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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Term-long Academic Level: Undergraduate
Required GPA: 2.75 Living Arrangements: Homestay, Residence Hall
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Prerequisite: None
Liberal Studies Domain: A+L, EL, PI, SCBI Study Abroad Contact: Cara Miller
Internship Available: Yes How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:
Tokyo, Japan

DePaul Study Abroad offers students the opportunity to study at Temple University Japan (TUJ) in Tokyo during the fall, winter-spring and even for an entire academic year! Travel to Tokyo to study alongside international students from about 60 countries all around the world as well as degree-seeking, English-proficient Japanese students who comprise 37% of TUJ undergraduates. With such a diverse student body, you can expect a dynamic exchange of ideas and perspectives on current global issues, international relations, and aspects of traditional and popular culture.

Outside of the classroom, students are encouraged to engage in multicultural and experiential learning by participating in the many social activities organized each semester. Students can take advantage of the full schedule of outings, events and workshops that expose you to new locations and various aspects of life in Tokyo and throughout Japan. Students can opt to participate in day trips and weekend excursions to experience the regional diversity of Japan. Destinations vary by semester, but have included places such as Kamakura, Yokohama, Kyoto, Nikko, Hakone, Sapporo, Osaka and Chiba.

Students studying at TUJ can also attend social mixers and benefit from special cultural workshops that teach students about ikebana, calligraphy, tea ceremony, koto and archery. When you study at TUJ, you are strongly encouraged to get involved with student clubs like: anime, baseball, basketball, dance, hip hop, mixed martial arts, soccer and video-gaming! Becoming involved in campus life is an excellent way to make friends with Japanese students and other international students outside of the classroom.

TUJ is located in the Minami Azabu and Mita districts in central Tokyo and the campus is easy to reach using Tokyo’s famous public transportation system. The campus is within walking distance of several subway and train stations and students will find the location convenient for exploring Tokyo after class as well as grabbing lunch at one of the many Japanese or international eateries and even well-stocked “konbini” convenience stores. You may hop on the train for a quick ride to the vibrant Shibuya neighborhood, or head to the Imperial Palace (home to the emperor) or the shopping districts of Ginza and Shinjuku, all of which are less than three miles from campus.


Students can take undergraduate courses in: American studies, anthropology, architecture, art, art history, Asian studies, communication studies, media studies and production, economics, film and media arts, history, international business studies, Japanese language and culture, journalism, political science, psychology, and sociology.

All courses are taught in English, with the exception of Japanese language courses. Japanese language courses are offered at all levels (beginner through native speaker). There are no Japanese language pre-requisites for students to participate. Program participants with no previous Japanese language instruction are expected to enroll in beginning Japanese during their first semester in Tokyo.

Students with no prior Japanese language coursework will be required to take the Japanese 2000: Practical Japanese for Study Abroad Students or Japanese 1001: Japanese Elements I course.

Credit Hour Conversion
Temple University Credit Hours DePaul Credit Hours
3 semester credit hours 4.5 quarter credit hours
4 semester credit hours 6 quarter credit hours

Term Number of Courses Temple University Credit Hours Per Course DPU Credit Hours Per Course Total DPU Credit Hours
Fall 4-5 courses 3-4 credit hours/course 4.5-6 credit hours/course Students are encouraged to take no more than 18 DPU credit hours of courses. Students are able to take more than 18 credit hours, but will incur an additional tuition charge.
Winter-Spring 6 courses 3-4 credit hours 4.5-6 credit hours/course Students are encouraged to take no more than 36 DPU credit hours of courses (18 credit hours per quarter). Students are able to take more credit hours, but will incur an additional tuition charge if they exceed 18 credit hours per term.
Academic Year 8-12 courses 3-4 credit hours 4.5-6 credit hours/course Students are encouraged to take no more than 54 DPU credit hours of courses (18 credit hours per quarter). Students are able to take more credit hours, but will incur an additional tuition charge if they exceed 18 credit hours per term.

How to Search For Courses:

  1. View available courses on TUJ Brochure (courses start on page 9)
Students interested in a language major or minor should review this degree progress video and contact the Department of Modern Languages advisor to verify how the courses through this program could potentially satisfy language major or minor requirements.

Visit the Modern Language Option page for more information on how you can substitute a sequence of three courses in the same language for three domain courses.

Students participating in this program during the Spring of their senior year should not plan for degree conferral until August. While Study Abroad will do everything possible to expedite the process, we usually do not receive the overseas transcripts until 3-4 months after the conclusion of the program. Thus degree conferral for graduating students will likely be delayed.


TUJ’s Career Development office coordinates a robust internship program which provides students an invaluable opportunity to develop professional skills, gain international employment experience, network with field leaders and be immersed in Japanese culture. Many study abroad students take advantage of the internship program each semester.

Internships are offered in the Tokyo area with Japanese multinational organizations, embassies, NGOs, start-ups, and small companies. Interns work for a minimum of 140 hours per semester (about 15 hours/week during the fall and spring semesters). The amount of time spent at the internship can vary depending on the requirements of the organization, your availability and the restrictions of the course. Some internships require Japanese language ability, but internship placements are available for students who do not speak or write in Japanese.

All students are provided detailed information about available internships after being accepted and committing to the study abroad program. Interested students then apply for an internship within their TUJ application portal prior to departure for Tokyo. If you obtain an internship, you will continue regular coursework while participating in the internship and receive university course credit. Students can earn academic credit in curricular areas such as Asian studies, economics, international affairs, liberal arts, media studies and production, political science, or psychological studies.

Students must work closely with TUJ’s Career Development office. Once a student has been placed in an internship, they are assigned to a TUJ faculty supervisor who oversees the internship, sets evaluation requirements, and meets with students throughout the semester.

For a list of the more than 70 organizations and institutions that are currently participating in the TUJ internship program, please visit the Temple University Japan Internships page.


Housing in Tokyo is guaranteed for all program participants. Students have the option to stay in program-arranged dormitories or live with Japanese homestay families.

Students who would like to improve their Japanese language skills should plan to live with a Japanese homestay family in an effort to engage in complete linguistic and cultural immersion. Homestays provide additional opportunity for language practice, since Japanese hosts do not necessarily speak any English. Students who are placed in a homestay will be provided with a private room in a Japanese home and will receive two meals per day. Homestays are usually located in one of the many residential areas beyond the center of Tokyo, so you will get to know local neighborhoods that the casual tourist never sees. Students living in a homestay would experience the normal “every-day” life of a typical Japanese university student by commuting to campus, which can take approximately one-and-a-half to two hours each way by public transportation. This long commute is a common commute for those who go to school or work in central Tokyo. Students will be interviewed by TUJ staff before being placed with a Japanese family in a homestay.

There are also two student dormitories: Musashi-Kosugi Dorm and Hakusan Dorm. The Musashi-Kosugi residence is located in Kawasaki, Kanagawa. The area has many local stores and restaurants catering to college students. The Tokyu train line provides direct access to Shibuya and Yokohama, two shopping and entertainment centers in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The commute time to TUJ is about 50 minutes using the Tokyu train line or JR train line. A standard single room comes equipped with a bed, a private bathroom with a shower, a desk and a chair, an A/C unit, a refrigerator, and a closet. Bedding (pillow, blanket, and sheets) is provided, but towels are not. Internet connection (Ethernet and WiFi) is available in each room. The building has a cafeteria, a lounge, a garden terrace, multipurpose rooms, a fitness gym, a shared kitchen, and a laundry room with coin-operated machines. A TUJ dorm manager lives on-site.

The Hakusan residence is located in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo. Hakusan Station has many local stores and restaurants catering to college students. It is located near several amusement and entertainment facilities such as Tokyo Dome and Ueno Zoo. The commute to TUJ is about 40 minutes by subway lines. A standard single room comes equipped with a bed, a private bathroom with a shower, a desk and a chair, an A/C unit, a refrigerator, and a closet. Bedding (pillow, blanket, and sheets) is provided, but towels are not. High-speed WiFi internet is provided. The building has a lounge, study rooms, movie theater/gaming room, a rooftop garden, a shared kitchen, and a laundry room with card-operated machines. A TUJ dorm manager lives on-site.


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the student's regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. At the top of this page, you can “Click for tuition + program fee” to better understand the costs of this program. Read the details carefully to understand exactly what is included and be aware of items not included. Please also read the withdrawal policy . DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad. Students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines. Students are also encouraged to apply for the following scholarships: Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.

DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas, which serve as “entrance tickets” into countries you plan to visit. As of this publication, students on this program DO need a visa. Students should contact the Japanese consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for a visa to enter Japan. To find out more information about the visa process for Japan, please visit our Visa Information Page. Please note that visa requirements can change. Study Abroad will try to update this website to reflect changes as they become available.

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/01/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA
Fall 2021 02/01/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA