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Tokyo International University
Kawagoe, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Calendar Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Website: Click to visit
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Cost Sheets Academic Year,
Calendar Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Areas of Study:
Foreign Languages, Global Studies, Humanities, Social Sciences
Program Type:
Fall/Spring Session:
Session C
GPA Requirement:
Graduate Courses Available:
Language Prerequisite:
0 semesters
Language of Instruction:
English, Japanese
Enrollment Restricted To:
Non-Japanese majors
Minimum Class Standing:
02 - Sophomore
International Coordinator:
Abby Dalpra
Available to Non-ASU Students:
  Program Details


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   Quick Facts

  • This program will not be offered for Fall 2018 and beyond. This page will remain available for view for those students attending TIU for Spring 2018, but the application will not open for future terms.
  • This program is only for non-Japanese majors and non-Japanese minors wishing to study in Japan.
  • Classes are taught in English in addition to required Japanese language courses (from beginner to advanced).
  • Students enrich their cultural interaction by participating in homestay accommodations.
  • Eligibility criteria: must be currently enrolled as a full-time degree-seeking student; must have completed at least 1 full-time semester at ASU with grades posted at time of application, any non-native English speakers must show proof of English proficiency (see TIU website for exam scores), must have valid passport during application process (and remain valid at least 6 months after end of program)


Location Details

Tokyo International University founded the Japan Studies Program (JSP) to meet the growing interest among English-speaking university students to study in Japan. The JSP is a one to two-semester study abroad program open to English speaking students in all fields of study from accredited universities and colleges around the world. The program is designed to meet a wide range of student needs in regards to specific majors or academic requirements. In addition to the required Japanese language courses, students are offered Japanese studies elective classes as well as various field trips, excursions, and cultural activities. These, along with the homestay, provide students an unparalleled opportunity to learn the Japanese culture and language.

TIU is composed of five schools and has approximately 6,000 students divided between four campuses. The University has two campuses in Kawagoe City (35 min. by train from Tokyo), which are located within 15 minutes walking distance of each other. JSP is located at TIU's Campus 1. From Kawagoe, Tokyo is easily accessible, while also being close to more rural areas. This gives TIU's foreign exchange students the opportunity to explore both the traditional and more modern aspects of Japan.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

Students will enroll in 16 credits per semester: 8 credits of Japanese language and 8 credits of Japanese civilization and culture electives (taught in English).  Language courses are taught at five levels, from beginner to advanced.  Placement will be determined by an exam administered during orientation.  Students will also follow two four-credit elective courses.  An example of available electives can be found in the academic section of TIU's website.  

The small size of the Japanese Studies Program or JSP (approximately 35 students each semester, mostly from North America) allows for large amounts of student support and oversight.  Small numbers also allow for small classes, ideal for language learning.  TIU is an excellent situation for a student new to Japanese culture or unsure of his/her language abilities.

Click here to access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and current course equivalencies.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click here to view how credits and grades at Tokyo International University will convert to ASU credits and grades.


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Program Housing

The Japan Studies Program believes strongly in cultural immersion. Students at JSP live with a Japanese host family.

Homestay: This unique living arrangement enables students to experience a typical Japanese family's daily life, while providing an opportunity to greatly improve language skills. Many students regard the host family experience as one of their most enriching experiences in Japan as it provides valuable insight into the life and culture of Japan. Families provide 16 meals per week: breakfast and dinner on weekdays and three meals a day on weekends.

More information about homestays is available here.

Special note for year-long applicants: Students are not able to stay with their host family before the semester starts, nor after the semester ends. Year-long students may have to make alternate arrangements for accommodation between semesters.


Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

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TIU Garden


Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost SheetAcademic Year Cost Sheet, or Calendar Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost SheetSpring Semester Cost SheetAcademic Year Cost Sheet, or Calendar Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Calendar Year 2018 09/25/2017
Rolling Admission 03/30/2018 12/17/2018
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2018 10/10/2017
Rolling Admission 03/30/2018 07/29/2018
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
This program is currently not accepting applications.