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Academic Program

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Temple Japan's 10-week summer semester offers courses in a variety of disciplines, allowing study abroad students to immerse themselves in Japanese language and Asian studies while completing other degree requirements abroad. As a study abroad student, you are strongly encouraged to enroll in a Japanese studies course and a Japanese language course, in addition to another requirement you wish to fulfill while abroad, for a total of three courses (minimum of 9 credits) during the summer semester.
  • Several Japanese studies courses are offered each summer. Many are interdisciplinary and cross-listed with other areas including anthropology, art history, history, political science, sociology and psychology.
  • Japanese language courses are offered at all levels, from beginning to advanced. If you have had no prior Japanese language, plan to enroll in an introductory language course. See below for which level you should choose.
  • Additional courses are offered in a broad range of disciplines. Course offerings vary from year to year. The final course schedule will be available in the spring and will be made available to all accepted students for final course selection. You may visit Temple Japan’s website to view course schedules from previous summer semesters.  
  • Credit-bearing internships are also available.
  • GenEd: Temple students who successfully complete (with a C- or better) credit-bearing coursework worth at least three semester hours in an approved summer or semester study abroad program with a minimum stay abroad of 28 days will satisfy the World Society (GG) requirement. Additional GenEd courses are offered at Temple Japan; view the GenEd column in the course schedule for designations.
  • Accreditation, transcripts and transfer of credits

If you have any questions about the academic program at Temple Japan, or would like to request syllabi for courses, please contact us at study.abroad@temple.edu.

Read more about Temple Japan's major departments below.

    Art and Art History

    Temple Japan's art major is offered under the auspices of the world-renowned Tyler School of Art at Temple's main campus, with Tokyo providing a unique backdrop for all creative students. The art program offers students a strong focus in visual art practice within a liberal arts context. Students in this program pursue a variety of projects designed to help them explore the boundaries between technology and studio art practice. It is a fine-arts oriented program offering both digital and non-digital art courses. Asian art history courses complement the program. 

    Asian Studies

    With an emphasis on East and Southeast Asia, the Asian studies department provides students with an in-depth understanding of the region's past, present, and future—from art, literature, and religion to politics, business, and diplomacy. The courses provide a great opportunity for majors and non-majors alike to contextualize their experience. Internships are available, and Asian studies students also enjoy access to the programs of Temple Japan's Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies.

    Business Studies and Economics

    Business studies and economics courses teach students to navigate across cultures and borders in business settings. This is accomplished through class participation, visits to local businesses, and by bringing experienced international professionals into the classroom. 

    Communication Studies

    Communication studies surveys various departmental subjects as mass media, public relations, advertising, film and television production, and journalism. Offerings include foundational courses, as well as theory and production courses. The Temple Japan internship program includes numerous opportunities in the communications field.

    International Affairs and Political Science

    The International affairs program aims to teach students the causes, nature, and evolution of issues among and between states, with a special focus placed on international relations between Japan and its East Asian neighbors. The interdisciplinary nature of international affairs allows students to take advantage of coursework in anthropology, history, political science, and sociology. 

    Japanese Language

    The Japanese language program aims to provide students with a well-balanced proficiency in the areas of grammar, listening, speaking, and writing. In the classroom, study abroad students benefit from learning alongside degree-seeking undergraduates who are preparing for the Japanese proficiency test through this rigorous major. Courses are offered from beginning to advanced, as well as for native speakers; oral intensive courses are popular amongst study abroad students. 

    • Japanese 1001: Japanese Elements I
      If you wish to continue Japanese language study beyond your term abroad, you’ll choose Japanese 1001: Japanese Elements I, the first course in the Japanese language sequence.
    • Japanese 2000: Practical Japanese for Study Abroad Students
      If you are interested in learning conversational Japanese to assist you in navigating Japan during your study abroad term, but do not intend to continue with future Japanese language coursework, you’ll choose Japanese 2000: Practical Japanese for Study Abroad Students (note: this course does not fulfill the pre-requisite for Japanese 1002: Elements II and is not appropriate for Japanese language majors).
    • Japanese language courses with pre-requisites
      If you have already studied Japanese, you may continue at the appropriate level. 


    Temple Japan's psychology program is an extension of the College of Liberal Arts psychology department on Temple's main campus, rated among the best in the United States. Students explore a variety of topics in developmental and clinical psychology, with special attention given to comparative psychology in an Asian context.