Kawagoe, Japan


This program grew out of a special sister school relationship between Willamette University and Tokyo International University (TIU). TIU's Japan Studies Program (JSP) is located in Kawagoe, a sister city to Salem, Oregon.  A Kyoto Excursion is included for Willamette students.  Check out this student blog to see photos and stories from recent JSP participants.


This program is available to students with any level of Japanese language abilities.  Japanese class sizes are small to assure individual attention. While at the JSP, students will select from elective courses taught in English to complement Japanese language classes. Elective course offerings vary each semester so students will need to consult the elective course schedule.  Students who study during Spring term or the Academic Year can choose from electives available in the English Track (E-Track) International Relations, Economics, or Liberal Arts programs. Recent courses include Sustainable Society, Introduction to International Relations, Microeconomics, Media and Society in Japan.  Students with advanced levels of Japanese language may also enroll in TIU coursework while on the JSP.  This is determined by a language placement test taken after arrival at TIU.  

All students (including beginning students) must take a Japanese course the semester prior to studying abroad. Please have a Language Assessment completed as part of your WU application if you have received any Japanese language instruction.


Students live with host families in Kawagoe where they eat breakfast, dinner and all weekend meals. ATTENTION YEAR LONG JSP PARTICIPANTS: housing and meals are not provided during the break (mid-December-early April) between Fall and Spring semester. You must make alternative housing arrangements for the time between Fall and Spring semester.


The JSP program is available during either fall semester, spring semester or the full academic year. The fall semester starts late August and ends mid December; spring semester starts in early April and ends in late July.


Please see the Willamette Sponsored Programs Cost Matrix for detailed explanation of the cost of each program.


Freeman-ASIA award:  Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Semester awards are up to $5,000 and academic year awards are up to $7,000.

Bridging Scholarship: Scholarships for students going to Japan from the Association of Teachers of Japanese. Award cycles for fall and spring programs. Scholarships range from $2,500 (for a semester program) to $4,000 (year-long programs).

JASSO: This scholarship is allocated for students studying at specific Japanese universities on a yearly basis. It is available for Willamette students going on the JSP program on an very infrequent basis. More information is available on the JASSO website. Ask an OIE advisor for more details about this scholarship's availability.

See the OIE scholarship page for other grants and scholarships available for study abroad.

Pre-departure Resources