Study Abroad Program

Study Abroad Program Overview

 Exchange Period

Period Fall (September) Enrollment Spring (April) Enrollment
Semester September to January April to early August
Full Year September to early August April to January

*It is not possible to change the length of your period of study after submitting your application documents (from a semester to a year, or a year to a semester).
Please make sure of your desired length of study before submitting your application.

 Important Dates (Online Nomination and Application Period)

Important Dates Fall (September) Enrollment Spring (April) Enrollment
Online nomination by coordinator February1 - March 1 July 1 - October 1
Online application by applicant February1 - March 5 July 1 - October 5
Submission of application documents Mid March Mid October
Notification of admission   Early June Early January
COE issuance Late July  Late February
Arrival dates  Early September   Late March

*The above dates are subject to change.

 Promotion Materials


 Fact Sheet and Application Guideline

Exchange Program (Fee-waived): Partner University, ISEP Exchange and UMAP Program A

Fee-based Program : ISEP Direct, CIS Abroad, KEI and UMAP Program B

 Application Forms

 Academic Calendar

Please click HERE.

 Available Courses / Course List

  • Not all Toyo courses are available for study abroad students. Study abroad students choose courses from the Courses for Study Abroad Students at Toyo.

Please see the lists from the past semesters to get a general idea of what kinds of courses are available. Most science and computer science courses are not available to study abroad students.

  • Please note that the above courses are subject to change.
  • Courses offered at Toyo University are, as a general rule, taught in Japanese. However, the lists include courses taught in English. Please see the “Language of Instruction” column in the list.
  • If there are too many applicants for a particular course, a lottery will be held to decide who gets in. In this case, some students may not be able to take the course.
  • Any courses with the same title cannot be taken simultaneously even if the professors are not the same.

 Syllabus Database

Please click HERE to download syllabi.

 Grading System

In order to pass a course, you must:

- Attend at least 2/3 of the lectures;
- Turn in assigned work and pass your exams.

All courses at Toyo adhere to this grading system.

Pass/Fail Grade Score Comments
Pass S 90 – 100 Fully attained the targets with excellent results
  A 80 – 89 Fully attained the targets
  B 70 – 79 Attained the targets
  C 60 – 69 Attained minimum targets
Fail D 40 – 59 Some targets remain unattained
  E 0 – 39 All or most targets remain unattained
  * Not eligible for grading Disqualified from grading because of attendance and/or failure to do any of the assigned work


To satisfy visa requirements, you MUST be enrolled in AT LEAST SEVEN lectures’ worth of courses per week. Beyond meeting the visa requirements, the number of courses you take at Toyo is up to you. There is no maximum number and no additional charge for taking a high number of courses; however, your home university may have a limit on the number of courses you may take and credits you may transfer. If you are unsure, we recommend you consult with your home university. Each semester at Toyo is 16 weeks long (15 weeks of lectures plus 1 week of exams) and can be divided into two 8-week quarters. Students may take semester courses, quarter courses, or both. For both semester courses and quarter courses, academic courses are worth 2 credits apiece. Sports courses, language courses, and laboratory courses are worth 1 credit apiece.

Semester Courses

One academic credit represents 45 hours of work, and two represent 90 hours of work. Academic courses meet once a week for 90 minutes. Because 45 minutes is calculated as one hour, each 90-minute lecture is calculated as two hours. Over a 15-week semester, this is 30 classroom hours.
It is understood that students do two hours of preparation and study for each hour in the classroom. Therefore, it follows that for a 15-week course (with 30 hours in the classroom), students do 60 hours of prep/study for a total of 90 hours of work, which is worth two academic credits.

Quarter Courses

In an 8-week quarter, academic courses meet twice a week for 90 minutes apiece.
Using the same calculations used for semester courses, it is understood that students have 30 classroom hours and 60 prep/study hours for each quarter course. This results in 90 hours of work and, therefore, two academic credits.

 Credit Transfer

Your home university will determine which Toyo credits transfer and how much they will be worth. Consult with your home university’s study abroad coordinator and relevant faculty and staff from your department about the courses you plan to take at Toyo to see if they will transfer and how many credits they will be worth.

For information about course contents, please check our syllabus database.


Language Exchange Partner(LEP)

In the Language Exchange Partner (LEP), Toyo matches you with a Toyo student who will help you practice your Japanese and learn about campus life. The LEP gives study abroad students an opportunity to improve their Japanese while building friendships with Toyo University students on and off campus. You can apply for it before your arrival in Japan.

English Community Zone (ECZ)

The English Community Zone (ECZ) is a space where any student enrolled at Toyo University can come and participate in various programs and informal conversations in English (other languages may be included). Its primary objective is to provide opportunities for students to be exposed to and learn from different cultures and perspectives so that they can be better equipped in international/multicultural settings. The International Affairs Office is responsible for the overall management of the ECZ, but its day-to-day administration is delegated to a team of selected Toyo students made up of regular students as well as study abroad students. All study abroad students are always welcome to come to the ECZ to make friends with Japanese and international students and have fun!

 Special Accommodations

Toyo is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities are able to take courses and exams at Toyo.
If you would like to request special accommodations for your courses and/or exams, please submit a medical certificate from your doctor and a letter from your home university’s accessibility office that explains your disability and the accommodations you receive at your home institution and that you request at Toyo. We will consult with our student support office and decide if we can accommodate your needs during your study with us.

 Before/After You Arrive

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