SWU / Showa Women's University
Intensive Japanese Language Program/ SWU Academic Program
Setagaya Japan
Program A/B
2022 Spring (1st,2nd Cycle)

General Information

Host Institution

Showa Women’s University (SWU) was founded in 1920 by a renowned poet and literary critic named Enkichi Hitomi and his wife, Midori Hitomi. Enkichi had a vision of forming a school for women when their access to higher education was still limited. This new school was based on Leo Tolstoy’s educational philosophy of “Love, Understanding and Harmony.” Additionally, SWU's motto, ”Be a Light to the World," signals its institutional commitment to producing 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 has 2 graduate schools with 11 departments and 6 undergraduate faculties with 14 departments. SWU is not only a university but also encompasses schools for all ages and a variety of research institutions. In addition, SWU also shares its campus with the British School in Tokyo Showa as well as with Temple University Japan Campus from 2019, providing a very diverse learning environment.

In recent years, SWU has been expanding its global partnerships with institutions to collaborate through student exchange programs and beyond. SWU welcomes international students from around the world who are eager to study Japanese and have an exciting study abroad experience at the center of Tokyo. 

Mailing Address
1-7-57 Taishido , Setagaya , Tokyo



Study Abroad Year
Spring Semester
Nomination Deadline
1st cycle:08/Oct/2021
2nd cycle: 08/Oct/2021
Contact information


Accept Program A 2students / Semester
Accept Program B

0students / Semester

Local currency exchange rate

1USD ≒

Update date 28/Oct/2021 22:02:41
Outline ID 814

List of study programs that are open for international exchanges

Content 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 recommended 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 Japanese language skills. Students are required to take at least 7 courses (Japanese language and liberal arts) 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.
Teaching Language Japanese (with some courses taught in English)
Exchange Duration
1st Semester
From: 08/Apr/2022 To: 31/Jul/2022
Language Proficiency Requirements

Japanese Language Proficiency Test: N3, Japanese Language Proficiency Test: N2

For Intensive Japanese Language Program: Japanese Language Proficiency Test(JLPT) N3 or CEFR A2 level, JPT430 level, J-CAT200 level recommended For SWU Academic Program: JLPT N2 (or JPT525 level, JCAT250 level or JLCAT B1 level)

For those who have never taken JLPT, we accept a recommendation letter from the home institution certifying their Japanese language ability.

Academic Field
--Environmental Design/Architecture,
Area Studies
--Asian Studies, --Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other, --European Studies, --Japanese Studies, --Multicultural and Diversity Studies, --Women’s Studies,
--Accounting, --Actuarial Science, --Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, --Auditing, --Business Communications, --Business Management, --Business Statistics, --Construction Management, --E-Commerce, --Economics, --Entrepreneurship, --Fashion Merchandising, --Finance, --Human Resources Management, --Insurance, --International Business/Trade/Commerce, --Labor and Industrial Relations, --Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management, --Management Information Systems, --Marketing, --Organizational Behavior Studies, --Organizational Leadership, --Real Estate,
--Early Childhood Education, --Educational/Instructional Technology, --Elementary Education,
English Language and Literature
--American Literature (United States), --English Literature (British and Commonwealth), --General Literature, --Professional/Technical Writing, --Rhetoric and Composition, --Writing,
Foreign Languages and Literatures
--Japanese Language and Literature,
Health Sciences
--Health and Wellness, --Nutrition Sciences,
--American History (United States), --Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology, --Ancient Studies/Civilizations, --Asian History, --European History, --Historic Preservation and Conservation, --History, Other, --Holocaust and Related Studies, --Medieval and Renaissance Studies,
Human Services
--Social Work,
International/Global Studies
--International Relations and Affairs, --Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution,
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Natural Resources/Conservation
--Environmental Science,
--Clinical Psychology, --Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics, --Developmental and Child Psychology,
Social Sciences
Instruction Facilities and Other Supports
Scholarship information
The Hirao Scholarship Program

The Hirao Scholarship Program was established through a donation from Mr. Koji Hirao, a professor at SWU who served as its fourth Chancellor. The program aims to provide financial assistance to international students from the Southeast Asia region who wish to study at SWU.
For details please refer to the website below:
Housing Type
  • Dormitory
  • Off Campus accommodation

Housing charge
Local currency
  • JPY 53,000-70,000
Cost of living

Estimated living cost per month excluding Housing Fee

$ 1000 - 1200 per month
Medical Insurance Required (For student)
Visa Process SWU prepares necessary documents for students to acquire a visa. SWU will send the CoE (Certificate of Eligibility) and Letter of Acceptance to students, and students are advised to go to the nearest consulate/embassy to complete the procedure for their visa.

Please inform prospective dates of acceptance if the dates would be later than UMAP's Timeline for onlire placement period. It helps students to choose their preferences.

Link to the Course List available for international students / Other related links

Regular Academic Calendar (indicate the period)

First Semester
From:01/Apr/2022To:30/Sep/2022(6 months)
Second Semester
From:01/Oct/2022To:31/Mar/2022(6 months)
Third Semester
Fourth Semester
Website of academic year

Semester Load in Credits/Units

1UCTS = 1Credit/1.5ECTS/3CATS *What's UCTS?


General Timetable and Requirements for Graduation

Total Number of Credits Needed for Graduation
Number of Years Typically Needed to Complete Undergraduate Program

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