WWU Exchange in Japan:
Tsuda University is a private, four-year liberal arts university for women. It was founded in 1900 by Umeko Tsuda who was one of the first Japanese women to study abroad and dedicated her life to the empowerment of women. Tsuda is one of the best known women's colleges in Japan and has played an important role in training women leaders in all fields for over a century. There are relatively few international students, so there are opportunities to become immersed in everday life with Japanese students. Tsuda students provide support to exchange students through a "big sisters" program. Exchange students can take part in variety of extra-curricular clubs such as culture, music and athletic clubs.
Tsuda College is located in the western Tokyo suburb of Kodaira-shi (population 191,000) which is 13 miles west of the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo. The area of Kodaira was once part of ancient Musashi Province. The construction of a water-supply system in the mid-1600s facilitated the development of the area as an agricultural region. In the early 20th century, the region was known for its fields of Mulberry trees, which were cultivated for silk production. If you are there in July, check out the Kodaira Blueberry Festival.
Fun Facts about Japan
- The origin of the word Japan is Cipangu, which is an Italian phonological interpretation of the Chinese word that means “the country of Japan”.
- Japan is (currently) made up of 6,852 islands.
- Japan has the third longest life expectancy in the world.
- Japan has more than 3,000 McDonald’s restaurants
- Kobe beef comes from cows that receive daily massages and, in summer, are fed a diet of saké and beer mash
Academic Program and Courses
Please note that this exchange is only available to women. Students must
have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
The primary language of instruction at Tsuda University is Japanese. Intensive Japanese language classes are available as well as elective courses taught in English. Classes are kept small with a high level of individual attention.
The University consists of two campuses with five undergraduate departments and three graduate programs.
The College of Liberal Arts is located at the Kodaira
campus. It contains the Department of English, Department of International and Cultural Studies, Department of Mathematics, and the Department of Computer Science. In addition, there are two undergraduate courses offered: Multicultural Studies/International Cooperation and Media Studies.
The three graduate programs available at Tsuda are offered at the Kodaira campus. They are Program of English Language and Literature, Program of International and Cultural Studies, and Program of Mathematics and Computer Science.
Intensive Japanese language courses are offered at the Kodaira campus. Starting from spring semester of 2019 a “Japanese for Beginners” course will be offered as well.
The College of Policy Studies is, located at the Sendagaya
campus. The Sendagaya campus is about one hour from the Kodaira campus by train. Exchange students must students must have JLPT N2 or higher to be admitted to this program. Please note that there is no dormitory at the Sendagaya campus. Students wishing to live in a dormitory will need to apply for housing at the Kodaira campus.
Students may study at Tsuda for one or two semesters. Students studying abroad for two semesters may start either semester. Note that students studying at Tsuda for fall semester may not be able to return to Western for winter quarter.
consists of two terms
. Terms 1 and 2 occur during spring semester. Terms 3 and 4 occur during fall semester. During each term, students are expected to take four Japanese language courses (eight hours per week) and one Japanese Studies course for international students (two hours per week).
In principle, international exchange students who have sufficient Japanese language skills (JLPT N2 or higher) may take any of the lecture-style courses. They can also take seminars as long as the instructor gives permission. Some subjects are taught in English and international exchange students may take these courses according to their study plan. In the past, students have taken such courses as Contemporary British Society, Intercultural Communication, Debate, and Public Speaking.
- Fall Semester: early September to late January
- Spring Semester: early April to late July
On-campus accommodations are only available at the Kodaira campus. There are three residence halls with a total capacity of 300 students. Students will live in single-occupancy rooms. Each room includes a desk and a small refrigerator. Tsuda University will provide students with bedding, cooking utensils, and a bicycle at no charge. It is customary in Japanese dormitories for students to abide by a detailed set of rules and regulations such as a curfew and cleaning duties.
Tsuda University will cover the cost of housing excluding utilities. Utilities are estimated at 47,000 yen per semester.
Note that the dormitories are closed during part of the school vacation period. Staff members will assist students in finding homestay opportunities or making travel plans during these periods.
There is no meal plan at Tsuda University. Each dormitory has a communal kitchen. There are also two cafeterias located on campus. The cafeterias are not open on the weekends.
Other Campus Resources
- Big Sister Program – Each student has two “Big Sisters” who will assist you in becoming familiar with student life in Japan.
- Plum Park – This is the name of the student association that supports international students at Tsuda University.
- Extracurricular Clubs – There are a multitude of clubs available - including athletic clubs, music clubs, cultural clubs, and many more.
- Computer Center – There are about 300 computers available. Tsuda provides students with university email accounts.
- Wellness Center – Tsuda offers students a variety of wellness-related services such as first aid, health consultation, and counseling for nutritional and mental problems. Staff members of the center include a physician, a dermatologist, a gynecologist, psychiatric counselors, a public health nurse, nurses, and a nutritionist.
- Library – The library contains over 410,000 books and 3,500 titles of academic journals in both Japanese and other languages
- AV Library – The AV library offers a variety of language material, including poems and recordings of classical and popular music
- Scholarships - exchange students from Western Washington University are eligible to apply for the Tsuda University Overseas Scholarship provided they are not receiving other scholarships of 50,000 yen or more. This scholarship provides up to a maximum of 300,000 yen for a year or 150,000 yen for a semester.
Exchange program participants will pay a student fee based on WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees. For students studying abroad for three quarters, this fee will be equal to in-state tuition and mandatory fees. Students studying abroad for a single semester will pay a semester rate for tuition, which equates to ½ year of in-state tuition. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student.
Please note that students will be required to purchase two health insurance policies. As required by WWU policy, students must purchase study abroad health insurance. As required by Japanese Immigration, students will also need to purchase National Health Insurance for the full duration of the student’s visa. Instructions will be provide by Tsuda University.
Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Academic Year 2018): ~$2,750 per quarter
Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Single Semester 2018): ~$3,940
Housing: (Utilities only) ~47,000 yen per semester
Meals: ~30,000 yen per month
Books & Supplies: ~10,000 yen per semester
National Health Insurance: 4,850 yen per semester (plus 1,140 yen per year)
Personal Expenses: ~25,000 yen per month
Airfare: $800 - $1,300
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.
How to apply
Step 1: Nomination
You must be nominated by Western’s EdAbroad office before you can apply for admission to Tsuda University. Here is the process:
- Create one EdAbroad application
- Complete the following four items in the Pre-Decision Section:
- Sign the Read & Sign forms
- Pay the application fee
- Answer the Questionnaire (This will help prepare you for the interview)
- Submit a completed Recommendation.
- There are two other items in the Pre-Decision Section, but students can complete them either before or after the interview.
- Call the EdAbroad front desk to schedule an interview.
Deadline for Submitting Nomination material
- Fall Semester: February 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)
- Spring Semester: June 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)
Late applications accepted on a case-by-case basis.
Once the student has come in for an interview, the status in their EdAbroad application will be changed to "Interviewed".
Step 2: Accept the Nomination
The EdAbroad office will make nomination decisions as soon as possible after all eligible candidates have been interviewed. Note that different host sites have different nomination and application deadlines. The timeline of the host site’s application process strongly influences the order in which the EdAbroad office processes student applications.
The EdAbroad office will notify students of their nomination status by email. Nominated students will receive an attached Nomination Letter.
In order to accept the nomination, students should initial and sign the nomination letter and return it to the EdAbroad office by the date requested in the letter. Note that students will be required to pay a $500 deposit against tuition after accepting the nomination.
Once nominated students have submitted their signed and initialed nomination letter, their EdAbroad Application status will be updated to "Accepted".
When a student's application status is changed from "Interviewed" to "Accepted", the remainder of the EdAbroad application material will become available for review and completion.
Step 3: Apply to Tsuda University
Students can access the Application material either through the EdAbroad exchange coordinator or by downloading the documents from the Tsuda website
Students will need to submit the following documents to the Center for International Exchange by the deadline:
- Application for Admission as an International Exchange Student
- Application for Certificate of Eligibility (send the completed Excel file to email@example.com)
- Official University transcripts
- A recommendation letter from a faculty member
- A photocopy of certificate of Japanese language proficiency test or a recommendation letter from a Japanese language instructor stating the student's Japanese language ability
- Two pieces of photograph for personal identification (4cm long x 3cm wide)
- A photocopy of passport ID page
The deadlines are as follows:
Step 4: Welcome Email
- Fall/Academic Year: April 1
- Spring/Calendar Year: November 1
Tsuda University will email you with information about your next steps and a few additional forms to fill out. You will need to do the following:
Step 5: Certificate of Eligibility (CoE)
- Apply for housing (students should submit this form as soon as possible after receiving it)
- Complete the forms provided
- Complete the Health Certificate – note students will need to provide Tsuda University with a chest x-ray.
When applying for a student visa, students are required to submit a Certificate of Eligibility along with other supporting documents. Students must fill out the application form for the CoE and submit it to Tsuda University. Tsuda University will then submit your form to the Tokyo Immigration Bureau. It generally takes four-six weeks for Immigration to generate the CoE. They will send the CoE to Tsuda University. Tsuda will send the CoE to the student along with an official acceptance letter.
Step 6: Apply for your Visa
US students studying in Japan for more than 90 days are required to apply for a student visa through the Japanese Embassy or local consulate. There is a Japanese consulate in Seattle with jurisdiction over residents of Washington State. A visa cannot
be acquired after arriving in Japan.
Students should not apply for a student visa before receiving their CoE (see above).
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