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University of Tsukuba

Program Location Tsukuba Science City, Japan
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20210
Duration Spring Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Spring 2019 04/05/19 to 08/07/19
2018-19 Academic Year 09/28/18 to 08/07/19

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University of Tsukuba
Tsukuba Science City
The University of Tsukuba has approximately 4000 faculty and staff, and an enrollment of about 10,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students. Since its establishment in 1973, the university has been particularly interested in the international academic community with a special focus on the frequent exchange of professors, researchers, and students.

Location: The city of Tsukuba is located approximately 50 kilometers (31 miles) northeast of Tokyo. It is a picturesque city surrounded by rice fields and forests, with Mt. Tsukuba to the north and Kasumigaura, the second largest lake in Japan, to the east. Because of the city's proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the annual average temperature is mild.

Tsukuba Science City is a research and education complex within Tsukuba city. It was developed with the goal of establishing a top-notch science complex, away from the overpopulated Tokyo area, in a place that is conducive to research and collaboration projects among various educational and research institutes. Currently, there are 48 national research and educational institutes and more than 200 private research and development institutes comprising Tsukuba Science City.

Tsukuba Science City is only a 60-minute bus ride from central Tokyo, yet the area surrounding the Science City is essentially rural with many of the residents maintaining the traditional Japanese lifestyles and culture. Thus, the urban part and the rural areas co-exist, making the University of Tsukuba an ideal place to study the contrast of Japanese tradition and modern science and technology.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


University of Tsukuba
Tsukuba Plaza

Applications are open to all majors who have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0, have completed JPNS 102, and have reached at least junior standing by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 2 Sem Japanese

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Engineering][College of Liberal Arts][College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: ME, NE (ENGR), HK, PSYC, SLHS (HHS)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Students may participate in this program for a year or the spring semester. At the University of Tsukuba, the academic year starts on April 1 and ends in March 31 of the following year. The academic year is divided into two semesters. The first semester is from April 1 to July 31, the second starts in October until February of the following year.

NOTE: Purdue students generally begin with the second semester and end with the first.

Courses: Click here for more information on courses.

The University of Tsukuba Junior Year Abroad program offers a wide variety of courses in international studies, social sciences, culture, natural sciences, information sciences, and engineering. For example, seven special courses aim to develop cross-national perspective and improve visiting students' understanding of Japan. The courses are attended by Japanese and non-Japanese students and are taught in English. Courses are divided into three categories: lecture, seminar, and lab-based. Lectures and seminars are 75 minutes per week, while lab-based courses meet twice a week for a total of 150 minutes contact time.

The University provides field trips to various areas in Japan five times a year for foreign students. These programs consist of two-night/three-day package bus tours. Students can join one field trip per academic year. These trips offer visiting students an opportunity to understand Japanese history and culture.


While attending the University of Tsukuba, students will be housed in one of three campus residence halls. Each room is furnished with a bed, desk, chair, sink, and a telephone. Lounges, common laundry rooms, and kitchenettes are also provided in each building.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2019

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee$0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Program Specific Insurance$150.00
Round-trip Airfare$1,500.00
Local Transportation$200.00
Books and Supplies$300.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$3,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Academic Year Exchange Feb 1
Spring Semester Exchange Sep 15

Returnees Information
University of Tsukuba
Riding the bullet train is an adventure!

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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