Kyushu University

Facts | Eligibility | Academic | Accommodations | Scholarship | Financing | Applying


Study Period Options

  • Academic Year (recommended): October–July
  • Single Semester: October–February* or April–July

(*Note: Fall semester participants will not return in time to begin Spring semester at SJSU. Applicants for Fall should not plan to take SJSU courses the semester following their return.)

Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible for JTW if you…

  • Are enrolled in an accredited undergraduate degree program outside Japan,
  • Will have completed at least one academic year of college before starting at JTW,
  • Have a strong academic record (successful applicants usually have a GPA of 3.2 or higher),
  • Have the necessary English proficiency—non-native speakers must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (PBT) or 213 (CBT), 79 (iBT).

Postgraduate students may apply, but should bear in mind that JTW is designed for undergraduates. Graduate level coursework is not available.

Academic Program

JTW students each semester take a minimum of five courses as well as do an independent study project. Certain restrictions apply.

JTW Core Courses

Offering a wide range of courses in Japanese studies. The curriculum includes classes on economics, popular culture, history, literature, law, tea ceremony and more. All courses are taught in English. Although, if you have the skills, you may opt to use Japanese language materials with your instructor’s permission. Taking at least one core course per term is required. (2 credits/course)

Independent Study Project (ISP)

JTW students are required to research in depth a topic in Japanese studies of their own choosing, and to present their findings in written and oral form. Projects, supervised by University faculty, are one or two terms in length depending on the period of JTW program participation. (2 credits/semester)

Advanced Laboratory Research (ALR)

The optional ALR opportunity allows students at advanced levels in engineering, science, agriculture, or pharmacy to plan and carry out an intensive laboratory research project. An ALR counts as two courses towards the required five per term. (2credits/semester)

Faculty Courses

JTW students with the requisite language skills may enroll in regular Kyushu University courses taught in Japanese. With the consent of the course instructor, you may receive credit for your work. However, no more than one faculty course may be applied to the five-course requirement. (2 credits/course)

Japanese Language Courses

Eight levels of general language instruction, from beginning to advanced, are offered. Courses consist of two five-week sessions per semester. There are also skill-oriented courses that focus on reading, writing (including Kanji-learning), and speaking. Only one course each term may be counted toward the required five. (1 credit/30 hours)

Courses offered to exchange students and JTW Courses.


As a new arrival at Kyushu University, you are guaranteed a furnished room with private bathroom and balcony at the Kyushu University International House, a self-catering residential complex maintained for international students located 3 km east of the main Hakozaki campus. Each room is fitted with a single bed, writing desk with lamp, chair, bookshelf, wardrobe, refrigerator, and an air conditioner/heater. Pillows, bed linen, and blankets are not supplied but can be found at reasonable prices locally when you arrive. The complex is comprised of several five-floor buildings, each equipped with washing machines, and every floor provides accommodation for six or seven students who share a communal kitchen with cooking facilities. Shopping for food and other necessities is found conveniently nearby.

Incoming residents pay 20,000 yen upon move-in to cover the first month’s rent, cleaning fees, electricity, gas, and water. After that the rent costs 5,900 yen monthly, with separate charges for electricity, gas, and water, so that typically housing costs amount to between 12,000 and 14,000 yen per month overall. While public telephones are provided for general use, most JTW students obtain mobile phones soon after arriving, and come to rely heavily on them. In addition, internet connectivity is provided in your room, though access is fee-based and contracted with a designated service supplier. The International House has easy access to Kyushu University’s main Hakozaki campus by bus (a 14-minute ride) or by bike (about 20 minutes), and inexpensive bicycles are readily available for purchase.


You can apply for a scholarship funded by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO). The award includes a monthly stipend and reimbursement for round-trip travel. For details see the JASSO website.

Financing Your Semester

Estimated Living Costs

Living costs are significantly lower in Fukuoka than in Tokyo, Kyoto or Osaka, not least because the easy access to campus cuts down on transport costs. You will need something like 80,000 yen a month to get by. (This would not cover tuition and other academic fees.) We estimate a monthly budget as follows:

Housing and utilities: 13,000 yen
Food: 30,000 yen
Local transportation: 10,000 yen
Books & Supplies: 5,000 yen
Health insurance: 2,000 yen
Personal expenses: 20,000 yen

Tuition and Fees

  • Pay SJSU tuition and fees
  • Use financial aid

Applying to JTW

To be considered for the JTW program, you must arrange for your application and supporting the documents to reach us by February 10th, for October enrollment, or by November 10, for April enrollment. The materials to submit include:

  1. A completed JTW application form
  2. An 800-word essay on “Why JTW is for me”
  3. An independent study project proposal
  4. An advanced laboratory research proposal (if you choose to do so)
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. A copy of your most recent TOEFL score report (if you are not a native speaker of English)


SJSU Bilateral Program Forms