This is a reciprocal exchange relationship between SJSU and Kyushu University that allows students to:
- Earn SJSU resident credits for all completed courses
- Pay your normal SJSU tuition and fees
- Use your financial aid and apply for scholarships
- Immerse yourself in Japanese culture
- Study for one semester or an academic year
- Gain an advantage when applying for jobs and graduate school
A land of mountains, hot springs, and historic treasures, Kyushu has always been at the center of Japan’s cultural contacts with the world outside. You can take advantage of winter and spring breaks to explore the island or other parts of Japan, while Korea and China are just a short trip away by hydrofoil or plane. It’s a great way to deepen your understanding of this fascinating part of Asia.
One of the JTW Program’s strengths is our unique location in Fukuoka. A pleasant coastal city of 1.4 million people and the largest metropolis on the island of Kyushu, Fukuoka is Japan’s gateway to continental Asia. China and Korea are both close by—the city lies midway between Tokyo, Shanghai, and Seoul— and life here still reflects an ancient heritage of cultural exchange. At the same time the city enjoys a growing reputation as a modern, vibrant regional trade and production center. Most recently MSNBC-Newsweek named Fukuoka a “city of substance,” ranking it among the “ten most dynamic cities” in the world! And Monocle magazine rated it one of the “world’s most livable.”
The signs of prosperity and energy are everywhere. Fukuoka boasts impressive new levels of investment in building and manufacturing, one of the country’s busiest domestic and international airports, a thriving port and shipping industry, excellent public transportation, a compelling skyline mixing traditional and modern architecture, the Yahoo Dome (Japan’s biggest entertainment and sports venue), numerous upscale shopping malls and boutiques, and a rich variety of amusements, including galleries, theaters, museums, and clubs, all set against a backdrop of thickly forested hills overlooking the superb natural harbor of Hakata Bay.
Kyushu University was founded in 1911 and has grown to be one of the most prestigious universities in Japan. At present, there are 11 undergraduate schools, 18 graduate schools, 3 research institutes, and a hospital. Approximately 19,000 students and 2,200 faculty members are engaged in study and/or research at the University. Kyushu University is located in Fukuoka, gateway of Kyushu. Geographically and historically, the city is close to other parts of Asia, so they have been aiming to be the “University opened to Asia” from the beginning.
Students studying at Kyushu can choose to study in the following program options:
- Japan in Today's World (JTW): JTW is a comprehensive living/learning program for international students offering a rigorous, stimulating English-based undergraduate Japanese studies curriculum and rich opportunity for cross-cultural experience. JTW students each semester take a minimum of six courses, or five if combined with an independent study project. You can study for a single semester or academic year. Certain restrictions apply.
- JTW Core Courses: JTW offers a wide range of courses in Japanese studies. For example, classes on cultural patterns, economics, popular culture, history, literature, law, gender issues, politics, education, global and regional affairs, development studies, linguistic studies, the tea ceremony, and cultural adjustment.
- Independent Study Project (ISP): JTW students have the option to research in depth a topic in Japanese studies of their own choosing, for which they must present their findings in written and oral form. Science or engineering ISPs that further your understanding of Japan are encouraged if you have the appropriate major or background.
- Advanced Laboratory Research (ALR): allows students at advanced levels in engineering, science, agriculture, or pharmacy to plan and carry out an intensive laboratory research project under the guidance of a faculty specialist in the relevant area.
- Faculty Courses: JTW students with the requisite language skills may enroll in regular Kyushu University courses taught in Japanese (some also are given in English); with the consent of the course instructor, you may earn credit for your work. Up to two faculty courses may be applied to the six-course requirement.
- Language Courses: Eight levels of general language instruction, from beginning to advanced, are offered. Courses consist of two six-week sessions per semester. There are also skills-oriented courses that focus on reading, writing (including Kanji-learning), and speaking.
- For more information over the JTW program Click Here.
- Japanese Language and Culture Course (JLCC): JLCC is organized for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of Japanese society and culture with further opportunities to improve Japanese language skills for conducting research in the area of Japanese studies. JLCC students can take classes regarding “Independent Study Project”, “Japanese Language Linguistics”, “Japanese Culture and Society”. JLCC students can also take classes offered for undergraduate students in Faculty of Arts & Science, School of Letters, Law or Economics. Moreover, students can take different levels of Japanese courses offered. For more information about JLCC courses and eligibility Click Here. The JLCC Program is designed for 1 year students only, therefore single semester student participation is not allowed. Their program year runs for a full 12 months from October to September. (Ex: October 2016 –September 2017).
- Regular Undergraduate Courses: Exchange students are eligible to enroll directly into Kyushu undergraduate course as long as they meet all language requirements. Those students with a high level of Japanese language proficiency are entitled to take most of the undergraduate courses offered by Kyushu, except those at Dental Science, Medical Science, Pharmaceutical Science, and Agriculture. Students will still need to gain permission from the course instructor for all undergraduate courses. For a complete list of Kyushu undergraduate fields offered Click Here.
- English Engineering Program: While the majority of Kyushu's undergraduate courses require a high level of Japanese language proficiency, Kyushu does offer an entire Engineering program. The Engineering program includes:
- Civil Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering
- Applied Chemistry
- For more information on Kyushu’s Engineering program Click Here.
Important Information for Fall Semester Applicants: term dates for the Fall Semester at Kuyshu overlap with the beginning of the Spring semester at SJSU. Fall semester applicants must either make arrangements to start the Spring semester after their exchange program late, or be prepared to take the Spring semester off entirely. For this reason applicants are advised to apply for the Academic Year or the Spring semester only.
- be enrolled as an SJSU student for one semester prior to departure, or be a California community college student eligible to enter SJSU by the semester of departure
- have Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing by the semester of departure
- Have a strong academic record (successful applicants usually have a GPA of 3.2 or higher),
- For Undergraduate Courses taught in Japanese, applicants must have a high level of Japanese language proficiency.
- For JLCC program, applicants must have completed basic Japanese level courses before applying
International Student Center: Students will have access to a supportive staff and many resources such as multilingual computers, books, newspapers and magazines.
Club Activities: a wide variety from classical music and tea ceremony to archery, swimming, volleyball, and the martial arts, including judo and karate. These meet on a regular basis and are an excellent way to make Japanese friends. If you are interested in adding a highly rewarding extra-curricular dimension to your JTW experience, and you will be encouraged to do so, your JTW tutor will help you become involved.
Home Visits: If you are interested, we can introduce you to a Japanese family in the Fukuoka City area, typically with children, who will host you on periodic weekend visits to their home throughout the year as well as take you out to enjoy popular local sites and events. If you want to experience traditional Japanese New Year activities at first hand, too, we will try to place you with a family during the holiday week. Some JTW students, in fact, end up staying with more than one host family, developing warm, lasting friendships.
Tutors and Japanese Conversation Partners: Both JTW tutors and conversation partners are Japanese students at Kyushu University who provide one-on-one assistance to JTW students. Tutors will befriend and look after you in a variety of ways. They will pick you up from the airport, help you to settle in, explore with you Fukuoka City and its surrounds, accompany you on program outings, arrange informal parties and trips, introduce you to the university club of your choice, and otherwise offer their support throughout the year.
As a new arrival at Kyushu University, you are guaranteed a furnished room with bathroom. Each room is fitted with a single bed, writing desk, chair, wardrobe, refrigerator, and an air conditioner/heater. Pillows, bed linen, and blankets are not supplied but can be found at reasonable prices locally when you arrive. Shopping for food and other necessities is found conveniently nearby. In addition, internet connectivity is provided in your room, though access is fee-based and contracted with a designated service supplier.
BUDGETING FOR YOUR SEMESTER ABROAD
These costs are current as of 2018–19. These are estimated costs for the whole semester. Consult the Bursar’s Office for up-to-date information on tuition and fees. Personal expenses do vary between students: those who eat out at restaurants or plan to travel frequently should estimate higher.
- SJSU Tuition & Fees: $3,900.00
- Round Trip Transportation: $1,500
- Local Transportation: $550.00
- Single Room & Meals $2,000.00
- Books & Supplies $150.00
- Mandatory Health Insurance $450.00 (*Includes SJSU & Japanese National Health Insurance Mandatory Heath Insurance)
- Personal Expenses $1,100.00
- Total: $9,650.00
*Health Insurance Students: All outgoing exchange students are required to purchase the SJSU-approved University health insurance plan through JCB Insurance Services. Additionally, you are required to have Japanese national health insurance. The program covers 70% of medical bills (hospital fees and related medical expenses). An additional mandatory insurance program is included in this price which provides phone-based Japanese-English translation help when receiving medical treatment and assistance locating treatment centers anywhere in Japan.
FINANCING YOUR SEMESTER
Financial Aid: Students who are participating in certified SJSU study abroad programs can use all of the financial aid including grants, scholarships, and loans (except work study) for which they are normally qualified. For more information click here.
Scholarships: Scholarships for study abroad come in many forms: SJSU Study Abroad Scholarships, Program Specific, National and International scholarships. Find links for these scholarships and online scholarship search engines by clicking here.