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Japan: University of Tsukuba
Tsukuba, Japan (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Academic Year
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Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
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Academic Year 2019-2020 02/01/2019 03/01/2019 TBA TBA
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Class Standing:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Language Prerequisite: 1+ term college-level Japanese
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Asian Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering, International/Global Studies, Japanese, Marine Biology, Philosophy, Physics, Statistics Special Notes: Applicants must be enrolled at a CSU campus no later than fall term prior to departure, GPA requirement cannot be waived
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Academic Year Deadlines
February 1: Priority Deadline
March 1: Secondary Deadline

Note: CSU IP recommends that students apply by the priority deadline as available spaces may be limited on popular programs.


GPA Requirement
3.0 Cumulative GPA
CSU Class Standing
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
Students are required to take 1 term of college-level Japanese at their home CSU campus.
Students are responsible for verifying that they meet individual course pre-requisites prior to registration with the overseas institution. 


Subjects Available
Anthropology International/Global Studies
Asian Studies Japanese
Biology Marine Biology
 Chemistry Philosophy
Economics Physics
Engineering Statistics

CLICK HERE to view the online course catalog. 

Academic Credit
Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.

CLICK HERE to view the Academic Bulletin for this program for further details regarding course credits and academic policies.  

Students pay the same tuition for Japan: University of Tsukuba as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Estimates at the top of the brochure page.

Program Dates
CSU IP students spend an Academic Year abroad on this program.

Academic Year: October to August


The University of Tsukuba is one of the oldest National universities in Japan and is ranked in the top 10 universities in Japan. The University of Tsukuba currently enrolls 16,500 students, including 1,700 international students. 

Japan - TsukubaCSU 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 CSU 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.

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