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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/10/2019 09/27/2019 01/07/2020 04/25/2020
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing: Apartment, Dorm, Homestay Major: Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Asian Studies, Communication, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, International Development, International Relations, Japanese, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Economy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Urban Studies
Language Level: English only
Program Description:

Temple University in Japan
Tokyo, Japan

Temple University in Japan

About the Program | Tokyo, Japan | Eligibility 
Fields of Study | Academic Culture | Student Life | Housing | Helpful Links


About the Program
TUJ offers a specialized spring semester architecture program for students majoring in architecture, architectural studies, landscape architecture, and urban design/studies. The program is designed to open up the world of Japanese architecture – its history, traditions and influences as well as its highly unique contemporary forms, challenges, practices and innovations – to the student. Architecture students should confirm the availability of courses with TUJ in consultation with the Tulane School of Architecture.

Japan possesses one of the most exciting architectural landscapes in the world, encompassing exquisite wooden temples, minuscule micro-houses and futuristic skyscrapers on seismic fault lines. Yet Japan is also facing unprecedented architectural challenges; such as the rebuilding of Tohoku, rapidly changing demographics, global economic uncertainty and ever-increasing issues related to the environment and sustainability. What Japan does next in terms of the built environment and urban planning will be watched by architects worldwide.

For all other students, courses are available in Japanese and in a wide range of fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Tokyo, Japan 
Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. The city's many museums offer exhibits ranging from classical art (in the Tokyo National Museum) to a reconstructed kabuki theater (in the Edo-Tokyo Museum).

Eligibility is limited to those students who:
  • minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
Students will be selected mainly on the basis of their intellectual purpose and emotional maturity

Fields of Study
American studies, anthropology, architecture (only available in the spring), art, art history, Asian studies, communication studies, media studies and production, economics, film and media arts, history, Japanese (all levels), journalism, political science, psychology, and sociology

Academic Culture

TUJ offers a variety of disciplines, allowing study abroad students to immerse themselves in Japanese language and Asian studies while completing other degree requirements abroad. As a study abroad student, you are strongly encouraged to enroll in a Japanese studies foundation course and a Japanese language course in addition to any other requirements you need to fulfill while abroad, for a total of 15-18 credit hours.
 Some of the Japanese studies foundation courses that have been offered include:
  • Japanese Culture
  • Introduction to East Asia: Japan
  • Japanese Art
  • Japan Today
Japanese language courses are offered at all levels, from beginning to advanced. If you have had no prior Japanese language, plan to enroll in an introductory language course. See below for which level you should choose.
Additional courses are offered in a broad range of disciplines. When possible, we recommend enrolling in upper-level courses (numbered 2000 or above).  
Credit-bearing internships are also available.

Course availability and schedules are listed ahead of time on the TUJ website.  Check courses here

Please note that Architecture is only available in the spring!

Student Life
Small classes of around 21 students each encourage student participation and allow faculty to provide individualized attention. Internships and independent research provide plenty of hands-on experience. Outside of class, students enjoy the best of Tokyo and Japan through excursions, workshops, campus events and student club activities. Campus facilities include computer labs, an academic advising center, library, counseling office, editing room and tutoring center.?

As a TUJ study abroad student, you will have the option to live in a dorm, reside with a Japanese family in a homestay, or find your own housing in Tokyo.  

Housing in Tokyo is guaranteed for all program participants who submit the housing form and a $200 non-refundable housing deposit by the deadline set for your particular semester.

Helpful Links 
Temple in Japan