Study Abroad in Japan

The next Study Abroad in Japan is scheduled for Spring semester 2019 (middle of January to End of April). We plan to open applications in early October.

In the Study Abroad in Japan (SAJ) program, participants will learn academic English and take classes that are similar to general education classes offered at American universities. Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) is an American university located in Japan, so you can experience "studying in an American university" in Tokyo and improve your English in an international environment where students from more than 60 countries worldwide study. For three months, participants will come to TUJ every weekday and study in four kinds of English classes and a workshop. All classes are held only in English.

Special Features of This Program


  • Participants have opportunities to socialize with current TUJ students in class, as well as in extracurricular activities. (About 63% of undergraduate students are non-Japanese nationals.)
  • All instructors are English-teaching professionals who have Master’s and/or Doctorate degrees in the field of teaching English.
  • This program may possibly be accepted as a credit exchange program at some universities.

Fall Semester 2018

Tuesday, August 28 – Friday, December 7, 2018
Days & Time:
Monday-Friday 8:30-19:00
Starting and ending times of the classes, as well as the length of the breaks, may vary depending on the day. In addition, the class schedule may vary depending on the semester.
Taking classes only on Monday/Wednesday/Friday, or Tuesday/Thursday are also possible
Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall(Access
  • University students and other adults (high school graduates only) who wish to improve academic English, or enter a college or graduate school overseas.
  • College students and other adults who have a minimum English standard test score of TOEFL ITP 475, TOEFL iBT 53, IELTS (Academic) 5.0, Eiken 2 (from a test taken no earlier than two years before the date of application to SAJ), or the equivalent English proficiency.
    *The required score has changed as of summer semester 2018.
    *Other test scores, such as a TOEIC score, will not be accepted for this program. Please contact Academic English Program before sending the application form.
Maximum Enrollment:
15 (If the maximum enrollment is reached before the application deadline, registration will be closed)
594,750 yen (Tax included)
Monday/Wednesday/Friday only: 369,750 yen (Tax included)
Tuesday/Thursday only: 344,750 yen (Tax included)
*Library and Computer Lab usage fees are also included
Application Deadline:
Sunday, August 26, 2018.
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  • A copy of your diploma or graduation certificate of highest educational attainment, and a copy of an English stardardized test score must be submitted after application.
  • We can only accept Japanese nationals or those who are allowed to study in Japan for full semesters of the Study Abroad in Japan program, due to visa related issues.
  • Please be aware that courses cannot be offered in the event that there are insufficient numbers of applicants.

For those without a student visa:

Only those without a student visa are allowed to take the half-semester course. Please contact AEP first, if you wish to apply for the half-semester course.

Days Dates* Fee (Tax inc.)**
Monday through Friday (5 days/week) Tuesday, August 28 – Thursday, October 18, 2018 319,750 yen
Monday/Wednesday/Friday only (3 days/week) Tuesday, August 28 – Friday, October 19, 2018 207,250 yen
Tuesday/Thursday only (2 days/week) Tuesday, August 28 – Tuesday, October 16, 2018 194,750 yen

*There will be no Final Advising.
**Library and Computer Lab usage fees are also included.

Program Structure

Image photo of the class
Image photo of the class

Reading-based Writing (7 hours/week, offered on Mon/Wed/Fri)

After reading articles and other academic texts on various themes, students complete essays based on the information they obtain from the reading sources.

Pre-General Education (6 hours/week, offered on Tue/Thu)

This is an American-style class based on a General Education course offered at Temple University. Students are required to participate in lectures, take notes, engage in discussions, do research, and also give presentations. Examples of the topics include "Language in Society" and "Race and Ethnicity in American Cinema" in Social Sciences, and "Education in the Global City" and "Intellectual Heritage" in Humanities.

Academic Skills A – Fluency (3 hours/week, offered on Mon/Wed/Fri)

Students have discussions and give presentations based on short academic readings, participants have discussion and give presentations.

Academic Skills B – Accuracy (3 hours/week, offered on Tue/Thu)

Focused on "accuracy," and students learn college-level grammar and expressions for speaking and writing.

Tutorial – Independent Study (3 hours/week, offered on Mon/Wed/Fri or Tue/Thu)

2-4 students take a class as a group. The project theme will be decided based on students’ interest. They make plans, manage the project, and do research for three months with the instructor’s help.
*All students will take this course regardless of your class days.

Small Classes and Class Placement

We conduct classes in small groups. In the case where a group must be split into two or more classes, participants’ English levels will be determined by their TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Interactions with International students from TUJ's UG Program

Students have opportunities to interact with not only native English speakers but also other TUJ UG students who are from various countries. Students from about 60 countries study at TUJ, and more than 60% of TUJ's UG student body are non-Japanese.

Photos: scenes of student activities

Student Comments

Full-time student

I was a university student overseas for two years. This experience made me realize that my English needed to improve, so I decided to take SAJ because I wanted to strengthen my English skills in Japan. In SAJ, we studied a wide variety of content, ranging from English grammar to content-based study, similar to actual university courses. Due to the many opportunities to write English in SAJ, I felt that I was able to not only learn to write better, but also to monitor my own skill level and track my progress.

The topic for the semester was "globalization." We looked at this topic from various viewpoints and realized that Japan is a convenient and easy-to-live-in country. There were also many opportunities to realize that English will be a necessary skill for the society in the future. I feel that SAJ has made me a more broad-minded individual, and I hope to take advantage of my experience here and study overseas again.

English is not the only thing taught in SAJ. In addition, we researched current events and analyzed them from many points of view. I believe that this helped us to make new discoveries in our daily lives. To those considering taking SAJ, please take the opportunity to try it and to try making new discoveries.

Full-time student

I decided to participate in this program because I wanted to improve my English skills and make it one of my strengths when I change my career. I used to go to English conversation schools when possible, but I am extremely satisfied with the quality of SAJ. I feel that the quality of faculty members and the diversity of class contents such as reading, writing, and presentation are on a different level than schools I have attended in the past.

In regards to writing and grammar, I never gave it much thought so long as the reader understood what I wanted to say. Since SAJ required a higher level of sentence completion, I am now more conscious of word choice and sentence structure.

Although it is not easy for employed individuals to attend weekday and daytime programs, I believe SAJ is an excellent opportunity to get a "feel" of an American university and immerse yourself in English for adults with a leave of absence like myself, those who can take a career break for several months, and for retirees.

Satomi Nagano (Mon/Wed/Fri part-time student)

SAJ was extremely appealing to me mainly because I was able to take part in it while attending another university in Tokyo and working part time. The campus was full of the English language during the tour of TUJ, and I thought it was ideal to be able to attend an American university in Japan with curriculums specialized in academic skills, in classrooms with a small number of students.

In Reading-based Writing course, I was able to understand how well I grasped essay contents and how well I logically explained my opinions by receiving corrections from my instructor. This has helped me realize how and when my English improved throughout the course. During Tutorial, I was given an opportunity to research topics of my interest. Since I was able to study words and expressions for that specific field, as well as other wide variety of areas, I found myself extremely satisfied. The instructors gave us adequate advice to each and every student, and provided follow-ups when necessary. The core ideas behind the critical thinking skills I gained by analyzing essays and articles has helped me greatly with my university studies.

SAJ is a place where you can experience an American university, without going overseas. There are also opportunities to interact with TUJ students at the student lounge as well as club activities, so you can learn practical English outside class. I believe SAJ is more than learning academic English; it is a stepping stone in life. If you are interested in SAJ, I encourage you to come and visit TUJ to see the atmosphere inside the university.

2018 Fall Semester Schedule

Date Event
August 28 (Tue) Orientation
September 3 (Mon) – December 3 (Mon) Class
December 6 (Thu) or December 7 (Fri) Final Advising

SAJ will be offered 3 times a year.

Class Schedule (Sample)

14-15 weeks/22 hours per week
If taking only Mon/Wed/Fri classes: 13 hours per week.
If taking only Tue/Thur classes: 12 hours per week


Subjects Time Hours per Week Hours in Total Recommended Credits*
Reading-based Writing 8:50-9:50
7 Hours 84 Hours 6-7
Academic Skills A - Fluency 13:00-14:00 3 Hours 36 Hours 2-3
Tutorial - Independent Study 14:10-15:10 3 Hours 36 Hours 2-3


Subjects Time Hours per Week Hours in Total Recommended Credits*
Tutorial - Independent Study 8:40-10:10 3 Hours 36 Hours 2-3
Academic Skills B - Accuracy 10:20-11:50 3 Hours 36 Hours 2-3
Pre-General Education 14:10-15:40
6 Hours 72 Hours 6

*Please consider this is an indication of transferring credits to each university.

Message from the Dean

Bruce Stronach
Dean, Temple University, Japan Campus

The drastic drop in the number of Japanese students enrolled in overseas institutions during the latter half of the decade of the 2000s has highlighted the need to revitalize study abroad for Japanese universities. Many studies, including the CULCON Education Task Force recommendations to the then President Obama and Prime Minister Abe, have made clear the benefit of study abroad in fostering global talent and strengthening global competitiveness.

However, for various reasons, not all students have the opportunity to participate in their university's study abroad program. That is why we have developed the SAJ program here at TUJ.

TUJ has the educational curriculum of an American university, all classes are taught in English, and it has the same liberal arts education philosophy of an American university. Our student body is very diverse, with students from approximately 60 different countries (41% American, 37% Japanese, others 22%*) all interacting in the classroom.

I hope that you meet international instructors and students from various countries, broaden your horizons and improve your global citizenship through this program.

*As of June 2017

Application Procedures

Please apply using the online application form.

Apply to SAJ

Application is now closed for the above semester.

Note: Please be aware that courses cannot be offered in the event that there are insufficient numbers of applicants.

Temple University, Japan Campus Academic English Program

2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047, Japan (Access)

Weekdays 9:00-18:30 (Japan Time)