Study Abroad in Japan

Notice: Program Closure

As of 2020, this program will no longer run. It has been replaced by the AEP Day Program. Please click here for more information.

Applications for Fall 2019 are closed.

Individual Information Sessions

We can provide individual information sessions for the Study Abroad in Japan (SAJ) program at any time. Please feel free to contact the Academic English Program about this.

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. In order for participants to study at their own pace, there are part-time opinions of studying 2 days or 3 days a week, in addition to the full-time option, in which classes are 5 days a week. All classes are held only in English.

Main Targets

Anyone who is a high school graduate with a required English level can take SAJ. Participants can be of various ages and can have various goals for studying in this program. Some students in the past have had the following reasons for joining SAJ:

  • To prepare for studying in an undergraduate program or in graduate school overseas
  • University students wanted to learn necessary skills in order to survive in this age of globalization
  • As a “destination” to study abroad for those who wanted to study overseas but who found it too difficult to leave Japan
  • As a new type of place where retired people can study etc.

For more details, please refer to Student Comments.

Special Features of This Program


  • Participants have opportunities to socialize with current TUJ students 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.
Photo from the previous Study Abroad in Japan class
Photo from the previous Study Abroad in Japan class

Fall Semester 2019

Wednesday, August 28 - Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Days & Time:
  • Monday-Friday (5 days) 22 hours per week (264 total hours)
  • Mon/Wed/Fri (3 days) 13 hours per week (156 total hours)
  • Tue/Thur (2 days) 12 hours per week (144 total hours)
Most of the classes are held between 9:00 and 17:30. Please refer to the class schedule sample.

*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.
Temple University, Japan Campus (Access: 7-minute walk from Sangen-jaya station, Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line)
*TUJ is moving to a new location in August 2019
  • 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:
Monday, August 5, 2019.
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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) Wednesday, August 28 – Thursday, October 17, 2019 319,750 yen
Monday/Wednesday/Friday only (3 days/week) Wednesday, August 28 – Friday, October 18, 2019 207,250 yen
Tuesday/Thursday only (2 days/week) Wednesday, August 28 - Thursday, October 10, 2019 194,750 yen

*There will be no Grade Report Conference.
**Library and Computer Lab usage fees are also included.

Program Structure

Photo from the previous Study Abroad in Japan class
Photo from the previous Study Abroad in Japan 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 offered in the past include "Eating Cultures", "Advertising & Globalization" and "Youth Cultures".

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.

Research Tutorial (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

Shobu Sammori (Full-time student)

I took Study Abroad in Japan (SAJ) because I can learn the necessary academic skills in Japan that I need when studying abroad in the future. When I studied English overseas in the past, I realized that I did not have enough of these skills and that I had a hard time keeping up with classes. Therefore, I decided to take SAJ to gain the skills required to study at foreign universities.

The class contents for Monday/Wednesday/Friday and Tuesday/Thursday courses of SAJ are different. However, the four skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking are commonly important in both courses. Based on that, at SAJ, we are able to learn English from academic points of view, such as how to read further, how to write sentences for certain contexts, how to understand others’ ideas from certain perspectives and how to ask questions and state our opinions.

Acquiring these skills is useful in various situations. In my case, since I am planning to study abroad in the future, the skills I learned at SAJ will be the foundation for that opportunity. This is because this program provides the same contents as those taught at actual foreign universities. In other words, if we can improve the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking firmly at SAJ, it will become easier to keep up with classes when studying abroad.

As mentioned above, we will be able to improve the four skills using English at SAJ. For those who wish to improve such skills, I believe taking SAJ will be a very fruitful experience.

Mon/Wed/Fri part-time student

In my mid-fifties, I took early retirement from the company where I worked for a long time. I used English very little at my workplace, so I had an awareness that I was not good at English. The notion of wanting to acquire confidence in English as well as to broaden my world made me decide to take the Study Abroad in Japan (SAJ) program. Considering my family to take care of, studying abroad was not doable. Therefore, taking high quality classes while immersing myself in English at SAJ completely satisfied my needs.

SAJ is totally different from so-called English conversations schools, and students learn to write logical sentences and to do presentations, discussions, and research. Classes were interactive, which was enjoyable, so time flew by so quickly. In addition, there were a lot of assignments to do at home, so I studied hard for the first time in a while. I felt a sense of achievement after the program was over. By learning the value of "making ourselves understood in English is very important," speaking up is not a burden anymore, although I am not a fluent English speaker. This was the biggest improvement for myself.

I am starting the second chapter of my life, and I am looking forward to widening my connections with others and opening up a new world. For those who are approaching the second stage of your lives, SAJ, which is full of new opportunities and learning, is a highly recommended program.

Full-time student

I heard about Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) from my friend. Since Study Abroad in Japan (SAJ) allows participants to study a good amount of time in English, I decided to take it. Through writing, presentation and daily classes, I thoroughly felt the importance of being conscious about why certain words and expressions are used in particular contexts. I had many experiences to make myself understood in spoken English when asked the meaning of sentences. In the academic area, I thought idioms and difficult structures should be used; however, I learned that to understand difficult content that it is more important to be able to explain it in a simple way.

I was also grateful to study with classmates with various ages and backgrounds. They had high awareness and stimulated me a lot. In addition, instructors and staff members were supportive, and they answered my questions and gave advice about my concerns. Therefore, taking SAJ was an opportunity for not only brushing up my English skills, but also for making me consider about my future career. I would like to continue my English study to achieve my score goal on a qualifying examination.

My memory and physical strength is not as good as when I was young, but I really enjoyed SAJ. I am sure that SAJ will provide you with a meaningful time and hope that you will spend a special three months at TUJ!

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.

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.

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.

2019 Fall Semester Schedule

Date Event
Wednesday, August 28 Orientation
Monday, September 2 - Wednesday, December 4 Class
Monday, December 9 or Tuesday, December 10 Grade Report Conference

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 5
Academic Skills A - Fluency 13:00-14:00 3 Hours 36 Hours 2
Research Tutorial 14:10-15:10 3 Hours 36 Hours 2


Subjects Time Hours per Week Hours in Total Recommended Credits*
Research Tutorial 8:40-10:10 3 Hours 36 Hours 2
Academic Skills B - Accuracy 10:20-11:50 3 Hours 36 Hours 2
Pre-General Education 14:10-15:40
6 Hours 72 Hours 4

*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

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of qualifications are needed to take SAJ courses?

Anyone who has graduated from high school and has a score of 475 on TOEFL ITP, 53 on TOEFL iBT, 5.0 on IELTS (Academic) or 2 on Eiken, or above (from a test taken no earlier than two years before the date of application to SAJ), or the equivalent English proficiency can enroll in SAJ.

Can those who only have a TOEIC score take SAJ?

TOEIC measures English level for business. Therefore, those who only have a TOEIC score are not qualified to enroll in SAJ. They need to take a test that measures academic English, such as TOEFL or IELTS. Prospects for SAJ are eligible to take TOEFL ITP (Institutional TOEFL) held at TUJ. (TOEFL ITP scores can be officially used to apply to TUJ.) Please find the details on Institutional TOEFL (ITP) in Tokyo.

What kinds of students are in SAJ?

SAJ students have various backgrounds and purposes and can be from different age groups. These include high school graduates who are preparing to apply to universities overseas, current university students who want to work at global companies, working professionals who want to be re-employed by global companies, those who would like to experience an American university, and working professionals and retired people who want to acquire advanced English skills for various reasons.

Are only Japanese students taking SAJ?

Most of the students are Japanese, but non-native English speakers from other countries also take SAJ courses.

The webpage says classes are conducted in small groups. About how many students are there in a class?

There are about 5 to 8 in a class.

Is class placement conducted?

Depending on student numbers and classroom availability, class placement by level might occur.

Unless class placement is conducted, do students with various English levels take the same classes?

Minimum English levels are set to take SAJ courses. Likewise, students’ English levels are not all the same at American universities, unlike in English conversation classes. At TUJ, native English speakers and students with various nationalities and native languages usually take the same classes together, and our professors treat them all equally. This also applies to SAJ. Some might worry about this. However, the first time most students take SAJ courses, they find that they do not need to worry about English levels and the classroom situation that much.

Can those who are not good at speaking in English follow SAJ classes?

Unlike English conversation classes, students focus more on reading and writing for SAJ. Therefore, speaking is not the most important skill in SAJ, and students are not mostly evaluated on speaking. For those who are fluent speakers but who are not good at reading and writing, SAJ could be a bit difficult. On the other hand, for those are not confident in speaking but who are good at reading, listening to lectures and taking notes, SAJ could be fun. Either way, there are rarely students who do not fit in AEP or Undergraduate or who would want to quit due to lack of speaking skills.

Is homework assigned? Is the amount a lot?

Since this program is "studying abroad," homework assignments should be expected for every class. Therefore, students also need to study for SAJ outside of class time. For those who have jobs or attend other schools, it may be difficult to have enough time for homework, so starting with a part-time course is highly recommended.

Can students take SAJ more than two semesters?

Yes. Since the class contents change every semester, taking SAJ more than two semesters is recommended. There are various ways to take SAJ. For example, students can take the full-time course for some semesters, or take the Mon/Wed/Fri courses for the first semester and the Tue/Thu courses for the following semester.

Are those who cannot attend some days during the semester still allowed to take SAJ?

In order to complete SAJ, students are required to attend more than 80% of all the classes in each course. Each class is connected; therefore, it would be very difficult to catch up if students are absent several times in a row. In addition, students are required to contact each instructor to get information about the content that they missed and prepare for the next class by themselves. (No make-up sessions will be offered.) For these reasons, SAJ prospects are advised to choose a semester when they feel fairly certain to be able attend all of the classes.

Are there any classes for which SAJ students can study with TUJ undergraduate students?

SAJ is not a part of the Undergraduate Program. Therefore, there are no classes SAJ and undergraduate students take together. However, both share the same buildings for classes and there are events that both SAJ and undergraduate students can join, making opportunities for SAJ students to communicate with undergraduate students.

Can Japanese students take the half-semester course?

Only non-Japanese without a student visa are allowed to take the half-semester course. For Japanese nationals or those non-Japanese who are allowed to study in Japan, please take full semesters of SAJ.

Are SAJ prospects allowed to observe SAJ classes?

In order to protect the privacy of students, as well as maintain the quality of classes, prospects are not allowed to observe classes. Instead, individual information sessions can be arranged at any time. Please feel free to contact the AEP about this.

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

1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 154-0004 (Access)

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