Meals
Students are housed with local host families. Students receive their own room in the home furnished with a bed/futon, desk, lamp, closet/dresser, and temperature control. Married student housing is NOT available. Host families provide breakfast and dinner on weekdays, and breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekends. Students receive a stipend to purchase lunches during the week.
ESTIMATED PERSONAL EXPENSES
You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month are estimated at JPY 40,000.
A one-day orientation is given to students before their homestay begins. A follow-up orientation takes place after the first two days of homestay. Topics include:
- General Information on Japan
- Introduction to TIU
- VISA and Alien Registration Requirements
- Academic course explanation and expectations
- Medical & Insurance Information
- Homestay Information
- Cultural Differences & Expectations in Japan
- Campus Tour
- Local Area Tour
- Personal Safety Information Session
Airport pick-up is available. Host will also provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.
Program excursions in Semester 1: Kawagoe Festival, Washi paper making & Mikan orchard, Sweet Potato Picnic
Program excursions in Semester 2: Sumo/Kabuki, Udon tsukuri, Hanami (cherry blossoms)
Lunch Buddy Program: A program that matches JSP students with Japanese students for lunch. Meet peers and make new friends.
Elementary school visit: Each semester students visit a local elementary school.
Japanese Lounge: Japanese practice & homework help
Student clubs and circles: past JSP students have joined TIU clubs and circles such as Taiko club, Soccer Circle, Basketball Circle, Kendo Club, Taido Club, Photography Club, Movie Circle, Tennis Club, American Football Club, and others. It is a great way to meet and make friends with Japanese students.
Santome Project: Sustainable farming through managed forestry, using methods first implemented 300 years ago.
Optional Excursion: A five-day trip to famous sites in Hiroshima, Miyajima, and Kyoto. The trip is not included in the ISEP program fees or exchange benefits, and may cost approximately JPY 100,000.
Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Life with a host family gives students many great opportunities to participate in the local community. Students have volunteered with or participated in: Tsunami cleanup groups in Northern Japan, service groups that work with physically and mentally handicapped children, English-education events for children, local organic farms, traditional dance and festival groups, modern dance groups, community center courses in pottery, tea ceremony, Japanese cooking, and flower arranging, and martial arts groups and community sports teams.
The Japan Studies Program was established at Tokyo International University (TIU) in 1989. Program enrollment is around 30 students per semester, among a TIU student body of 5,300 Japanese and 700 international students.