Study Abroad Program Overview
Accelerate your study of Japanese language and learn about Japanese society and culture through immersion in the Japanese Studies Program at Tsuru University (JAST).
This program offers intermediate to advanced Japanese language study in a scenic town just two hours by bullet train to Tokyo. From its origins as a castle town and silk-producing center, Tsuru City has now developed into a high-tech industrial city and college town.
The Tsuru student body is both regionally and culturally diverse, with students from all over Japan. The intimate campus size allows you to be actively integrated into Japanese campus life and student clubs.
Many UC students pursue the JET program after graduation. For those seeking a quieter, immersive and traditional study abroad experience in Japan, Tsuru may be the choice for you.
Students attend classes with UC students only.
Language of Instruction
Courses are taught using simplified Japanese.
The program begins with seven weeks of intensive language instruction. The remainder of the program includes both intensive language instruction and Japanese culture courses.
Some students have completed up to a full year of university-level Japanese on this program.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late July to mid-December
UC students live in single university apartments or homestays. Apartments feature one bedroom with a kitchenette and private bath, and are within walking distance to the campus. You may live with other UC students or Japanese students. More information on housing
Tsuru arranges a night hike to the summit of Mt. Fuji to witness dawn and appreciate a breathtaking view of Japan from one of the most famous mountains in the world. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is a favorite of students. In addition to internships in the local elementary school, Tsuru offers a rich variety of student club activities such as martial arts, sports, and clubs for tea ceremony, drama, music, dance, flower arranging, etc. Clubs are an excellent way to meet local students and practice Japanese.
Visit a former participants blog
to see her experience!
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP 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 fall program focuses on Japanese language and culture. Core courses are designed for UC students and concentrate on literature, history, society, politics, and economy.
Students are placed in language courses based on a language placement exam taken soon after arrival.
Electives include courses in the humanities and social sciences; an elementary school teaching internship; or independent study. Special courses are supported by a one-to-one Japanese tutor system.
Use the following resources to learn more:
"I really loved the program and the people involved in it. The staff at the exchange student center was extremely helpful and the tutor system is amazing. There were so many students who wanted to make friends with us as well. A fantastic program overall." --UCEAP Participant
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; minimum of 26 quarter/17.3 semester UC units required.
All students are required to take:
Two intensive language courses during first seven weeks (5 quarter units each)
Three additional language courses (2 or 2.5 quarter units each)
Three core courses in Japanese studies (2 or 2.5 quarter units each)
Two electives (2 or 2.5 quarter units each)
Research and Independent Study
Independent study for academic credit may be possible as one of the electives. You can do an independent study project in Japanese or Asian studies under the direction of a Tsuru professor; however, resources in English are limited and resources for independent study topics are difficult to find. See your Campus Study Abroad Advisor or your campus library for information on access to the California Digital Library.
If you are interested in pursuing an independent study project, you need to submit a proposal at the beginning of the program. You will receive detailed instructions about the proposal requirements once you are enrolled in the program. Tsuru will use the proposal to match you with an appropriate advisor. The independent study project requires a ten-page paper written in English and a supplementary one-page paper written in Japanese. Arrangements are made after arrival.
Tsuru University is a public university located in Tsuru City, a small but lively scenic town nestled in the foothills at the northern foot of Mt. Fuji.
The university is noted for its education program and research in Japanese studies. It consists of the College of Humanities, which includes five liberal arts departments (Primary Education, Japanese Literature, English Literature, Social Science, and Comparative Culture) and the Graduate School of Literature. Tsuru enrolls about 3,000 students, many of whom will become teachers.
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.
Please note-Current internship offerings may vary; you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.
Setting Up Your Internship
- Upon arrival, staff at Tsuru University will help arrange a teaching internship on campus.
- "The internship opportunity in Tsuru is an experience that is not available at UC campuses, because it allows UC students to teach English to Japanese students, and in a way prepares UC students who would like to do the JET program in the future." UCEAP Participant
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.
* 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 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 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 the same 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
- Tuition at partner institution
- Mandatory host country health insurance
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions
- 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
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 2015, three 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
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 September.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 1 year (3 quarters / 2 semesters) with a minimum language GPA of 3.00.
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
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.
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 Tsuru University.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: