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Tokyo Full-length Summer Semester


Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), offers a summer semester giving undergraduates the opportunity to choose from a broad range of courses, including several focusing on Asia, and to study alongside bilingual Japanese students. Japanese language is offered at all levels, beginning through advanced. Courses are taught by distinguished faculty and, except for language courses, are conducted in English. The TUJ academic calendar is comprised of three semesters; the summer session is not a special program for U.S. or international students, but one of the regular academic semesters. As a result, U.S. students can expect to take advantage of all of the regular academic and extracurricular offerings normally found during the academic year, including a wide range of courses and an active student life.

Temple students who successfully complete this program automatically satisfy the World Society (GG) requirement of GenEd.


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All full-length summer semester participants, regardless of major, are strongly urged to enroll in at least one course focusing on Japan or Asia, and in a Japanese language course. Japanese language is offered at all levels, beginning through advanced. Participants may choose the remainder of their courses from a variety of electives, mainly at the 2000-level or above. All students choose three to four courses from the summer schedule for a total of 9 to 13 credit hours.

Summer 2014 Course Schedule



TUJ offers paid and unpaid internships with Japanese and multinational organizations, embassies and NGOs in the Tokyo area. An internship provides excellent preparation for the particular field and for future employment, as well as the opportunity to experience a different dimension of Japanese life and make important professional contacts for future networking.

For a credit-bearing internship, students receive Temple University course credit which varies depending on the requirements of the company. All students must be registered for 9-13 semester hours total, including regular coursework and any internship credits. Students should check with their home college to determine whether or not they will receive academic credit for an internship. Students may also apply for non-credit bearing internships with the assistance of Career Services after arrival in Japan.

Generally, for each semester hour of credit, a student spends five hours per week working for the company. For example, a three-credit internship would require approximately 15 hours per week at the company at a minimum.

Bilingual capabilities in Japanese and English are desirable and, in many cases, at least a business level of Japanese is required. However, some internships do not require Japanese language skills.

To oversee the internship, a faculty supervisor sets the evaluation requirements for the internship, meets with students several times during the summer semester, and minimally requires a final report about the experience.

All students are provided detailed information available internships after being accepted to the study abroad program. Interested students then apply for an internship prior to departure for Tokyo. To see the internships that were available last summer, download the Summer 2013 Internships (pdf) packet.

Thanks to a grant from the Freeman Foundation, Temple University is able to award additional scholarship funding to select study abroad students participating in the TUJ internship program. Students participating in summer internships may apply for scholarships up to $5,000. All eligible students are encouraged to apply. See the Scholarships section further below for more details.


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TUJ provides access to approximately 160 full-time and adjunct faculty throughout the year. The faculty includes full-time professors based in Japan, part-time faculty who are practicing professionals in specialized fields, as well as Main Campus Temple faculty on temporary assignment.

View a list of faculty that currently teach at TUJ.




Full-length Summer Semester

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Undergraduate Tuition**

$517 per credit*

$834 per credit*




TUJ Program Fee



   Required Health Insurance

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Personal Expenses (including local transportation)






Round-Trip Airfare



Japanese National Health Insurance (for students on student visas). This is in addition to the required health insurance listed above.





All estimated costs are subject to change. They should be used as a guideline only. Accepted students will receive updated, detailed cost information as soon as it is available after the application deadline.

*Participants in the full-length summer semester are required to take a minimum of 9 credits; the maximum number of credits is 13.

**Per university policy, Temple students who are considered “upper division” are charged additional tuition ($21 per credit) in the summer. “Upper division” is defined as an undergraduate student with a minimum of 60 earned credits, regardless of how obtained. This policy does not affect non-Temple students.

Some courses carry fees which range from approximately $60-$175 USD per course. Students pay these fees in Japan.

In addition to the items listed above, students should budget money for any travel outside of Tokyo and any other personal expenses.

We recommend that students follow the exchange rate prior to and during their summer abroad, either through the newspaper or a currency exchange web site (such as



Dates are tentative and subject to change.


Full-length Summer Semester
May 19
  Arrival in Japan
May 20
May 21-25
  Classes Begin
May 26
  Classes End
July 30
  Last Night in Housing
August 1
  Program Ends
August 2




Please see Temple Japan Information to read about Tokyo, TUJ's campus, student life at TUJ, and housing.




Please see General Summer Information to read about pre-departure information and orientation, passports and visas, scholarships, costs and payment policies, accreditation, and transfer of credits.

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Education Abroad Scholarships for Temple Students

A limited number of scholarships are available to qualified Temple students for study on a TUJ summer program. Scholarships for the full-length summer semester range from $1,000-$2,500. To be eligible for an award, a student must be a full-time, matriculated undergraduate at Temple University; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; receive need-based financial aid; and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 for a summer scholarship. Selected finalists may be interviewed.

Freeman Foundation East Asia Internship Program Scholarships
Thanks to a grant from the Freeman Foundation, Temple University is able to award additional scholarship funding to select study abroad students participating in the TUJ internship program. Students participating in summer internships may apply for scholarships up to $5,000. Preference will be given to Temple University students, but all eligible students are encouraged to apply. To be eligible for an award, a student must be a U.S. citizen; be enrolled as a full-time, matriculated undergraduate student; have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average; have completed at least 30 undergraduate credits; be in good academic and disciplinary standing (students on academic and/or disciplinary probation or warning are not eligible); and commit to completing a 3-credit internship during the summer term. Applications will be available to students accepted to the TUJ Full-length Summer Semester program, with a deadline in March.

For information on additional scholarships, visit the Scholarships section.



Please see Eligibility and Application Procedures for program eligibility, application requirements, and application procedures that apply to all summer programs.
In addition, non-Temple students wishing to enroll in art courses with prerequisites should note the following requirement:

  • Non-Temple applicants are asked to submit a portfolio at the time of application, which is used to determine a student’s eligibility for advanced art courses. An acceptable portfolio should demonstrate achievement in the media for the courses to which the student is applying. The applicant is asked to submit a CD-R with jpeg files of works. No bulky shipments will be accepted, and the CD-R will not be returned. The portfolio should be sent directly to Education Abroad, 200 Tuttleman Learning Center, 1809 N. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA 19122. No responsibility for the portfolio can be assumed by Temple University.





For additional information, please contact Education Abroad, 215-204-0720,