Toyo University (TU) is a private, liberal arts university with four campuses throughout Tokyo. The student body of 32,182 also has Tokyo’s urban wonders close at hand. TU itself offers 26 clubs where students can try activities from sumo to calligraphy.
Most exchange students follow TU’s excellent intensive Japanese language program (NEST). However, if proficiency levels permit, students may take classes from other disciplines. Other departments include Asian Studies, Business Administration, Sociology, Economics, Regional Development Studies, Information Sciences & Arts, History, Literature, Law, Human Life Design, and Life Sciences. Course details can be found through the links on: https://www.toyo.ac.jp/en/international-exchange/prospective/Study-Abroad-Program-at-Toyo/e-index/
Housing & Meals
TU has an International House (I-House) for exchange students, located a 15 minute walk from the Hakusan campus. These dorms have full kitchens, and cost about half that of other Tokyo housing options. Single or double rooms are available and Maisonette. Students may cook, eat at the university cafeteria, or eat at nearby restaurants.
Students pay their regular tuition to UM and their room and board to TU. A single is ¥40,000 ($400)/month and a double room is ¥80,000 ($800) at the I-House cost. Food costs are around ¥45,000 ($450)/month. A student visa for study in Japan costs ¥3,000 ($30) for single entry and ¥6,000 ($60) for multiple entry . UM financial aid can apply to tuition, living and travel expenses while at TU.
Students register for classes upon arrival at TU. 15 in-class hours at TU are equivalent to one UM credit. Students must transfer back a minimum of 24 UM credits for the academic year to be considered full-time.
Students must complete one academic year.
Semester 1: September to late January
Semester 2: early April to early August
Toyo University’s central location offers urban enthusiasts plenty to explore from the nearby electronics wonderland of Akihabara, the antiques and bookstores of Jimbocho, to the unique foods and nightlife of Ikebukuro. Tokyo, the world’s largest metropolitan area has something to offer any interest.
Besides its modern attractions, Tokyo has a long, rich history. Originally a fishing village, the city quickly grew after shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu established his military control there in 1590. When Emperor Meiji moved his residence from Kyoto to Tokyo, its importance solidified even further. The Emperor and Empress still live in the immaculately landscaped Imperial Palace today. Palaces, temples, and shrines blended with the most innovative of modern architecture typify Tokyo, and add to its lure.
Japan has one of the world’s cleanest, fastest, and most efficient train systems, the Shinkansen, to transport students from the city to almost anywhere in the country; the temples of Kyoto, skiing in Nagano, and ice festivals in Sapporo are all within exploration’s range.
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: Japanese
Language requirement: two years college-level Japanese prior to exchange
University website: www.toyo.ac.jp
Length of exchange: academic year
Tokyo at a Glance
Mild winters with occasional snow (average temperature 37°F), rainy springs, and hot, humid summers (average temperature 90°F)
Kyoto: 2 hours
Osaka: 2.5 hours
(reflects travel times on the bullet trains)
Sapporo: 1 hours
(reflects travel times on the airplane)
Nikko: 2 hours