Japanese gondola





Program Services


Students outside Temple Japan

  Pre-Departure & Orientations

  Visas, Passports, & Travel

  Office of Student Services

  Student Employment


  Health Insurance & Emergency Services
  Computers and Internet Access




Once accepted, we provide you with detailed online materials designed to guide you in preparing for your time in Japan.

Pre-departure Preparations

Pre-departure materials include:

  • Course registration materials
  • Passport information and visa application instructions
  • Travel and arrival information
  • Health insurance information
  • Health and safety information
  • Housing information
  • Billing information with confirmed tuition, program fees, and payment
  • Cultural information

Pre-departure Orientation
A pre-departure orientation program is conducted in Philadelphia by program administrators and former TUJ study abroad students. An online version of the orientation is available for students who do not live in the Philadelphia area.

On-site Orientation
Upon arrival in Tokyo, you will participate in an orientation program designed to introduce you to TUJ, Tokyo and Japan. The on-site orientation includes:

  • Introductions to the faculty, staff and resources at TUJ 
  • Cultural session about living in Tokyo
  • Health and safety presentation
  • Residence Hall neighborhood tour
  • Campus tour
  • Post-arrival visa-related procedures
  • Social outing
  • Homestay orientation (if applicable)



Since a visa is required for fall and spring semester study in Japan, and optional for the summer semester, we provide detailed visa application instructions once you are accepted and assist with the visa application process. To apply for a visa, you will have to submit your passport as well as supporting documents soon after the program application deadline, so be sure to have a passport that is valid for a minimum of three months up to a year beyond the end of your stay in Japan (this varies depending on the consulate to which you will apply for your visa). For more information about obtaining or renewing a U.S. passport, please visit: http://travel.state.gov/passport/.  You should also be prepared to limit international travel during this time.

You will be responsible for making your own travel arrangements to and from Tokyo and will be required to be present for the entire length of the program. Further details are provided to accepted students.




The Office of Student Services (OSS) supports TUJ’s diverse students as they become members of the university community. In addition to providing assistance with the visa application process and coordinating housing, the OSS provides an on-site orientation to help study abroad students assimilate into the academic and social life at TUJ and become familiar with Tokyo. The OSS also organizes cultural activities and excursions each semester and works with student organizations to encourage social interaction among students from different backgrounds.  As the office responsible for non-academic programming and support, OSS will likely serve as your home base during your time at TUJ.




You may have the opportunity to work on campus through limited student worker positions or, in some circumstances, at paid internships. Students who work at TUJ usually find part-time employment in the Teaching and Learning Center and in administrative offices. However, jobs may be limited, and the university cannot guarantee employment for all students.

Moreover, student employment is strictly regulated and requires formal university approval to be in compliance with visa laws and restrictions that govern employment for foreign nationals in Japan. Students can only work in accordance with Japanese visa restrictions and require advance approval and documentation. Study abroad students may only work if they are under long-term visa sponsorship and may not work if they are on a short-term tourist visa (applicable in the summer term).




Housing location allows you to experience life outside of central Tokyo. TUJ uses two main student residence halls in neighborhoods approximately 50-60 minutes from TUJ by public transportation. If you plan to live in a homestay, your commute will be longer and similar to that of most local students - typically one to two hours each way. As few people live in central Tokyo, your commute to campus will be an authentic Japanese experience.

Homestays with Japanese families are available for selected students, with priority given to those with prior study of the Japanese language who are interested in complete linguistic and cultural immersion. Homestays are generally located one to two hours from TUJ by public transportation.

Students also have the option of finding their own housing in Tokyo.





Health Insurance
All program participants will have international health insurance coverage through HTH Worldwide.  Education Abroad will obtain the insurance on your behalf, and the cost will appear on your program bill. While all program participants will have coverage from HTH Worldwide, be sure to maintain your U.S. health insurance coverage for your time abroad. More detailed insurance information is provided to accepted students.

Emergency Services
In the event of an emergency overseas, all students on a Temple University study abroad program also have access to 24-hour assistance through International SOS. International SOS helps students with travel and security information when away from home.



The TUJ library system consists of three library facilities. The Tokyo location, at Azabu Hall, houses the bulk of the 50,000 volume general collection. Special
strengths of the collection include American studies, political science, language and linguistics, Asian history, art history and religion. The library has collected many
rare and out-of-print materials for the Japanese and Asian history collections and provides access to thousands of magazine and journal titles in paper, microfiche,
microfilm and online formats.

In addition to book and journal holdings, the TUJ library has assembled a collection of more than 2,000 feature films and documentaries to aid in language instruction, film history, the social sciences and film appreciation. Of special importance is the more than 500,000 documents from the ERIC document depository for research in education. In addition to the on-site resources, students and faculty have online and interlibrary loan access to the vast resources of Temple's home campus libraries in Philadelphia. When necessary, entrance to many of the fine library collections in the Tokyo area can be arranged by the TUJ library staff.




The TUJ computing infrastructure is constantly being upgraded to ensure
that students have the best possible computing experience and exposure to the latest technologies. Currently, TUJ has a range of high-end Unix and Windows 2003 servers running various e-mail, groupware, database, directory and other server applications. TUJ has two MAC and five PC labs with the latest graphic, video and business applications, and 100MB fiber optic internet connection. Outside the labs, students with their own laptops can connect to the internet via high-speed wireless network.



Temple University Japan

Azabu Building

2-8-12 Minami Azabu

Minato-ku, Tokyo 106, Japan

Phone (from US): 011-81-3-5441-9800