Overview

University of Tsukuba

City: Tsukuba City
Language of instruction: English, Japanese
  • Established in 1973
  • One of the first comprehensive universities to be established in Japan after a country wide university reform
  • Member of the Association of East Asian Research Universities
  • 25 colleges, 1 master’s degree program, and 7 doctoral degree programs
  • Exchange students can participate in the Junior Year at Tsukuba Program - regarded as one of the leading programs in Japan
  • All courses have a focus on Japanese society
  • Located in Tsukuba Science City
  • Approximately 60 km from Tokyo, and easily accessible by rapid transit service

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Partner university's areas of study

ArtsCommerce (UBCV)EngineeringForestryLand and Food SystemsManagement (UBCO)Science

Notes on Language of Instruction

  • For undergraduate level short-term exchange students, Tsukuba offers classes in English through the Junior Year at Tsukuba (JTP) Program (not available to graduate students)
  • JTP offers over 60 classes available in areas such as international relations, education, psychology, law, comparative cultures, Japanese language and culture, biology, and engineering
  • For more information regarding coursework in English please see: Courses in English
  • Japanese language courses are also available throughout the semester - see: International Student Center
  • Students take courses in Japanese and English in the following disciplines: international relations, education, psychology, law, comparative cultures, Japanese language and culture, biology, and engineering

ELIGIBILITY AND TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Split year Term 2 +1 (UBC Term 2 start)

Who can go?

  • Exchange students can take coursework in many areas of study

Term dates

  • Spring semester: Early April to Late September (UBC Term 2) - classes end in August and you will be able to return to UBC for the following term
  • Fall semester: Early October to Late March (UBC Term 1)
  • Please apply for the UBC term that you wish to be abroad
Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

  • Same as UBC credits

Passing grade

60

Grading scheme

  • A = 80-100%
  • B = 70-79%
  • C = 60-69%
  • D = < 59% (Fail)

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline.  You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Graduate research

Course information and restrictions

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

Arts
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Linguistic Anthropology
Partner course code: BE22501
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-08-05
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Fundamentals of Japanese Studies
Partner course code: BE21101
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-11
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Social Issues in Contemporary Japan
Partner course code: BB11871
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-11
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: Japan and the World
Partner course code: BE22021
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-11
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Intro to Japanese Culture I
Partner course code: AE12G21
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-02-28
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Topics in Cross-Cultural Studies
Partner course code: BC11534
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-27
UBC course: JAPN 2nd
Title: Kanji 4B
Partner course code: 3902082
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2019-02-23
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Comprehensive Japanese 7 Grammar
Partner course code: 3901382
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-09-07
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Comprehensive Japanese 7 Speaking and Listening
Partner course code: 3901402
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-09-07
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Comprehensive Japanese 7 Reading and Writing
Partner course code: 3901422
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-09-07
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Comprehensive Japanese 7 Seminar
Partner course code: 3901442
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-09-07
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Kanji 7
Partner course code: 3902142
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-09-07
UBC course: POLI 2nd
Title: Public Policy
Partner course code: BC11461
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-03-04
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

  • UBC Students with outstanding academic performance may be nominated for the JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) scholarship

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Housing

Types of accommodation available

Off-campusOn-campus

Housing notes

  • Tsukuba will secure a room for each incoming student in the student dormitories
  • If the room allocated by the dormitory administrative office is not suitable there are options to live in an off-campus private apartment, whose monthly rent ranges from 30,000 to 60,000 yen
  • For students who prefer off-campus housing, the University of Tsukuba will offer the service in which it will welcome a cosignatory, which is needed when renting an apartment in Japan
  • Rooms in the dormitories are approximately 9~10 m2 and equipped with a bed (including pillow, bed sheet and blanket), a desk, a chair, and a washbasin
  • Monthly rent is about 17,000 yen for a single room (meals are not included)
  • When moving into the dormitory room, the student will need to pay a deposit of 30,000 yen

Housing Information

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