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Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Program Terms:

Spring Semester & Academic Year


Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) is the oldest Japanese university entirely devoted to international studies, founded in 1873. It will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2023. With over 70 languages taught in the regular curriculum and a hands-on approach to global studies, TUFS provides students with opportunities to practice what they learn and make their mark on the global community. If you want to broaden your horizons in directly applicable ways while gaining a top rate education, TUFS is the place for you.

The Tokyo University of Foreign Studies is home to over 700 exchange students, representing 87 different countries. They have 203 partner universities in 72 different countries/regions, providing exchange students with ample opportunities for cross cultural exchanges and the opportunity to engage with an international community.

The campus is located in Fuchu City, a suburb of Tokyo, so students can enjoy the city and the beauty of a non-urban campus. From modern art to state-of-the-art facilities, this small city has something for everyone. (Source: About TUFS)

Academic Details:

Exchange students are welcome to take any course offered by the university. Many courses are taught in English and are open to all students. Other courses are taught in Japanese and require that the student demonstrate language proficiency before registration.

TUFS is famous across Japan for Japanese language instruction. In fact, TUFS has a Masters program in teaching Japanese, which people from all over the world come to TUFS for.  In addition to Japanese, TUFS offers courses in 28 major languages (English, German, Polish, Czech, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Uzbek, Mongolian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Malay, Filipino, Thai, Lao, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Burmese, Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, Arabic, Persian, Turkish) as well as courses in 46 other languages (Ainu, Altaic Languages, Amharic, Basque, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Catalonia, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Georgian, Greek, Haida, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hokkien, Hungarian, Ilocano, Japanese Sign Language, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Kolyma Yukagihr, Latin, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Marathi, Mee Language, the Monguor language, Okinawan, Pali, Languages of Papau New Guinea, Romanian, Sanskrit, Serbo-Croat, Shanghainese, Sinhala, Slovene, Swahili, Tamil, Tibetan, Turkmen, Ukranian, Uyghur, Wolaytta, Yiddish, Yoruba Language).

Starting in 2019, TUFS will also open its new School of Japan Studies. The School of Japanese Studies will offer students the opportunity to study and discover Japan comprehensively and from international perspectives. This program brings Japanese and international students together to share ideas and learn to develop innovative problem-sharing skills that will help them face the challenges of an ever-changing world. The program offers courses in Japanese politics, Economy, Society, History, Culture, Literature, linguistics, and Language Education.

TUFS also has an English language center which offers students the opportunity to participate in paid internships to teach English, a great opportunity for any student looking to gain teaching experience. (TUFS Guide FY2018)

Housing Details:

There are 3 international residence halls, where exchange students can stay while studying at TUFS. Each includes a kitchen and furniture, but students are expected to provide their own linens. Two of the residence halls are specifically for international students only, with one residence hall for both international and Japanese students. The majority of the rooms are single-occupancy, with a few double and family-style rooms available.

TUFS on-campus housing is located in a convenient, quiet, and green environment. There is a general store, as well as 2 cafeterias and various restaurants nearby. All students also have access to the health center and other campus resources. Residents may also participate in Japanese cultural events and international exchange activities such as a tea ceremony and Japanese calligraphy organized by the university.


  • Sophomore standing
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA

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