Asian Studies, International/Global Studies, Japanese
Applicants must be enrolled at a CSU campus no later than fall term prior to departure, GPA requirement cannot be waived
CSU IP Japan: Tsukuba
Program At A Glance
When: Late September to late July
Units: Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.
Cost: Students pay the same tuition for CSU IP Japan as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Sheet.
Eligibility Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA required; Students must be enrolled at a CSU campus during the fall 2015 term in order to be eligible. Graduate students are not eligible.
Course Prerequisites: One term of college-level Japanese language required. Additional Japanese language courses are recommended, as is one course with a Japanese/Asian focus (culture, history, politics, philosophy, etc.)
The University of Tsukuba is one of the oldest National universities in Japan. The University of Tsukuba currently enrolls 16,500 students, including 1,700 international students. The CSU IP Tsukuba program is administered by a Resident Coordinator, based in Tokyo, who is available to Tsukuba students throughout the year and organizes excursions for all of the CSU students studying in Japan.
CSU IP Tsukuba participants focus the majority of their studies on Japanese language offered by the International Student Center at the University of Tsukuba. Students will supplement their Japanese language courses by taking elective courses taught in English. Electives are typically offered in the areas of Japanese culture, international relations, biology, psychology, comparative cultures, etc.
For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the IP Academic Bulletin for the previous year. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study.
The University of Tsukuba is located in the city of Tsukuba, which is often referred to as “Tsukuba Science City” as it is home to more than 30 national research institutes and over 100 private research centers. Tsukuba is 37 miles northeast of Tokyo, and is easily accessible to central Tokyo via the Tsukuba Express Line train, which takes 45 minutes. The university sits at the base of Mt. Tsukuba and is known for green and bike-friendly campus.
Housing is arranged prior to arrival in Japan in coordination with the University of Tsukuba. All students live in on-campus dormitories.