Study Abroad Program Overview
Designed for master's students in the UCSD School of Global Policy and Strategy, participants take classes at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP). Students attend graduate classes taught in English alongside master’s-level GraSPP students on the Hongo campus.
The University of Tokyo provides a rich and varied academic environment that ensures opportunity for intellectual development and the acquisition of professional knowledge and skills. GraSPP trains students to identify problems faced by modern society, teaches the necessary skills to develop the policy for the solution of those problems, and provides proper tools to communicate and build consensus.
Students attend classes with host country students.
Language of Instruction
The University of Tokyo International Center provides Japanese language courses while graduate schools/faculties may also offer their own Japanese language programs.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
early September to late December
early April to early August
Some students will stay at the International Lodge in Shirokanedai, located approximately 45 minutes from the main campus. Other housing possibilities include the Wakeijuku Dormitory or privately arranged apartments. Students live with international or Japanese students. More information on housing
Clubs are an excellent way to meet local students and practice Japanese. The University of Tokyo offers a rich variety of student club activities such as martial arts, sports, and clubs for tea ceremony, drama, music, dance, and flower arranging.
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP Study Abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. UC faculty and local staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of Japan and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
The University of California Tokyo Study Center
provides an enriching, educational, and safe experience for UCEAP students who study at nine Japanese host Universities.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
This program provides interdisciplinary graduate training in law, politics, and economics. These disciplines serve as the base for policy planning, implementation, and evaluation. Case studies used by practitioners in lectures, and discussion classes are based on actual domestic and international events or circumstances.
Use the following resources to learn more:
As agreed on the Graduate or Professional Student Agreement (GSAG)
. Usually 4 courses of 4 UC quarter units each.
Research and Independent Study
Independent study or research for academic credit may be possible in this program.
The University of Tokyo
The University of Tokyo, one of Japan’s most prestigious universities, was founded in 1877 as one of the elite imperial universities. The university today enrolls more than 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students in a wide variety of faculties. The teaching staff numbers about 3,800. It has a central library and specialized libraries containing over eight million books and 38,000 current periodicals.
Whereas the typical Japanese university is small by American standards, the Hongo campus of Tokyo University, at which EAP students spend the majority of their time, is quite large. It features a spacious recreation facility, a small park with a pond, and a traditional Japanese archery range. The university promotes scholar and student exchange and facilitates cooperative international research and joint ventures.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- Public relations
- US Embassy or Consulate
- More opportunities
Please note-Current internship offerings may vary; you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.
Setting Up Your Internship
- You are encouraged to set up your own internship prior to arrival in Japan. If needed, the Tokyo Study Center may be able to assist you after arrival.
- Keep in mind that deadlines for internships at the US embassy and consulate are well before your program application deadline.
- Some internships are short-term during the semester break while others are ongoing during the academic year.
- In the past, some students have found internships with such entities as Panasonic, Asahi Beverage, and the U.S. Embassy.
- "I decided that rather than work for an international organization or in politics, I wanted to do something that I already knew I would enjoy: become a teacher." -UCSB student
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Professional School fees
- Tuition at partner institution
- Mandatory Host Country Health Insurance
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Study abroad scholarships for Japan
Need-based funding up to $3,000 for summer, $5,000 for single term, and $7,000 for academic year. Find out more.
Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
The US-Japan Bridging Foundation awards 100 scholarships annually to US undergraduate students for study in Japan. The scholarships provide $2,500 for one semester or $4,000 for the academic year to cover travel and living expenses. In 2017, two UC students were awarded. Applications are due in April for fall/year programs and October for spring programs. Requirements include an application, transcript, short essay, and letter of recommendation. Find out more
The U.S.-Japan Council Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship
Awards financial assistance to undergraduates/graduate students for a semester or year-long study abroad program. The scholarship will support up to the full cost of attendance to the study abroad program of the applicant’s choice. The scholarship program grants awards to recipients in amounts determined by financial need and other qualifications. Find out more.
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarships
JASSO offers scholarships for international students who are accepted by a Japanese university, junior college or college of technology. Find out more
Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan
Morgan Stanley Japan offers two $7,500 scholarships to US students with an interest in policy, economics, or international finance who will study abroad in Japan. The scholarships are co-sponsored by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese. Applications are due in April. Find out more
American Association of Japanese University Women (AAJUW)
AAJUW was founded in 1970 to promote the education of women, as well as to contribute to the better U.S.-Japan relations, cultural exchanges, and development of leadership. AAJUW's scholarship
award $2,000 and the deadline is in October.
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.GPA Note
: 3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Must be a graduate student in the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the University of Tokyo.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: