Senshu University

Located in the beautiful Ikuta neighbourhood and backed by a large urban park, golf course and several museums, Senshu University offers tranquility in Tokyo.

Home to over 19,000 students on two campuses in the Tokyo metropolitan area, Senshu University was founded in 1880. The Kanda campus is in the heart of Tokyo, and the Ikuta campus offers easy access to both Shinjuku and Yokokama!

Key information


Tokyo, Japan


English, Japanese


Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status


2020-21 applications

Deadline passed

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

2021-22 applications

Open Nov. 1, 2020

Program details

Fall, Winter, or Summer Programs:

The Fall BCL program (Business Culture and Language) offers three classes: Survey of Japanese Business (approx. 6 credits), Survey of Japanese Culture (3 credits) and Japanese Language (several levels from beginner offered). Overall, the program is typically 12-15 credits total, depending on your academic assessment. 

The Japanese Language and Culture Program (JLC) is predominately a language intensive program, offering five levels from elementary to advanced. Students will take language classes every morning, and the cultural aspects of the program will be planned for various afternoons throughout the program.

  • For the Fall 12-week JLC program, you can get 12 UCalgary units (4 HCE) of language with possibly 3 additional units of culture, please check with your academic advisor.
  • For the 7-week Winter JLC program, you can expect to earn at least 9 UCalgary units (3 HCE) only. 

Full Academic Year Programs:

The International Exchange Program where you can take regular Senshu University classes. Most courses are taught in Japanese, though some classes in the Department of English are taught in English.

The Year-long study in Japan: Business, Culture and Language program provides an opportunity to take the Fall BCL Program, followed by the Winter JLC Program, and then move to Japanese-taught classes in regular faculties from April to August, which can also include a variety of interest-based courses. Students can additionally continue to take Japanese language classes in the mornings (intro to advanced levels) on top of their course(s). For visa reasons, students must attend the full-year program (cannot finish at the end of the JLC winter program), or may apply for either the BCL Fall or JLC programs (not both).  

Fall & Winter Programs:

The BCL program is a three month program in the fall running September 21 - December 15, 2018.

The JLC program has Fall and Winter semester sessions students can choose from. 

Note: A spring Group Study JLC Program and summer Exchange JLC program  at Senshu are also offered!

Full Academic Year Programs:

Both full-year exchange programs typically run September to August.


Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. Senshu recommends that you budget 60,000-100,000 JPY per month for living expenses. 

BCL: There is a program fee you pay to Senshu that covers textbooks, accommodation, airport pick up and activities.

  • Fee with home stay option: ¥267,200
  • Fee without home stay option: ¥245,000

JLC: Please see the 2018 estimated Program Fees for updated costs for each session. Please note that you will not be assessed tuition fees at Senshu as this will be assessed by UCalgary and you will pay tuition here. 

  • For Summer (7 weeks), rough fees are estimated at ¥89,200, plus 25,000 for textbooks, field trips, and necessary expenses. 2016 Estimate
  • For Fall (12 weeks), rough fees are estimated at ¥132,200,  plus 25,000 for textbooks, field trips, and necessary expenses. 2016 Estimate
  • For Winter (7 weeks), rough fees are estimated at ¥93,200, plus 25,000 for textbooks, field trips, and necessary expenses. 2016 Estimate 

Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

Tokyo cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here


Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?   
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

Students will live at Senshu International House, that comes equipped with WiFi and bedding (pillows/sheets, not towels). While there is not a meal plan, it does have kitchen facilities (with fridge, microwave, toaster ovens, electric rice cookers, and dishes/cutlery. There are also a variety of cafeterias on campus, and fast-food outlets at nearby Mukogaoka-yuen Station. Japanese students who are residence assistants also live in the dorm. Washers/dryers (and steam irons) are also located on each floor, and cost approx. 200-100 yen per load. There are also study rooms available. 

There is an option to do a three day homestay with a local Japanese family as well (it's recommended to bring small gifts from Canada for them). 

It is possible to arrange your own housing privately as well.

Student Tips: "I stayed at Senshu International House. The building was quite new and there was lots of space outside the rooms. The rooms were a little small but the location was right on the campus so it was good. Basic amenities were provided, such as bedding, dishes and such. Things that had to be bought were things such as laundry detergent and towels. The building had internet and such, but amenities such as the gym were on campus. We were expected to arrange food ourselves, however there were multiple cafeterias on campus. There was also a 7-11 nearby that is 24 hours with food. [In terms of security] there was always staff on the residence. 2 Office staff during the day, and security guards after office hours."

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B).

Japanese 205 is recommended, though it is not required. For students without previous Japanese study, Senshu will provide some pre-program language basics so that students can learn hiragana on their own prior to the start of the program. 

Students planning to take Japanese-taught courses must meet the eligibility requirements for Japanese language as set by each department at Senshu.

Important Visa Info: Japanese citizens must travel on their Japanese passport.

Application requirements

An academic reference is required for a complete application. 

What's unique about Senshu?

They have two campuses: The Ikuta campus in Kawasaki, a suburb of Tokyo, and the Kanda campus in central Tokyo, just north of the Imperial Palace and Tokyo station. The BCL program and the JLC programs are located at the Ikuta campus. Students taking the year-long exchange may be at either campus.

Because the BCL and JLC programs are only three months or less, students are eligible to purchase the JR pass before they leave for unlimited travel on all JR train lines!

What resources are available for incoming students?

Senshu's library in Building 9 has over 4 floors and 1,000,000 books in a variety of languages, and offers the opportunity to watch DVD movies, or listen to CDs. On the 4th floor of the building there is also a computer center with 2200 computers available for use. The International Center is located on the 5th floor of this building and supports students with a variety of information and support. 

The campus also has a number of budget-friendly cafeterias, as well as a gym (located next to Building 9). The gym has a weight/training room, basketball courts, ping-pong tables, a swimming pool, and an indoor track.  

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Kathryn Bauer

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.