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Musashi University Exchange Program



The Musashi exchange program is offered in conjunction with Musashi University, a small, private university located in Tokyo, Japan. Participants take East Asian Studies and Japanese language courses alongside approximately 20 other program participants from Musashi’s partner institutions worldwide. Small class sizes, strong student support services and a community-oriented university atmosphere makes Musashi a place where students can connect with East Asia Studies instructors and staff, Japanese students and local culture

Click here  to view a powerpoint about Musashi University. You can also visit the study abroad and East Asian Studies website  here.

Program Length

Fall Semester: September - December
Spring Semester: April - July 
Academic Year: September - July

Eligibility and Selection Process

The program is open to all students who are in good academic standing. No prior Japanese study is required for study during fall semester. For study during spring semester, it is recommended that students have one year of Japanese at the time of application. 

Applicants will be asked to submit a copy of their passport soon after their application is received by OGO.  If you are considering applying for this exchange program and do not currently hold a valid passport, you are advised to apply for your passport  as soon as possible.  

This program is designed specifically for students who wish to complete an East Asian Studies major, minor, or certificate with no prior background in the language or the culture. Students who have participated in the Chubu Program or who wish also to spend more time than outlined above studying Japanese can also be accommodated.  Please discuss these interests with the contact persons listed below before applying. 

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

Program open to OHIO students only.

Application Deadline   

Living Arrangements

Students who request housing assistance from Musashi University will be place in one of the following dormitories based upon availability. Be sure to see the appropriate student budget worksheet below for each housing option.

1) Asaka Plaza: Located about an hour from campus by train. Asaka Plaza offers a breakfast and dinner meal plan (Monday-Saturday).

2) Rikko Kaikan: A dormitory for international students in Tokyo located about 20 minutes walking-distance from campus. Rikko Kaikan does not offer a meal plan. Students have access to a kitchen where they can prepare meals. 

3) DK House: A residence facility located about 25 minutes by public transportation. Students have access to a dining hall or use the kitchen to prepare their own meals.

Both facilities feature single-rooms with shared bathrooms and showers.

Students can also find their own accommodations, but Musashi University will not provide any assistance.

Courses and Credits

Exchange participants will enroll in three East Asian Studies courses (taught in English) and one Japanese language course per semester. Students will earn approximately 16-20 credit hours per semester at Musashi. 

The East Asian Studies courses each meet for three hours per week for a total of nine hours. Japanese language classes meet four days per week for 90 minutes. Students may select from the following East Asian Studies courses: 

Fall Term 
Business in East Asia
Technology and Society in East Asia
Japanese History
Japanese Culture and Society
Media in East Asia
Japan & International Society

Spring Term 
Globalization & East Asian Economics
Japanese Politics
East Asian Philosophies
Environmental Issues in East Asia
East Asian Community in the 21st Century

For more information, click here to access the spring term course syllabi

Recommended Pre-Departure Course: INST 1001
All students participating in an OHIO Exchange Program are encouraged to take INST 1001 "Cross-Cultural Preparation for Study Abroad" the semester prior to departure. Read more about  INST 1001 here.

Musashi University is a small private university in Tokyo that enrolls approximately 4,000 students. The university has over 90 recognized student clubs and organizations that OU students can get involved in. While on campus, students also have the support of the International Studies Center, which is dedicated to serving Musashi’s international students. The EAS program also plans social events and monthly excursions specifically for its students. 

Other highlights include:

  • Convenient Tokyo location (near Shinjuku & Ikebukuro)
  • Intimate campus environment
  • Small class sizes
  • Strong student support services
  • Social and cultural activities


Several different residence halls and living options are offered. See information above to learn more about living arrangements when studying at Musashi University.

Fall 2020 Rikko Dorm Student Budget Worksheet
Fall 2020 Asaka Dorm Student Budget Worksheet

For more information on funding and scholarships.

Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

Additional Information on Japan

To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the  CIA World Factbook

Health and safety 

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control  for healthy travel to your destination.

Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the  State Department website  for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Requesting accommodation for disabilities

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form . We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

Entry and exit requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States.  If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport  now. 

Students on the Musashi Exchange program who are US citizens are required to apply for a visa in order to reside in Japan for over 90 days. Students will apply for this visa before departing for Japan. Detailed instructions and assistance will be provided as part of the orientation for the program.

Please note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. For more information, please consult the  entry and exit requirements for Japan. 

For more specific visa related information please visit OGO's  Visa Information Page.  

Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here

For more information, contact:

Dr. Charlie Morgan, Program Director
Bentley Annex 111

Kirsten Dabelko
Office of Global Opportunities
Walter International Education Center






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