Education Abroad for
Japanese Language Majors
Globalize Your Education
Japanese language majors are highly encouraged to study abroad. Participating in study abroad is an ideal way to add a global perspective to your Japanese language major through first-hand experience living and studying in another country and culture. Studying abroad can also help accelerate learning the Japanese language by gaining exposure to local speech patterns both inside and outside of the classroom.
Review the resources here to first help decide how an international experience can fit into your degree plan. It is important to work with your Undergraduate Advisor and an Education Abroad advisor early on in the application process to make sure that you are choosing the best program to fit your goals and meet major requirements.
Why Study Abroad?
When you step out of a familiar environment and engage with another society, where cultural, political, and academic perspectives differ from the U.S., it can greatly enhance your perspective by placing domestic issues and experiences within an international context. It helps participants negotiate differences, listen to and learn from new viewpoints, and adapt to unfamiliar situations. The changed perspective students gain from studying abroad helps make them better informed global citizens, and they are often more competitive for employment, fellowships, and graduate school.
You can Afford to Study Abroad!
Receiving FAFSA? All subsidized & unsubsidized Stafford Loans will automatically work on your study abroad program!
Veteran? Use your Veterans Benefits to help cover the cost of your program fee!
Pell Grant Recipient? Not only can you use your Pell Grant, but you are also eligible for the Gilman Scholarship, worth up to $5,000!
Need Scholarships? The PSU Ed Abroad office offers scholarship workshops every term and has a multitude of resources online for students on a budget. Come meet with us so we can talk about awards ranging from $500 - $10,000.
All of my learning expectations and goals prior to study abroad were met and exceeded. I was able to rely on my language skills thanks to the classes I attended. Not to mention, this trip will also benefit my career in interpretation and translation because of the classes I took while studying in Tokyo.
- Daniel McClary, World Language:Japanese.
Program: IE3 Global Japan:Tokyo, Waseda University
Which Education Abroad Programs Work Well for Japanese language Majors?
The programs listed below are recommended because they offer the largest number and range of courses relevant to Japanese language majors.
CIEE Arts and Sciences Program in Tokyo, Japan
CIEE Summer Japanese Studies in Tokyo, Japan
IE3 Global Internships
IE3 Global Japan: Tokyo, Waseda University
IE3 Global Japan: Akita, Akita International University
IE3 Global Japan: Tokyo, Aoyama Gakuin University
PSU Direct Enroll Japan: Hiroshima, Hiroshima Shudo University - Summer
PSU Exchange Japan: Kyoto, Doshisha University
PSU Exchange Japan: Osaka, Kansai Gaidai University
PSU Exchange Japan: Sapporo, Hokkaido University (JLCSP)
PSU Exchange Japan: Toyama University of International Studies
PSU Exchange Japan: Sapporo, HUSTEP Program
USAC Japan: Hiroshima University Undergraduate Courses
USAC Japan: Japanese Language, Society and Culture Studies in Nagasaki
Don't see a program that works for you? Click here for the complete list of programs.
Ready to take the Next Step?
Attend an Ed Abroad 101 session to learn more about studying abroad at PSU. These are 30 minute sessions offered when classes are in session. They cover the application process and direct you to next steps.