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Tsuru University Language and Culture
Tsuru City, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: RU applicants only
Budget Sheets Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Patty Welsh
Language of Instruction:
Suggested G.P.A.:
Class Standing:
Junior, Second semester Sophomore, Senior
Number of credits per term:
Enrollment Restrictions:
Must have completed Japanese 201 prior to going abroad
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:
The Program
  • Tsuru University was founded in 1955 as a two-year teacher’s training college, becoming a four-year college of Humanities in 1960. It now offers five undergraduate majors in Elementary School Education, Japanese Literature, English Literature, Sociology and Comparative Culture Studies.
  • With an undergraduate enrollment of about 3200, students will quickly feel like they are a part of the university family.
  • Your courses will focus on Japanese language and culture, with additional opportunities to interact with the local community through home stays, elementary school internships, and cultural activities.
Your Host City: Tsuru
Tsuru is a city in Yamanashi Prefecture with a population of some 30,000 residents located just under 2 hours from Tokyo.  Once a castle-town and silk-producing center, Tsuru City has developed into a high-tech industrial city and college town.  Yamanashi Prefecture is also well-known for its natural beauty and outdoor activities with nearby hiking available in the Mt. Fuji area and surrounding mountains, as well as the onsens and cultural events of the Fuji Five Lakes region.

Students will be part of Tsuru University’s special program for international students known as the JAST Program.   Your spring semester at Tsuru will consist of a 7 week intensive pre-semester language program leading into the 13 week regular spring semester.  The 7 week intensive course will consist of daily 90 minute Japanese Language Courses with student tutors available to help students with their studies and daily life.

During the semester students will continue their language study and will also take courses relating to Japanese society, history, and politics with electives from the greater university course catalogue or an internship/independent study.  More information about the semester course options can be found on the Tsuru University Course web page. Students are also encouraged to connect with the local community through homestays, student tutors, cultural activities, and more.  Additional information about these opportunities can be found on the Tsuru University Extracurricular Activities web page.

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Tsuru University and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 12 credits per semester. It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail (unless the course is an internship and you receive prior approval).

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar
Spring Semester: Late January – Early August
*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed. 

Accommodations and Meals
Students on the Tsuru University Language and Culture program will stay in 1DK (one room with a kitchen unit) apartments located a short walk from campus.  Such items as bedding, refrigerator, rice-cooker, washing machine, air-conditioner, TV, plates and cutlery will be provided in the apartments.

Financial Information
Program Cost: 2016-2017
  NJ Residents Non-NJ Residents
Spring $10,122 $13,322
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•Travel to/from Japan •Meals
•Major Medical Insurance •All Personal Expenses
•Supplemental Course Fees  

For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet link near the top of this page.

For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.

Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.

Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer.  Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis.  For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Bridging Scholarship – Available to all study abroad students participating in a semester or year-long program in Japan.  For more information please visit the Bridging Scholarship website. 

Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.