As an American university, TUJ offers flexibility in enrollment, transferability of credits, and focused majors built on a liberal arts foundation.

American Academic Calendar


TUJ's academic year is divided into fall, spring and summer semesters, with short breaks in between. Many students attend fall and spring semesters and take summer semester off. International students on a TUJ-sponsored student visa must register for classes during the summer if they wish to remain in Japan. New students can apply for admission for any semester. An undergraduate degree is typically completed in eight semesters of full-time study. A large American-style commencement is held every June.

Bachelor's Degree

123-124 credits
(approximately 40 courses)

General Education
(26-36 credits)


Required Courses for the Major
(approximately 40-50 credits)


(approximately 30-40 credits)

Extra credits in language courses may be required for certain majors.

Associate Degree

62 credits
(approximately 20 courses)

General Education
(26-36 credits)


Upper Level Courses
(approximately 15 credits)


(approximately 10 credits)

11 credits in language courses may be required for native speakers of English.

General Education + Major + Electives = Degree

A bachelor's degree is awarded upon the successful completion of the General Education (GenEd) curriculum, courses required for the major, and electives. The first two years of a bachelor's degree program is typically spent fulfilling GenEd, consisting of 11 courses in nine areas. GenEd allows students to explore various areas of study before declaring a major, typically at the end of their sophomore year. Internships and independent research projects are typical in a student's junior or senior year.

Short-Term Study Abroad

Students currently enrolled at another 4-year university wishing to spend a semester or academic year abroad at TUJ are welcome to apply.

 Students currently attending U.S. universities may apply through Temple University’s Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses Office in Philadelphia.

 Students enrolled at non-U.S. schools may apply directly to TUJ as non-degree students. (How to Apply)

These students earn Temple University credits which may be transferable towards a degree at their home institution.

Temple's Worldwide Network

Temple University, Main Campus

Temple University is a large, well-known, highly respected state-related university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1884, one of the nation's leading centers of professional education. Temple University's accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education includes Temple's campus in Japan and assures that the university maintains high-quality academic programs internationally.

Temple University, Rome Campus

Since its establishment in 1966, Temple University, Rome Campus has provided students of the arts, architecture, international business and liberal arts with the opportunity to spend a semester or academic year studying in Rome.


Temple's Worldwide Network

In addition to its campuses in Tokyo and Rome, Temple offers study abroad programs with partner schools worldwide. These programs are open to TUJ students.

Study Abroad / Exchange Locations

Study abroad and exchange opportunities are also offered in the following countries and regions (as of Fall 2022): 

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Ecuador
  • U.K.
  • France
  • Ghana
  • Hong Kong
  • Germany
  • India
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Czech Republic
  • Jamaica
  • Serbia

and more.