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Program Information:
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  Location   Tokyo, Japan
  1-2 Semesters
  Credits   20-24 UW credits per semester
  Eligibility   Junior standing or above by time of  
  departure; min. 3.0 GPA
  Language   Japan 113
  Adviser   Shannon Quinn |
Priority Deadline: November 15
 Final Deadline: January 15
 (Autumn Semester and Academic Year)
  May 15 (Spring Semester)
  General  UW students in the USTEP program study together with Japanese  students on the dynamics of Japanese culture, society, and political economy in a broad international context.
  Where You Will Study
  Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
  Application Process
  Program Evaluations


Where You Will Study

The University of Tokyo was established in 1877, making it one of the oldest universities in Japan.  It has greatly contributed to the development of the modern Japanese state and is one of the leading universities in the country. The University of Tokyo commits itself to being a driving force for world-class academic research and an institution that nurtures intellectual citizens with futuristic global outlooks who will contribute to the realization of an unbiased society, advancement of science and technology, and creation of new culture.



UW students participate in the USTEP (Type U) program at the University of Tokyo. The Type U program offers undergraduate students with adequate English and/or Japanese language proficiency the opportunity to take various courses given in English and/or Japanese in the Faculties of UTokyo (for more details, see Language Requirement).

It is hoped that Type U students will:
- broaden their perspectives through study and cultural exchange at U Tokyo.
- have a strong sense of academic purpose, not simply the desire to learn a language.
- deepen their academic knowledge.
- make use of their study experience at U Tokyo after their return to their home countries.

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from Tokyo University have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges



Each exchange student will be offered housing in Off-campus student dorms that generally are privately operated and are encouraged to live here as housing is extremely difficult and costly to find in Tokyo.

Please note: Japanese student dorms frequently have strict rules and curfews; general dorm cleaning in addition to cleaning your own room is required; dorms are usually not shared but a few are offered on shared basis, and some student dorms are for international students only while others are for all students. Dorms are located in Tokyo but regardless of location, you should be prepared to commute up to an hour via bus or train to/from the university.

As an exchange student, you must submit your housing application with your exchange application (secondary application). Failure to do so will jeopardize your student housing option.


Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and UW Study Abroad fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.


Application Process

To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad adviser following your selection for the exchange.

See Applications and Recommendations for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.

See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.



Program Evaluations

After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences. 

To see past students' evaluations for the University of Tokyo Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.

University of Tokyo Exchange.pdf

Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email