Semester in Tokyo
Toyo University

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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. For a list of current courses, please scroll down the page to until you find the downloadable excel document titled “Courses for Exchange Students at Toyo”. Here is the most up-to-date list of courses available: Courses for Exchange Students at Toyo (2019 Academic Year).


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.

Housing in Tokyo

Location

Students will live in off-campus housing in gender-segregated housing. All housing locations are a 15-35 minute commute from campus. This is a short Tokyo commute in comparison to what most people commute to work! Both housing locations will have kitchen or kitchenettes for preparing their own food, bathrooms in-unit, and laundry in-building. All housing is key card secured, and convenience stores, shops, and local places with authentic Japanese food are nearby.

Check out the photo gallery to see what your housing in Tokyo could be like.

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

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

Global Advising Team
Travel Tip:

We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us—be it through a text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Julia Sementilli
Travel Tip:

Be open to meeting new people! Some of my favorite memories while traveling include meeting people in hostels, or by getting involved at my school abroad. You never know who will be a lifelong friend! Try all of the local foods, even if you don’t think you will like it. Write everything down in a journal- you will appreciate those stories later!

Alexandra Woolner
Travel Tip:

Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

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:
    EXTENDED!Mar 6 (Estimated)
    Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: September 2 (Estimated)
  • Departure: January 27 (Estimated)
  • Price: $11,990 - $14,990
  • Application Deadline: Oct 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: March 25 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 23 | August 1 (Estimated)
  • Price: $11,990 - $12,990 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

All Terms: On-Campus Double Room: $11,990, On-Campus Single Room: $13,890
Fall Term: Off Campus Housing: $14,990

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.