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ISEP Exchange - Tokyo International University
Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
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Minimum GPA: 3.0 Program Type: Study Abroad-RC
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Housing: home stay
Current Class Standing: Junior Area of Study: Economics, History, Humanities, Philosophy, Politics
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Tokyo International University

Program Snapshot

The Japan Studies Program (JSP) at Tokyo International University (TIU) is designed to be a culturally immersive program that promotes globally minded thinking. The TIU experience is one where every exchange student lives with a Japanese host family. Inside the classroom, students take Japanese language courses and a variety of Japanese studies elective classes. Outside the classroom, students participate in cultural activities, local field trips and weekend excursions to places like Tokyo - easily accessible and only 35 minutes away by train. Whether students spend time exploring Harajuku, visiting the local hot springs or staying up all night singing karaoke, they will certainly have an adventure that will never fade.

Fast Facts

Kawagoe, Japan (pop. 330,000)
Student Enrollment: 6,000
Language of instruction: English & Japanese
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Kawagoe City is situated 35 minutes from Tokyo by train. The vibrant city enjoys a long history, and is most famous for its autumn festival which dates back nearly 350 years to when Kawagoe was a castle town guarding the northern approach to Edo (Tokyo). Remnants of the castle remain, as does a merchant district and candy street dating from the Meiji era. Kawagoe's location along the edge of the Greater Tokyo Metropolitan Area allows students easy access to bustle of Tokyo city proper, and also to the quiet and relaxed rural areas of the Kanto region.

Program Type

ISEP-Exchange: Semester only
ISEP-Direct: Semester only

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

Program Dates

Semester 1: early September to mid-December; Semester 2: late March to mid July


Japanese Language (Beginner to Advanced)
Japan Studies Electives taught in English: History of Modern Japan, Japanese Politics, Japanese Pop Culture, Japanese Literature, Japanese Society, Japanese Economics, War and Memory in Japan, Japanese Philosophy.

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.


A one day orientation is given to students before their homestay begin. 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

Student Activities

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 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.
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 costs 100,000 yen (TBC).
Santome Project: Sustainable farming through managed forestry, using methods first implemented 300 years ago.


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 5300 Japanese and 700 international students.

ISEP-Exchange programs allow students to participate in reciprocal exchanges with students at ISEP member institutions worldwide, while paying their home university tuition. Students attending US universities that are ISEP-Exchange members are eligible to apply for these programs at other international ISEP-Exchange member universities. Chances of placement vary by location.

ISEP-Direct programs allow students to enroll directly in a host institution abroad, instead of exchanging places with another student. Chances of placement are typically excellent for qualified applicants and some sites offer special academic programs and excursions. Students attending US universities that are either ISEP-Exchange members or ISEP-Direct members can participate in ISEP-Direct programs abroad.

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