Japan — Tokiwa University, Mito

Tokiwa University was founded in 1983 with the opening of the College of Human Science, the first institution of higher education offering this discipline in Japan. It followed the successful operation of the Tokiwa secondary and post-secondary schools in meeting the needs of students from Ibaraki and neighboring prefectures.

Originally, the late founder Miyo Morosawa opened a private kimono-making workshop in 1909. In 1922, she established Mito Girls’ School, which made steady progress as a secondary school for girls during the turbulent years before and after the World War II. In 1966, she made a significant contribution to higher education in Mito with the opening of Tokiwa Gakuen Junior College, which was renamed Tokiwa Junior College in 1999.

This initiative ultimately led to the founding of Tokiwa University in 1983 with the first College of Human Science. In 1996, the College of Applied International Studies was added to the university, followed by the opening of the College of Community Development in 2000.

In 1989, the Tokiwa University Graduate School was established with a master’s program in Human Science, followed by a doctoral program in Human Science in 1993. In 2003, the Graduate School added a master’s program in Community Development, and in 2005, a new master’s program in Victimology.

Location: 1-430-1 Miwa, Mito, Ibaraki 310-8585, Japan

Web page: International Exchange and Language Learning Center

Duration of exchange: Students may participate in the program for one semester (fall only).

This program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact a study abroad advisor for more information regarding other available programs.


Students can stay in the Tokiwa International Hall (a university dormitory) during the fall semester (September through January) and enjoy the following conveniences:

  • Less than a five-minute walk to the campus
  • Internet access
  • An air-conditioned suite which consists of three bedrooms, a shared living room, a shared shower and a toilet. Within the living room, there is a kitchenette with a refrigerator. There is a large kitchen and a common room, that every resident can use.
  • A dorm warden
  • Use of the tennis court beside the Tokiwa International Hall and the gym on campus by reservation.

Program cost

Program costs will be as follows. Students are responsible for:

  • Airfare to and from Japan
  • Personal travel expenses (excluding optional university organized trips)
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Living expenses


Scholarship information

Tokiwa University will provide you with the following:

  • A total of ¥60,000 for living expenses
  • Group trips
  • Full accommodation in the Tokiwa International Hall

Academic Information

Language of instruction: Japanese and English

Courses are offered in the following disciplines:

  • Tokiwa exchange students can choose from a variety of courses on subjects such as Japanese language and culture in a vibrant academic environment, situated near historic sites, rivers, lake and parks in the city of Mito. Under the student exchange program, the courses listed below will be offered for transferable credits. It should be noted that one course normally consists of 15 classes, each of which is a 90-minute period. This should be a total of 22.5 hours of instruction per course.
  • Each exchange student is required to take 1) either the basic or the intermediate Japanese language course, according to the results of the Japanese Placement Test, and 2) four of the Japanese affairs and culture courses.

Japanese language

Each Japanese language course (basic or intermediate) offered to exchange students consists of five classes (90-minutes each) per week, and lasts 15 weeks, which leads to a total of 112.5 hours of instruction. 

Japanese affairs and culture

The following courses are planned for exchange students as transferable credits to learn basic aspects of two Japanese affairs, including politics, economy, society, culture and history. The students are asked to take four classes, including compulsory Japanese Affairs I. The courses are taught in English unless otherwise indicated.

Compulsory Class: Japanese Affairs I (Culture in General)
Elective: Japanese Affairs II (Religion), Japanese Affairs III (Law & Foreign Policies) – taught in Japanese, Japan Study I (Modern Society), Japan Study II (ICT Policies and Industries), Japan Study III (Comparative Literature), Japan Study IV (Pop Culture), Japan Study V (History) – taught in Japanese,Actual Victimological Problems

Credit and Grading System:
Any academic credits received during the course of the program may be transferred to CSUN for transfer credit as pre-approved by the academic department. Tokiwa University offers a grading system similar to the U.S. system of A, B, C, D and F.

18 units must be taken per semester.

Requirements and Application Information

  • Have a cumulative overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Have completed a minimum of 30 units in CSUN (for transfer students) and must be currently a CSUN undergraduate student. Sophomore-, junior- or senior-level standing
  • Have completed two semesters of Japanese
  • Additional requirement: one Japan-related course (e.g. FLIT 250, FLIT 370, FLIT 402 or other Japan-related courses)

Applications for the Japan: Tokiwa University program are not available at this time. For any questions regarding this program, please contact the CSUN Study Abroad Advisors.


 For additional program information, you may contact the following faculty member:

Dr. Drake Langford, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature Department
(818) 677-3460