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Off-Campus Study

ISEP Toyo University

Although Japan is one of the most innovative and modern countries in the world in terms of economic and technological advances, this island nation in Asia has still managed to hold onto many of its traditions and customs. It is this contradiction that makes Japan a fascinating place to live and to study. 

All members offer various levels of Japanese language instruction, as well as Japanese cultural studies.

This program would be suitable for students that are ready to be abroad, but would still like some of the academic services that a U.S. college provides.  It is a good choice for someone that is a world traveler OR has never left their hometown.

Learn more about Tokyo University here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

Program Type

Exchange or Direct-Enroll

Locations

Tokyo, Japan

Languages of Instruction

Japanese, English

Program Dates

Fall 2018: September to February

Spring 2019: March to August

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have second-semester sophomore status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.  

 

Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up.  Direct options may have an additional cost.

 

ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent. ISEP Direct chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.

Location

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, has a population of approximately 13.3 million. The city is the epitome of today’s fast-paced urban lifestyle but still, retains the quieter aspects of old traditions. It is easily recognized for its large scale buildings as well as its subtle details - intensity and calm - a fusion that truly makes it a fascinating destination.
Toyo University’s Hakusan campus exemplifies this fusion through its central location in the center of the city but also in one of the fascinating traditional districts. The Toyo University International House (“I-House”) is also located in the heart of Tokyo and therefore provides ideal accessibility to all major areas, such as Shinjuku, Asakusa, Ueno, Ikebukuro, and Roppongi. Also, the Hakusan campus is only 15 minutes away on foot.

Academics

Nihongo for Exchange Students Program (NEST)

Students accepted into the ISEP in Toyo University program will be enrolled in the NEST program.

If students have not passed Level N1 or Level N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), they must take Japanese Language & Culture courses (NEST Program); a total of 12 courses and 20 credits per year. In addition, students can enroll in cultural courses taught in English or in Japanese. 

Students in the NEST Program take the following compulsory courses and one elective course:

Compulsory Courses:

  • Integrated Japanese
  • Japanese Reading and Composition
  • Kanji Literacy
  • Project Work
  • Japanese Listening Comprehension

Elective Courses:

  • Japanese Culture and Society
  • Introduction to Japanology

To get a sense of how your NEST schedule might look like click here.

PROGRAMS

Regular courses are taught in Japanese, although many courses are taught in English. Intensive Japanese language courses are also taught through the NEST Program (Nihongo For Exchange Students at Toyo).

Students typically enroll in 10-12 classes per term, which averages to 15-18 hours in class per week. A term runs for 15 weeks. 

Letters: Eastern philosophy and culture, education, English & American Literature, English communication, history, Indian philosophy, Japanese literature & culture, philosophy 
Economics: economics, international economics, policy studies
Business Administration: business administration, marketing, accounting and finance
Law: law, business law
Sociology: media & communications, social psychology, social welfare, sociocultural studies, sociology
Regional Development Studies: regional development studies, international tourism studies

Courses taught in English:

International Relations, Peace Studies, Sociology, Culture, Business, Law, Finance, Gender Studies, Urban Planning, Information Technology.

Courses taught in Japanese: Students must have advanced Japanese language proficiency, or JLPT N2 level is required. Students must also be enrolled in the NEST Program.

HINTS FOR RESEARCHING COURSES

For more information on course availability, please click here.

Classroom Culture

Japanese students are typically very quiet during class. Rather than interrupting the professor to ask questions, Japanese students may be more inclined to wait until the class has dismissed before speaking with peers, checking their text books, or meeting with professors to ask specific questions.

Open questions presented for anyone to answer within the classroom may receive little feedback from Japanese students. Professors in Japan often times call students by name when seeking classroom participation.

Japanese students sometimes refrain from using eye contact when speaking with their professors. This does not mean that these students are insincere nor does it suggest that the student is being disrespectful.

Grading

Attendance plays an important role in the final grade for students, especially for Japanese speaking class. Speaking examinations are given periodically to students to test their language comprehension abilities.

Academic Environment and Teaching Style

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.

Can review the country handbooks for ISEP here as well:

http://www.isep.org/students/Placed/country_handbooks.asp

 

ISEP Placement info: http://www.isep.org/Coordinators/us_placement_notes_english.asp

 

Please review country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.

LANGUAGE NOTES

Japanese Language Requirement: No previous coursework required. 
Note: Students must learn Hiragana and Katakana prior to the program.
Language Courses: Intensive Japanese language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year for Beginner to Advanced levels.
Courses taught in Japanese: Students must have advanced Japanese language proficiency, or JLPT N2 level is required. Students must also enroll in the NEST Program.
Tutoring: The Language Exchange Partner (LEP) program gives exchange students an opportunity to learn Japanese while building friendships with Toyo University students. 

 

Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

Experiential Opportunities

Through the Student Volunteer Center at Toyo University, students have many chances to participate in volunteer opportunities. Please inquire with your host coordinator on campus to discuss available volunteer opportunities.

Student Life

Toyo University was founded in 1887 as a school of philosophy. At its inception, the university was popular with the public as a small, specialized school in Oriental Philosophy and Liberal Arts. Today it consists of eleven graduate schools, a law school, and eleven undergraduate schools located on four campuses in the greater Tokyo area. University enrollment is approximately 30,000 undergraduate and 950 graduate students.
Toyo University was the first ISEP member in Tokyo allowing students to see and experience everything from this metropolis. This is an ideal university for students looking to truly immerse themselves in Japanese language and culture with students from around the world.

At Toyo University, students can build a unique study abroad experience, whether through the wide variety of courses offered in English or the number of student activities, like a homestay excursion. With over 50 athletic clubs and 300 student clubs at Toyo University, there is always a chance for students to make new Japanese friends and explore new hobbies. 

 

ORIENTATION

All students are required to attend the orientation, which covers topics such as academic registration, transcript issuance, immigration, alien registration, Japanese National Health Insurance, opening a bank account, housing, and student life on and off campus. Students will also have a chance to meet their language exchange partner as well as their academic adviser.

ARRIVAL DETAILS

The host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Toyo University strongly believes that student activities contribute to the enrichment of campus life. With 50 athletic clubs and 300 other student clubs, everyone can find a group of students that share their interests. Students can also enjoy rooting for Toyo’s baseball team, experiencing a weekend home stay, participating in various cultural events and more.

Want to work on your language skills while making friends with Japanese students? Check out the Language Exchange Partner (LEP) program!

The Language Exchange Partner (LEP) program gives exchange students an opportunity to learn Japanese while building friendships with Toyo University students on and off campus. Throughout the year, a number of events are held to encourage exchange students to gain a deeper understanding of Japan and its culture.

Housing and Meals

Students are placed in the International House, or I-House, an off-campus dormitory. The Hakusan campus is only 15 minutes away on foot. Housing is typically a double room with one roommate. No married student o6,302r family housing is available. Students receive a monthly stipend to either purchase meals at the university cafeteria and local restaurants, or to prepare their own meals. 

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange program includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing and a stipend to cover the equivalent of 19/meals per week.

ISEP costs for Exchange are usually the most cost-effective, as it is intended to promote mobility of students around the world. Direct options are available for those students that prefer to attend a school with limited availability for Exchange, though costs may be different as they are set by the host school. For students that participate in the ISEP Direct to Tokyo University, the program fee includes housing and insurance, but not meals.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2017/Spring 2018 semester:

Budget Item

Amount

Direct

Lake Forest College Tuition

$22,412

$22,412

Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost

$5,100

$4,140

College Deposit (credit)

($250)

($250)

Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College

$27,512

$26,302

ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application

 $325

$325

College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)

 $250

$250

ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated) Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP

 $360

included

Additional Meals

 $800

$1,000

Estimated Airfare

 $1,800

$1,800

Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance, if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)

 $2,100

$2,100

Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses

 $5,635

$5,475

Total

 

$33,147 

 

$31,707

For students that participate in ISEP Direct to Toyo University, the program fee will be $5,440. This fee includes housing and insurance, but no meals.  Many of the other estimated out-of-pocket costs will be similar.  However, as Direct does not include meals, you can assume you will spend an additional $200/month on meals.

Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of March 2017.  We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate, nor fees to enroll in courses at partner institutions, and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Experiences of Former Students

WHAT PAST STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY
 
I have made a great deal of new friendships at Toyo. Specifically, the LEP system students have been incredibly nice. When I arrived they helped me get a cell phone, took me out to great sites and keep contact with me daily. ~ Joshua Jones, U.T. Knoxville