Contemporary Challenges Credits

Tsuru University Language and Culture (Japan)

Tsuru City, Japan

Program Overview

Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Second semester Sophomore

This program is NOT accepting applications for Spring 2021.

Must have completed Japanese 201 prior to going abroad



Program Advisor

The Program

Immerse yourself in the small rural community of the city of Tsuru and deepen your understanding of the culture while also improving your Japanese.

Tsuru University was founded in 1955 as a two-year teacher’s training college, becoming a four-year college of Humanities in 1960. It now offers five undergraduate majors in Elementary School Education, Japanese Literature, English Literature, Sociology and Comparative Culture Studies. With an undergraduate enrollment of about 3200, students will quickly feel like they are a part of the university family. Your courses will focus on Japanese language and culture, with additional opportunities to interact with the local community through home stays, elementary school internships, and cultural activities.

Tsuru University Language and Culture

Program Locations

City of Tsuru



Tsuru is a city in Yamanashi Prefecture with a population of some 30,000 residents located just under 2 hours from Tokyo.  Once a castle-town and silk-producing center, Tsuru City has developed into a high-tech industrial city and college town. Yamanashi Prefecture is also well-known for its natural beauty and outdoor activities with nearby hiking available in the Mt. Fuji area and surrounding mountains, as well as the onsens and cultural events of the Fuji Five Lakes region.


Students will be part of Tsuru University’s special program for international students known as the JAST Program.   Your spring semester at Tsuru will consist of a 7 week intensive pre-semester language program leading into the 13 week regular spring semester.  The 7 week intensive course will consist of daily 90 minute Japanese Language Courses with student tutors available to help students with their studies and daily life.

During the semester students will continue their language study and will also take courses relating to Japanese society, history, and politics with electives from the greater university course catalogue or an internship/independent study.  More information about the semester course options can be found on the Tsuru University Course web page. Students are also encouraged to connect with the local community through homestays, student tutors, cultural activities, and more.  Additional information about these opportunities can be found on the Tsuru University Extracurricular Activities web page.

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Tsuru University and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 12 credits per semester. It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail (unless the course is an internship and you receive prior approval).

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed. 


Spring Semester

Late January

Early August

Housing and Meals

Students on the Tsuru University Language and Culture program will stay in the International House located a short walk from campus. The four-story building houses 48 students on the second, third and fourth floor. Each floor has four four-room-in-one-unit-components. Each unit has a common space, a refrigerator a sink and an IH cooking top. Four shower cubicles, four restrooms and laundry facilities are located on each floor to be shared with people on that floor.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $11,820 $15,020
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    *Housing
•    Administrative Fees
•    On Call International Insurance

*Refundable housing deposit has to be paid before student starts to live in the International House and will be refunded before the student leaves Tsuru.

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,800
Meals $4,000
Refundable housing deposit 30,000JPN
Books and Classroom Materials $200
Local Transportation $500
Personal Expenses $4,000
Housing Deposit $300
Total $10,830.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad. 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.


Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Available to all study abroad students participating in a semester or year-long program in Japan.  For more information please visit the Bridging Scholarship website.