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Showa Women’s University

Tokyo Japan

Showa Women’s University (SWU) was founded in 1920 by renowned poet and literary critic Enkichi Hitomi and his wife Midori. Enkichi had a vision of forming a school for women when the chances of higher education for women was still scarce. This new school was based on Leo Tolstoy’s educational philosophy of “Love, Understanding and Harmony”. ”Be a Light to the World” – with this motto, SWU continues to develop female graduates who will play significant roles in the global society.

Although SWU’s main campus is located at the center of Tokyo, 10 minutes from Shinjuku / 5 minutes from Shibuya by train, the campus is surrounded by an abundance of nature. SWU offers 2 graduate schools with 11 departments and 5 faculties with 13 departments at undergraduate level. SWU is not only a university but encompasses schools for all ages and a variety of research institutions, and also shares the campus with the British School in Tokyo Showa (as well as with Temple University Japan from 2019), making the campus very diverse. SWU has been expanding its global partnerships with institutions that are willing to collaborate through student exchange programs. Currently SWU have partner agreements with 27 institutions from different countries. SWU welcomes international students from around the world who are eager to study Japanese and have an exciting study abroad experience in the center of Tokyo. 

1-7-57, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-8533, Japan

◆UMAP Contact Person

Mr. Hayato Sekido
Center for International Exchange

◆Regular Academic Calendar

·First Semester
From: 1 April 2019
To: 30 September 2019
·Second Semester
From: 1 October 2019
To: 31 March 2020

◆Semester Load in Credits/Units

·Minimum 15 credits
·Maximum 22 credits

◆General Timetable and Requirements for Graduation

·Total Number of Credits Needed for Graduation

128 credits

·Number of Years Typically Needed to Complete Undergraduate Program

4 years

◆List of Study Programs that are open for International Exchanges

Intensive Japanese Language Program:
This program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students currently studying outside Japan, who have intermediate level Japanese proficiency and wish to improve their Japanese language skills. Students are required to take 5 mandatory Japanese language courses worth 8 credits. Students may also take up to 2 liberal arts courses of their choice.

SWU Academic Program:
This program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students currently studying outside Japan, who have upper-intermediate level Japanese proficiency and wish to improve their Japaneselanguage skills. Students are required to take at least 7 liberal arts courses that are open to them.

Both programs are offered in both Fall and Spring semesters (15 weeks each), and students have the choice of applying to either 1 or 2 Semesters.

◆Exchange- Related Information

·Exchange Duration
6 months or 1 year
·Language Proficiency Requirements
Intensive Japanese Language Program:
Intermediate level required (JLPT N3/N4 level)

SWU Academic Program:
At least JLPT N2 level
·Instruction Facilities and Other Supports
SWU offers a one-on-one tutor or conversation partner depending on the students’ needs. Japanese tutors will help students with assignments and class work in Japanese. SWU students who volunteered to be conversation partners will also help students with typical Japanese phrases useful in everyday life. Each student is matched with a “Host Family” for their stay in Tokyo. A Host Family will welcome each student to their house occasionally, and provide students the chance to experience the typical lifestyle of a modern Japanese family.

In addtion to that, each student is assigned a “Host Sister”. A Host Sister is a student volunteer that helps international students settle in and start their school life. A Host Sister will accompany them and assist with documentation at the ward office, help them opening a bank account, and guide them through the campus.

SWU offers variety of activities and events to the international students in order to experience Japanese cultures and customs with Japanese students such as; welcome party, Gotoku-temple visit, Okonomiyaki party, camping, student club activities, etc.

SWU offers 3 types of accommodation choices for students. Gakusei-Kaikan, SWU International House, Other Off-campus Dormitory.

Home stay:

No fulltime homestay; however, there is a weekend host family program as mentioned above.

Off Campus Assistance:


·Medical Insurance
After arrival, students take procedure for national health insurance at the ward office. SWU Japanese students help them with documentations.
·Visa Process
SWU prepares for necessary documents for students to acquire visa. SWU sends the documents to students. After students receive them, they go to the embassy to take procedure for visa

Application Submission Deadline: 30 November 2018 (For Spring Semester 2019)
31 May 2019 (For Fall Semester 2019)