University of Oregon

Japan Women’s University Exchange

Program Overview

Engage in a total immersion experience at a Japanese women’s university. Live in the dynamic city of Tokyo in university dormitories with Japanese students. You must have strong Japanese language skills and be prepared to take most courses in Japanese, although language courses are also available. The University of Oregon sends up to two female students per year. 

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 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.

Academic Details

If you have an interest in Japanese language, literature, and culture, this program will likely be of interest. You should plan on taking regular university courses taught in Japanese, although a few courses are offered in English. If you wish to take “Upper Class” Japanese courses, you must pass the JLPT N1. As an advanced student of Japanese, you can learn teaching methods of Japanese as a second language. You will be assigned a JWU student to help you adjust to the university and to living in Tokyo. Additionally, tutorials for Japanese language study will be assigned. 

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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’ 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. If you are a graduate student, you will live in private apartments or with homestay families. During the intensive language program, homestay families will be provided.
Three UO students 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 budget.

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.

Student Life

This is a student exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at one of the University of Oregon’s partner universities.  Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and do not necessarily include significant on-site student support services, such as academic advising, health & counselling services, planned excursions or social events.  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.

Additional Requirements

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

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall-Winter Semester2017-182/1/2017Early SeptemberLate January
Academic Year2017-182/1/2017Early SeptemberEarly August
Spring Semester20185/15/2017Late JanuaryEarly August

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

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.