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About Japan
Country Handbook

Experience the world of Japan

Japan is known as one of the most innovative and modern countries in the world for its economic and technological advances, but this island nation still upholds many of its ancient traditions and customs. Visit Harajuku Street in Tokyo to check out the lastest teen fashions, or hike the Hakone Mountains surrounding the quiet town of Mishima at the foot of Mount Fuji.

Chances of Placement

Tokyo International Univ. Nihon University Toyo Univ. Chukyo Univ. Nanzan Univ. Kansai Gaidai Univ. Ritsumeikan APU Ritsumeikan Univ.

ISEP Exchange placements are limited. See below for further details.


Students with a minimum of one semester of college-level Japanese who are interested in an immersion experience are encouraged to apply for Chukyo University. Those with one year or more of experience are encouraged to apply for either Chukyo or Nihon University - Mishima. Nihon-Mishima offers a variety of international relations courses taught in English, recommended as a supplement to Japanese language coursework. Chukyo offers a genuine immersion experience and is for self-motivated and independent students that want to improve their Japanese.

Students who desire to study Japanese intensively are encouraged to apply to Toyo University or Nanzan's Center for Japanese Studies Program. Nanzan provides coursework oriented for students who wish to focus more on improving their language skills, and is an intensive and academically challenging environment. It follows the American academic calendar. Toyo only accepts full-year placements, and its calendar runs through January. Students going to both institutions must master katakana and hiragana before starting their program.

Students who want to experience life in Japan living with a local host family are encouraged to apply to Tokyo International University. TIU also offers various elective courses in English, fun trips, events and activities for exchange students, and intensive language courses for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level students.

Ritsumeikan University conducts an immersion program with the same calendar as Toyo, and requires a minimum of two years of college-level Japanese to enroll. However, students with no prior Japanese language can be placed in a beginnerís course and will not study Japanese intensively.

Students with a variety of Japanese language skills can participate in Kansai Gaidai's Asian Studies Program. Kansai Gaidai's program follows the U.S. academic calendar. Students can only be placed on Exchange for a single semester at Kansai Gaidai, and space is very limited. Students can go to Kansai Gaidai on Direct for a semester or full year.

Rikkyo University is a private university in central Tokyo with a host of classes taught in English, alongside supplemental language classes. Its calendar year is the same as Toyo's.