Study Abroad in Japan

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Japan

Explore the unique opportunity to study at one of two universities in Japan: Tsuda University in Tokyo, which is a women's college; and Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, which is co-ed.

Tsuda University, Tokyo, Japan

About the University
Umeko Tsuda, one of the first Japanese women to study abroad, founded the all-female Tsuda University in 1900. The University has well-developed foreign-exchange programs with more than 20 institutions around the world. 

Academic Program
Tsuda University offers high-quality liberal arts and social science education. At the College of Liberal Arts, students have access to courses in the Department of English, Department of International and Cultural Studies, Department of Mathematics, and the Department of Computer Science. In addition, the undergraduate program offers some courses in the area of Multicultural Studies/International Cooperation as well as Media Studies.

Living in Tokyo
Tsuda University has three dormitories on the Kodaira Campus with a total capacity of 300 students. Each dormitory is conveniently located near classrooms, cafeterias, and libraries. All dormitory rooms are furnished. There are fully-equipped communal kitchens with all cooking utensils and cutlery provided, where students can prepare their own meals in the dormitories. Meals are not provided.

Getting to Know the Tsuda Community
The following organizations assist students in acclimating to life at Tsuda and to Tokyo. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the following opportunities:

BIG SISTERS:
Visiting students will be matched with two Tsuda students to help with acclimating to Tsuda and student life in Japan.  

PLUM PARK:
Plum Park is a students' association that supports all international students at Tsuda. Students are provided with support for studies (language assistance, tutoring, etc.), adjusting to Japanese life and culture, and opportunities to get together socially with Tsuda students.

Tuition & Expenses

Students are charged the cost of Sarah Lawrence tuition each semester.

Suggested costs to cover meals, airfare, and personal expenses are available here.

Application & Deadlines
Completed application and don recommendation are due:

  • February 1 (for academic year applicants)
  • October 1 (for spring applicants)

Please make an appointment with Chris Olson in the Global Education Office to learn more about the program at Tsuda.

Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan

About the University

Kansai Gaidai is a private university located near Osaka, Japan. The Asian Studies program at Kansai Gaidai welcomes more than 600 students from over 40 countries.

Academic Program

Sarah Lawrence students will join the Asian Studies program, dedicated to exploring Japanese and Asian studies through the classroom and interaction with the local community.

Japanese language courses range from the introductory through the advanced levels. Previous Japanese language training is not required. Students will select electives from a variety of course offerings relevant to Japan and Asia. All electives are taught in English.

View the academic calendar

Living in Osaka

Kansai Gaidai University is located in the city of Hirakata, midway between the ancient capital of Kyoto and the dynamic business center of Osaka. Kobe, located only a little further away, is the newest addition to the Kansai region, These geographic advantages are extensively utilized in the Asian Studies Program through field trips, independent research, and/or case studies.

Housing

Students have two housing options:

Residence Halls:
Global Commons serves as an international residence with approximately 50 % of its residents being Japanese students. The residence serves a location for many cultural and social activities.

Homestays:
Students may also select to live in a Japanese home. Living with a Japanese family will provide students with an opportunity to develop their language skills and to participate in the daily life and customs of Japanese people.

Tuition & Expenses

Students are charged the cost of Sarah Lawrence tuition each semester.

Suggested costs to cover meals, airfare, and personal expenses are available here.

Application & Deadlines

Completed application and don recommendation are due:

  • February 1 (for academic year applicants)
  • October 1 (for spring applicants) 

Please make an appointment with Chris Olson in the Global Education Office to learn more about the program at Kansai Gaidai.