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Office of International Studies and Programs
Central Washington University
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7408
Phone: (509) 963-3612
Fax: (509) 963-1558

Asia University

Asia University

Tokyo, Japan

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Japan’s capital and the largest metropolitan area in the world, Tokyo, began as the small fishing village Edo, named for the estuary on which it sat, approximately 3,000 BCE. Edo flourished for more than 250 years after being selected as the seat of the Tokugawa shogunate in the early 1600s and became the de facto capital of Japan and the world’s largest city even then. Edo became the official capital and was renamed Tokyo (“eastern capital”) during the Meiji period after imperial forces defeated the shogunate and the emperor moved to the city from Kyoto. Modern Tokyo is a global economic giant, with approximately 50 of the world’s top 500 companies calling it home, including such household names as Mitsubishi, Honda, Canon and Sony.

Asia University was founded in 1941 as Koa Senmon Gakko (Koa Professional School) and underwent several changes before receiving its current name in 1955. The university currently boasts four faculties (colleges): Faculty of Business Administration, the Faculty of Economics, the Faculty of Law, and the Faculty of International Relations, as well as a number of graduate programs and a junior college. International education is a large part of Asia University’s identity, with study abroad mandated for all students studying International Relations. The university also hosts international students from all over the world each year.

Terms Available

  • CWU Spring + Summer Quarters/Asia University Semester 1: April–July*
  • Calendar Year (April–January)*

*Japanese universities follow a calendar similar to the South Hemisphere Calendar, in which the academic year roughly falls in line with the calendar year rather than straddling two calendar years. Spring Semester is the first semester of the academic year. This may have an impact on course availability.

Program Type

  • Exchange

Language of Instruction

  • Japanese

Available Fields of Study

  • Japanese Language & Culture

Minimum Language Proficiency

The majority of Asia University’s international students are from China and South Korea, and the natures of their languages making learning Japanese somewhat easier for them than for native English-speakers. Thus, they require instruction geared to a higher proficiency level. While the above criteria are the minimum, CWU students may consider having started, if not completed, the third-year sequence of Japanese at CWU.

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  • Private accommodation

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