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Spring Semester in Tokyo | Tuition, Costs and Financial Aid

Tuition for Spring-semester 2015

Tuition $11,220
Student Activities Fee $310

Students are billed for tuition and fees before departing. These costs are paid in dollars to Temple University in Philadelphia. Students paying full-time tuition may take up to 15 credits. Students taking fewer than 10 credits pay on a per-credit basis. Language classes, which do not appear on the student's transcript, may be audited for an additional $390. A $200 non-refundable seat deposit is required within 15 days of admission, and will be applied toward tuition. Tuition is not refundable after the first week of classes.

Personal Expenses

The following is the estimated budget for the spring-2015 semester program. Please remember that no matter where you attend law school you will incur living, tuition and related school expenses. 

Housing & Utilities - $5785*
HTH Student Group Health Insurance (mandatory) - $180
Japanese National Health insurance (mandatory) - $40
Airfare - $1,300**
Food/Personal Expenses - $5785
Daily Commuting - $390
Books & Supplies - $900
Language Study (optional) - $390      

TOTAL (including tuition and program fee, but not language fee): $25,910 

*We based the budget on the cost for four months of an average studio apartment near the University.  You can find more affordable housing--studio apartments, shared housing, and “guest houses”--outside central Tokyo, but your daily commuting costs and your traveling time will increase.         

**While you can almost always find a less expensive airfare, we use $1,300 because the average commercial airline ticket costs about that amount.  

Financial needs will vary depending on your spending habits. The projected budget above, while not extravagant, is designed to permit you to borrow as much as you might reasonably need while studying in Tokyo. The figure for each category of expense is the most that we believe you will reasonably need to spend on that category.  Some of these figures likely exceed the amount you will require if you are thrifty.   

We estimated costs based on an exchange rate of ¥101.490 = $1 U.S. (as of May 7, 2014).  The rate could and probably will change.  For reference, the rate in September 2013 hovered around ¥99.70 = $1.00.

Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships to cover some tuition costs may be available.  They are awarded based upon need and academic merit. Previous awards have ranged from $500 to $2,000.  J.D. students may apply for these scholarships through the Graduate and International Programs Office. Temple students receive preference, but applicants from other law schools have also received awards.

Financial Aid

Temple Law Students

If you are eligible for financial aid, you may use this aid for the Tokyo Law Program. In applying for aid, use the projected “Financial Aid Program Budget” for the J.D. Semester-Abroad Program.

Non-Temple Law Students

If you are a student from a law school other than Temple who is earning credit toward a degree, you can usually apply your federal loans to the program costs through a financial aid consortium agreement. In order to complete your financial aid paperwork on time, submit your application for admission to the program as early as possible in the fall semester. After being admitted to the Program, you should contact your school's Financial Aid Office, and then contact Temple's Financial Aid Office to facilitate the process.

Students attending TUJ may also apply for also the following sources of funding for study in Asia:

Financial Aid Program Budget (Spring 2015)

Refund Policy for Cancellation or Withdrawal

We may cancel the program in the unlikely event that insufficient students enroll. We might also cancel or terminate it should a natural disaster occur or security issues arise.

For details on our cancellation, change, withdrawal, and refund policies, please click here.

Visas

You must obtain a student visa to study in Tokyo. Japanese citizens who hold a Japanese passport do not need a visa.

As the visa process can be a lengthy one, you must observe the deadline for submitting materials.

Temple University will assist you in obtaining a visa.  In the pre-departure packet that we will send you, you will find detailed instructions on the documentation that Japanese Immigration officials require. Be sure to follow these instructions very carefully as any error or omission will delay your eventually getting a visa.

Housing

Because student preferences for accommodation vary and because past students have often found housing before they arrive, we do not provide housing for law students. We will provide, during the fall semester before you depart for Japan, information on how to search for housing. Because real estate in Tokyo is expensive, living space tends to be much smaller for the price than in the U.S. Nevertheless, you can locate affordable accommodation within reasonable commuting distance of the university.

If you request us to do so, we will arrange temporary housing at a discounted rate of approximately $65 per night (single room) for when you arrive.  You will also have the option to remain in that housing for the semester.  Some students have preferred to arrange independently, before they depart for Japan, cheaper temporary housing for the three or four days after they arrive.  Either approach will enable you view your housing options, and perhaps find a roommate, before you choose your accommodation for the semester. Roughly half our students do secure housing for the semester before they arrive in Japan.