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IES: Tokyo, Society and Culture
Tokyo, Japan
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Dormitory, Homestay
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
 Courses Offered:
Anthropology, Art, Asian Studies, Communications, Culture, Economics, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, History, International Relations, Japanese, Language, Linguistics, Marketing, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Studies
 Type of Program:
Study Center
 Language of Instruction:
English, Japanese
 Language Requirement:
0 - none
 Education Abroad Adviser:
Elizabeth Shuman
 Internship Available:
 Non-Penn State Students:
 Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Program Description:

Tokyo, 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 are also popular destinations.

Cherry Blossoms at AsakusaCourses are taught at Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS), located in Makuhari, Chiba, provides the perfect learning environment for beginner and intermediate level Japanese-language students. Students participating in this program 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 University. In the vicinity of the campus are restaurants, arcades, karaoke boxes, and the Chiba Lotte Marines stadium (a Japanese professional baseball team).

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. All students take a Survival Japanese course at the beginning of this program; Japanese language instruction is also available at Kanda University for students at all levels of proficiency. Area studies courses are taught in English. 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). Field trips are also offered as part of this program. A field placement program is also available.


Education Abroad Credits

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 of a Pass/Fail basis. Students must register for a minimum of 15 credits per semester. Students can enroll in up to 18 credits.

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. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.


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 Budget Sheets listed above. 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 above may vary depending on major and class standing.

Students with Geisha

To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Elizabeth Shuman, the education abroad adviser for this program. For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs 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 at the top of this page. You must complete the following materials in your application:

  • Education Abroad Questionnaire
  • 1 or 2 academic recommendation(s)
  • Signature documents

Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with IES as a part of your Penn State application. Applications open approximately one year before the program term begins.

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 see Funding Study Abroad. 

IES Public School Grant
As a Penn State student you will automatically be awarded a $1500 Public School Grant.  IES has created this award to make their programs affordable to you.  This award has ALREADY been calculated into the above Budget Sheet.

For More Information

For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with 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. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2014 09/15/2013 
Rolling Admission 01/25/2014 06/13/2014
Academic Year 2014-2015 01/20/2014 
03/15/2014 TBA TBA
Fall 2014 01/20/2014 
03/15/2014 TBA TBA
Spring 2015 05/01/2014 06/30/2014 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.

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