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Fact Sheet:
Housing:
Dormitory, Homestay
Minimum GPA:
2.75
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Asian Studies, Business, Communications, Cultural Studies, Culture, Economics, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, History, International Business, International Relations, Japanese, Marketing, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Studies
Type of Program:
Study Center
Language of Instruction:
English, Japanese
Language Requirement:
0 - 1 semesters
Education Abroad Adviser:
Karyn Comeau
Internship Available:
No
Non-Penn State Students:
No
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Grad/Undergrad:
Undergraduate
Program Specific Scholarships:
IES PSU Scholarship
Program Description:
Cherry Blossoms with Building

Program Overview     


Torii Gate of Meiji JinguTokyo, the capital city of Japan, exemplifies the balance sought after in Japanese culture. Whether it is skyscrapers overshadowing Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines or green-haired cos-players standing next to suited business men, you will experience a metropolitan culture that is both exotic and familiar. From the modern neon-glow and high fashion in Shinjuku and Shibuya to the downtown traditions along the Sumida river in Asakusa: No matter what your interests are, chances are you'll find a part of Tokyo that fits you. Day trips to neighboring Yokohama  and other cities are popular activities. 

Learn the Japanese language in order to immerse yourself in contemporary Japan. All students will take a 6-credit language course at Kanda University of International Studies with the option to take up to 12 credits of language. Courses at Kanda, located in Makuhari, Chiba, provide the perfect learning environment for beginner and intermediate level Japanese-language students and advanced students who place at the 300-level or higher may take an additional 6 credits of Japanese language electives. Additional area studies courses are available in English. 

Students will find the Kanda students, who are also studying second languages, very friendly and helpful. Also, you won't have a problem making Japanese friends through the student clubs and language exchanges available at Kanda. In the vicinity of the campus are restaurants, arcades, karaoke boxes, and the Chiba Lotte Marines stadium (a Japanese professional baseball team).

Field trips are also offered as part of this program. A field placement program is also available.

To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.


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Education Abroad Credits


Cherry Blossoms in JapanYou 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.

All students must take 6 credits of Japanese language and students who place at the 300-level or higher have the option of taking 6 additional credits of Japanese language electives.

This program offers a large selection of courses in English including anthropology, art, business, economics, history, political science, and sociology in addition to Japanese language courses. Information about the range of IES courses can be found at the IES website. You will take 15-18 credits on this program (per IES requirements). 

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IES Tokyo 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.

 

Pre-requisites


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.

Additional requirements must be completed if your cumulative GPA is below 2.75 and may include an additional recommendation letter and a personal academic essay. Check the IES application requirements for further details.


Housing and Meals


Your housing will be arranged by IES. You will live either in a homestay or an off- campus residence hall, where some meals are provided for both options. You are responsible for the remainder of your meals. Whether staying with a host family or in a residence hall you will likely commute 40 to 60 minutes, as do most Japanese residents in the Tokyo area. If you have particularly high commuting costs, you will receive a monthly subsidy from IES Abroad. 


Program Costs



For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the fall 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



Student at Tokyo Disneyland.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 the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

IES Public School Grant

As a Penn State student you will automatically be awarded a $2,000 Public School Grant. IES has created this award to make their programs affordable to you. This award has already been calculated into the Budget Sheet.
 

IES-PSU Scholarships


IES has generously provided scholarships for specific programs. These funds are intended for students who, for financial reasons, may not otherwise be able to participate on an IES program.
 

Fall 2017


Scholarships for the fall 2017 will be issued for $2,000 per student, all students applying to IES programs are eligible but preference will be given to students applying to the programs listed.  There is no application for this scholarship, and the University Office of Global Programs will notify scholarship recipients via email.  Eligibility for theses scholarships vary, but students must study abroad in the determined semester and location, in addition to being a full-time degree seeking Penn State undergraduate student and establishing financial need.  Applicants must also be a United States citizen/permanent resident and have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the Office of Student Aid.  Financial need is established via the FAFSA on file with Penn State.  Scholarships are not guaranteed and will be competitive.

IES: Beijing, Contemporary China and Chinese Language
IES: Buenos Aires, Advanced Spanish Immersion
IES: Buenos Aires, Latin American Societies and Cultures
IES: Nagoya, Nanzan University
IES: Rabat, Study in Rabat
IES: Santiago, Chile, Study in Santiago
IES: Tokyo, Language and Culture

 

Spring 2018


Scholarships for the spring 2018 will be issued for $2,000 per student, all students applying to IES programs are eligible but preference will be given to students applying to the programs listed.  There is no application for this scholarship, and the University Office of Global Programs will notify scholarship recipients via email.  Eligibility for theses scholarships vary, but students must study abroad in the determined semester and location, in addition to being a full-time degree seeking Penn State undergraduate student and establishing financial need.  Applicants must also be a United States citizen/permanent resident and have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the Office of Student Aid.  Financial need is established via the FAFSA on file with Penn State.  Scholarships are not guaranteed and will be competitive.

IES: Beijing, Contemporary China and Chinese Language
IES: Buenos Aires, Advanced Spanish Immersion
IES: Buenos Aires, Latin American Societies and Cultures
IES: Nagoya, Nanzan University
IES: Rabat, Study in Rabat
IES: Santiago, Chile, Study in Santiago
IES: Tokyo, Language and Culture

Please contact your Education Abroad adviser for more information

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
  •  Signature Documents

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.
 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 09/15/2016
**
Rolling Admission 03/21/2017 07/09/2017
Fall 2017 03/01/2017
03/15/2017 08/29/2017 12/15/2017
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/01/2017
03/15/2017 TBA TBA
Spring 2018 09/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed