Tuition and Fees for J.D. Semester Abroad Program

Tuition for Spring Semester 2014

Tuition $10,900
Student Activities Fee $300

Students are billed for tuition and fees before departing. Costs are paid in dollars to Temple University in Philadelphia. Students paying full-time tuition may take up to 15 credits. Students taking fewer than 10 credits pay on a per-credit basis. Language classes, which do not appear on the student's transcript, may be audited for an additional $375. A $200 non-refundable seat deposit is required by September 1, or within 15 days of admission, and will be applied toward tuition. Tuition is not refundable after the first week of classes.

Personal Expenses

The following is the estimated budget for the spring 2014 semester program. Please remember that no matter where you attend law school you will incur living, tuition and related school expenses.

Housing & Utilities (1) $5,717
HTH Student Group Health Insurance (mandatory) $180
Japanese National Health insurance (mandatory) $40
Airfare (2) $1,300
Food/Personal Expenses $5,717
Daily Commuting $381
Books & Supplies $900
Language Study (optional) $375
TOTAL (including tuition and program fee, but not language study fee): $25,435


  1. We based the budget on the cost for four months of an average studio apartment near the University. You can find more affordable housing (studio apartments, shared housing, and "guest houses") outside central Tokyo.
  2. While you can almost always find a less expensive airfare, we use $1,300 because the average commercial airline ticket costs about that amount.

Financial needs will vary depending on your spending habits. The projected budget above, while not extravagant, is designed to permit you to borrow as much as you might reasonably need while studying in Tokyo. The figure for each category of expense is the most that we believe you will reasonably need to spend.

We estimated costs based on an exchange rate of ¥99.70 = $1 U.S. (as of September 5, 2013). However, the rate could change. For reference, the rate in August 2012 was ¥78.25 = $1.


A limited number of scholarships to cover some tuition costs may be available. They are awarded based upon need and academic merit. Previous awards have ranged from $500 to $2,000. J.D. students may apply for these scholarships through the Graduate and International Programs Office. Temple students receive preference, but applicants from other law schools have also received awards.

Financial Aid

Temple Law Students

If you are eligible for financial aid, you may use it for the Law Program in Tokyo. In applying for aid, use the projected "Financial Aid Program Budget" for the J.D. Semester Abroad Program below.

Non-Temple Law Students

If you are a student from a law school other than Temple who is earning credit toward a degree, you can usually apply your federal loans to the program costs through a financial aid consortium agreement. In order to complete your financial aid paperwork on time, you must submit your application for admission to the program as early as possible in the fall semester. After being admitted to the program, you should contact your school's Financial Aid Office, and then contact Temple's Financial Aid Office to facilitate the process.

Students attending TUJ may also apply for the following sources of funding for study in Asia.

Refund Policy for Cancellation or Withdrawal

We may cancel the program in the unlikely event that insufficient students enroll. We might also cancel or terminate it should a natural disaster occur or security issues arise.

For details on our cancellation, change, withdrawal, and refund policies, please see the page below.