This international exchange program is based on an agreement between The Ohio State University and the University of Tsukuba in Japan. One or two exchange students are selected each year to participate in this program. Students may register for any course offered.
Tsukuba Science City is located approximately 38 miles northeast of Tokyo and about 25 miles northwest of the New Tokyo International Airport at Narita. It is a city primarily centered around government research and educational institutions. Natural beauty abounds here, such as the towering figure of Mount Tsukuba which is part of Suigo-Tsukuba Quasi-National Park, and the second largest lake in Japan, Lake Kasumigaura. The city has some 93 parks which provide swimming and tennis facilities. The population of Tsukuba is approximately 180,000.
The University of Tsukuba was founded in 1973 as a new national university. The university aims to establish a free, deep, and close exchange in basic and applied sciences with educational and research organizations and academic communities in Japan and overseas. The total student population is 13,356 including 950 foreign students. The university has 13 colleges providing instruction in the humanities, social sciences, biological sciences, Japanese language and culture, engineering, education, etc. Facilities on campus include a library, hospital, and several residence halls.
Exchange participants are usually offered housing in one of two residence halls on campus, usually in single rooms. The residence halls have a shared bathroom, kitchen, and laundry facilities. Linens are provided free of charge but students must make a special application to have a telephone in their room. Prices range from just ¥23, 800 per month to ¥44, 000 per month, depending on the room; utilities are paid separately. Off-campus housing is also available but cannot be guaranteed and is generally more expensive.
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Specific registration instructions will be provided in the nomination letter.
Nominated students will apply to the Junior Year at Tsukuba program and will thus have access to a wide range of coursework available in English. Students with a sufficient level of Japanese language proficiency may be given access to the coursework taught in Japanese.
Students are strongly encouraged to review the credit transfer process in full and to discuss their overall academic goals with their academic advisor(s) beforehand.
Complete applications will include two letters of recommendation from recent instructors; the strong preference is for referees who can comment on an applicant's Japanese language abilities. The selection committee reserves the right to place applicants at the Japanese university that it feels is the most appropriate match for them. Nominated students will need to fill out additional documents for the host institution, by whom the final acceptance decision is made. Acceptance decisions generally follow in August.
To be eligible to apply for this program, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have Junior rank, have completed two years of college-level Japanese at Ohio State at the time of application, complete Japanese 2231 before departure, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months before departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Ohio State students nominated to participate on an exchange will pay their regular tuition and fees to Ohio State. A fee for the required supplemental health insurance will also be included. In addition, these students are also responsible for arranging and paying for international airfare, room and board, and all other living or personal expenses. Students are advised that payments for room and board will be in the local currency.
Living in Tsukuba can be quite reasonable. Excluding rent, the University of Tsukuba estimates that monthly living expenses like food, clothes, and textbooks will range from ¥50,000 to ¥80,000.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
The annual information session was recorded this year (2020). You can listen here. The 2021 information session will be scheduled for late September / early October - stay tuned!
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice, or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program before departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.
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NOTE: These dates are tentative. Applicants are instructed to wait until they have been formally accepted by the partner to move forward with their pre-departure planning.