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  • Locations: Tsukuba, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
  • Restrictions: CSUF applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 10/01/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: CSU International Programs Click here for a definition of this term Financial Aid: CSU IP Scholarship, Federal Aid (Pell/EOP/FSEOG/Direct Loans), Guardian Scholars, President's Scholars, Private Student Loans, State Aid (Cal Grants/SUG)
Housing Options: Residence Halls Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Anthropology, Biological Science, Biological Science (Marine Biology), Chemistry, Economics, Engineering, Ethnic Studies, Japanese, Philosophy, Physics
Language Prerequisite: 1+semester college-level Japanese Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
GPA requirement: 3.0 (CUM. & CSUF) Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Special Notes: Applicants must be enrolled at CSUF no later than the fall term prior to departure., GPA cannot be waived Click here for a definition of this term Internship Opportunity: Yes
Employment Abroad Permitted: Yes Unit Type Earned On Program: Resident Units
Program Description:



Academic Year Deadlines
February 1: Priority Deadline
March 1: Secondary Deadline

Note: CSU IP recommends that students apply by the priority deadline as available spaces may be limited on popular programs.


GPA Requirement
3.0 Cumulative GPA
CSU Class Standing
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
Students are required to take 1 term of college-level Japanese at their home CSU campus.
Students are responsible for verifying that they meet individual course pre-requisites prior to registration with the overseas institution. 


Subjects Available
Anthropology International/Global Studies
Asian Studies Japanese
Biology Marine Biology
 Chemistry Philosophy
Economics Physics
Engineering Statistics

CLICK HERE to view the online course catalog. 

Academic Credit
Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.

CLICK HERE to view the Academic Bulletin for this program for further details regarding course credits and academic policies.  

Students pay the same tuition for Japan: University of Tsukuba as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Estimates at the top of the brochure page.

Program Dates
CSU IP students spend an Academic Year abroad on this program.

Academic Year: October to August


The University of Tsukuba is one of the oldest National universities in Japan and is ranked in the top 10 universities in Japan. The University of Tsukuba currently enrolls 16,500 students, including 1,700 international students. 

Japan - TsukubaCSU IP Tsukuba participants focus the majority of their studies on Japanese language offered by the International Student Center at the University of Tsukuba. Students will supplement their Japanese language courses by taking elective courses taught in English. Electives are typically offered in the areas of Japanese culture, international relations, biology, psychology, comparative cultures, etc.

For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin for the previous year. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study.


The University of Tsukuba is located in the city of Tsukuba, which is often referred to as “Tsukuba Science City” as it is home to more than 30 national research institutes and over 100 private research centers. Tsukuba is 37 miles northeast of Tokyo, and is easily accessible to central Tokyo via the Tsukuba Express Line train, which takes 45 minutes. The university sits at the base of Mt. Tsukuba and is known for green and bike-friendly campus.


Housing is arranged prior to arrival in Japan in coordination with the University of Tsukuba. All students live in on-campus dormitories.


Applicants must complete and submit two applications for this program: the CSUF online application and the CSU IP online application*Note: The CSU IP application will require an official transcript for the host university, and it must be a hard copy sent to CSU IP.

Applicants must be enrolled at CSUF no later than fall term prior to departure. 

According to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin for Tsukuba, Japan:
  • CSU IP students who are selected to study at the University of Tsukuba attend as exchange students and are 'Junior Year at Tsukuba Program' (JTP) participants although students can be either juniors or seniors during their year at Tsukuba. 
  • JTP courses consist of three categories: JTP academic courses, Japan-related courses, and Japanese language courses. More than 260 JTP academic courses are offered in English in such diverse disciplines as international studies, social sciences, humanities, biological sciences, and engineering.
  • The students who are selected to study at the University of Tsukuba focus their studies on Japanese language and culture courses, supplemented by at least two courses taught in English during the year which can be in any subject area based on availability and prerequisites.