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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills University Studies Requirement: Yes, Reporting Live Supplemental Course
Program Description:

Program Overviewtoyama

The Toyama University of International Studies (TUINS) mission is to cultivate the spirit of co-existence and symbiosis along with students' intellect, with a sound mind in a sound body, and their personalities and potentials. In nurturing these facets of life, we aim to contribute to our local communities as well as the global society in the age of internationalization, digitalization of information, aging and falling birthrate, and the need for symbiosis with the natural environment.

Program Focus

The purpose of the exchange program with Toyama University of International Studies (TUINS) is to provide PSU students with a highly immersive study abroad opportunity.  As TUINS does not offer any coursework taught in English, PSU students who choose this program will be taking all of their coursework in Japanese. This allows for a direct experience with the Japanese university environment.  Additionally, PSU students will be able to enroll in Japanese language coursework. This program is ideal for a student who is prepared for a direct enroll experience within a Japanese university context, with limited support from English speaking staff or students.  The ideal student will be pro-active and prepared for an intensive language and cultural learning environment.

At the Faculty of Contemporary Society Studies, one seventh of the student body are international students. Most of them are from Asian countries, but there will likely be a few other European students studying at TUINS.  International students in their first year will live nearby campus in small, yet modest, apartments. The university is located in the southern edge of Toyama City, a somewhat more rural and isolated environment, so students should be prepared for quiet days and nights. 

Because TUINS is a small private university, students will likely get to know the other students, staff, and faculty quite well.  There may be opportunities for local community service or work options, depending on interest. Exchange students from the U.S. can work also as a tutor in the TUINS English major program to help Japanese students improve their English.  Additionally, there may be an option to join in on a trip to famous places in Toyama (no costs), world heritage sites around Toyama, Kyoto and Osaka, and/or Fuji and Kamakura (a small cost of close to $200 will pay for this trip).

Students who choose to be engaged in the local university and community culture will find the environment to be ideal for an immersive stay in Japan.  However, this will require the student to be quite pro-active and dedicated to creating such an experience.

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Program Provider PSU Exchange with Toyama University for International Studies
Program Dates Program dates follow a traditional Japanese Academic Calendar.  

Fall/Winter terms:  August - February
Spring term:  April - August
Areas of Study Browse course offerings here
  • Asian Studies
  • Business
  • Environmental Studies
  • Globalization
  • International Studies
  • Japanese
  • Management
  • Marketing
Credits Fall/Winter: Students enroll in 24 quarter credits
Spring: Students enroll in 24 quarter credits
Academic Year: Students enroll in 48 quarter credits
Language of Instruction  Japanese
Host Country Language  Japanese
Housing Residence Hall
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
Minimum GPA Requirements 3.00

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Language Requirement Students must have the ability to follow coursework taught in Japanese at the university level.
Program Fee

PSU students pay regular PSU tuition, 12 credits per term while abroad

Note:  For more detailed information on program cost, see "Budget Sheets" found at the top of this brochure page. 

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Application Fee:
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account.