East Asia Studies & Japanese Language
Located in a quiet residential area of Tokyo's Nerima ward, the university is about 20 minutes from popular areas such as the Ikebukuro and Shinjuku neighborhoods. The Nerima ward features a small shopping district filled with stores and restaurants that serve the daily needs of the local residents and students. The intimate campus environment will give you the opportunity to forge close relationships with classmates and faculty alike. As an international student, you will receive strong student support services and be integrated fully in educational and social life of Musashi University.
Spring 1 2019
Mar 21, 2019 - Aug 02, 2019
Oct 10, 2018
16 - 20 Host University Units
2.75 Minimum GPA*
- This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.
Designed to hone your knowledge of Japanese language and East Asian Studies, this program offers enticing courses to international students on topics such as politics, economy, philosophy, and East Asian culture. In addition to academic offerings in English, you can also take a Japanese language class, with levels ranging from beginning through advanced.
No previous language experience is required to participate in the program. Courses are taught by host university faculty at Musashi University, and your classmates will be other ISA and international students.
Semester + Semester Programs Available: You may participate in the Spring + Fall sessions of this program at a discounted price by selecting these two semesters of interest when submitting your initial ISA online application. For more information about this option, please contact your Tokyo Program Manager.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
At the time of application, you should have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the end of your program.
You should have a full-time enrollment status at your home institution and have completed at least two semesters at the time of application to the program.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Bridging Cultures Program
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
Host University Units
16 - 20
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 15
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
18 - 19
Course Availability and Selection
- Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers and scheduling. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last-minute class cancellations.
- Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the ISA Japan Site Specialist.
- While at Musashi, all students are required to enroll in 4 courses. They have the option to register for 1 Japanese language course plus 3 courses in East Asian Studies (taught in English), or may enroll in 4 courses in East Asian Studies.
- Per Musashi University, 4 credits are equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits with the exception of Japanese language, which will typically transfer back as 4 credits. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student’s home university.
Japanese Language Courses
- Taking a Japanese language course is not required, however, we encourage students to do so.
- Students will be required to take a placement exam at the beginning of each semester. Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you've already completed at your home university. We strongly suggest that students who are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.
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- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Support & Funding
Funding Your ISA Program
As an ISA participant, you will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Funding Your Program page.View all Funding Options
ISA Housing provides the opportunity for you to experience aspects of the Japanese lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of Tokyo. You will have the option of staying in the off-campus student residence with other local and international students or secure your own housing and receive a discount from ISA. The experience of living in another culture will be both educational and rewarding so long as you stay open-minded at all times.
There are differences in culture and lifestyle between life in Japan and the U.S. The key to a positive experience is flexibility. With this in mind, you can have a fantastic stay in Tokyo.
Student residence Rikko Kaikan is conveniently located within a 15-20 minute walking distance from campus and has public transit routes accessible to all parts of Tokyo. You will stay in a single room and share bathroom facilities with other students on each floor. The shower, laundry, and kitchen facilities are coin-operated and located within the building. The residence is equipped with free DSL or wireless internet access. In each air-conditioned room, you will have a single bed, desk, chair, and storage. Rikko Kaikan provides students with a futon set. This includes one kakebuton (comforter), shikibuton (futon), pillow, and bed linens. You will need to provide your own towels, cooking equipment, and utensils.
You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
ISA excursions allow you to explore the distinct, charming and unique landscapes of Japan and South Korea that you may not have the chance to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on a weekend trip, three day trips, and an optional weekend excursion to the following destinations.
Kamakura & Enoshima
Kamakura, once a capital city of Japan in the late 12th century, today is a charming town surrounded by the mountains on one side and the sea on the other. Kamakura is also known for its many shrines and temples, but most people go to visit the Big Buddha statue called Daibutsu in Japanese. Walking through the town of Kamakura there is a feeling of living in the Japanese past, from the old shop fronts and the small streets dotted with traditional Japanese style homes.
Take a stroll back in time to Edo era Japan. That is the feeling you get in Kawagoe, where many traditional merchant shops can be found throughout the city. There is even a sweets shop alley, where you can observe the process and sample the many flavors of freshly made sweets. It is definitely the place to go to feel completely immersed in all aspects of traditional Japanese culture.
Standing at 599 meters (1,965 feet) tall and located in the outskirts of west Tokyo, Mt. Takao is a popular nature and hiking spot. There are a number of hiking trails that take you up the mountain through the picturesque scenery to the summit that offers views of Mt. Fuji on a clear day. At the top there is as a temple as well, where people visit to pray for good fortune. Mt. Takao also has a cable car service that can take you up and down the mountain.
Seoul * Optional
Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a city that has an official history of 600 years. Seoul has many temples and four major palaces such as Gyeongbokgung, one of the most famous. Seoul is also a modern city. It opened itself to the outside world in the late 19th century and became the first city in Korea to have trolley cars, railways, and telephones. Since the 1960s, it industrialized rapidly and has become an economic giant center.
Located north of Tokyo, Nikko is a mountainous region famous for its landscape and history. Many natural hot springs, waterfalls, hiking trails, and temples are settled throughout this beautiful region including one of Japan’s most famous World Heritage Sites: Toshogu Shrine. Nikko had been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries before Toshogu was built in the 1600s.