Yokohama University

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This is a reciprocal exchange relationship between SJSU and Yokohama National University’s JOY program (Junior Year Overseas Program). The JOY Program is ideal for students wishing to study Japanese language and culture. Some courses in Engineering, Business and Management are also offered. All courses, except for those in Japanese language, are taught in English.

  • Earn SJSU resident credits for all completed courses.
  • Pay your normal SJSU tuition and fees.
  • Use your financial aid and apply for scholarships.
  • Immerse yourself in Japanese culture.
  • Study for one semester or an academic year.
  • Gain an advantage when applying for jobs and graduate school.

City Facts

Yokohama, Japan

Yokohama is Japan’s second largest city located right next to Japan’s largest city, Tokyo. Both cities are easily accessible by public transportation. Since becoming a port city in 1859, Yokohama has become one of Japan’s gateways to the world. It has been the primary site where Western culture has made its first steps into Japan and where all things Japanese have set out for the four corners of the world. Yokohama’s history can be traced back to the 11th century, but the city has been rebuilt twice in just the past 100 years, most recently emerging from the ashes of American bombs dropped at the end of World War II. Yokohama is a vibrant, varied, and international community. Conveniently located near Tokyo, the ancient capital of Kamkura, and the hot springs of Hakone, Yokohama is a wonderful place for learning about Japan and its relation to the world.

Campus Facts

Yokohama National University

Yokohama National University (YNU) is one of the foremost institutions of higher education in Japan with a history going back to 1874. Located on a hilltop campus overlooking downtown Yokohama, the campus is an oases of green amongst the towering sky scrapers of Japan’s largest metropolitan area.

Approximately 10% of YNU’s 10,000 students are international, hailing from 60 different countries. YNU’s “105” is an active student volunteer group dedicated to supporting these international students. International students are encouraged to participate in the many activities, trips, clubs, and volunteer opportunities on campus.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must:

  • be enrolled as an SJSU student for one semester prior to departure, or be a California community college student eligible to enter SJSU by the semester of departure,
  • have completed lower division requirements for your intended field of study,
  • have Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing by the semester of departure,
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

There is no language prerequisite, but students are strongly encouraged to take beginning Japanese prior to participation in the program.

Academic Program

The Junior Year Overseas Program at Yokohama National University (JOY Program) offers a unique and flexible curriculum for undergraduate students interested in learning more about Japan. The core curriculum for JOY students consists of JOY courses and Japanese language courses. The JOY courses are taught in English by top YNU faculty spanning the fields of humanities, social sciences, and engineering. Language courses are offered from the beginner to advanced levels. All JOY students are required to participate in an Independent Research Project on a topic proposed by the student. Class size is typically 10 students, both international and Japanese.

Courses offered 2005–2006 (subject to change):

Fall Semester   Spring Semester

Development of Psycholinguistics
Industry and the Environment
Japan and the East Asian Economies
Japan and the World Economy
Japan during the American Occupation
Japanese Automobile Technology
Japanese Society and Culture
Japanese Traditional Culture
Macroengineering and Architecture
Materials in Today’s World and Vacuum
National Accounting of Japan
Recent Progress Electrical & Computer Engineering
Recent Advances Materials Science & Technology
Rethinking “Japan” through Histories and
        Japan-US Relations


Advanced Lecture Series on Japanese Corporations
Automobile and the Environment
Contemporary Economic Issues in Japan
Cost Management of Japanese Companies
Electronics Industry in Japan
Foundations of Generative Grammar
Introduction to Mathematical Science
Japanese Economy, Industry, & Corporation
Japanese Management
Japanese Production Management
Japanese School Education
Postwar Japanese History
Rethinking the Atomic Bombings

For more details, visit Yokohama National University’s JOY Program website.


Joy Students are assigned to one of YNU’s two international dormitories: the YNU International Student House in Gumyji or the Minesawa International Student Dormitory.


Up to 3 JOY students will have the opportunity to do an internship with a Japanese company. The internship will take place in August or September for about 2 weeks. To be eligible for this program students must start the program in the fall and stay for one full year, finish “Japanese C” by the time the internship starts, and have successfully completed two prerequisites courses (“Internship Preparation” in the Fall Semester and “Corporate System” in the Spring Semester).

Program Academic Calendar

Semester From–to
Fall Semester* October–February
Spring Semester April–August

*Please note: This exchange is for an academic year or the Spring semester. Since the Fall semester goes until late March, only students who are graduating or don’t mind missing the SJSU Spring semester may participate for the Fall semester only.

Financing Your Semester

Estimated Costs

SJSU Tuition & Fees 3,585.00

These costs are current as of 2012–13. These are estimated costs for the whole semester. Consult the Bursar’s Office for up-to-date information on tuition and fees. Personal expenses may vary among different students, and those who will be doing a lot of traveling during the school break and after the program should estimate higher.

Round Trip Transportation 1,200.00
Room & Meals 4,000.00
Books & Supplies 300.00
Insurance 350.00
Personal Expenses 2,500.00
Total $11,935.00

Apply for This Program

SJSU Bilateral Program Forms