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Tokyo International University


Program Snapshot

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 20 to 25 students attend per semester.

What do ISEP students think about their programs in Japan?

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.

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

ISEP Direct chance of placement for US students is generally Very Good.
ISEP Direct chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Very Good.

For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Semester placements only
Semester 1: late August to late December
Semester 2: early April to early August

See Information about ISEP-Direct fees and deadlines.

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

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Homestay Option:
Semester 1 16-17: $12,950
Semester 2 16-17: $12,950Dormitory Option:
Semester 1 16-17: $11,750
Semester 2 16-17: $11,750

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: March 15, 2016
SM2: November 1, 2016

Fast Facts
Kawagoe, Japan (pop. 330,000)
Student Enrollment: 6,000
Language of instruction: English & Japanese
University Home Page
TIU Youtube Channel

Japanese Language (Beginner to Advanced)
Japan Studies Program Electives are taught in English. Elective options include Japanese Culture, Japanese Sociology, Japanese Politics, Japanese Literature, and so on. See Courses link above for specific options.
Regular TIU courses taught in Japanese.
Two English Track programs: International Relations and Business Economics.

Academic Notes
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.

Students typically enroll in 3-4 classes per term, which averages to 12-18 hours in class per week. A term runs for 15 weeks.


Semester 1 transcripts are issued in January.
Semester 2 transcripts are issued in August.

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

Language Notes
Language Requirement: For courses taught in Japanese, advanced Japanese language proficiency, or JLPT N1 level is required.


ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? No
Institutional TOEFL accepted? No
IELTS: 6.0
Other tests accepted: No
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 on a 4.0 scale.

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.


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 30,000-40,000.

A one-day orientation is given to students on the first day of the program. Topics include:
  • General Information on Japan
  • Introduction to TIU and JSP
  • VISA information
  • Academic course explanation and expectations
  • Insurance Information
  • Homestay Information
  • Campus Tour

On the second day, there is Library and IT Orientation.


Airport pick-up on a designated date and time is available. Host will also provide arrival directions before arrival.

Student Activities
Program excursions in each semester: Kawagoe Tour, Elementary school visit, Field trips to experience Japanese tradition and to learn Japanese culture. *The destinations of field trips vary each semester. The details will be announced after arrival.

Elementary school visit: Each semester students visit a local elementary school.
Student clubs and circles: past JSP students have joined TIU clubs and circles such as Badminton club, Street Dance Club, Film Club, Photography Club, and others. It is a great way to meet and make friends with Japanese students.
Optional Excursion: A three-day trip to Kyoto. The trip is not included in the ISEP program fees or exchange benefits, and may cost approximately JPY 60,000.

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.