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  • Locations: Tsuru City, Japan
  • 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 2019 10/15/2018
Rolling Admission 04/01/2019 07/08/2019
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates

** 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.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Patty Welsh
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Class Standing:
Junior, Second semester Sophomore, Senior
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
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 the International House located a short walk from campus. The four-story building houses 48 students on the second, third and fourth floor. Each floor has four four-room-in-one-unit-components. Each unit has a common space, a refrigerator a sink and an IH cooking top. Four shower cubicles, four restrooms and laundry facilities are located on each floor to be shared with people on that floor.

Financial Information
For more information on the total cost of the program go to the top of this page, locate "Budget Sheets" and click on the appropriate term.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid 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 policies

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

Rutgers Global–Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer.   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.