Location: Tokyo, Japan, Asia

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program open to undergraduate and graduate students

Language of Instruction: English and/or Japanese

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year is preferred, however, it may be possible for one semester only. Please meet with a Study Abroad coordinator for more information.

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility RequirementsThis program is open to Juniors and Seniors with at least four semesters of university level Japanese.

Application Deadline:

  • Academic Year: February 16 (final)


Subjects Available:

  • Business - Accounting (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Business Administration (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Finance (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - International Business (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Management (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Marketing (also available at graduate level)
  • Languages - Japanese
  • Languages - Japanese
  • Students with a high proficiency/native fluency may enroll directly in the regular university programs


The University: Toyo University was originally founded as a school of philosophy called Tetsugakukan in 1887. In 1906, when the university was moved to its present site in Tokyo, the name was changed to Toyo University. The University has grown to consist of a graduate school, ten undergraduate faculties, and three affiliated high schools. Excluding high schools, it has about 30,000 students, 680 faculty and 370 administrative staff. 

Academics: Exchange students take a Japanese language and culture course Monday - Friday taught at the upper-beginner and intermediate levels. In addition, students will take regular university courses in the faculties of literature, business administration, law, and sociology. Regular courses are taught in Japanese or English.

Housing: Toyo University places students in the new student residence, "I-House." It is conveniently located in downtown Tokyo and only a 15 minute walk from the campus on foot. The neighborhood of I-House, or Sendagi area, is a quiet residential area of Tokyo along with Yanaka and Nezu, which is filled with traditional downtown and Edo atmosphere. The seven-story I-house was opened in 2008 and has a total of 55 rooms.

Each room is shared between two students and is equipped with a bath, toilet, washstand, kitchen and Internet connecting terminal (LAN connection). Facilities include a refrigerator, oven, IH compatible pan, IH frying pan, air conditioner, washing and drying machine, TV set, bed, bedding and linens, desk & chair, closet, table. Rent is approximately 40,000 yen per month plus internet. 

There are four cafeterias on the campus, featuring Indian, Italian, Chinese and Japanese dishes - there is something for all tastes! Students can also relax and enjoy the beautiful view of Tokyo at night and enjoy the beautiful view of Tokyo at night from the sky-lounge restaurant on the 16th floor of on of the university buildings.

Activities and Programs: Toyo University has 50 athletic clubs and 200 other students clubs that exchange students can join. Students will also have a Japanese Language Exchange Partner (LEP) assigned to help with the transition and understand daily life in Japan.


Location: Tokyo, the capital of Japan, has a population of approximately 12.5 million.The city is the epitome of today's fast-paced urban lifestyle but still retains the quieter aspects of old traditions. It is easily recognized for its large scale buildings but also for its subtle details - its intensity but also its calm - a fusion that truly makes it a fascinating destination.

Toyo University's Hakusan campus, where UMSL students will attend, exemplifies the above fusion through its central location in the center of the city but also in one of the fascinating traditional districts. It has an easy access to Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya and Asakusa by subway/JR lines in 30 minutes. The neighborhood of Hakusan-campus is quite convenient for both students who cook themselves and those who eat out, because there are a lot of supermarkets, convenience stores and restaurants there.

International Office Website:

Courses Offerings:

Housing Website:

Cost Estimates for 2013-14*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
Books and course materials $160.00
Mandatory HTH insurance $140.00
Accommodations  $1650.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1850.00
Airfare $1450.00
Local Transportation  $340.00
Other $1000.00
Total $10379.60*


Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2013/14 rate - 2014/15 tuition rate TBA April 2014. Non-resident fees may apply. 
* Costs based off a four month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Other includes mandatory Japanese National Health Insurance Policy which would be in addition to the UMSL mandatory health insurance


Photos and some text courtesy of Toyo University