An American university in the middle of bustling Tokyo

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) was founded in 1982 as a satellite campus Temple University, a U.S.-based comprehensive public research university located in Pennsylvania. Boasting 17 schools and programs, Temple University in the U.S is ranked in the 301-350 group of the top world universities by Times Higher Education (2016-2017). Therefore, being a part of the Temple University system in the U.S, TUJ prides itself on being the oldest and largest foreign university in Japan and inherits the academic reputation of the home campus.

TUJ has a relatively small student population of only 4,000 students. Class size for undergraduate is only 19 students, which allows students to interact closely with faculty members.

What’s special about TUJ?

TUJ boasts a high-quality English education which provides students an opportunity to acquire American undergraduate and graduate degrees in Japan. TUJ fits the purpose of international students who want to obtain an American degree, acquire Japanese proficiency, and immerse themselves in Japanese culture and

TUJ guarantees that the quality and standard of classes are on par with the education offered as the main campus, Temple University in the U.S. Students will be able to transfer and continue their education with other North American schools easily and smoothly.  


Being an American university in Japan, the population makeup of the university is very diverse, with 41% Japanese, 38% American and 21% from other nationalities.


Study programs in English

Undergraduate level

All classes are taught in English at the university level, except for language classes. No Japanese proficiency is required to enter and enroll in classes at TUJ. 

Students can choose from these following majors for their undergraduate degree: International Business Studies, Japanese Language, Communication Studies, Art, International Affairs, Political Science, Psychological Studies, Economics, Asian Studies, and General Studies.

Furthermore, students can opt for internal transfer, in case their intended major of study is not offered at TUJ. Students can apply as freshmen and spend their first two years at TUJ completing general education requirements, then transfer to the Temple University main campus or another 4-year university.

Graduate level 

Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.), Concentration in TESOL

Professionals who are teaching English to Japanese speakers or speakers of other languages can further their career by taking a Master’s degree in TESOL. The program is a combination of theoretical and practical training when it comes to teaching English as a second language. 

Prospective students can enter the program three times a year, in April, May and September. They can finish the program between one to four years by taking classes on weekdays in convenient locations in Tokyo and Osaka, which allows students to balance between both of their academic and professional pursuits. 

Ph.D. in Education, Concentration in Applied Linguistics

Through this program, students can dive deeper into different methods of researching, learning and teaching languages not limited to English around the world. This holistic program will provide PhD students with the necessary foundation to further their studies, research, or applications in Applied Linguistics, TESOL or in related fields. 

Tuition Fees

Tuition for each semester depends on the number of credits that the student decides to take. 01 credit is quoted at 66,800 JPY. Full-time students tend to take between 12 to 18 credits per semester.

At 1.62 million JPY (approximately 15,000 USD) for annual tuition fees after the first year, TUJ boasts an affordable tuition rate for an American degree. Combined with merit-based tuition exemption scholarships, a TUJ degree might not be financially out of reach for students who wish to enjoy the American standard of education it provides. 

Scholarships 

US Federal Financial Aid 

U.S citizens or permanent residents of the U.S can apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants must be enrolled as a matriculated student (working towards a degree), or a conditionally accepted student) who is becoming a matriculated student. FAFSA needs to be reapplied annually between January 1 and March 1.

Undergraduate scholarships 

TUJ also offers a range of merit scholarships for students who show a strong academic record. Out of all merit scholarships within TUJ, the Diamond Scholarship covers 50% of full-time tuition for a student’s first two consecutive semesters, and can be renewed to cover 100% of full-time tuition for up to 6 additional consecutive semesters (fall and spring only).

How to apply

TUJ has three semesters in an academic year: fall (beginning in late August), spring (beginning in early January), and summer (beginning in mid-May). 

The availability of the summer semester helps increase the flexibility of students in arranging the distribution of their class workload. Most students choose to take classes in the fall and spring semesters, and take summer off like other universities in Japan. Yet summer classes are a great way for students to condense their curriculum and graduate early if they wish to do so. 

Applicants interested in the undergraduate program at TUJ submit an online application on the university homepage. The application package includes:

  • Personal statement (250-400 words): Applicants have an opportunity to introduce themselves; express their motivation for applying to TUJ; describe long-term personal, academic or career goals that will make the university a great fit for them.
  • SAT scores
  • Proof of English proficiency: TOEFL or IELTS for non-native English speakers
  • Past educational background in high school 

In order to apply for merit scholarships, applicants also need to submit:

  • Letters of recommendation from teachers or counselors (free form)
  • Copies of awards and honors
  • Professional work resume
  • Certificates of achievements

Student Life 

Housing

Similar to U.S universities, All incoming freshmen are required to stay at TUJ housing during their first semester after admission. After the first semester, students must vacate the dorm and find independent housing (non-TUJ dorm facilities, private apartments, etc.), or sign an independent contract with the dorm not through TUJ.

Musashi-Kosugi Dorm is the main dorm facility of TUJ, located in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture. The dorm is on the Tokyu line and takes 50 minutes door-to-door to the university campus. 


A peek inside a dormitory room of TUJ

Aside from student housing, uniquely, TUJ also offers a limited number of homestay opportunities for students who show a commitment to engaging in Japanese culture and demonstrate cultural flexibility and adaptation. 

The housing fee of either dormitory or homestay is quoted at ¥420,000 for fall and spring or ¥340,000 for the summer semester.

Conclusion

With a balanced student population makeup of Japanese, American and international, TUJ has a reason to be proud of its international and diverse study environment, similar to its home campus in Pennsylvania. If you are looking for a reasonable option to earn a US degree while enjoying the campus life in bustling and exciting Tokyo, TUJ always opens its doors for you.