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Program Snapshot

At Toyo University, students can build a unique study abroad experience, whether through the wide variety of courses offered in English or the number of student activities, like a homestay excursion. With over 50 athletic clubs and 300 student clubs at Toyo University, there is always a chance for students to make new Japanese friends and explore new hobbies.

Looking for rigorous Japanese language and culture courses?
Nihongo for Exchange Students Program (NEST)!
Work on improving those langauge skills while making friends with Japanese students?
Language Exchange Partner (LEP) program

What do ISEP students think about their programs in Japan?

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, has a population of approximately 13.3 million. The city is the epitome of today's fast-paced urban lifestyle but still retains the quieter aspects of old traditions. It is easily recognized for its large scale buildings as well as its subtle details - intensity and calm - a fusion that truly makes it a fascinating destination.
Toyo University's Hakusan campus exemplifies this fusion through its central location in the center of the city but also in one of the fascinating traditional districts. The Toyo University International House ("I-House") is also located in the heart of Tokyo and therefore provides ideal accessibility to all major areas, such as Shinjuku, Asakusa, Ueno, Ikebukuro, and Roppongi. Also, the Hakusan campus is only 15 minutes away on foot.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester
ISEP Direct: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Excellent.
ISEP Direct chance of placement for students is generally Excellent.

Program Dates
Academic Year: September to August
Semester 1: September to February
Semester 2: April to August

See ISEP Direct fees and deadlines

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing, Meals and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Full Year 2016-17: $21,900
Semester 1: TBA
Semester 2: TBA

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:
SM1: April 1, 2016
SM2: September 1, 2016

Fast Facts
Tokyo, Japan (pop. 13.35 million)
Student Enrollment: 30,000
Language of instruction: Japanese, English
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Courses (English)
Japanese Language Courses
Student Life & Activities

Regular courses are taught in Japanese, although many courses are taught in English. Intensive Japanese language courses are also taught through the NEST Program (Nihongo For Exchange Students at Toyo).

Letters: Eastern philosophy and culture, education, English & American literature, English communication, history, Indian philosophy, Japanese literature & culture, philosophy
Economics: economics, international economics, policy studies
Business Administration: business administration, marketing, accounting and finance
Law: law, business law
Sociology: media & communications, social psychology, social welfare, socio-cultural studies, sociology
Regional Development Studies: regional development studies, international tourism studies

Courses taught in English
International Relations, Peace Studies, Sociology, Culture, Business, Law, Finance, Gender Studies, Urban Planning, Information Technology.

Academic Notes
Students are placed at the undergraduate level on the Hakusan campus.

If students have not passed Level N1 or Level N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), they must take Japanese Language & Culture courses (NEST Program); a total of 12 courses and 20 credits per year. In addition, students can enroll in cultural courses taught in English or in Japanese.

Students typically enroll in 10-12 classes per term, which averages to 15-18 hours in class per week. A term runs for 15 weeks.


Semester 1 transcripts issued: End of February
Semester 2 transcripts issued: End of August
Full Year transcripts issued: End of August

Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the studentís home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Japanese Language Requirement: No previous coursework required.
Note: Students must learn Hiragana and Katakana prior to the program.
Language Courses: Intensive Japanese language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year for Beginner to Advanced levels.
Courses taught in Japanese: Students must have advanced Japanese language proficiency, or JLPT N2 level is required. Students must also enroll in the NEST Program.
Tutoring: The Language Exchange Partner (LEP) program gives exchange students an opportunity to learn Japanese while building friendships with Toyo University students.

ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? No
TOEFL: 61 iBT/500 PBT
Institutional TOEFL accepted? Yes
IELTS: 5.0
Other tests accepted: TOEIC: 700
English as a Foreign Language courses available? No

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
Applicants are strongly recommended to have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
ISEP students must access this page to download the appropriate documents for ISEP students using their username and password. Access to this webpage will be provided upon acceptance. The following documents will be required:
  • Online Application
  • Certificate of Health
  • Six passport photos sized 40 mm x 30 mm with the studentís name written in block letters in the back of each photo
  • Students who have passed standardized proficiency tests such as JLPT or EJU may attach copies of relevant documentation
Documents must also be mailed within 3 weeks of accepting ISEP placements at Toyo University. The deadline is typically at the end of April.

When selecting Toyo in your ISEP applilcation's Host Request List, be sure to include your motivations for attending Toyo or studying in Japan in general in the section that reads "describe how site matches your goals."

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Housing and Meals
Students are placed in the International House, or I-House, an off-campus dormitory. The Hakusan campus is only 15 minutes away on foot. Housing is typically a double room with one roommate. No married student or family housing is available. Students receive a monthly stipend to either purchase meals at the university cafeteria and local restaurants, or to prepare their own meals.


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 30,000 - 50,000 (Textbooks cost about JPY 25,000-30,000 per year).

All students are required to attend the orientation, which covers topics such as: academic registration, transcript issuance, immigration, alien registration, Japanese National Health Insurance, opening a bank account, housing, and student life on and off campus. Students will also have a chance to meet their language exchange partner as well as their academic adviser.


Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Student Activities
Toyo University strongly believes that student activities contribute to the enrichment of campus life. With 50 athletic clubs and 300 other student clubs, everyone can find a group of students that share their interests. Students can also enjoy rooting for Toyo's baseball team, experiencing a weekend home stay, participating in various cultural events and more.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Through the Student Volunteer Center at Toyo University, students have many chances to participate in volunteer opportunities. Please inquire with your host coordinator on campus to discuss available volunteer opportunities.

Toyo University was founded in 1887 as a school of philosophy. At its inception, the university was popular with the public as a small, specialized school in Oriental Philosophy and Liberal Arts. Today it consists of eleven graduate schools, a law school, and eleven undergraduate schools located on four campuses in the greater Tokyo area. University enrollment is approximately 30,000 undergraduate and 950 graduate students.
Toyo University was the first ISEP member in Tokyo allowing students to see and experience everything from this metropolis. This is an ideal university for students looking to truly immerse themselves in Japanese language and culture with students from around the world.

What Past Students have to Say
I have made a great deal of new friendships at Toyo. Specifically, the LEP system students have been incredibly nice. When I arrived they helped me get a cell phone, took me out to great sites and keep contact with me daily. ~ Joshua Jones, U.T. Knoxville