Program Details

Program Location Tokyo, Japan
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33019
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2024 05/22/24 to 07/06/24
Page Links
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice



Study on the IES Abroad Tokyo Summer program and enjoy an ideal introduction to Japanese culture, while expanding your language skills.

As one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas, Tokyo and its environs will challenge you to look at the world differently. Mastering public transportation, trying exotic foods, encountering the maximum urban environment that surrounds carefully nurtured gardens and parks, experiencing a lifestyle that combines fast-paced modernity with age-old traditions – all of these will expand your view of the world and offer insights into your own reality. 

This program offers accelerate language learning with an intensive 6-credit Japanese course at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level. In addition, students:

  • Live in Japanese residence hall-style housing in the heart of Tokyo
  • Experience life with a Japanese family while exploring a nearby city on a homestay trip
  • Participate in field trips to historic and cultural sites, and traditional festivals
  • Enjoy Japanese cultural activities including Japanese flower arranging, calligraphy, Japanese koto (floor harp), and more
For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.



Students may not participate on this program as their last term before graduation or after graduation and must be returning to Purdue the semester following the program to participate.

International students at Purdue: Please note if your nationality requires a visa to enter Japan that this program cannot provide the needed documentation to obtain a visa. Please check visa requirements for your nationality. 


GPA Requirement: 2.75 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

Students will enroll in one 6-credit Japanese course. Various levels of Japanese are offered and students take a placement exam to ensure they are placed in an appropriate level. Students who place into the 300-level or above can choose to also take a 1-credit course Learning Japanese Through Manga & Anime.


The program includes several field trips and cultural activities. Please see the IES website for more information.


Students will stay in a residence hall-style accommodation that provides small individual rooms and shared bathrooms. The housing has several on site cafes as well as a pool and a gym.

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.

Program fee includes tuition, two meals per day, on-site orientation, field trips, and commuting subsidies (if applicable).

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

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $6,033.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.40
Housing $1,650.00
Insurance $135.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,650.00
Local Transportation $110.00
Books and Supplies $85.00
Meals $1,300.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $800.00
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
Summer Feb 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