Studying at Senshu University offers the opportunity to rapidly improve your Japanese language skills and experience Japanese culture. You will study and live alongside exchange students from all over the world, as well as local Japanese students. In this international environment, you will learn not only about Japanese culture, but will also be exposed to the cultures of your fellow students. The Japanese Language and Culture program is available in summer or winter term, and Japanese Business, Culture & History and Japanese Language program is available in fall term. In addition to coursework, both programs incorporate activities such as visiting a samurai village, going to Tokyo Skytree, or participating in a fireworks festival.
Outside of the hustle and bustle of Tokyo but close enough to head into the city for the afternoon, Senshu University’s Ikuta campus is located in a suburb of Tokyo. The Ikuta campus is located approximately 25 minutes by express train from Shinjuku in central Tokyo, plus about a 15-minute walk.
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At least one year college-level Japanese (for the summer and winter programs); at least one term college-level Japanese (for the fall program).
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.
Note: UO credits listed below are estimates and are subject to change based on slight variations in the course hours from year to year.
Summer & Winter programs: In the summer or winter terms, you will be enrolling in the Japanese Language and Culture (JLC) program at Senshu University. You will take a Japanese language class and participate in cultural excursions. The winter program is 7 weeks in length. The summer program is usually 7 weeks in length, but due to the Olympics being held in Tokyo, the summer 2020 program is shortened to 4 weeks so that it concludes before the Olympics start.
- Summer: you will earn around 8 UO credits of Japanese language. If you plan to continue studying Japanese language when you return to UO in the fall, you will need to take a placement test to determine what level you can take. If you are hoping to complete an entire year of Japanese over the summer, you will likely need to do a fair amount of self-study of Japanese over the summer in addition to participating in the Senshu summer program, since the program is shorter in length and has fewer contact hours than usual. Speak with your Japanese advisor for more guidance on this.
- Winter: you will earn around 10 UO credits of Japanese language. NOTE: for the winter program, you will be below UO full-time enrollment. If you receive financial aid/ loans/ scholarships, please consult with the UO Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships regarding how being less than full-time would impact your aid.
For more information about the Senshu Japanese Language and Culture program, visit: https://www.senshu-u.ac.jp/global/english/program/
Fall program: In fall term, you will be enrolling in the Japanese Business, Culture & History and Japanese Language (BCL) program at Senshu University. In this 12-week program, you will take a Japanese language class and participate in cultural activities. In addition, you will take a Survey of Japanese Business class, or a Survey of Japanese Culture & History class, or both. The content classes are taught in English. Each content class includes relevant excursions to enhance what you learn in the classroom, such as visiting companies in Tokyo or a museum about the Edo era in Japan.
In the fall program, you will earn:
- Around 15-16 UO credits of Japanese
- Plus around 8 UO credits for the business class if you select this class
- Plus around 4 UO credits for the culture and history class if you select this class
For more information about this program, please visit: https://www.senshu-u.ac.jp/global/english/bclproguram/
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.
You will live in the university international dormitory, Kokusai Kenshu-kan, with other exchange students from all over the world as well as Japanese students. The dormitory is modern and includes a study room, computer lab, WiFi, security staff, and a lounge with a piano and ping-pong table. Each room is shared by two students with a communal bathroom down the hall. The Japanese resident assistants help build community in the dormitory by organizing ping pong tournaments, a visit to Tokyo Disney or the hot springs, or a day trip to the fish market.
A full kitchen is available in the dormitory to cook your own meals, and on any given night, you may find students cooking Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Spanish food side by side. Nearby restaurants and cafeterias are available if cooking is not your strong suit, but you should prepare to budget some extra money for this.
A one-weekend homestay with a local Japanese family is also available, allowing you to experience family life and dive more deeply into the culture. See more information and photos of the dormitory here: https://www.senshu-u.ac.jp/global/english/house.html
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 Senshu University. Students will then need to complete a secondary application for Senshu University, which typically consists of an application form, copy of passport, official UO transcript, ID photo, written Japanese language proficiency test, etc. The secondary application is usually due in March for summer students, in April for fall students, and in October for winter students. The final decision regarding acceptance is made by Senshu. Notification about acceptance will happen in late April for summer students, mid-July for fall students, and late October for winter students.
Dates and Deadlines
|Term||Year||Deadline||Arrival Date||Departure Date |
|Summer||2020||01/01/2020||Mid-June||Late July |
|Fall Quarter||2020||01/01/2020||Late September||Mid-December |
|Winter Quarter||2021||01/01/2020||Early January||Early March |