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. You’ll 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.
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- 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 staff and CISabroad on-site staff
- Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
- Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
- Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
WHY THIS 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.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR COURSESNow the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
COURSE APPROVALMake sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
GPA REQUIREMENTIf you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
8+ CLASSES IN
3-7 CLASSES IN
While participating on a CISabroad 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
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
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.
Your Support Staff
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 phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.
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!
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.
From the get-go the program was super organized . . . I was immediately set up with an advisor that I could get in contact with super easily throughout the whole process . . . Once I got to Japan, they gave us a fun orientation in Tokyo where we got to browse all of the local hotspots and get to know our site director, Jeff (he is amazing!). The whole time we were there we could contact Jeff at literally any hour and he would get back to us super quickly. He also took us on excursions throughout the trip, like getting to see a Shinto ceremony at a shrine (that was closed only for us!), or feeding deer at Nara! It was absolutely amazing!
Application DeadlineOctober 1ArrivalMarch 25 (Estimated)DepartureAugust 5 (Estimated)PRICE$11,990 - $12,990
Application DeadlineMarch 1ArrivalSeptember 2 (Estimated)DepartureJanuary 27 (Estimated)PRICE$11,990 - $12,990 (Estimated)
CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
Optional Elective Course: Teaching English and Professional Development in Japan
(Currently offered during summer only. Consider extending your stay!)
Summary of Program:
- Semester-long, plus one extra week at the end
- 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
- PRE-TESOL Basic Certificate and letter of recommendation post-completion
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
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