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Japan: Musashi University Exchange

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Program Term

Academic Year

Program Type


Academic Focus

Communication, Journalism, and Media
Humanities and Social Sciences
Language and Area Studies

Application Deadline

Academic year 2020-21
December 15, 2019

Fall 2020
December 15, 2019

Spring 2021
See program coordinator

For more information, contact:

Dr. Charlie Morgan
Program Director
Bentley Annex 111

Kirsten Dabelko
Office of Global Opportunities
Walter International Education Center


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The Musashi exchange program is offered in conjunction with Musashi University, a small, private university located in Tokyo, Japan. Participants take East Asian Studies and Japanese language courses alongside 20-30 program participants from Musashi’s partner institutions worldwide. Small class sizes, strong student support services and a community-oriented university atmosphere makes Musashi a place where students can connect with East Asia Studies instructors and staff, Japanese students and local culture

Click here  to view a powerpoint about Musashi University. You can also visit the study abroad and East Asian Studies website  here.


Musashi University is a small private university in Tokyo that enrolls approximately 4,000 students. The university has over 90 recognized student clubs and organizations that OU students can get involved in. While on campus, students also have the support of the International Studies Center, which is dedicated to serving Musashi’s international students. The EAS program also plans social events and monthly excursions specifically for its students. 

Other highlights include:

  • Convenient Tokyo location (near Shinjuku & Ikebukuro)
  • Intimate campus environment
  • Small class sizes
  • Strong student support services
  • Social and cultural activities

Living Arrangements 

Students who request housing assistance from Musashi University will be place in one of the following dormitories based upon availability. Be sure to see the appropriate student budget worksheet below for each housing option.

  1. Asaka Plaza: Located about an hour from campus by train. Asaka Plaza offers a breakfast and dinner meal plan (Monday-Saturday).
  2. Rikko Kaikan: A dormitory for international students in Tokyo located about 20 minutes walking-distance from campus. Rikko Kaikan does not offer a meal plan. Students have access to a kitchen where they can prepare meals. 
  3. DK House: A residence facility located about 25 minutes by public transportation. Students have access to a dining hall or use the kitchen to prepare their own meals.

All facilities feature single-rooms with shared bathrooms and showers.

Program Dates 

Actual dates will vary based on host institutions academic calendar, but below are estimated timeframes.

Fall Semester: September - December
Spring Semester: April - July 
Academic Year: September - July


Exchange participants will enroll in 3-4 East Asian Studies courses (taught in English) and one Japanese language course per semester. Students will earn approximately 15-18 credit hours per semester at Musashi U. Japanese language classes meet four days per week for 90 minutes.

Students may select from East Asian Studies courses such as: 

Fall Term 
Business in East Asia
East Asian Societies
Japanese Economy
Japanese Literature
Media in East Asia
Japan & International Society
Film Studies in East Asia
Modern Art of Japan
Traditional Art of Japan
For more information, click here to access fall 2020 course descriptions.

Spring Term 
Globalization & East Asian Economics
Japanese Politics
East Asian Philosophies
Environmental Issues in East Asia
East Asian Community in the 21st Century
For more information, click here to access the spring term course syllabi

Recommended Pre-Departure Course: INST 1001
All students participating in an OHIO Exchange Program are encouraged to take INST 1001 "Cross-Cultural Preparation for Study Abroad" the semester prior to departure. Read more about  INST 1001 here.


Participants are responsible for health insurance, and students should plan for 12-20 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Several different residence halls and living options are offered. See information above to learn more about living arrangements when studying at Musashi University.

Fall 2020 Rikko Dorm Student Budget Worksheet
Fall 2020 Asaka Dorm Student Budget Worksheet

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 

Funding Opportunities

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

The program is open to all students who are in good academic standing. No prior Japanese study is required for study during fall semester. For study during spring semester, it is recommended that students have one year of Japanese at the time of application. 

Applicants will be asked to submit a copy of their passport soon after their application is received by OGO.  If you are considering applying for this exchange program and do not currently hold a valid passport, you are advised to apply for your passport  as soon as possible.  

This program is designed specifically for students who wish to complete an East Asian Studies major, minor, or certificate with no prior background in the language or the culture. Students who have participated in the Chubu Program or who wish also to spend more time than outlined above studying Japanese can also be accommodated.  Please discuss these interests with the contact persons listed below before applying. 

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy 

This program does not accept NON-OHIO students.

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

Entry and Exit Requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport  now. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter or reside in the country.

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found  here