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IES: Tokyo, Language Intensive
Tokyo, Japan
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Dormitory, Homestay
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
 Courses Offered:
Anthropology, Art, Asian Studies, Culture, Economics, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, History, Japanese, Language, Marketing, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Studies
 Type of Program:
Study Center
 Language of Instruction:
English, Japanese
 Language Requirement:
3 semesters
 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, exemplified 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 businessmen, you will experience a metropolitan culture that is both exotic and familiar. From the modern neo-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.
Student in geisha garbCourses are taught at Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS), a private university dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in International Studies, Foreign Languages, Intercultural Communication, Japenese Culture, and Linguistics. Students will intensively study the Japanese language during their semester in abroad by taking 10-credits of Japanese language. . The rigorous language program requires serious dedication and requires students have at least three semesters of Japanese language study prior to arrival. After a long day of memorizing kanji, though, students can enjoy the evening at the Tokyo Disney Resort (only one train stop away!)

In addition to the 10-credits of Japanese, students can take 6 to 9 credits of English-taught IES Abroad area studies which includes a large selection of courses, including  anthropology, art, business, economics, history, political science, and sociology. A field placement program is available. An optional additional Japanese language course, Introduction to Japanese Translation and Interpretation, is also available for 3 credits for students who place into the 300-level Japanese course onsite. Information about the range of IES courses can be found at the IES website.

Eligibility Requirements Based on Language Ability

Students applying to the Language Intensive track will be asked to take the Japanese Computerized Adaptive Test (J-Cat) administered by Kanda University. Students will need to score a minimum of 150 to be placed in JP301, which is the lowest level of Japanese offered in the Language Intensive Program. Students who receive a score below 150 will likely be moved to the IES: Tokyo, Society and Culture program. Final language placement is determined on-site in Tokyo, however, prospective students should be aware that the language intensive track will only be available to those who meet the minimum score. 

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 16 credits per semester. Students can enroll in a maximum of 19 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
IES provides students with either a homestay or a room in an off-campus residence hall. Both include some meals (usually breakfast and dinner).  You will be responsible for providing the remainder of your meals. Whether staying with a host family or in a residential 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.

 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 Gates Fushimi-inari shrineThe 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

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.

For more information you can contact the Education Abroad Advisor for this program, Elizabeth Shuman, for an appointment. 


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 academic recommendation
  • 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.

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 09/02/2014 12/21/2014
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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