Japan: Temple University, Tokyo
For a truly international experience, students can study at the Temple University Japan Campus where only 50 percent of the students are Japanese—the remaining students represent over 60 different countries. The campus is located in the Minami Azabu and Mita districts in central Tokyo.
Students must enroll a minimum of 12 credits, with 17 being the maximum, and are strongly encouraged to take a Japanese studies foundation course and a Japanese language course. Other courses can be chosen from these disciplines: Art, Asian Studies, International Business Studies and Economics, Communications, and Asian Languages.
Internships are offered for credit. For a three credit internship, students must work 140 hours, which is about 10 to 20 hours per week. Students are placed at different multinational organizations, NGOs, and embassies in the Tokyo area.
TUJ offers numerous student organizations to help get participants involved in campus life and meet Japanese students. The University holds optional field trips and excursions each semester, including visits to Japanese festivals, museums, sporting events, and other cultural outings. TUJ organizes day trips and overnight trips to Kyoto, Kamakura, Yokohama, Nikko, Hakone, and Sapporo; however, students are responsible for travel, meals, and lodging costs. The campus’ Culture Exchange Program and Community Engagement also allow students to interact with Japanese and international students and immerse in the culture.
Housing is provided in select buildings across Tokyo equipped with air conditioning, kitchen and laundry facilities, and internet. Basic furnishings, linens, dishes, and kitchen utensils are provided.
Students may also choose the homestay option, which is encouraged for those who have prior study of Japanese language. Housing facilities are about a fifty-minute commute by public transportation.