WWU Exchange in Japan:
Asia University fosters a spirit of "Self-help and Cooperation." Established in 1941, Asia University has extended its spirit into the international community. The student population is about 7,000 which includes an international student population of about 500. Many of the international students come from other Asian countries. Asia University has a history of cooperation with Western Washington University since the late 1970's. They offer an Intensive Japanese Course designed to prepare international students for enrollment at the university. In addition to the Japanese language courses, the curriculum includes courses in Japanese history and culture that are taught in English.
Asia University is located in the city of Musashino, a suburb of Tokyo, about twenty minutes by train from Shinjuku (central Tokyo). Surrounded by numerous parks and educational institutions, the area has long been a favorite haunt of writers and artists. The campus has evolved greatly over the years, and today, with its rich variety of architecture, presents a truly cosmopolitan appearance. Tokyo is the largest city in Japan with a population of twelve million people.
Academic Program and Courses
There are two semesters offered at Asia University with the academic year starting in early April as is customary in Japan. Students wanting to study for a single semester must apply for Spring semester only.
- Fall Semester: early September to late January
- Spring Semester: early April to late July
Students with sufficient Japanese proficiency may take regular University courses. More information on the levels of Japanese language are listed in the Curriculum Structure
of Asia University. Asia University offers an intensive Japanese language program in the Spring. Students should be aware that this language program is not
credit-bearing. Students with any level of Japanese may attend Spring semester and there is no language requirement for the language courses.
Students live on campus in dormitories. Students pay Western's rates for housing through their Western student accounts to cover the cost of housing.
Exchange program participants will pay WWU in-state tuition, mandatory fees, and housing through their Western student accounts. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, meals, and personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student.
The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-program activities.
There are two applications for exchange students to complete. Students should start the Education Abroad application by clicking the Apply Now button on this brochure page. After completing the first part of the Education Abroad application and completing the interview, students will be notified of their nomination status. Students who are nominated will then complete the application process for the host institution.
Support for International Students at Asia University
Asia U Intensive Japanese Course: http://www.asia-u.ac.jp/english/course/
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