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Established in 1982, the Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) is the oldest and largest foreign university in Japan. TUJ is the Japanese arm of an American university – Temple University in Philadelphia, where the main campus is located. Consequently, TUJ is the only university in Japan where students can attend a completely English-speaking campus, and earn American bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. At TUJ, all the degree and non-degree programs are offered in English, and therefore no Japanese proficiency is required at the time of application.

The Japan campus of Temple University is located in one of the most exciting cities in the world – Tokyo. More specifically, TUJ is situated in the Minami-Azabu area of Tokyo’s Minato Ward – a booming center for business, embassies, entertainment, and home to a large international population. As a student at TUJ, all the bustle and excitement of Tokyo is at your fingertips.

Tokyo: The bustling heart of Japan. By yellowmagics9 [CC0 or CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Why Should I Go to Temple University Japan?

For international students, a large appeal of the TUJ campus is its diverse student body. TUJ is home to international students from approximately 60 countries around the world. With such a strong international presence, TUJ is equipped with a comprehensive range of services and facilities that cater to the needs of international students. For example, free and confidential professional counseling services are available to students in both English and Japanese. Other resources include the TUJ library, which has a special focus on English-language publications.

Moreover, TUJ guarantees housing for new international students, so incoming or potential international students need not worry about the logistics of independently finding their own accommodations in a new environment. TUJ offers a couple of housing options: living in dormitories or living with a Japanese host family.

Furthermore, to help bridge differences between international students and foster a strong TUJ community, TUJ encourages interaction amongst international students by facilitating a wide range of student activities. Apart from clubs, organizations, and student government, TUJ also sponsors many events and activities such as exchange programs, day outing, and overnight trips. For example, the Spring 2019 TUJ Activities Schedule lists events such as a winter festival trip, a samurai sword workshop, and paintball day.

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Interesting also to international students is TUJ’s emphasis on community relations within Minato City. As a campus located in the heart of the city, TUJ seeks to encourage further assimilation within Japanese culture and communities by facilitating community-oriented activities between TUJ students, staff, and the local community of Minato City. For example, TUJ encourages cross-culture exchanges between students, faculty, and the local schoolchildren in Minato by sending TUJ students and staff to local classrooms to share their cultures in English and Japanese.

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