IES Tokyo: Language Intensive

  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Language of Instruction: English (IES and University Courses) and Japanese (University Courses)
  • Minimum GPA: 2.7
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors


Located in the coastal town of Makuhari New City in Chiba Prefecture, the IES Center is just 30 minutes by commuter rail from the heart of Tokyo. Known as a “model metropolitan area for the 21st century,” Makuhari juxtaposes modern corporate headquarters of companies such as Canon, IBM, Sharp, and Seiko Instruments with traditional Japanese gardens and a beach on Tokyo Bay. Students can visit the Chiba Marine Stadium, home of the Chiba Lotte Marines (a Japanese professional baseball team), or stroll through the splendid Makuhari Seaside Park and enjoy its mihama-en (traditional Japanese garden) and shorai-tei (tea ceremony room).

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  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition only to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting tuition payments to the program.

  • Requirements

    For the Japanese Language Program, students must have completed three semesters of Japanese language study and must have taken an appropriate-level Japanese course no more than one year prior to the program start date. Students are required to take an appropriate-level Japanese language course while abroad. However, students who wish to continue studying Japanese at Haverford must take a test upon returning. Intensive Japanese fulfills Haverford’s language requirement. The application requirements can be found on the IES website.

    Academic Credit

    Students must carry at least 15 credit hours per semester and  are not permitted to take less than 15 credits per semester. Students choose between two programs: Japanese Language Program (3 credits of IES area studies, 12 credits of Japanese language at Meikai University) and Japanese Society and Culture Program (6 credits of Japanese language at KUIS, 9 credits of area studies at IES and/or KUIS). Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    Students enroll at Meikai University or Kanda University of International Studies. Field trips to Kamakura, Nikko, Mt. Fuji, and Kawagoe (cost included in tuition). Fall semester trips, at an extra cost, include Osaka, Kyoto, Nagano, and Nara.

    Course Highlights

    Anthropology, Art, Economics, History, International Business, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, and Urban Studies. English-taught university courses in Communications, Contemporary Japanese History, Japanese Pop Culture, Gender Studies, Religion, Japanese Education, Political Science, Film, and Economics

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: Includes introduction to Japanese life and culture, the IES center, the housing program, partner universities, and the geography, transportation system, and cultural attractions of Makuhari and the Tokyo metropolitan area.

    Number of Students: Approximately 6,000 students at Meikai University and 3,100 at Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS).

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Home stays or off-campus Residence Halls. Haverford students may not opt for independent off-campus housing – that is, housing not arranged by the program.

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Field Trips: IES Tokyo organizes several optional, partially-subsized trips each semester.  Previous destinations have included Kanazawa, Nikko, Okinawa, Narita, Kamakura, Asakusa, and to visit sumo matches.

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  • Semester/Year
  • Fulfills Language Requirement
  • Semester I: Late August to late December
  • Semester II: Late March to mid-July
  • Year: Late August to mid-July
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: March 5
  • Semester II: October 1
  • Year: March 5
Faculty Contact

Hank Glassman