- Study in Kawagoe, a charming and traditional prefecture of Tokyo and an area known for its historic Edo period atmosphere and cultural richness.
- Offering the best of modern and traditional Japan, the Language and Culture Program is designed for students to complete their semester with a higher level of Japanese complemented by a deeper understanding of the social life and culture of Japan.
- Join a campus group to connect with the local student community – from sports to a club devoted to eating Udon – there's a little something for everyone to enjoy at TIU!
- Enjoy the modern conveniences of Tokyo by taking a weekend trip to the countryside on a bullet train or digging into conveyor belt sushi with your new group of international friends.
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, the area around TIU is known for its boutiques, restaurants, and traditional craft stores located in 17-19th century buildings.
Students in the past have volunteered with Tsunami cleanup groups in Northern Japan, service groups that work with physically and mentally handicapped children, English-education events for children, and on local organic farms.
What We Love About TIU
We love that there are approximately 1,300 international students at TIU each semester! To celebrate the truly global atmosphere of TIU and Tokyo, an International Festival is held each year for students to enjoy food, booths, and performances. In the past, students have learned about the local culture through participation in activities such as traditional and modern dance groups, community center courses in pottery, tea ceremonies, Japanese cooking classes, flower arranging classes, martial arts groups, and community sports teams.
Visit the Program Page for Study in Tokyo - Japanese Language & Culture
to learn more.
You can meet with the ISEP Coordinator at your home campus or speak with an ISEP Student Services Officer, who will guide you through the application process, pre-departure, your time abroad, and your return. To connect with ISEP, visit our website
Details for KU students interested in ISEP:
ISEP is a total immersion program. In most cases, ISEP participants register as a regular student at the host institution, take the same courses and have the same assignments, and participate in the same activities as the local students at that institution. This means that a student applying for an ISEP site must be more proactive and prepared to handle being in a location where they may be the only KU student in the program.
Students interested in exploring ISEP sites are encouraged to review site options and availability and then required to meet with the KU Program Coordinator for the region in which they wish to study BEFORE meeting with the KU ISEP Program Coordinator.
Costs, Financial Aid & Scholarships
ISEP-Exchange is one of the most affordable study abroad choices for KU students, as KU students pay in-state KU tuition, room and board. ISEP-Direct is less competitive, so if a student meets the eligibility requirements, they will likely have no trouble getting placed at the site of their choice. However, ISEP-Direct program costs vary substantially by site and can either be cheaper or more expensive than ISEP-Exchange. The total cost to a KU student will include both the ISEP-Direct fees listed on the ISEP site as well as a KU ISEP fee.
KU students who qualify for financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Pell or SEOG Grants, and scholarships may apply the aid to the cost of a Study Abroad Program.
KU Study Abroad supplemental scholarships are available to KU degree seeking students. Applications available online: KU Office of Study Abroad Scholarships. The KU scholarship application deadline is March 1 for Fall, Academic Year & Summer programs and October 1 for Spring programs.
The Andrew P. Debicki International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) Study Abroad Scholarship Fund created with generous support of Mary-Elizabeth Debicki Guinness, former Director of the KU Office of Study Abroad and former wife of Andrew Debicki, provides awards up to $2,000 for students on ISEP-Exchange programs. To apply for this scholarship, complete the KU Office of Study Abroad Scholarships application online.
Additional ISEP scholarships are available through ISEP directly. Visit the Student section of the ISEP website for further information and application instructions.