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Application Guidelines

We offer exchange programs for international students to come and study at TUFS through Academic Exchange Agreements that we have established with numerous universities around the world.

1. Program Information

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies has International Student Exchange Program of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies: ISEPTUFS.
The ISEPTUFS program is a semester or a one-year short-term exchange program designed for international students, as well as Japanese students. The program provides students with the opportunity to study in Japan and helps them to acquire a firm understanding of Japan and the international community. Meanwhile, the program aims to promote meaningful cultural exchange and to contribute to the cultivation of outstanding professionals with international backgrounds.
Please visit the web link below for more detailed information about the programs:
http://www.tufs.ac.jp/english/admission/non-degree/exchange//


2. Application Procedure

You must be nominated as an exchange student by your home institution.
1. Ensure you meet TUFS’s English or Japanese language requirements
2. Complete the online exchange application
3. Your university must send us the application documents by mail
To: Student Exchange Division
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
3-11-1, Asahi-Cho, Fuchu-shi, 183-8534 Japan
*We don't accept the documents sent by the students.


Deadline for April Entry : November 15th(previous year)
Deadline for October Entry : March 15th

3. Schedule

Spring Semester (April) Entry
Middle September(previous year) Start accepting the applications. TUFS will send the guidelines for applicants to our partner universities
November 15th(previous year) Deadline for applications
January - February TUFS meeting. The official decision on ISEP-TUFS acceptance will be made around mid-February
Late February Screening meeting for JASSO scholarship program. TUFS will nominate the selected students for JASSO
Mid March JASSO will announce the successful applicants to TUFS
Late February - Early March TUFS will receive the visa documents (Certificate of Eligibility) from Tokyo Immigration Bureau
Early March TUFS will send the Acceptance Letter and the visa documents (Certificate of Eligibility) to our partner universities
March The exchange students will apply for a visa and arrange airplane tickets after receiving the documents noted above. In addition,they will give the arrival information to TUFS
Early April Arrival in Japan (TUFS will inform the exchange students of the scheduled arrival dates)

Fall Semester (October) Entry
Middle January Start accepting the applications. TUFS will send the guidelines for applicants to our partner universities
March 15th Deadline for applications
May - June TUFS meeting The official decision on ISEP-TUFS acceptance will be made around mid-June
Late May Screening meeting for JASSO scholarship program TUFS will nominate the selected students for JASSO
Early July JASSO will announce the successful applicants to TUFS
Late July - Mid August TUFS will receive the visa documents (Certificate of Eligibility) from Tokyo Immigration Bureau
Mid August - Late August TUFS will send the acceptance letter and the visa documents (Certificate of Eligibility) to our partner universities.
September The exchange students will apply for a visa and arrange airplane tickets after receiving the documents noted above.In addition, they will give the arrival information to TUFS.
End of September Arrival in Japan (TUFS will inform the exchange students of the scheduled arrival dates.)


4. Necessary Documents

All the documents should be written in English or Japanese.
1. Application form with a photo attached (Fill in the on-line application form)
2. Study_Plan
3. Certificate_of_Health
4. Application for Certificate of Eligibility with a photo attached (Fill in the on-line application form)
5. Essay for the JASSO Scholarship
6. Official academic record written in English or Japanese
7. A copy of Passport
8. Official documents to show sufficient funds for studying in Japan such as; proof of scholarship, bank statement or income verification of the supporter*
9. 3 extra photographs
10. ISEPTUFS_CHECKLIST
*As for "8. Official documents to show sufficient funds for studying in Japan," please submit the document whose total balance is more than 500,000 yen for those who stay for half a year and 900,000~1,000,000yen for those who stay for a whole academic year.

Application for Certificate of Eligibility Sample download

5. Necessary language requirements:

Since students take ISEP classes conducted in English or Japanese, they need to have the appropriate English or Japanese ability. It isn't necessary to submit an exam score report as long as your language ability meets the necessary language requirements. Appropriate English ablity (Example)
TOEFL (PBT530/CBT197/iBT71)
IELTS (6.0)
Cambridge CAE (Grade C)
Cambridge CPE (Grade C)or better


Level N2 (Level N1 preferred) of Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

6. About scholarships

The Ministry of Education of Japan supports the Japan Students Service Organization (JASSO) Scholarship, which international exchange students coming to TUFS receive each year. Students applying to either of our exchange programs are therefore asked to submit an Essay for the JASSO Scholarship Program with their Application to TUFS. Basic information regarding the program is provided below. The chances of being chosen as the recipient of JASSO scholarship are very low.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

1. Not currently hold Japanese citizenship.
2. Be enrolled in a regular degree program at a university that has concluded an Academic Exchange Agreement with TUFS.
3. Eligible for exchange study under the rules of their home university's exchange program.
4. Be in good academic standing and possess good character.
5. Be motivated, with a clear plan of study, and a likelihood to benefit from studying in Japan.
6. Do not have the financial resources to study in Japan without the JASSO Scholarship.
7. Agree to resume their studies at their home university upon completion of their period of study in Japan.
8. Not be receiving any other public or private scholarships (more than 80,000yen per month) during their period of study in Japan.

When students are selected as a scholarship recipient, they must submit all required documents to TUFS when they finish their exchange program at TUFS.
Students need to send their transcript to TUFS when they transfer the credits obtained at TUFS to their home university after they finish the exchange program.


7. Dormitory

Presently we have three dormitories on campus of the university. However, the possibility exists that students can not receive accommodation at these dormitories because of an increasing number of international students. Those who cannot be accommodated on campus will need to find and live in alternative apartments off campus. The average rent off campus per month is around 60,000~70,000 Yen. Please understand this fact beforehand.


8. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)/

9. Contact Information

Student Exchange Division
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
3-11-1 Asahi-cho, Fuchu-shi, Tokyo 183-8534, JAPAN
Email: inbound@tufs.ac.jp
TEL: +81-42-330-5182
FAX: +81-42-330-5189