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 and other cities are popular activities.
Courses 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).
Field trips are also offered as part of this program. A field placement program is also available.
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 fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
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).
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.
*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
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.
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
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.
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 Budget Sheet.
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 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 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.