Located in Mito city near Tokyo (approximately one hour by train), Ibaraki University is a small national university with 8,500 students and approximately 250 international students. Ibaraki University has a solid Japanese program, housed in the International Student Center. As a result of its small size, living costs in Mito are rather low for Japan.
Further, every international student has his/her own tutor, a Japanese student who helps with adjustment to life at Ibaraki and with studying the language and culture. Students also have abundant opportunities to participate in extra curricular activities, such as field trips, a home visit program, sports events, cultural activities, etc. Additionally, students can get involved with the Mito International Center.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
Penn State students will take Japanese language and culture courses at Ibaraki. Learn more by reviewing the on-site course catalog. There are five core faculty members who teach all levels of Japanese classes, along with classes focusing on kanji and conversation, and some non-language classes (taught in English) on subjects such as Japanese culture, Japanese literature, structure of the Japanese language, regional societies of Japan, structure of the Japanese language, geography of Japan, and more. The average class size is very small, generally six-seven students. While in Japan, students are required to enroll in a minimum of eight courses.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Mito Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
All students cumulative GPA must be 2.75 or higher. Students in the Japanese major must have a 3.0 major GPA.
Housing and Meals
Penn State students will be housed in the International House for Overseas Students arranged by the Student Exchange Division at Ibaraki University. Students will have access to a kitchen and will be responsible for preparing their own meals. Learn more about housing on Ibaraki's website.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the academic year budget sheet and spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
Ibaraki University Scholarship
Each year, Ibaraki University offers a scholarship to a Penn State student completing the program. For the 2015-2016 academic year, Ibaraki University is pleased to announce they will offer three scholarships! Recipients of the scholarships will receive ¥40,000 monthly (up to 10 monthly installments for students participating in the academic year program). More information about the scholarship opportunity will be available after acceptance to the program.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
NOTE: Start date is not inclusive of orientation so please contact Ibaraki regarding orientation dates before purchasing airline tickets. End date marks end of the semester; your housing may be available for a few days following the end of the semester. Again, check with Ibaraki before purchasing airline tickets.
NOTE: The end date of this program is estimated based on previous years. When the date is confirmed, it will be updated.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.