Semester in Tokyo
Toyo University

New Offering
Open for 2022

Tokyo has it all: culture, food, night life, nature... and so much more.

Japan is a land of endless contrasts and extremes, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore a unique, refreshing, and incredibly exciting side of the world. Study and live in Tokyo, the world’s most populated greater metropolitan area, a vibrant and bustling city, yet impressively orderly and clean. Make your home base at Toyo University, a local Japanese university with a global focus.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English and Japanese
  • Average Courseload: 5-6 courses (15+ U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5

Highlights:

  • Program based in the heart of Tokyo, the capital of Japan and the world's most populous city
  • Intensive Japanese language courses, one of the world’s top in-demand languages
  • Japanese cultural events and interactions with Japanese students organized by the university
  • Variety of courses taught in English, combining local, regional, and global contexts
  • Exceptional student support from both university and on-site staff

Program Details

Toyo University

Founded in 1877, Toyo University aims to foster “globally talented individuals” through their three pillars: Philosophy education, internationalization, and career education. Toyo University’s founder, Dr. Inoue Enryo, is one of Japan’s most celebrated philosophers. With nearly 32,000 students it is easy for international students to feel like getting a real Japanese university experience with opportunities to interact with local students at every turn.

Toyo University is one of the largest private universities in Japan, with its student body spread across five campuses. The campus that CIS Abroad students study at, Hakusan, is located in a central location of Tokyo. The Hakusan campus offers easy access via public transit to some of Tokyo’s most iconic neighborhoods – Shibuya, Akihabara, Ikebukuro and Shinjuku. While the city can be a sensory overload, students at Toyo University can escape the hustle and bustle of the city for the calm, refined and picturesque Hakusan campus. Toyo University’s Hakusan Campus was designed to be conducive for learning and thinking. Students have access to the university’s sleek and modern buildings surrounded by lush greenery. Sky Hall is the tallest building on campus and offers students a spectacular view of Mt Fuji during the day and iconic Tokyo cityscape views in the evening.

Toyo University offers students a vibrant and extensive student life. Students have the opportunity to join one of Toyo’s 100+ student organizations, volunteer programs, and other extracurricular activities. The university hosts a multitude of events to provide international students with firsthand experience of Japanese culture, some of which include sumo lessons, weekend homestay, language exchange partner program, and Japanese calligraphy experiences.

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Education

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • Business
  • Communications
  • Natural & Applied Sciences
  • World Languages
  • Humanities

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Course Offerings

A variety of courses are available at Toyo University, in both English and Japanese.

The following list includes courses previously offered at Toyo University: Business Communication, Cross Cultural Studies, Business Entrepreneurship, Gender Studies, Globalization & Global Studies, Human Relations, International Relations, Political Science, Urban Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, and much more.


Content Courses Instructed in English

To begin preparing your courses at Toyo, please visit the Course & Registration website.

From this website, you can see the information on course credits, downloadable syllabi, and courses offered. A final list of courses for a specific term does not usually come out until a few weeks before the program starts. However, courses are usually the same term to term, so looking at a past term’s course offerings will give you a good idea of what is available.


Content Courses Instructed in Japanese

Students with advanced Japanese language proficiency (JLPT N1 or N2) are able to enroll in regular courses taught solely in Japanese. Please contact us for details.

For students taking Japanese language courses, it is recommended that students begin the program having taken at least one semester of a university level Japanese language course. Students who have never formally studied Japanese must master hiragana and katakana characters before arriving in Japan if they would like to take Japanese language and culture courses.

Educational materials recommended for students beginning study of the Japanese language:

Japanese Foundation e-learning: Hiragana

Japanese Foundation e-learning: Katakana


Japanese Language Courses (NEST)

Toyo University offers a variety of intensive Japanese language and culture courses for students who have not passed level 1 (N1) or level 2 (N2) of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).

Japanese language courses are offered at the following levels:

Beginner
Elementary
Low Intermediate
High Intermediate

Courses available at all levels:

Integrated Japanese (4 credits)
Japanese Reading and Composition (1 credit)
Japanese Listening Comprehension (1 credit)
Kanji Literacy (1 credit)
Project Work (1 credit)

Course available at Beginner-Elementary level:

Japanese Culture and Society (2 credits)

Course available at Low Intermediate-High Intermediate level:

Introduction to Japanology (2 credits)


Distinguishing Course Offerings Per Semester

For courses outside of the NEST program:

Kindly note that all courses offered at Toyo are semester courses. Courses marked with “I” are offered in Spring, and “II” are offered in Fall. There is no prerequisite system in Toyo, though starting with the courses marked “I” is preferable, in the case that the professor will reference this course material in the course marked with “II”.

For courses within the NEST program:

Courses with a “I” and “II” simply refer to the semester which the course is offered, similar to the note above. “I” courses are offered in Spring, and “II” courses are offered in Fall. The content in the course will be the same. For instance, Integrated Japanese I will offer the same exact content as Integrated Japanese II, they are simply offered in different semesters.

Why Life in Tokyo

Huge, stylish, exciting, bold, and incredibly fun, Tokyo is a one-of-a-kind city. The Tokyo metropolitan area is the most populous place in the entire world, and it’s home to absolutely everything. You can step from a bustling market into a quiet park, from a frenetic dance club to a serene temple. The best thing to do in Tokyo is to embrace it all, including the food, the festivals, and the karaoke. It would take several lifetimes to explore all that Tokyo has to offer, but CISabroad will show you some of the best sites during your time in Tokyo. Every day will be filled with unforgettable sights and scenes, Tokyo style.

You can spend your free time visiting world-famous markets, shrines, and museums. For a more low-key experience, ride a bike around a quiet neighborhood, where you can interact with street vendors, food cart owners, and friendly residents. Your time in Tokyo will fly by, and we guarantee you’ll always want to come back. The city is that special!

Live La Vida Local

  • Japanese Gardens in Tokyo

    The Imperial Palace Higashi (East) Gyoen (garden), Shinjuku Gyoen, Kiyosu Teien, Hamarikyu, Rikugien. Asianesque garden beauty is laid out and provides a serene feeling of Japan and Asia.

  • Mt. Fuji

    Ride the fastest Japanese train, the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) from Tokyo station to Shin Fuji station. At the station, you can see a dynamic view of Mt. Fuji. Climb up to the top of the mountain to see more amazing views of Japan. Take the Bullet train further to Kyoto city. Stay overnight in a Japanese inn, and walk around the ancient capital city.

  • Largest Fish Market in the World

    Be sure to go to Toyosu Fish Market in Tokyo. It is the largest fish market in the world. Try to get to the market early so you can watch the auction for freshly caught giant tuna fish. Enjoy the freshest sushi possible and/or the market's exceptional ramen!

  • Japanese “Onsen” (Hot Spring)

    Take a train to Hakone and Atami, less than one hour ride from Tokyo. In Hakone and Atami, there are a number of traditional Inns where you can enjoy hot springs and authentic Japanese cuisine. Tokyo has some good spots too.

  • Tokyo Sky Tree

    The world highest free-standing broadcasting tower. The height of the tower is 645m. Take the elevator up to the top “TEMBO DECK” (observatory deck) so you can have a complete panorama view of Tokyo.

I-House (On-Campus)

Location

I-House (International House) dormitory traditionally will see a greater male student population than female, but all students are welcome to apply for housing at I-House. In each apartment there is one single room and one double room. Each apartment includes a kitchenette, small washing machine, and shared bathroom among suite-mates. You will find bedrooms are on the small side, but the living room / dining room makes for a cozy shared space. The building is modern, and very well kept. Tokyo is an extremely safe city, and I-House’s neighborhood is no exception. This is a wonderful, hilly, residential neighborhood. However, for added security, there is a curfew and doors are locked in the evening and remain locked until morning.

Meals

You’ll have a kitchen or kitchenette for preparing your own food, so try your hand at making local dishes!

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomEnsuite
  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • Double Room
  • Kitchenette
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Single RoomOptional

Kitazono (On-Campus)

Location

Kitazono Women’s Residence is a clean and cozy women’s residence featuring single rooms that include a kitchenette and private bathrooms and shared laundry is located on the ground floor. This is a female-only residence so those identifying as male or non-binary are encouraged to apply to other housing locations. Additionally, there is a strict policy that no men be allowed into the building, so students should know that friends cannot visit this residence. This residence also observes an overnight curfew with outside doors locking at night and opening again in the morning. Kitazono is a very popular option for Japanese students and international students alike and it presents great opportunities for meeting people with different cultural backgrounds. Included for Kitazono are: Bedding, Wired Internet (wifi routers not included).

Meals

You will have a kitchenette provided to cook your own self-catered meals!

Inclusions and Amenities

  • 24-hour security
  • Shared
  • Bed linens
  • Commute
  • Desk
  • Kitchenette
  • LaundryOn-site

Hakusan House (Off-Campus)

Location

Hakusan House is our newest housing option and is modern and sleek with very trendy style accents. This residence was constructed just a couple of years ago. Some perks of living in private housing is that there is no curfew as with traditional university dormitories, but you still have the added security of an overnight guard and video surveillance. Located in the same neighborhood as Toyo, Hakusan House is a quick 5-10 minute walk from campus and also from the nearby subway to explore other parts of the city. You can also hop on one of Hakusan House’s free rental bicycles if you’re running late to class or just want to pedal around the neighborhood. Amenities: not only is there a full floor of study and hang out spaces but also a cinema room that you can reserve along with any of Hakusan House’s gaming systems to either stream a movie or have a tournament of your favorite video game. Also don’t forget to enjoy the sun from the rooftop garden! Hakusan House is perfect for those looking to travel with friends and make new ones!

Students at Hakusan House will have three options for apartment living:

  • Share Nest is a 6-person apartment with 5 other roommates. These apartments include a shared counter workspace, shared bathroom with two showers and toilets, and a shared small fridge. Each bedroom space has a bed, personal desk, and storage with a thick curtain dividing your sleeping area from the common area.
  • Duo Nest is a 2-person apartment you would share with just one roommate in a more private shared space. Each bedroom, in addition to having a bed, personal desk, storage and curtain divider, also comes with your own mini fridge. The Duo Nest shared bathroom has one shower booth and toilet.
  • Premium Nest is the option for those who prefer their own apartment without roommates. A Premium Nest apartment has all the features of a Duo Nest but in one cozy room: your own bed, desk, storage, mini fridge, shower booth, and toilet.

Meals

There is no cafeteria at Hakusan House, instead all students are encouraged to cook their own meals or grab something at any of the local restaurants, food counters, or convenience stores in the area. All students in each room type can enjoy a spacious kitchen that comes complete with everything you’d need such as a rice cooker, toaster, oven, and more.

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • Welcome dinner
  • University housing
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Toyo University transcript
  • Japanese traditional tea ceremony
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site support
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival, get a lay of the land, touring apartments and visiting local convenient stores and markets for anything you may need. Shortly after you’ve settled in, explore nearby neighborhoods, familiarizing yourself with the subway and train systems. Orientation continues with an excursion and a welcome dinner the first week in the fun fashion district of Shibuya!

Farewell & Re-Entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system, especially after having lived in the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo! We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect when readjusting to whatever you’re going back to (if you can actually pry yourself away from Japan) and rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Experience and learn about the tradition of the tea ceremony with fellow University students where you can perform some of the traditions, enjoy the pure form of Japanese tea and sweets in the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony room on campus.

Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, & Shibuya

Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, & Shibuya

Shortly after your arrival, we’ll set out to get a lay of the land, enjoying a tour of some of the top sites in Tokyo and its surrounds. Accompanied by our Japanese university students, we’ll head to the Meiji Shrine, the largest and most famous shrine in Tokyo. Next, we’ll cruise through Harajuku, one of the most famous fashion districts in the world. We’ll get the night started in nearby Shibuya, enjoying a welcome Izakaya party and a sampling of a variety of Japanese food.

Site Director

Travel Tip:

When choosing places to travel, venture to locations with a culture entirely different than your own, where the language, food, behaviors, traditions, ways of thinking, and ways of working and living are totally foreign to you. The experience will be transformative in good ways and stay with you for a lifetime.

Travel Tip:

When choosing places to travel, venture to locations with a culture entirely different than your own, where the language, food, behaviors, traditions, ways of thinking, and ways of working and living are totally foreign to you. The experience will be transformative in good ways and stay with you for a lifetime.

About:

Originally from New Jersey, Jeff attended Rider University where he studied Business Administration. After graduation, he started working for a small college in northern New Jersey where he started the Office of International Programs, study abroad programs, language programs, and established international exchange programs. He was sent to tour Asia to establish international educational exchanges and continued expanding exchanges over the course of the next decade. He then moved to Tokyo, where he continues to develop programs and support systems for students studying in Japan.

Your Support Staff

CIS Abroad Advising & Support
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!

Global Advising

Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.

Program Enrollment

Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!

CIS Abroad's COVID-19 Plan

We want you to have the study abroad semester of a lifetime, and also know that Fall 2021 is a unique time to be having this experience. We want to provide useful information to you so you can make the best decision for your finances, academic career, and personal health and safety.

Our Financial Commitment

CIS Abroad is working with international partners to create refund and withdrawal policies that limit the financial impact on students and families should COVID-19 change a student’s plan to travel. See the refund policy page for more information.

To insure yourself from additional loss, such as the loss of airfare, or any other non-recoverable loss after your program begins, we recommend purchasing trip protection insurance, aka CFAR/IFAR insurance.

Our Academic Commitment

CIS Abroad has carefully selected programs where there is minimal to no academic risk*.

  • If a student must quarantine or miss classes due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e, live or recorded.
  • If a city or country goes on lockdown due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e. live or recorded.

*If a student cannot travel to their destination due to COVID-19 restrictions, remote academics are guaranteed on select programs and in certain courses. If accessing remote academics from the US is important to you, please contact our advising team to learn more about which program locations or courses are right for you.  

 

Our Health & Safety Commitment

CIS Abroad has developed a site-specific risk management plan for every location so that health and safety protocols are monitored, managed and communicated throughout the semester. We have developed a COVID Care Package included in our program fee for all Summer and Fall 2021 programming to make traveling and living in a host country easier on students, especially those first few weeks on-site:

  • COVID compliant airport pick-up and transfer to housing. 
  • Access to quarantine housing upon entry, if quarantine is required when entering the country; this housing may incur additional charges* 
  • Information and assistance on meal delivery, if quarantine is required when entering the country
  • COVID-safe classrooms, campus facilities, and housing as well as access to masks, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies according to country and location specific standards 
  • Access to accommodation if isolation is necessary due to positive COVID test or exposure; this housing may incur additional charges.
  • Access to COVID testing; this testing may be an additional charge.
  • Medical and accident insurance that covers COVID-related illness (except for on programs operating in the USA).
  • La Vida Local cultural activities and reflection that emphasize safe, local exploration geared to the specific context of being abroad at this special time.

*if quarantine is required upon entry, we will let you know 60 days before a program starts, or as soon as the information is known to CIS Abroad. Your program coordinator will keep you updated as to any changes in dates, arrival, local restrictions and costs.  If it is required, this may entail an earlier departure date and an additional housing and meal cost. 

We recognize not every student, family, or university will allow travel this year, despite the risk mitigation outlined above.  Should students apply for 2021 programs, and then choose to defer to a future program, we would be happy to move that student’s application to a program with a later start date.  We are committed to providing our innovative virtual programs to meet your internationalization goals.

Quarantine

CIS Abroad is closely monitoring changing international regulations and will help you plan accordingly. We anticipate that as we get further in 2021 quarantine may not be required due to the use of vaccinations. If quarantine upon arrival is required when entering the country, it may incur an additional charge for housing and meals.

Housing

All 2021 students will have COVID-19 compliant housing.

Excursions

We plan to show you the best of what your location has to offer this term; great culture, great food, and interesting people. On the Excursions tab, you can see the day or overnight trips we usually offer. It is too soon to know if we can offer those same experiences or if we’ll stay a little closer to our program base. Just know that great experiences await you. W

Visa

A visa is required for this program. We got you covered; your Program Coordinator has the details!

Add-Ons

Price

$1,750

Teaching English and Professional Development in Japan

Extend your time in Japan, immerse more deeply in the culture, and learn the theory and practice of teaching the English language in Japan and other Asian countries!

Please note: This add-on is only available to summer in Japan participants in sessions 2 & 3 or sessions 1, 2, & 3 or for participants in spring programs in Japan.

Summary of Program:

  • 6 weeks
  • Training course in theory and practice of teaching the English language in Japan and other Asian countries
  • Three stages: series of lectures, group discussions, peer activities, real-world teaching observations, and teaching demonstrations’ 18 hours of instruction
  • 34 hours of practical teaching experience
  • One week of classroom teaching in Tokyo
  • Tokyo English Camp with included activities
  • PRE-TESOL Basic Certificate and letter of recommendation post-completion.

Get more information about this add on.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Feb 28 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: September 7 (Estimated)
  • Departure: February 1 (Estimated)
  • Price: $11,990 - $17,790
  • Application Deadline: Oct 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: March 5 (Estimated)
  • Departure: August 6 (Estimated)
  • Price: $11,990 - $17,790 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: September 3 (Estimated)
  • Departure: January 21 (Estimated)
  • Price: $11,990 - $17,790 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Spring 2021: On-Campus Double Room: $11,990, On-Campus Single Room: $13,890

For Spring 2021, you will be charged the 14-day quarantine price. This additional $2,000 covers 2 weeks of accommodation in a hotel in Tokyo and some meals.

If quarantine is not required for your first 14 days on-site, you will be refunded this amount. Please do not book flights until CIS Abroad confirms the start date.

 

Fall 2021: On-Campus Double Room: $11,990, On-Campus Single Room: $13,890, Off-Campus 6-person apartment: $14,990, Off-Campus 2-person apartment: $15,890, Off-Campus private apartment: $17,790.

 

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.