PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS 

• With a central location in the magical city of Tokyo, Toyo offers an experience in the heart of one of the most modern megacities in the world. Just off campus, temples and shrines that are hundreds of years old offer opportunities for quiet reflection and a change of pace. 

• Deepen your understanding of Japanese language and culture while also examining global business, international relations, or urban and environmental studies. 

• All interested international exchange students are connected with Language Exchange Partners (LEPs), Toyo student volunteers who can help with Japanese language practice and assimilation into Japanese culture. 

• How would you fare against a real-life sumo wrestler? As an international student at Toyo, find out by participating in a training session with Toyo’s sumo team and then sitting down to dinner with them afterward. If you would rather just watch sumo, every winter students attend the annual Grand Sumo Tournament held at the world-famous Ryougoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall. 

LIFE ABROAD 

Tokyo is a perfect fit for all personalities—those looking for the fast-paced modern environment can enjoy city life in places like Akihabara and Ikebukuro, and more leisurely students can enjoy walking through parks in places like pedestrian-friendly Tomigaya.  

LIVE 

Stay in a fully furnished dormitory room shared with other international students and locals called the AI-House. All dorms are single rooms with shared kitchens and bathrooms. Amenities include access to study rooms, a music studio, and cultural events hosted by the resident assistants.  

DINE 

Students can dine at Toyo’s award-winning cafeteria, where delicious Italian, Indian, Korean, Chinese, Turkish, and Japanese cuisine are available at low prices. Breakfast and dinner are also included with your housing on weekdays, plus students receive a stipend to cover additional meals.  

EXPERIENCE 

Students can experience authentic Japanese life by spending the weekend living in a homestay in the countryside of Gunma prefecture. Enjoy home-cooked meals, hike in the countryside, and soak in local hot springs, all of which make this one of students’ favorite experiences during their time in Japan. During the same weekend, students also take part in several traditional cultural activities, such as a tea ceremony, a lecture on Buddhism, listening to (and playing) taiko drums, pounding rice into mochi, and more.  

EXPLORE 

Students can experience everything Japan’s capital has to offer, with bustling nightlife, world-renowned museums and attractions, major shopping districts, and cultural capital neighborhoods. There are many “sub-cultures” of Japan, meaning that there’s something to see for all niches (video games, “kawaii” culture, history-buffs, etc.). Opportunities to explore Japan’s natural and small-town beauty are easily accessible by bullet train, including natural parklands, scenic lakes, hot springs, and theme parks. Just a 2-hour and 30-minute bus ride away (and for only 18 USD) is the start of the Yoshida Trail, the most popular route to hike on Mount Fuji. If you prefer to stay within Tokyo to explore, train lines will take you directly downtown for an affordable price. As evening approaches, watch Tokyo come alive by visiting popular nightlife destinations such as Shibuya, a neighborhood full of karaoke bars, late-night eateries, and arcades that cater to the city’s night owls. For those wanting to experience the eclectic and youthful side of Tokyo, explore Harajuku, an area where you can find the latest in streetwear fashion as well as those dressed head to toe in elaborate cosplay. 

What We Love About Toyo

We love all the extra activities that you can participate in while at Toyo. For example, there is a rice planting event, an annual field day where students do outdoor activities, like tug-o-war, and a Kimono Wearing Party, just to name a few. You also have access to The English Community Zone (ECZ), a space where any student can come and participate in various programs and informal conversations in English.  

See ISEP Direct budget and estimated expenses 

Program Website

Course Description

While Toyo offers a comprehensive program to explore Japanese language and culture (NEST program), they also offer an appealing collection of courses taught in English in the fields of business, innovation and entrepreneurship, international relations and urban growth/ environmental studies.  The table below provides insights into classes students have taken in the past. 

Credits Earned 

Students who complete the program in good standing are required to take a minimum of 7 classes per term (approx. 13-14 Toyo Credits).  In general, academic classes are worth 2 Toyo credits.  

ISEP recommends that the US equivalent for a 2-credit lecture class is 2 US credits, and a 1 credit language class is worth 2 US credits. So 13-14 Toyo credits is the equivalent of 13-15 US credits. 

If you use financial aid, please speak with a qualified financial aid advisor to understand your academic obligations and the requirements for using financial aid. 

Sample Classes Available: 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Foreign Languages and Literatures 

 

 
 
 
 

 

International/Global Studies 

 

 
 
 
 

Japanese Literature A (Basic English with Japanese support) 

 
 

Intercultural Communication 

 
 
 
 

Japanese Culture and Community (Taught in Japanese) 

 
 

Multiculturalism in a globalizing world (Taught mostly in English, occasionally in Japanese) 

 
 
 
 

Japanese for Beginners: Practice 

 
 

Role of Media in Public Policy Formation 

 
 
 
 

Introduction to Japanese Linguistics A (Taught in Japanese) 

 
 

Human Security 

 
 
 
 

Asian Literature (taught in Japanese) 

 
 

International Cooperation (taught in Japanese)

 

For detailed instructions on how to search for all available courses, please click on the "other academic conditions" dropdown link below.

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Rachel Brown 703-504-9994 | RBrown@isep.org Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.

Academics

Undergraduate
(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    Area Studies, Other Asian Studies Japanese Studies Multicultural and Diversity Studies Regional Studies (U.S., Canada, Foreign)

  • Business:

    Accounting Business Communications Business Management Economics Finance International Business/Trade/Commerce Marketing

  • Communication

  • Education

    Elementary Education

  • English Language and Literature:

    American Literature (United States) English Literature (British and Commonwealth)

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures Recommended!

    Japanese Language and Literature

  • History

    Asian History

  • Hospitality and Tourism:

    Hospitality Management Hotel and Restaurant Management Tourism Management

  • International/Global Studies: Recommended!

    International Relations and Affairs Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Language and Culture

  • Law/Criminal Justice:

    Business Law International Law

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies:

    Philosophy Religious Studies

  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences:

    Political Science and Government Sociology

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 3 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • Language Test: JLPT   N1

Special Application Instructions

Toyo's minimum GPA requirement is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent at the student's home institution. If you have between a 2.7-2.99 Toyo will consider your application with an explanation. This does not guarantee admittance.

Students are required to submit an internal application following their placement which is required of the host institution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email. 

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible.

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

Undergraduate
(in Japanese)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    Asian Studies Multicultural and Diversity Studies

  • Business:

    Accounting Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science Business Communications Business Management Economics Finance International Business/Trade/Commerce Marketing

  • Communication

  • Education

    Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education

  • English Language and Literature:

    American Literature (United States) English Literature (British and Commonwealth)

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures: Recommended!

    French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Japanese Language and Literature Korean Language and Literature

  • History:

    Asian History History, Other

  • Hospitality and Tourism:

    Hospitality Management Hotel and Restaurant Management Tourism Management

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

  • Language and Culture

  • Law/Criminal Justice:

    Business Law International Law

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies:

    Philosophy Religious Studies

  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences

    Sociology

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 3 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • LPR Required
  • Language Test: JLPT   N1
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Toyo's minimum GPA requirement is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent at the student's home institution. If you have between a 2.7-2.99 Toyo will consider your application with an explanation. This does not guarantee admittance.

Students are required to submit an internal application following their placement which is required of the host institution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email. 

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible.

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

Other Academic Conditions

Students can expect to spend 2 hours per week in class. Language classes are worth 1 Toyo credit, but students can still expect to spend 2 hours per week in class.   

General academic courses are available to study abroad students in the 

Faculties of Letters, Economics, Business Administration, Law, Sociology, Regional 

Development Studies, Global and Regional Studies and International Tourism 

Management. 

Study Abroad students choose classes from the class list for study abroad students. Note: Not all Toyo classes are available for study abroad students. Reference the link below to see past class lists to verify what is typically available. Most science and computer science courses will not be available to study abroad students. 

https://www.toyo.ac.jp/en/international-exchange/prospective/Study-Abroad-Program-at-Toyo/e-index/  

Toyo's NEST program offers up to 10 credits of Japanese language and culture per semester. It is divided into four levels, from beginner to advanced: 

• Integrated Japanese (4 credits) 

• The Japanese culture component(based on language proficiency level): 

   -Japanese Culture and Society A or B, for J1 and J2 levels (2 credits) -or- 

   -Introduction to Japanology A or B, for J3 and J4 levels (2 credits) 

• Electives: 

   -Japanese Listening Comprehension (1 credit) 

   -Japanese Reading and Composition (1 credit) 

   -Project Work (1 credit) 

   -Kanji Literacy (1 credit) 

Descriptions for these classes are on the  NEST course page.   

 

Semester One (Fall Semester) Students: Students should note that the examination period for Semester One extends into the start of January.  Class instruction ends in mid-December and students may return home at this time. However, students are required to complete their exams during the established exam period in January.  Students may make arrangements to take their exams from home, but are responsible for making all arrangements in advance. 

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