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Japanese Advising Guide

A comprehensive and practical understanding and use of the Japanese language helps develop intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills, and an appreciation of the humanistic context of international, especially Japanese-speaking, cultures.

Global Learning for Japanese Students

Begin planning as early as possible
  • Determine how education abroad fits into your overall degree plan with your academic advisor.
  • Begin the process your freshman year.
Going abroad your sophomore year is ideal
  • Finding applicable coursework is easier earlier in your major, before you reach upper-division requirements.
  • Studying abroad in the last semester of your senior year may delay graduation.
Financial aid and scholarships may be applied to education abroad opportunities

Visit mystudyabroad.wsu.edu to browse additional program options.

Featured Programs


Bilateral Exchange: International Christian University

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Term: Academic year, September-June | Fall, September-November
Cost: Academic year, $25,567 | Fall, $13,478
Features:
Founded in 1949, International Christian University (ICU) is one of Japan’s most prestigious universities and is ideal for the student looking for an academically challenging program. ICU emphasizes breadth as well as depth of knowledge and offers inquisitive and motivated students from around the world a unique bilingual educational experience. The campus of 150 wooded acres sits on the western doorstep of Tokyo. At ICU the classes are small; the faculty are accomplished and dedicated; and the campus environment is both beautiful and conducive to learning. Over 90% of students are Japanese citizens, and ICU welcomes approximately 100 exchange students each year. Students can participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities and organizations, including baseball, basketball, drama, karate, kendo, modern dance, glee-club, or tea ceremonies.



Bilateral Exchange: Nihon University
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Term: Academic year, September-March | Fall, September-December | Spring, January-March
Cost:
Academic year, $23,147 | Semester, $12,263
Features:
One of the largest universities in Japan, Nihon University is located in the heart of downtown Tokyo. Students take courses within the Japanese Language and Japan Studies Program facilitated by the International Division. The program also includes a number of field trips and social activities for students to learn more about Japanese culture.



ISEP Exchange: International Tokyo University
Location:
Tokyo, Japan
Term:
Calendar year, March-December | Full year, August-August | Fall, August-December| Spring, March-August
Cost:
WSU Tuition + ISEP fees
Features:
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of central Tokyo in Kawagoe, Saitama, Tokyo International University offers a quality environment for learning combined with direct access to the heart of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. Established in 1965 as a small business college, TIU has grown from humble beginnings to a fully accredited private university with 5 undergraduate and 4 graduate schools. The Japan Studies Program (JSP) was established at Tokyo International University in 1989. Program enrollment is around 30 students per semester, among a TIU student body of 6,400 Japanese and 700 international students.



ISEP Exchange: Toyo University
Location:
Tokyo, Japan
Term:
Calendar year, March-January | Academic year, September-August | Fall, September-January* | Spring, March-August
Cost:
WSU Tuition + ISEP fees
Features:
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 15 graduate schools and 13 undergraduate schools located on 5 campuses in the greater Tokyo area. University enrollment is approximately 30,000 undergraduate and 800 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.
*Must stay through January

 


CIEE: Ancient + Modern Japan

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Term: Academic year, September-TBA | Fall, September-December | Spring, January-May
Cost:
Academic year, TBA | Fall, $19,850 | Spring, TBA
Features: Explore the dynamics of Japanese language and culture in one of the most celebrated historical cities in the world. As the ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto remains the premier hub of traditional Japanese culture. Students study Japanese language and select courses in English at CIEE Kyoto Center on Japanese history, religion, media, and more. All courses are delivered by CIEE and complemented byth co-curricular activities and excursions in and beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.



CET: Japan

Location:
Osaka, Japan
Term:
Fall, August-December | Spring, January-May
Cost:
Fall, $21,990 | Spring, TBA
Features:
CET Japan students are ready to move closer to Japanese fluency and dive into life in Japan. With your intensive curriculum, commitment to the language pledge, and housing with a local Japanese student, language isn’t just in the classroom in Osaka—it’s in everything you do.



ISA: International Studies, Japanese Language & Culture

Location:
Tokyo, Japan
Term:
Fall, September-December | Spring, April-August
Cost:
TBA
Features:
By participating in ISA semester or academic year programs at J.F. Oberlin University, you will not only enhance your academic knowledge but increase your intercultural competence by learning about and experiencing Japan. This program offers you a variety of courses taught in English with a focus on International Relations, Business, East Asian Studies, and Humanities. You can also enroll in an optional intensive Japanese language track comprising core and elective courses.



USAC: Study Abroad in Nagasaki

Location:
Nagasaki, Japan
Term:
Academic year, September-August | Fall, September-February* | Spring, March-August
Cost:
Academic year, $23,518 | Semester, $11,425
Features:
Japan is a fascinating country rich in culture and history with a diverse environment, the combination that produces one of the most distinctive societies in the world. Nagasaki has unique layers of history, vibrant culture and arts, and is a lovely coastal location in which to live and study Japanese in the far west of Japan. The Nagasaki program offers a curriculum that gives students a range of courses focused on Japanese society and culture, and is an ideal program for beginning-level language study or for non-intensive language study at all levels. Students are required to take a Japanese language course from the choice of 6 levels, beginning to advanced. Other courses are taught in English or simplified Japanese, including courses covering traditional Japanese arts. Native-speaking conversation partners are assigned as well for you to gain real experience practicing Japanese and make a new friend. You may choose to stay for a semester or a full year.
*Must stay through February



IES: Nagoya Summer – Language & Culture

Location: Nagoya, Japan
Term: Summer
Cost:
$6,600
Features:
What better way to practice your Japanese language skills and immerse yourself in Japanese life and culture than by studying in Nagoya? Experience day-to-day life as a Japanese person in the country’s fourth-largest city. This 8-week summer program offers you intensive Japanese courses at The Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at Nanzan University, renowned in the field of Japanese language education.



TEAN: Kyoto Internship

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Term: Summer
Cost:
$6,350
Features:
Drawing in more than 55 million tourists annually, Kyoto may be famous for its thousands of Buddhist temples, picturesque gardens, traditional wooden houses, geishas, and tempting cuisine, but it is also an important hub for Japan’s leading high-tech companies. The former Imperial capital is one of the country’s main academic centers and has long-established business ties with the rest of the world making it an excellent city to intern abroad in – particularly for business, IT, marketing, and hospitality. Strengthen your work experience with a full-time internship while exploring the historic region, which is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and appreciating the comfortable climate.