Temple Japan Pacific Culture Club




U.S. and Japanese students

Study Abroad Program Overview

About Temple University, Japan Campus

Student Body


Housing Options


Transfer of Credits



Study Abroad Program OVERVIEw

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) offers you the opportunity to study abroad in Tokyo for a semester, summer, or full academic year. At TUJ, you will study alongside degree-seeking Japanese students, who comprise 40 percent of undergraduates, as well as international students from countries all around the world. With such a diverse student body, you can expect a dynamic exchange of ideas and perspectives on current global issues, international relations, and aspects of traditional and popular culture. Outside of the classroom, we hope that you will continue this exchange by participating in the many social activities organized each semester. We also hope that you will take advantage of the full schedule of outings, events and workshops that expose you to new locations and various aspects of life in Tokyo and throughout Japan.

Program at a Glance:

  • Semester, academic year and summer programs for U.S. undergraduates
  • Study abroad students take classes alongside degree-seeking Japanese students, as well as other degree-seeking international students from approximately 50 different countries
  • Courses include Japanese language at all levels, for native and non-native speakers, and upper-level courses in American studies; anthropology; art history; art; Asian studies; economics; film and media arts; history; international business studies; journalism; media studies and production; political science and psychology
  • New! Spring semester architecture program
  • Instruction is in English, with the exception of language courses
  • Small class sizes (20 students on average) facilitate lively discussions and allow professors to work closely with students to achieve their academic objectives
  • Internship opportunities are available to all students; in many cases Japanese language skills are required


About Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ)

  • Founded in 1982, TUJ is the oldest and largest foreign university in Japan
  • Nationally recognized by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, allowing TUJ to sponsor long-term visas

  • Enrollment is approximately 3,500 students per year (700 degree-seeking undergraduates; about 60 study abroad undergraduates per semester; 320 graduate students; 2,400 in English preparation, continuing education or corporate education programs)


  • About 40% of undergraduate students are Japanese; the remaining 60% come from countries around the world
  • 159 faculty members from Japan, the U.S., and other countries around the world
  • Undergraduate degrees with majors in art, Asian studies, computer science, communication studies, economics, general studies, health information management, international affairs, international business studies, Japanese language, political science and psychological studies
  • At the graduate level, TUJ offers an MBA, master's and doctoral programs in education, and a Master of Laws
  • Home to the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, which sponsors special programs devoted to Asian contemporary culture and language, a lecture series, and an academic journal


Location and facilities

TUJ is located within two buildings in the Minami Azabu and Mita districts in central Tokyo, and is surrounded by several embassies, international companies, and two major universities. Occupying several floors of each building, TUJ provides a comfortable yet lively atmosphere, where you can expect to see the familiar faces of faculty, staff and fellow students on a regular basis.

Facilities include classroom space, art studios, computer labs and a wireless network, student lounges, library, career center, teaching and learning center, and administrative offices. On the first floor, you will find the Office of Student Services (OSS).

TUJ is easy to reach using Tokyo’s famous public transportation system and is within walking distance of several subway and train stations. You will find the location convenient for grabbing lunch at one of the many Japanese or international eateries, or a well-stocked convenience store, and for exploring Tokyo after class. You may hop on the train for a quick ride to Shibuya, a vibrant area popular with young adults, or head to the Imperial Palace (home to the emperor), the Diet Building (Japanese Legislature), or the shopping districts of Ginza and Shinjuku, all of which are less than three miles from campus.

Housing locations allow you to experience life outside of central Tokyo. TUJ uses two main student residence halls in neighborhoods approximately 50-60 minutes from TUJ by public transportation. If you plan to live in a homestay, your commute will be longer and similar to that of most local students – typically one to two hours each way. As few people live in central Tokyo, your commute to campus will be an authentic Japanese experience.

Housing Options

  • Program-arranged residence halls
  • Program-arranged homestays available for students with prior study of the Japanese language
  • Independent housing

For more information about housing, visit our Program Services section.


TUJ is officially recognized as a Foreign University, Japan Campus, by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). This status allows TUJ to sponsor student visas, enabling students from the U.S. and other countries to study at the university on either a short-term basis, for one or two semesters, or a long-term basis, such as to complete a full four-year program. Temple University and Temple University, Japan Campus, are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.




We advise you to discuss your academic plan, selection of courses, applicability of financial aid, and ultimate transfer of credit with your home institution prior to departure for Tokyo. The credits you earn at TUJ will be recorded on a standard Temple University transcript. If you are not a Temple student, your official transcript will be sent directly to your home institution free of charge following the conclusion of the program.  Additional transcripts are available from Temple's Office of the University Registrar: http://www.temple.edu/registrar/