Tsuda University

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Study Japanese language and EALC courses at this all-female university in Tokyo.
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Language of Instruction: Japanese
Program Type: Semester or Academic Year
Open to non-KU Students: No
Fulfills KU Core 4.2: No
Fulfills KU Core 5: No

  • Study intensive Japanese language and culture classes in Tokyo
  • Tsuda University is a private all-female university founded in 1900
  • Live in university residence halls with other Japanese students

Tsuda University, a private all-female university, was founded in 1900 by Umeko Tsuda who dedicated her life to the empowerment of women. Tsuda University is located in the western Tokyo suburb of Kodaira-shi (population 185,000) which is 13 miles west of the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo. 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.

Courses offered in English:

  • Introduction to Japanese Studies (offered each semester)
  • Seminar on Japanese Studies (Japanese Culture) (offered each semester and has different topics in each semester)

Japanese Language courses offered:

  • Intensive Japanese Aa: Kanji Training 
  • Intensive Japanese Ab: Sentence Structures and Expressions 
  • Intensive Japanese Ba: Conversation 
  • Intensive Japanese Bb: Reading 
  • Intensive Japanese C 
  • Japanese I for International Exchange Students (Reading & Writing) 
  • Japanese I for International Exchange Students (Listening & Speaking) 
  • Japanese II for International Exchange Students (Academic Reading) 
  • Japanese II for International Exchange Students (Academic Writing) 

The following courses are offered in Japanese:

  • The Japanese Constitution (Fall)
  • Japanese History (year)
  • Japanese Studies: Okinawa Studies (year)
  • Japanese Studies: Japan-Taiwan Modern Historical Relations (1st term in Spring semester)
  • Japanese Studies: Japan-the Korean Peninsula Modern Historical Relations (1st term in Fall) 
  • Japanese Studies: Modern Japanese History of Minorities (last term in Fall)
  • Japanese Studies: Japanese Society (year),  discussions in Japanese and English
  • Japanese Studies: Classical Literature (year)
  • Japanese Studies: Modern Literature (year)

Research course options by searching Tsuda University’s Course Syllabi program site

Select "Exchange Students" for course options.

Program dates for the Academic Year are mid-September to early August and early April to early August for the Spring Semester. It is not possible to study at Tsuda College during the Fall semester since Tsuda's Fall semester finishes after KU's Spring semester begins. See above for specific dates for each academic term.

Tsuda Course Equivalencies (.xlsx)

On-campus university residence halls with Japanese students. Students will have single 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.

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Open to KU female students who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.