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SEMESTER/YEAR study abroad PROGRAM
Study abroad participants may choose to enroll in the regular academic program any semester at Temple Japan or a specialized Architecture program offered during the spring semester only.
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The following recommended academic program serves as a foundation for your experience in Japan.
Students who have already taken the equivalent of one or more of the Japanese studies foundation courses or who have specific academic requirements from their home institutions that would make the completion of the recommended program difficult should consult with Education Abroad.
Temple University students who successfully complete the TUJ semester study abroad program automatically satisfy the World Society requirement of GenEd.
Japan possesses one of the most exciting architectural landscapes in the world, encompassing exquisite wooden temples, minuscule micro-houses and futuristic skyscrapers on seismic fault lines. Yet Japan is also facing unprecedented architectural challenges such as the rebuilding of Tohoku, rapidly changing demographics, global economic uncertainty and everincreasing issues related to the environment and sustainability. What Japan does next in terms of the built environment and urban planning will be watched by architects worldwide. TUJ offers an architecture program as part of the spring semester study abroad program. The undergraduate program is designed for students majoring in architecture, architectural studies, landscape architecture, and urban design/studies. Graduate students are welcome; interested graduate students should consult with Education Abroad.
Students enroll for 12–17 credits total. In addition to the two architecture courses, Architecture 3233 | Architecture Design Studio in Tokyo and Architecture 3242 | Urban Seminar in Japan you may choose from a broad range of TUJ’s other course offerings in various disciplines; Japanese and Asian studies are recommended.
To be considered for the program, applicants must have completed a minimum of 20 semester hours, or the equivalent, of studio courses. A portfolio is required for admission; please see Application Procedures for specifics. The program is offered as an option in Temple’s four-year BS in architecture degree with study permitted in the third year, and five-year BArch degree, with study permitted in the fourth year. Non-Temple architecture majors are welcome, following the regular admissions process.