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Chuo University

Program Location Tokyo, Japan
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20205
Duration Spring Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources

Chuo University

Picture yourself walking to class through Sakura Park when all 300 cherry trees blossom, the snow-capped top of Mt. Fuji visible in the distance behind you. It’s hard to believe that Chuo’s Tama campus is located in the western region of Tokyo, the bustling capital of Japan.

 Students at Chuo have the opportunity to:

  • Attend an modern campus located in the Tama Hills Natural Park
  • Improve their Japanese language skills in the heart of Japan
  • Get involved with student clubs and make friends from all over the world

University: Chuo University was founded 130 years ago by 18 young attorneys with the philosophy of "Fostering the ability to apply knowledge to practice." The goal was to modernize Japanese society by offering and practicing British and American law. Since its beginning, the student population has grown from a modest 97 students to nearly 30,000. Chuo is one of the most prestigious private Universities in Japan that stresses practical education to prepare students for life and work beyond its borders. 

Location: Tokyo is where ultramodern meets old school. From neon-lit skyscrapers and anime shops to Buddhist temples and historic cherry blossom trees, Tokyo prides itself on reinvention and renewal.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Chuo University


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

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

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
  • Language of Instruction: English (select courses), Japanese
  • Semester course load: 12 Purdue credit hours minimum

The program will allow Purdue University students to improve their Japanese language skills and immerse themselves in the Japanese culture. Students can also choose to take classes that are taught in English.

Possible courses:


In addition to getting involved in sports, clubs, and festivals on campus life, there is much to be explored in Tokyo. The lively city is known for its food, off-beat social scene, and city views. Stop by Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest seafood market in the world, or forgo the movie theater and opt to watch a Sumo tournament in Tokyo’s National Sumo Hall. Venture to Meiji Shrine to make a wish, say a prayer, or toss some yen in the offering box. And don’t forget to make like the locals and karaoke!

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Students at Chuo can stay in the International Residence or find a private apartment with the assistance of the International Center. More information:

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.

The costs listed below are for one semester.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2018

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.
Round-trip Airfare$1,500.00
Local Transportation$300.00
Books and Supplies$350.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $2,000.00 -$4,000.00
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.

Chuo application deadline: February 1 (Academic Year)/ September 15 (Spring).
Program Application Deadline
Academic Year Exchange Feb 1
Spring Semester Exchange Sep 15

Returnees Information
Chuo University

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.


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

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