WWU Exchange in Japan:
Tsuda College is a private, four year liberal arts college located in Tokyo. 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 185,000) which is 13 miles west of the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo.
Academic Program and Courses
The University consists of four undergraduate departments; Department of English, Department of International and Cultural Studies, Department of Mathematics, and Department of Computer Science. The curriculum offers a high-quality liberal arts education. Tsuda also provides two undergraduate courses as Multicultural Studies/International Cooperation Course and Media Studies Course. Finally, there is a new Department of Policy Studies, which exchange students are welcome to attend. The new department is located at Sendagaya Campus in Shibuya.
Tsuda University has three graduate programs; English Language and Literature, International Cultural Studies, and Mathematics and Computer Science, taught from the four undergraduate departments.
The undergraduate academic calendar starts in early April as is customary in Japan. However, Tsuda College welcomes international students in either spring (April) or fall (September) semester. Exchange students may study at Tsuda College for either one or two semesters.
- Fall Semester: early September to late January
- Spring Semester: early April to late July
Students take intensive Japanese language courses and Japanese studies courses. A few courses in communication and English literature are offered in English. Classes are kept small with a high level of individual attention.
Thre are on-campus university residence halls where exchange students live with Japanese students. Students will have a single furnished room and share a communal bathroom. The residence hall has a communal kitchen on the first floor and has a traditional tatami meeting room on each floor.
Exchange program participants will pay WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student. Check the budget sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.
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. The first application is the International Programs & Exchanges (IPE) application. After students are selected for nomination, they must complete the Tsuda College Application for Admission as an International Exchange Student
Center for International Exchange
has information for international students.
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