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International Programs and Study Abroad

Denise A. Connerty 
Director of International Programs
200 Tuttleman Learning Center

International education takes many forms at Temple: learning other languages, studying for a semester or year in one of Temple's programs abroad, building an international concentration into a major or enrolling in special programs such as the Latin American Studies Semester. Students should consult school/college and course descriptions for further information on international and language studies at Temple's Philadelphia campuses. 

Study abroad is one of the most rewarding and beneficial experiences available to Temple students. The opportunity to gain firsthand understanding of other cultures and languages through study abroad is personally enriching, and adding an international dimension to one's education enables students to better understand and put into context global issues and international events. Study abroad can last for a semester, an academic year, or a summer. Temple offers a number of study abroad programs for Temple students and those from other universities. Students receiving financial aid can usually apply most sources of aid to study abroad fees. The International Programs office can provide students with information and applications for Temple programs abroad. 

Study abroad staff also assist students in planning and carrying out study abroad for non-Temple programs. A resource library of information concerning fellowships and grants for overseas study and research, as well as materials describing various study programs and universities abroad, is available to members of the Temple community. Information on work and travel abroad is also available. 

Several grants, including Fulbright scholarships for graduate study abroad, are administered by International Programs. In addition, advising is available concerning a variety of other options for financing study abroad. 

Students interested in receiving more information about study abroad should contact International Programs, (215) 204-0720.


Temple University Japan

Richard Joslyn, Dean

Temple University Japan opened in 1982 to provide Japanese students with the opportunity to obtain an American education in Tokyo. Since then TUJ has expanded to offer an intensive English language program, associate and bachelor of arts degrees in Liberal Arts, a master of education and Ed.D. in TESOL, an MA in economics, an Executive MBA, as well as corporate and continuing education programs. The present student body at the Tokyo campus numbers 1,400 and includes students from a number of countries in addition to Japan. 

American undergraduate students may study at Temple Japan for a semester or year choosing from a broad range of courses in Liberal Arts, Asian Studies and Japanese language. Regular Temple faculty on assignment from Philadelphia teach in the program along with visiting professors from other universities and special faculty hired in Japan. English is the language of instruction. 

To enrich the students' exposure to Tokyo and enhance their understanding of Japanese culture, TUJ organizes several optional field trips and excursions each semester. These include half-day excursions to sites in and around Tokyo; day and overnight excursions are also arranged.

Students have the option of securing their own housing, or of taking advantage of housing offered by TUJ. TUJ's main student housing facility, TUJ House, is a small apartment building located in the Akasaka district of Tokyo, a 25-30 minute walk from TUJ. Temple University Japan is ideally located in central Tokyo in Minami-Azabu. Just 20 minutes walking distance from Roppongi, one of Tokyo's major entertainment districts, Minami-Azabu is home to several embassies, shops, and restaurants. 

Information about application procedures, costs, financial aid and scholarships is available from International Programs.

Temple University London

The School of Communications and Theater offers both fall semester and summer programs in journalism, radio-television-film, and theater in London. These programs are open to all Temple students, no matter what their major, as well as those from other universities. Recent course offerings have included Literature of London in the 19th Century, Politics and the British Press, British Mass Media, Contemporary British Theater, British Documentary Film, and Modern British History; internships are also available. Some background in media and/or theater is assumed, as courses are at an advanced under-graduate level. Guest speakers and field trips enrich the curriculum. Classes are held in central London at Florida State University's London Study Center on Great Russell Street. Accommodation in shared, self-contained flats usually is arranged by the program. Interested students should contact Mrs. Deborah Marshall, School of Communications and Theater, (215) 204-1961.

Temple University Rome
Kim D. Strommen, Dean

Temple has its own campus in Rome which offers courses in architecture, international business, liberal arts, and visual arts. Each semester, students from Temple and other universities study in Rome in courses designed to take advantage of the city's rich resources. 

The Temple University Rome Dean oversees the academic program and arranges for student support services. A distinguished teaching faculty, both European and American, provides a first rate educational experience. All courses are part of Temple's regular undergraduate and graduate curricula and carry full academic credit. Students who have not studied Italian previously must enroll in an elementary language course so they can take best advantage of their stay in Italy. 

An extensive field study program complements the traditional classroom and studio curricula. Classes make regular trips to museums, architectural sites, and other points of interest in Rome. Many courses include field trips to other parts of Italy. 

The Villa Caproni, located in the heart of Rome on the Tiber River, houses all academic programs. The facilities at the Villa Caproni include a library with 13,000 volumes, classrooms, art and architecture studios, an art gallery, and complete technical facilities. Students live in a residence where they have cooking and other facilities. The residence is a convenient 30-minute walk to the Villa Caproni and five minutes from one of the major markets in Rome. 

Information on application, costs, and financial aid can be obtained from International Programs. Temple charges regular tuition rates for the Rome program; additional costs include airfare, living expenses, medical insurance, and program expenses.

Exchange Programs

Temple University students may participate in any of Temple's exchange programs. Currently, exchange programs are in place with the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, the University of Hamburg and Tuebingen University in Germany, the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, and the Centre D'Etudes Franco-American de Management (Lyon) in France. 

Students selected for these programs must qualify academically and be fluent in Spanish or German, respectively, for study in Puerto Rico and Germany. 

Competitions for these programs are announced in the late fall or early spring. For further information, contact Temple's International Programs. Each exchange program can accommodate only a small number of students annually.


Each year, a number of faculty direct summer programs abroad for academic credit. Some programs change on an annual basis; others have been part of Temple's summer curriculum for many years. The programs generally last four to six weeks and admit qualified students from Temple and other universities. Temple charges its regular tuition rates for summer programs overseas. Descriptions of some of Temple's regular summer abroad programs follow.

  1. Temple in Paris has operated at the Sorbonne for over 50 years. Students enroll in language and other courses suited to their background and ability; instructors are native speakers trained to work with foreign students. The Paris program generally begins in July. Participants earn 4-6 credit hours. 
  2. Temple University Japan's 10-week summer session enables students to spend the summer in Tokyo studying Japanese language and a wide variety of courses conducted in English, including many which focus on Japan and Asia. 
  3. British Mass Media, held at Temple's London campus, provides students with a comparative perspective on British and American media. Participants earn up to six hours of graduate or undergraduate credit in the program. 
  4. Art Workshop in Scotland is offered by Tyler School of Art in conjunction with the Glasgow School of Art. This intensive workshop is offered to art majors who have completed at least one year of studio work at the sophomore level. 
  5. Temple in Spain offers coursework in intermediate level Spanish and Spanish civilization. Based in Girona, Spain, the program includes faculty-led excursions to other major Spanish cities.
  6. The Temple University Rome summer session is a six week program offered during the first summer session. Students choose two courses from those offered. These normally include a range of International Business courses as well as Beginning Italian, History of Art in Rome, and Rome Sketchbook. 
  7. The Temple in West Africa program, based at the University of Ghana in Accra, enables undergraduate and graduate students to explore West African aesthetics and civilization. Faculty-led field trips to sites outside of Accra enrich the academic program.