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Ochanomizu University

Program Location Tokyo, Japan
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20207
Duration 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

Ochanomizu University
Tokyo's famous Ginza shopping district

 Ochanomizu University, one of only two national women's universities, was founded in Meiji 7 (1875) as a teacher training institute for women. Since achieving university status in Showa 24 (1949), the university has been committed to excellence in many fields and has achieved recognition in all areas of Japanese society through the success of its graduates. Ochanomizu's thriving international student program attracts exchange students of particularly high ability and forms a vital part of university life.

At Ochanomizu University, initiative, creativity and intelligence are encouraged to allow each student to develop her identity and ability as fully as possible. As part of the international student program, students will be offered the opportunity to learn and conduct research, as well as participate in extra-curricular activities. This ensures that the skills developed will be beneficial to the student, the society, and the future.

Ochanomizu University is centrally situated on a peaceful campus.  The university has three faculties: Letters and Education, Science, and Human Life and Environmental Sciences. The university's small scale ensures close contact between students and professors. Students are educated in small groups, and this intimate learning environment is a key factor achieving consistently high standards.

Courses: Link here for more information on courses.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Ochanomizu University
The sleek, speedy bullet train

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Because Ochanomizu University is a single-sex institution, female applicants are preferred. However, the university is willing to consider applications from male Purdue students for this exchange program.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 5-6 Sem Japanese

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]
* Courses taken in the area of Liberal Arts will be transferred back to Purdue with credit and grades. Courses taken outside SLA will be transfer credit.

If students complete courses while abroad from Purdue colleges that have not approved the program, they might be able to earn transfer credit for those courses. Students interested in pursuing transfer credit should discuss this with both their academic advisor and their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Students may participate in this program for an academic year or the spring semester only. Fall semester starts in October and ends in February, while the spring semester extends from April through mid-July.

The Japanese Studies Program at Ochanomizu University consists of special Japanese language courses and other regular courses. After specializing in Japanese language and culture in the first semester (October ~ March), students will be free to study their specialist subjects in the second semester (April~July). Supplementary courses to learn Kanji characters and others will be organized for those whose Japanese language ability does not reach the required level.

Personal guidance and supplementary training are available in times of need. Meetings for cultural exchange between international students and Japanese students will be held several times in a year. Field trips are held twice a year.


Exchange students will be housed in the Ochanomizu University International House, a five-story dormitory within a 40-minute commute to the campus. Residents are foreign and Japanese students; all rooms are singles, furnished with a bed, a desk and chair. Students will pay 4700 Yen (ca. $45USD) a month for room rent and 9000 Yen (ca. $85USD) for utilities.

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: Fall 2010

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$1,600.00
Local Transportation$300.00
Books and Supplies$300.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $3,500.00 -$5,000.00
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 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
Ochanomizu University Feb 1

Returnees Information
Ochanomizu University
The Ochanomizu train station

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

Country map courtesy of The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin