Program Overview

Engage in a total immersion experience at a Japanese women’s university in the dynamic city of Tokyo. With fewer than 50 international students out of a university of 6,000 students, you will be fully immersed in Japanese culture.

Japan Women’s University (JWU), ranked among the top private universities in Japan, has been a pioneering force in higher education for women in Japan for the past century. There are two campuses: the Mejiro campus and the Nishi-Ikuta campus. The Mejiro campus is located in a relatively quiet area in the center of Tokyo between Shinjuku and Ikebukuro. The Nishi-Ikuta campus is located on a quiet wooded hill only half an hour by train from Tokyo. The University of Oregon sends two to four female students per year on this program.

There are a number of extracurricular opportunities available at JWU, including: participating in clubs with Japanese students, such as Kendo club, dance club, etc.; volunteering at a local elementary or middle school; working part-time as a conversation partner; or participating in a part-time internship. The JWU international office works very closely with exchange students and can help you find extracurricular activities according to your interests. You will also be paired with a JWU student tutor who can help you with adjusting to the university and to living in Tokyo.

Scholarship opportunity: UO students with a 3.0 GPA and above can apply for the JWU Exchange Student Scholarship, which is usually 80,000 yen per month. Scholarship recipients are expected to contribute to JWU through volunteer work at JWU's affiliated elementary and middle schools, or on campus.

For further information about Japan Women’s University, please visit: http://www.jwu.ac.jp/eng.html.

Additional requirements

Minimum of three years of college-level Japanese for graduate students 

What is an Exchange?

This is an exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at a UO partner university. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and on-site student support services such as academic advising, health & counselling services may vary. Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

NOTE: The host university has its own credit and grading system. The transcripts provided by the host institution will be converted by the UO Registrar’s Office based on established standards of conversion. Exchange applicants should meet with a GEO advisor to discuss program details.

Academic Details

In this program, you will take an intensive Japanese language class, as well as up to three content classes each semester, taught in Japanese or English. Previous content classes in English have included subjects such as international relations, Japanese culture, and comparative literature. Previous content classes in Japanese have included subjects such as education, Japanese studies, economics, and geography. You must have strong Japanese language skills in order to take content classes taught in Japanese.

Spring semester students will start by participating in a five-week Winter Intensive Japanese class before the regular semester, and yearlong students will participate in this program during the break between semesters.

In the JWU exchange program, you will earn:

  • around 21 UO Japanese language credits per semester

In addition, you will earn:

  • around 3 UO credits per content class
  • around 5 UO Japanese language credits from the Winter Intensive Japanese class (for spring semester and yearlong students only)

Note: UO credits listed here are estimates and are subject to change. One credit at JWU is equal to 1.5 UO quarter credits.

Housing Description

You have the option to live in an on-campus dormitory with Japanese students, with a homestay family, or in a ‘share house’ apartment off-campus. The dormitory provides single rooms and some meals as well as access to a kitchen. Campus is located in a relatively quiet area, but there are nearby reasonably-priced restaurants. Please note that dormitory living in Japan typically involves a curfew and cleaning duties. During the intensive language program, homestay families will be provided. If you are a graduate student, you will live in private apartments or with homestay families.

Around 3 UO students per year will have the opportunity to receive a housing subsidy from JWU which will waive the majority of housing-related costs if students stay in the dormitory. This reduced cost is reflected in the student budget.

Note: The dormitory will be undergoing renovation and will not be available for spring 2019 semester and fall 2019 semester. During these semesters, students will need to live in a share house or homestay.

Application process

Early application is advised. Selection for the program is based on a review of the student's essays, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process. You will be required to complete the Japan Women's University exchange application in a timely manner.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall/Winter Semester2018-20191/1/2018Early SeptemberLate January
Academic Year2018-191/1/2018Early SeptemberEarly August
Spring Semester- DEADLINE EXTENDED!20195/15/2018Late JanuaryEarly August

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.