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 Study Abroad in Japan


From bamboo forests, tranquil temples, and traditional teahouses, to an ultramodern, fast-paced, and resilient country on the frontier of scientific advances and new technologies, Japan is a captivating and fascinating place for study abroad.

With top-ranked partners in six cities, you will find a variety of academic offerings and campus settings to suit your interests, major, and life goals. Pursue research or internships, master Japanese language, learn anime or martial arts, climb Mt. Fuji—you can do it all in Japan.

Programs Overview


Beginning Japanese • Osaka Univ.
Gain up to a year of Japanese language training in intensive summer language study at a top Japanese university.
Class Levels: So, Jr, Sr, GrLanguage of Instruction: Japanese
Terms: SummerLanguage Prerequisites: Min 0 qtrs/sems; Max 2 qtrs/1 sem
Engineering & Science in English • Tohoku Univ.
Take courses taught in English and participate in research with a local lab team, focusing on topics related to your UC major interest.
Class Levels: So, Jr, Sr, GrLanguage of Instruction: English, Japanese
Terms: Spring, YearLanguage Prerequisites: None
Global & International Studies • Meiji Gakuin Univ.
Learn about historical and contemporary issues of Japanese society and culture through seminars, lectures, independent research, internships, and field excursions throughout Yokohama and Tokyo.
Class Levels: So, Jr, Sr, GrLanguage of Instruction: English
Terms: Fall, SpringLanguage Prerequisites: None
Graduate Studies • International Relations • Univ. of Tokyo
For master's students in the UCSD Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, an opportunity take graduate courses in Tokyo offered in English.
Class Levels: GrLanguage of Instruction: English, Japanese
Terms: Fall, SpringLanguage Prerequisites: None
International Christian Univ.
Further your UC major studies and gain an understanding of Japan today through immersion in ICU courses taught in English or Japanese. Beginning through advanced Japanese language study is also available.
Class Levels: So, Jr, Sr, GrLanguage of Instruction: English, Japanese
Terms: Fall, ILP + Fall, ILP + Year, Spring, YearLanguage Prerequisites: None
International Christian Univ. with Service Learning
Gain understanding of Japan through immersion in courses taught in English or Japanese in the spring term. Students then volunteer in a community-based initiative for service learning.
Class Levels: So, Jr, Sr, GrLanguage of Instruction: English, Japanese
Terms: SpringLanguage Prerequisites: None
Japanese Universities
Immerse yourself in a Japanese university community through courses taught in English or Japanese, enhanced by Japanese language study.
Class Levels: So, Jr, Sr, Gr Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Terms: ILP + Year, YearLanguage Prerequisites: Min 1 year
Lab Research • Engineering & Science • Osaka Univ.
Participate in full-time research within a Japanese lab team, on cutting-edge topics related to your UC field of study.
Class Levels: Jr, Sr, GrLanguage of Instruction: English, Japanese
Terms: Fall, SpringLanguage Prerequisites: None
Language & Culture • Doshisha Univ.
Intensive Japanese language study from beginning to advanced levels in the lovely cultural city of Kyoto, along with culture courses and the opportunity to practice Japanese in daily life.
Class Levels: So, Jr, Sr, GrLanguage of Instruction: Japanese
Terms: SpringLanguage Prerequisites: None
Language & Culture • Tsuru Univ.
Intensive Japanese language study from intermediate to advanced, with courses that provide a foundation in Japanese culture and society, in an intimate and timeless small town setting.  Internships available.
Class Levels: So, Jr, SrLanguage of Instruction: Japanese
Terms: FallLanguage Prerequisites: Min 1 year
Summer Lab Research • Engineering & Science • Osaka University
Join this new summer lab research opportunity to work within a Japanese lab team on cutting-edge topics related to your UC field of study.
Class Levels: Jr, SrLanguage of Instruction: English
Terms: SummerLanguage Prerequisites: None
Summer Lab Research • Science • University of Tokyo
Undertake a summer lab research internship at the prestigious University of Tokyo School of Science. Survival Japanese, faculty lectures and cultural activities complement your research.
Class Levels: Jr, SrLanguage of Instruction: English
Terms: SummerLanguage Prerequisites: None