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. The scholarship application form, which requires a letter of recommendation, is part of the secondary application for Japan Women’s University. Scholarship recipients will be notified at the same time they are notified of acceptance by JWU.

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 a program in which the University of Oregon and the partner universities exchange students on an ongoing basis. The number of places available to UO students varies based on the number of partner institution students coming to UO. If there are not enough exchange places available in a given year, then qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to apply as a fee-paying study abroad student, or to apply for an alternate exchange program.

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

The primary focus of this program is on Japanese language learning, and JWU is an excellent choice for students wanting to make rapid progress in Japanese proficiency. You will take an intensive Japanese course each semester, which meets for several hours each day. The Japanese class sizes are very small, with often just a couple students per instructor; this means that the classes are very customized and tailored to your needs. JWU also offers a five-week Winter Intensive Japanese class from early February to early March.

In addition to the intensive Japanese class, you will also take 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.

The JWU exchange program is available during these terms:

  • Academic Year: Fall semester (September – January) + Winter Intensive Japanese class (February – March) + Spring semester (April – August)
  • Spring Semester: Winter Intensive Japanese class (February – March) + Spring semester (April – August)
  • Fall/Winter Semester: Fall semester (September – January) + Winter Intensive Japanese class (February – March)   Note: Fall/Winter students could also request to only participate in Fall semester, and finish their program in late January

In the JWU exchange program, you will earn:

  • Around 21 UO Japanese language credits per semester
  • Plus around 3 UO credits per content class
  • Plus around 5 UO Japanese language credits from the Winter Intensive Japanese class

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

During fall semester 2019, you may choose between living with a homestay family or in a ‘share house’ apartment off-campus. In spring semester 2020, you may also choose to live in the JWU dorm on-campus with Japanese students (the dorm is undergoing renovations until spring 2020). 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.

Up to 3 UO students per year will receive a dorm subsidy from JWU which will waive the majority of housing-related costs if students stay in the dormitory. This makes the dorm the most affordable housing option, and the cost of the dorm with the subsidy is reflected in the student budget. See the student budget for additional information about the costs of the different housing options.
 
Students typically live with homestay families during the Winter Intensive Japanese class.
 
If you are a graduate student, you will live in private apartments or with homestay families.

Application process

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcripts, recommendations, and completion of the interview process. After the initial application is complete, GEO will review it and select successful candidates for nomination to Japan Women’s University (JWU). Nominations are made in March for the fall term and in August for the spring semester of the following year. Students will then need to complete a secondary application for Japan Women’s University, which typically consists of an application form, official UO transcript, ID photos, certificate of enrollment at UO, letter of recommendation indicating your level of Japanese language proficiency, letter of recommendation for the JWU scholarship (see above), copy of passport, forms related to applying for a visa, etc. The final decision regarding acceptance is made by JWU. Notification about acceptance usually happens in late May for fall students, and in November for spring students.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Term
Fall/Winter Semester
Year
2019-20
Deadline
1/1/2019
Arrival Date
Early September
Departure Date
Early March
Term
Academic Year
Year
2019-20
Deadline
1/1/2019
Arrival Date
Early September
Departure Date
Early August
Term
Spring Semester (Deadline Extended)
Year
2020
Deadline
5/15/2019
Arrival Date
Late January
Departure Date
Early August

Travel Advisories

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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.