Showa Women's University Credit Exchange Program

Last update: December 2019

1. Overview

The Credit Exchange Program between Showa Women's University (hereafter, "SWU") and TUJ has launched as of June 2016. This program will provide TUJ students with enhanced educational opportunities. Students are able to take courses at SWU that TUJ does not offer without paying extra tuition.

For international students at TUJ particularly who major in, but not limited to, Japanese Language, Asian Studies, and International Affairs, this program will provide excellent opportunities to challenge themselves by taking classes offered in Japanese at SWU. They can also get to know more Japanese students through cultural exchanges.

Since SWU follows a different academic schedule, students are strongly recommended to participate in this exchange program prior to their final semester at TUJ in order to have credits transfer into their academic record in a timely manner.

2. Eligibility (TUJ ⇒ SWU)

While the final acceptance decision will be made by SWU, TUJ students who wish to participate in this program first must meet Temple University's standard criteria of "Permission to Take Courses at Another Institution." The Academic Advising Center (AAC) is responsible to review and approve the permission request.

Some courses, but not all, offered at SWU require highly developed proficiency in Japanese language. Courses that require Japanese language proficiency are to be determined by SWU every semester. When interested in these courses, TUJ students whose native language is other than Japanese thus must demonstrate their proficiency. Details will be specified by SWU every semester.

In order to be eligible for the program, TUJ student must meet one of the following criteria:

  • 2.1. A student must enroll as a degree-seeking student as TUJ and must have completed at least one semester at TUJ;
  • 2.2. A student must be enrolled as an approved Study Abroad student from a third-party institution.

Students in category 2.2 may participate in the program under the conditions specified in 3.1.

3. Possible Tracks

TUJ students may enroll in SWU courses under the conditions described below by following TUJ's instruction.

  • 3.1. Concurrently enroll in courses both at TUJ and SWU
  • 3.2. Enroll only in courses at SWU

4. Duration

In 3.1., students may enroll at SWU on a semester basis. These students may continue at SWU without restriction of enrollment period.

In 3.2., the maximum allowed continuous enrollment period is one academic year, as defined by TUJ.

In either case, students must meet Temple University's Academic Residency Requirement in order to earn a degree from Temple University.

5. Application Documents and Due Dates

The following documents are to be submitted together to the Academic Advising Center. The submission due dates will be determined and announced by the AAC.

  1. Petition to Complete a Course(s) at Another Institution after Matriculation (PDF: 218KB)
  2. SWU Application Form
  3. SWU Registration Form
  4. Other Application Documents, as Instructed by the AAC
  5. Japanese Language Proficiency Verification, if necessary
  6. Two copies of a Face-to-Shoulder (without background) colored photo (in size 3x4cm), taken within the recent 6 months

6. Transfer of Credits

All SWU courses that TUJ students propose to take will be evaluated by the AAC in advance to determine how those courses will contribute toward their Temple University's degree requirements. The final transfer of SWU credits will be approved in compliance with Transfer Credits and Permission to Take Courses at Another Institution policies.

7. Course Attendance, Examinations, and Grading

TUJ students must attend courses in accordance with the attendance policies and academic calendar provided by SWU. All students are expected to begin attending SWU courses as of the first meeting of the courses for which they are registered unless specified by SWU.

TUJ students must follow the examination policies and schedule of SWU.

SWU will grade TUJ students in accordance with their grading policies. After the term of attendance finishes, SWU will report credits accrued and grades earned in each course directly to the AAC.

8. Tuition and Fees

TUJ students will pay tuition and fees to TUJ, not to SWU. The tuition amount will be decided based on the total number of credits they are registered for during the term of attendance.

Example:

6 credits registered at TUJ + 6 credits registered at SWU = 12 credits tuition paid to TUJ.

Students are responsible for other costs, such as transportation and textbooks, and health insurance needs which fall outside National Health Insurance provisions.

9. Students' Responsibilities

When TUJ students are discovered in a commitment of academic dishonesty and/or other academic and non-academic disciplinary actions, both SWU and TUJ will always hold a right to choose how to treat them, as appropriate. Expected consequences include, but not limited to, withdrawal of enrollment permission or failure grade assignment. There may be TUJ's Code of Conduct action or academic reprimand taken further against the discovered circumstance.

10. TUJ Students Inquiries and Privacy

During their enrollment at SWU, TUJ will remain responsible to handle inquiries from its students and related third parties. SWU will handle neither inquiries nor personal information release request from TUJ students and their stakeholders. Inquires should contact TUJ's Academic Advising Center.

TUJ's privacy statement can be also reviewed at Privacy Policy.

11. Contact Information

  • TUJ students who are interested in participating in this program should contact TUJ's Academic Advising Center.
  • SWU students who are interested in participating in this program should contact SWU's Center for International Exchange (昭和女子大学教学支援センター国際交流課). 昭和女子大学受験生及び在学生のご質問などは昭和女子大学教学支援センター国際交流課(CIE)までお問い合わせください。