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Program Type

  • Exchange

Academic Focus

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

Program Feature

  • Gen Ed
  • Gilman Eligible
  • Language Immersion

Country/Region

  • Japan

Program Term

  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Semester
  • Academic Year

Application Deadline

Fall 2023
December 15, 2022

Spring 2023 or 2024
See program coordinator

For more information, contact:

Dr. Charlie Morgan
Program Director
Bentley Annex 111
740-593-1371

Office of Global Opportunities
global.opportunities@ohio.edu

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Overview 

The Musashi exchange program is offered in conjunction with Musashi University, which is located in Tokyo, Japan. Participants take East Asian Studies (EAS) 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 EAS instructors and staff, Japanese students and local culture

To learn more about global education and program opportunities at Musashi University, visit Musashi's website here

Highlights

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
  • Housing placements at local dorms

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

Application Deadline

Application for fall semester 2023 will open soon. Apply no later than December 15, 2022.

Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial, and academic risk. The CDC advises that you should be fully vaccinated and boosted when traveling. Note that entry to some countries and participation in local program and free-time activities, including in the U.S., may be severely restricted or potentially unavailable to unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travelers should additionally expect to incur extra expenses and onsite logistical challenges due to onsite testing requirements. For further information, contact ogoriskmanagement@ohio.edu

Note that the Japanese authorities may require inbound travelers to quarantine upon arrival in Japan. If so, Musashi University will support students with the logistics of arranging for quarantine. The cost of quarantine will be paid directly by students.

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.

Academics  

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 Literature
  • Media in East Asia
  • Japan & International Society
  • Film Studies in East Asia
  • Japanese Culture and Society
  • Seminar in East Asian Studies
  • Technology and Society in East Asia

For more information and sample course descriptions, visit Musashi University's website here.

Spring Term 

  • Globalization & East Asian Economics
  • Japanese Politics
  • East Asian Philosophies
  • Environmental Issues in East Asia
  • East Asian Community in the 21st Century
  • Ethnicity in East Asia
  • Global Issues in East Asia
  • Entrepreneurship in Japan
  • Gender and Sexuality in East Asia

For more information and sample course descriptions, visit Musashi University's website here.

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.

Cost  

Participants should plan for 12-20 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs including costs for potential required quarantine upon arrival. Below are the student budget worksheets 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 2022 Rikko Dorm Student Budget Worksheet
Fall 2022 Asaka Dorm Student Budget Worksheet
Fall 2022 DK House Student Budget Worksheet

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

*Note: 

  • 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 need a visa  to enter the country for the length of this program. OGO will advise students on the visa process. 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

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