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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Spring
  • Restrictions: UAlbany applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Subjects Available: Anthropology, Communication, Cultural and Area Studies, East Asian Studies, Economics, Education, Film Studies, Fine Arts (Art, Music, Theatre), Globalization Studies, History, Japanese, Japanese Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Media Studies, Political Science, Religious Studies Minimum GPA: 2.5
Additional Program Requirements: 2.5 GPA Credit Load: 12-19 per semester
Exchange Program: Yes! Faculty-Led: No
Internship Opportunity: No Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Language Requirement: No previous language study required SUNY code: 61
Partner University: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Program Advisor: Megumi Kim
Program Description:
Tokyo is the world’s largest city and Japan’s capital. Experience the center of Japanese pop culture and surround yourself with an exciting city filled with brightly-lit signs and skyscrapers. Enjoy Tokyo’s famous cuisine with delicious sushi, noodles, and fresh seafood. Visit the museums and street festivals of Tokyo as you experience Japanese culture.

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) is Japan’s oldest institution devoted to international studies. Enjoy a vibrant campus community with TUFS Cinema international film screenings and a university that specializes in the study of foreign languages and cultures. At the School Festival of TUFS, Gaigosai, students share food and perform theater from the language and culture they are studying.
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Academic Program

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) offers a wide range of courses for undergraduate students. The International Student Exchange Program of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (ISEPTUFS) Program is intended primarily as an academic year experience (early October – late July). Some students choose to participate for a single Spring semester. However, attending only the Fall semester is generally not an option due to the academic calendar differences of the U.S. and Japan. 

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

There are Japanese courses offered in elementary, intermediate, and advanced-levels, as well as a variety of undergraduate courses with a focus on Japanese and Intercultural Studies. You can find the most recent TUFS course syllabi information HERE. (Make sure it is in "English" and you will be able to search for different syllabi.) Select English as the language of instruction, unless you’re looking for Japanese language courses. The number of credits for each course will be listed on the top of the syllabus. Please keep in mind, many of the courses at TUFS are 2-credit courses. Share any applicable syllabi with your academic advisor to determine whether they can count toward your major/minor (if you don’t intend to just take electives). 

Since Fall course information will not be confirmed until the summer, and Spring course information will not be confirmed until the winter, you may have to look at the course information from the previous year.

The "Guidebook of Class Registration" explains the kinds of courses available to International Student Exchange Program of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (ISEPTUFS) students.

General Education Information for UAlbany Students

Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.

Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students

Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.


All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary. 



You, along with other students from around the world, will live in one of the three international student residence halls, conveniently located on campus. Each dorm room is single occupancy. Rooms typically include a mini kitchen, private bath, balcony, desk, bookshelf and an air conditioner. You may also arrange your own off campus housing.


There is no meal plan for this program. You may choose to purchase meals in the cafeteria, cook, or eat out at local restaurants.


Estimate of Costs

Review this program’s Estimate of Costs.  Note, there may be several tabs in the Estimate of Costs. Please be sure that you are reviewing the tab for your anticipated semester abroad.

More Information

Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.
Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.


Academic Requirements

Sophomores, juniors and seniors in all majors with at least a 2.5 GPA are eligible to apply. If you have a lower GPA, you should consult with the study abroad program coordinator.
Some Japanese language coursework is recommended, but not required.
This program is only to UAlbany students.


Experiential Learning

University-arranged excursions are not included in this program, but you will have access to unlimited tourist attractions and events off campus.

Student Clubs and Organizations

There are several athletic and cultural clubs and circles at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Some circles and clubs arrange field trips and tours. A circle is a group of students who share a common interest in an activity and gather periodically to explore this interest together. Clubs tend to require more commitment than circles, and are often the equivalent to university-level team sports. You should be aware that you may not be able to join certain clubs/circles due to the length of your exchange program.

Funding Opportunities

Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.




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About the City

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies is located in Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo is the largest city in the world, and offers a great mix of modern and traditional sites.

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required to participate in this program. If you are a U.S. citizen, you are required to obtain a visa to enter Japan.
For all other nationalities, please check with your government and the Consulate General of Japan's website to determine whether you are required to obtain a visa for this program.
More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.


Application Availability

Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
  • Spring/Winter/Spring Break programs: July
  • Fall/Year/Summer programs: December

Program Dates

Academic Year 2023-2024
Monday, September 25, 2023 to Monday, July 22, 2024
 Fall 2023
 Due to the host university’s academic calendar, a Fall semester program is not offered.
Spring 2024
Monday, April 1, 2024 to Monday, July 22, 2024

*Please Note: Monday, April 1, 2024 is TUFS arrival day to check into the dorms. The program end date of Monday, July 22, 2024 is approximate and not fully confirmed by TUFS. Students may want to consider waiting for confirmation before purchasing their return flights from Japan.*  



About the Program

The University at Albany’s exchange affiliation with Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) enables you to study Japanese language and culture, and is intended for U.S. students interested in developing Japanese language skills and in pursuing in-depth study of subjects related to Japan.
Based on its history of more than 100 years, TUFS continues to play an important role as one of the hubs of international academic research and exchange in Japan in the 21st century.

Program Orientations

Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The Fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted in April, before the end of Spring UAlbany classes, and in late November/early December for the Spring term abroad.
Upon arrival at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.

Support Services

UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.
The Tokyo University of Foreign Studies International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2024 02/15/2024
Rolling Admission 09/25/2024 07/31/2025

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.