Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) is a branch campus of Temple University offering the opportunity to study abroad for a semester, summer or the full academic year alongside degree-seeking Japanese, U.S., and international students from about 60 countries around the world. With such a diverse student body, you can expect a dynamic exchange of perspectives on current global issues, international relations, and aspects of traditional and popular culture. Outside of the classroom, you can take advantage of a full schedule of activities, events and workshops that expose you to new locations and various aspects of life in Tokyo and throughout Japan. Beginning in spring 2025, you can also study at Temple Japan's new campus in Kyoto.

About Temple Japan

Administration

TUJ is led by Dean Matthew Wilson, who has a long history of dedication to Temple, beginning with his own experience studying abroad at Temple Japan as a student in Temple's law school. He returned to TUJ in 2003 as the Law Program Director and later became TUJ’s general counsel and senior associate dean. Following several years as president of multiple American universities, Dean Wilson returned to lead TUJ in 2020.

Dean Wilson is supported by a team of faculty and staff, including the Office of Student Services and Engagement, who collaborates closely with Education Abroad & Overseas Campuses to create an enriching experience for all students.

Academics at TUJ

TUJ offers courses in a variety of academic disciplines, including GenEd and internship courses.

  • Courses in a variety of academic areas: American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Asian Studies, Communications, Computer and Information Science, Economics, History, International Business Studies, Japanese Language, Journalism, Media Studies and Production, Political Science, Psychology, Tourism & Hospitality
  • Foundational business courses, ideal for Fox students, in Accounting, Economics, Human Resource Management, Marketing, and Statistics
  • Specialized architecture program offered during the spring semester
  • Offerings vary by term

View more details about the academic program.

Location & Facilities

Showa Women’s University (SWU) and Temple University, Japan Campus share a campus at SWU’s location in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. The Temple Japan building provides excellent resources, including enhanced common areas, a modern library, expanded and improved studio spaces, and a dedicated art gallery. You also have access to athletic facilities and the more traditional university setting at Showa. 

Facilities include classroom space, art studios, computer labs and a wireless network, student lounges, a library, a career center, a teaching and learning center, and administrative offices. On the first floor of the main building, you will find the Office of Student Services and Engagement (OSSE). As the office responsible for non-academic programming and support, OSSE will likely serve as your home base during your time at Temple Japan. 

Temple Japan is easy to reach using Tokyo’s famous public transportation system and is within walking distance of several subway and train stations.

Learn more about the facilities at Temple Japan.
 

 

Explore Tokyo!

Tokyo is a city like no other. TUJ is in the heart of Tokyo, one of the world's top cities in terms of safety and public transport. Within easy reach of campus are business, embassy and entertainment districts where you can experience both the energy of contemporary Tokyo and the refinement of traditional Japan. In Tokyo, neighborhoods that have remained relatively unchanged for decades co-exist with 21st century architectural marvels. The vibrant districts of Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Asakusa are a few train stops away from the campus. An ideal destination for study abroad, you can spend a lifetime exploring Tokyo and never see it all. 

Read student blogs about studying in Tokyo.

Housing

As a Temple Japan study abroad student, you will have the option to live in a program-arranged dorm, arrange a homestay through a Japanese homestay organization, or find your own housing in Tokyo.  

Program-arranged Dorm Housing

Temple Japan works with three dorm facilities that include multiple room types. Read more about the current dorm housing options (subject to change).

Homestays

If you are interested in living with a Japanese family for language and cultural immersion, you may apply for a homestay through a Japanese homestay organization. Details are provided to accepted students.

Independent Housing

Temple students and non-Temple students: with approval from your home institution, you may elect to arrange your own housing. If you opt for independent housing, you will be required to provide your confirmed housing address (the same address for the entire semester) to Education Abroad one month prior to the start of the program.

Activities and Excursions

The Student Engagement team at Temple Japan offers a variety of opportunities to enhance your experience and enrich your social and cultural life while in Tokyo.

Learn more about student engagement, activities, and excursions.

TUJ also offers volunteer activities to become involved in the local community through the Community Relations department.

Faculty & On-site Support

Temple Faculty

Temple Japan is proud to have a faculty committed to providing you with the best academic experience during your time in Tokyo. 

View program faculty.

On-site Support

When you study at Temple Japan, you'll have the support of the caring staff of the campus, including a dedicated Office of Student Services and Engagement team (OSSE), Counseling Services, Learning Center, Accessibility ServicesCareer Development, and more.

Health & Safety

Staying healthy and safe abroad requires good planning and strong support. Review our health and safety page for important steps to prepare to study abroad, and details about international travel medical insurance and assistance provided by Temple.  

Japan is a relatively safe destination with little crime. Quality medical care is available, but it's important to understand cultural differences, especially related to mental health matters in Japan. TUJ has a Counseling Office, which often operates with a waitlist, and teletherapy is available through our global assistance provider, but additional English-speaking mental health care may be limited. We will provide accepted students with more information and resources, and TUJ's counseling office provides information about bringing medications into Japan. We encourage you to speak with Education Abroad or our global assistance provider if you have any questions.

Contact

For more information, contact:

Semester Overview

Expand upon each of the links below to view more details about this term.

Academic Program

TUJ offers courses in a variety of disciplines. We encourage you to take Japanese language and Asian studies while completing other degree requirements abroad.

Language of Instruction

  • English, except for Japanese and other language courses.

Course Load

  • 4-5 courses, 12-18 credit hours
  • Non-Temple students: verify the minimum number of credit hours required by your home institutions

Course Offerings

  • Courses in a variety of academic areas: American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Asian Studies, Communications, Computer and Information Science, Economics, GenEd, History, International Business Studies, Japanese Language, Journalism, Media Studies and Production, Political Science, Psychology, Tourism & Hospitality.
  • Foundational business courses, ideal for Fox students, in Accounting, Economics, Human Resource Management, Marketing, and Statistics.
  • Specialized architecture program offered during the spring semester
  • Credit-bearing internships

Learn more about the academic program.

Program Dates

Tentative Program Dates*

 Spring 2024Fall 2024
Departure from U.S.January 8August 25
ArrivalJanuary 9August 26
OrientationJanuary 10-13August 27-30
Classes beginJanuary 15September 2
Last day to add a course**January 19September 6
Last day to drop a courseJanuary 26September 13
Course withdraw deadlineApril 15December 2 (13:00 JST) 

Last day of classes

April 15 (13:00 JST)December 2
Final examsApril 18-24December 5-11
Last night in housingApril 26December 13
Program concludesApril 27December 14

 

*Accepted students: Refer to your Canvas page and documents in your online portal for important instructions prior to making travel arrangements.

**After the add/drop period, students may only add courses with approval of the Associate Dean.

Program participants are required to be present for the entire length of the program, from the official arrival date through the program end date.

Program Costs

Tuition and Fees

Temple students and non-Temple students are charged the non-matriculated student rate based on residency. For the 2023-24 academic year, PA residents are charged $8,988 and non-PA residents are charged $16,188 for a full-time courseload of 12-18 credits. *Non-Temple students: your program costs may vary depending on your home institution's billing model. Please check with your study abroad office about your school's billing policies.

All students pay the Japan Program Fee, estimated at $375

If you are placed in program-arranged housing, you also pay the Japan Housing Fees, estimated at $4200-4600.

For complete details about billable costs and estimate for non-billable expenses, such as airfare, meals, and personal expenses, view the program cost sheet.

View detailed program costs.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Education Abroad offers competitive, need-based scholarships for this program. Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.

Summer Overview

Expand upon each of the links below to view more details about this term.

Academic Program

Temple Japan offers courses in a variety of disciplines, including GenEd and internship courses.

Language of Instruction

  • English, except for Japanese and other language courses.

Course Load

  • 3-4 courses, 9-12 credit hours

Course Offerings

  • Courses in a variety of academic areas: American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Asian Studies, Communications, Computer Science, Economics, GenEd, History, International Business Studies, Japanese Language, Journalism, Media Studies and Production, Political Science, Psychology, Tourism & Hospitality
  • Credit-bearing internships

Learn more about the academic program.

Program Dates

Tentative Program Dates*

 Summer 2024
Departure from U.S.May 19
Arrival in JapanMay 20
OrientationMay 21-24
Classes beginMay 27
Last day to add a course**May 31
Last day to drop a courseJune 7
Course withdraw deadlineJuly 22 (13:00 JST)

Last day of classes

July 22
Final examsJuly 25-31
Last night in housingAugust 2
Program concludesAugust 3

*Accepted students: Refer to your Canvas page and documents in your online portal for important instructions prior to making travel arrangements.

**After the add/drop period, students may only add courses with approval of the Associate Dean.

Program participants are required to be present for the entire length of the program, from the official arrival date through the program end date.

Program Costs

Tuition and Fees

Temple students and non-Temple students are charged the non-matriculated per-credit rate based on residency. For the 2023-24 academic year, PA residents are charged $749 per credit and non-PA residents are charged $1,349 per credit. *Non-Temple students: your program costs may vary depending on your home institution's billing model. Please check with your study abroad office about your school's billing policies.

All students pay the Japan Program Fee, estimated at $375

If you are placed in program-arranged housing, the Japan Housing Fees are estimated at $4200-4600. 

For complete details about billable costs and estimate for non-billable expenses, such as airfare, meals, and personal expenses, view the program cost sheet.

View detailed program costs.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Education Abroad offers competitive, need-based scholarships for this program. Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.

Eligibility Requirements

Temple programs are open to qualified students matriculated at any U.S. or Canadian college or university.

You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements.

Are enrolled fulltime and will have completed 2 semesters before studying abroad
  • You are enrolled as a full-time matriculated student at the time of application as well as during the semester prior to studying abroad.
  • You will have completed at least two (2) semesters of college-level study by the program start.
Are in good academic standing and meet minimum GPA requirement for the program

You meet minimum cumulative GPA requirement, on a 4.0 scale from all colleges/universities attended. The requirement varies by program:

  • Temple Semester Programs: 2.75 (Internships: 3.0)
  • Temple Summer Programs: 2.5
  • Exchange Programs: 2.75
  • External Programs: 2.5

You remain in good academic standing from the time of application until the start of your term abroad; students on academic warning are not eligible to participate.

Have a valid passport

You will need a passport, valid well beyond the length of your program, by the application deadline.

View deadlines and validity requirements for your host country.

 

Are in good disciplinary standing

You are in good disciplinary standing at the time of application and remain so through the start of your term abroad. Students who have been found responsible for a code of conduct violation and will not be in good disciplinary standing (including disciplinary probation) may submit a petition for review.

Meet the minimum age requirement

You are at least 18 years old at the time of application.

For Temple Japan Semester, Academic Year and Summer, there are no additional eligibility requirements.

Application Requirements

The standard application requirements pertain to all students applying to Temple programs.

    For Temple Japan Semester, Academic Year and Summer, there are no additional requirements for most students.

    Architecture Program: Requires a portfolio. Temple students complete a separate application process with an earlier deadline. Visit the architecture page for details.

    Admissions Timeline

    • Admissions is rolling (early applications encouraged).
    • Once you submit your application, you should expect a decision within two (2) weeks.