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  • Locations: Yokohama, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Restrictions: SJSU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: SJSU Bilateral Exchange Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Housing Options: On-Campus Housing
GPA Requirement: 2.75 Internship Option Available: Yes
Eligible Majors & Concentrations: Animation, Asian Studies, Business, College of Business, College of Engineering, Global Studies, Japanese How competitive is admission to this program?: Very Competitive
Program Description:
This is a reciprocal exchange relationship between SJSU and Yokohama National University’s JOY program (Junior Year Overseas Program). The JOY Program was created to offer a broad-based curriculum of courses taught in English for students who wish to learn more about the many faces of Japan--its society, culture, business, environment, and advances in science and technology, among others--while working on their Japanese language skills if they want to. JOY thus welcomes a wide spectrum of students, from those who have never taken Japanese but want to learn more about what Japan has to offer, to those who wish to hone their Japanese while pursuing advanced studies in their specialty.
  • 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

Yokohama, Japan
Yokohama is Japan’s second largest city located right next to Japan’s largest city, Tokyo. Both cities are easily accessible by public transportation. Since becoming a port city in 1859, Yokohama has become one of Japan’s gateways to the world. It has been the primary site where Western culture has made its first steps into Japan and where all things Japanese have set out for the four corners of the world. Yokohama’s history can be traced back to the 11th century, but the city has been rebuilt twice in just the past 100 years, most recently emerging from the ashes of American bombs dropped at the end of World War II. Yokohama is a vibrant, varied, and international community. Conveniently located near Tokyo, the ancient capital of Kamkura, and the hot springs of Hakone, Yokohama is a wonderful place for learning about Japan and its relation to the world.
Yokohama National University (YNU) is one of the foremost institutions of higher education in Japan with a history going back to 1874. Located on a hilltop campus overlooking downtown Yokohama, the campus is an oases of green amongst the towering sky scrapers of Japan’s largest metropolitan area.

Approximately 10% of YNU’s 10,000 students are international, hailing from 60 different countries. YNU’s “105” is an active student volunteer group dedicated to supporting these international students. International students are encouraged to participate in the many activities, trips, clubs, and volunteer opportunities on campus.
Students must:
  • 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 completed lower division requirements for your intended field of study
  • Have Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing by the semester of departure
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
There is no language prerequisite, but students are strongly encouraged to take beginning Japanese prior to participation in the program. 
The Junior Year Overseas Program at Yokohama National University (JOY Program) offers a unique and flexible curriculum for undergraduate students interested in learning more about Japan. The core curriculum for JOY students consists of JOY courses and Japanese language courses. The JOY courses are taught in English by top YNU faculty spanning the fields of humanities, social sciences, and engineering. Language courses are offered from the beginner to advanced levels. All JOY students are required to participate in an Independent Research Project on a topic proposed by the student. Class size is typically 10 students, both international and Japanese.  For more information on the JOY Program.
Joy Students are assigned to one of YNU’s two international dormitories: the YNU International Student House in Gumyji or the Minesawa International Student Dormitory. Information about accommodation can be found here, and arrangements will be made after application and acceptance.
Up to 3 JOY students will have the opportunity to do an internship with a Japanese company. The internship will take place in August or September for about 2 weeks. To be eligible for this program students must start the program in the fall and stay for one full year, finish “Japanese C” by the time the internship starts, and have successfully completed two prerequisites courses (“Internship Preparation” in the Fall Semester and “Corporate System” in the Spring Semester).
Fall semester: October - February
Spring semester: April - August
*Please note: This exchange is recommended for an academic year or the spring semester. Since the Yokohama fall semester ends in February, only students who are graduating or don’t mind missing the spring semester at SJSU may participate in the single fall semester.
**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: $1,300.00
  • Room & Meals: $2,200.00
  • Books & Supplies: $300.00
  • Insurance: $350.00*
  • Personal Expenses: $2,500.00
  • Total $10,550.00
* Health Insurance:  All outgoing exchange students are required to purchase the SJSU-approved University health insurance plan through JCB Insurance Services. 
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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 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.