Program Details

Program Location Tokyo, Japan
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33019
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Fall 2023 08/28/23 to 12/17/23
Past Dates
Spring 2023 03/27/23 to 07/16/23
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice



Tokyo, with a population well over 10 million, is the political and financial capital of today's Japan. Tokyo is a modern city of wonderful contrasts. Its dignified temples and shrines quietly stand in the shadows of massive skyscrapers. Tokyo's fast pace is subdued by the serene charm of its many parks and the quiet courtesy of its people. Both energetic and graceful, Tokyo is a gateway to the fascinating culture of Japan.

The IES program is located in Makuhari, a modern city in Chiba prefecture - an easy 30 minutes from downtown Tokyo. Students will have easy access to public transportation and amenities such as shopping centers, restaurants and entertainment. 

The spring semester typically begins the end of March and runs until mid-July.

The fall semester typically begins the end of August and runs until mid-December.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.



The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture. 

Prior Japanese language knowledge is not required for the program but is strongly recommended. Beginning Japanese students should have a basic working knowledge of hiragana and katakana alphabets before the program begins.

Students cannot participate on this program after graduation.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 0-4 Sem

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts] [Daniels School of Business]

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

IES offers unique courses that explore Japanese language, history, and culture through an in-depth and hands-on approach. World-class professors and course options enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

You must take 15-18 credits per semester.

Students will take a 6-credit language course at Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS) that is specifically designed for IES students. In addition, you'll also take English-taught area studies courses focusing on popular culture, economics, history, political science, and contemporary society. KUIS is a modern and vibrant university with an international faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. Some courses are offered on the KUIS campus, and others at the IES Abroad Center, which is a short walk from KUIS.

For more information, click here.


Due to COVID-19, excursions are subject to change.

The program will include several field trips and cultural activities. See the IES website for more information.


This program has several housing options including residence halls, homestays or apartments. Each option will require a commute to school of around 40-90 minutes, which is a common commute for the Tokyo area. Some options include a meal plan, while others do not. IES will help students pick the best housing option for their preferences.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

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 IES program fees include: tuition, on-site orientation, field trips, and support from IES staff. The housing fee includes apartment housing (no meals provided). Additional fees apply for other housing options, please see IES website for more details. 

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2023

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $18,396.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $6,033.00
Insurance $240.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Program Specific Insurance $171.00
Round-trip Airfare $1,560.00
Local Transportation $900.00
Books and Supplies $310.00
Meals $2,600.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $2,400.00
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 (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online 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
Fall Semester Mar 1
Spring Semester Sep 1

Returnees Information


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