Why Should I Study At Tokyo International University?

Founded in 1965, Tokyo International University (TIU) is a private university that comprises five undergraduate schools and four graduate schools. TIU has historically focused its academic attention on business and finance; a specialization that is reflected in its E-Track Program.

TIU’s E-Track Program (English Track Program) is targeted at international students seeking a four-year bachelor’s degree in the fields of Business Economics and International Relations. While learning and having an adequate Japanese language ability is undoubtedly useful for life in Japan, the E-Track Program is conducted entirely in English, and Japanese language proficiency is not required at the time of application.

Tokyo International University Campus. By Abasaa [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
Within the E-Track Program, students can select between two majors: Business Economics or International Relations. Apart from these focuses, however, students will still obtain a holistic education through the General Studies, and Japanese and Japan Studies options offered by TIU. More comprehensive information about the concentrations and courses available within each of the two majors can be found on the TIU E-Track website.

The General Studies component of the E-Track Program allows students to take a variety of courses in subjects such as the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. For example, Introduction to Anthropology, Introduction to Exercise Science, and the World Economy. The Japanese and Japan studies component help expose students to Japan from different perspectives – language, social structures, business, and culture. Some examples of courses include the Economic History of Japan, Japanese Popular Culture, and Japanese Multinational Corporations.

Members of the TIU Model United Nations Club Varsity Team. Image retrieved from: https://www.tiu.ac.jp/etrack/life/activities.html

TIU’s E-Track Program will also allow students to study and learn together in a truly international environment. The program boasts students and faculty from over 60 different countries, and TIU itself currently enrolls over 1,200 students. Moreover, TIU has a sister school relationship with Willamette University in the United States which provides students with many opportunities to study abroad!

Particular of interest to international students is the affordability of the TIU E-Track Programs. According to the 2019 Prospectus, “all students who apply for TIU’s English-based degree programs are also eligible to apply for a tuition reduction scholarship.” This means that tuition fees can potentially be reduced from 30-100% for up to four years. While this tuition reduction scholarship is tied to students’ admission results, there are also other scholarships available for students who have already enrolled in the university. For example, there is the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarship – a Japanese government scholarship that is targeted at helping international students assimilate to life in Japan.

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