Summer 2017 Semester at TUJ

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Summer-Only Semester or Start Your Degree in Summer

What better time to be in Japan than summer? Summer at TUJ offers a range of undergraduate classes along with topical courses focusing on contemporary Japan, some of which are not available during fall or spring semesters. A selection of some of the courses usually offered in summer is listed below.

Summer in Japan

Highlights of a Japanese summer include climbing Mt. Fuji, attending neighborhood matsuri (festivals), watching spectacular fireworks displays, spending weekends at the beach, and eating summer foods like kaki-gori (shaved ice), cold soba noodles and grilled eel.

Students can also explore other parts of Japan like Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kamakura and Nikko, known for their great natural and architectural beauty.

TUJ’s Office of Student Services organizes activities and events during the summer and throughout the year for TUJ students.

Two Options for Summer Studies at TUJ

1. Summer-Only Study in Japan

Students attending a college or university other than Temple University can take advantage of coming during the summer semester if they are not able to study abroad during the academic year. Japanese students studying at an overseas institution can also take a few classes at TUJ if they will be back in Japan for the summer.

Summer-Only Admission Procedures

Summer-Only Admission for students who are not seeking a degree at TUJ, but would like to earn university credits at TUJ during the summer.

This includes students studying at universities outside of the United States. Students earn accredited Temple University credits and can request official transcripts upon completion of the semester. Students should confirm with their home university to determine whether Temple University credits will be accepted toward their degree.

Application Deadline:
April 1
Application Process:
Complete an application for admission as a non-degree-seeking student and select "Summer-Only" for type of admission on the application form.
See below
Dormitory or homestay available
Summer-only application fee ¥16,200
Tuition (9 credits) ¥585,450
Student activity fee ¥1,550
Facilities fee ¥27,000
Student visa application fee (if needed) ¥20,600
TUJ housing (dorm or homestay) ¥340,000
Estimated other expenses (food, local transportation, textbooks, etc.) ¥200,000
Estimated total costs ¥1,190,800


2. Start Your Degree at TUJ from the Summer

Prospective TUJ students can also begin a degree program at TUJ from the summer. Scholarships are available for degree-seeking students admitted in the summer, including the Diamond Scholarship, which covers 50% of full-time tuition for a student’s first two semesters and 100% of full-time tuition for up to six additional semesters.

Summer Semester Admission Procedures

Summer Semester Admission for freshman and transfer students who want to begin their bachelor's degree in the summer semester at TUJ.

Application Deadline:
February 15 (April 1 if no student visa is required)
Application Process:
Complete an application for admission and, if needed, a student visa application.
Estimated annual and total costs. Financial aid and scholarships are available.
Dormitory or homestay available, mandatory for all new students requiring a student visa.

Additional Information

Examples of Courses Usually Offered in Summer

Asian Studies 2000: Manga and Anime in Japanese Popular Culture (3 credits)

The rich and varied world of manga (comics) and anime (animation) have produced some of the most important cultural products to appear in Japan in the postwar period, and have established themselves as part of global popular culture. Students are expected to critically examine themes and representations in works in relation to the historical and socio-cultural contexts of postwar Japan, in order to gain insight into how and why manga and anime have gained global significance as a subculture.

The course will examine various issues in Japanese society, running the gamut from race, class and gender to nature, technology and humankind. Topics covered will include the art historical origins; the variety of genres and their relation to social and technological development; the birth and evolution of otaku subculture; and the relation of manga and anime to games, TV, cinema and toys in contemporary Japan. The course considers artists including Tezuka Osamu, Miyazaki Hayao, Hagio Moto, Shinbo Akiyuki, Clamp, Shinkai Makoto, Matsumoto Reiji, and Otomo Katsuhiro.

Asian Studies 2238 / Anthropology 2238: The Visual Anthropology of Modern Japan (3 credits)

This course offers an anthropological approach to systems of visual communication that are central to understanding Japanese society and culture. Themes and perspectives from visual anthropology will be applied to visual sign systems of everyday life (writing, clothes, food, etc.), the prevalence and influences of popular culture emphasizing mass mediated forms of manga (comic books), and advertisements. The course will also include ethnographic films about Japanese culture as well as a review of how Japanese culture is communicated to mass audiences through classic and contemporary feature films and network television. We will try to unpack some of the stereotypic reductions common to superficial knowledge of Japan and Japanese culture.

Asian Studies 2373 / Anthropology 2373: Japanese Culture (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Topics covered include: early literature, aesthetic principles as expressed in art and architecture, religion, gender roles, Japan's shifting relationships with the outside world, rural communities and urban centers in the 20th century, and the construction of the self in modern Japan.

Asian Studies 2815 / Art History 2815: Japanese Art (4 credits)

This course introduces the history and aesthetics of visual arts in Japan from ancient times to the present through close visual analyses of objects and critical readings. Students study the development of major forms of Japanese visual culture including painting, sculpture, architecture, prints and ceramics. Special attention will be paid to the cultural, social and religious context in which works were produced and functioned. Field trips are mandatory for this class.

Japanese Language Classes

Japanese language classes from beginner to advanced levels are also available.

Course offerings are subject to change. Please refer to the TUJ course schedule for updated information, as well as to view previous summer schedules.