Chuo University

Area of Study Business, Languages, Law
Course Language(s) Japanese, English
Average Credit Load 7 Courses
Semester dates Spring April - August
Fall September - February

About the University

It was in 1885, in the aftermath of the Meiji Restoration, that Chuo University came into the world as Igirisu Horitsu Gakko (English Law School). The School was founded in Kanda-Nishikicho, Tokyo by 18 young attorneys, among them Rokuichiro Masujima who took office as the School’s first director. Having commemorated its 130th Anniversary, Chuo University will continue to preserve its freedom-oriented academic climate, with our spirit of non-conformity and critical thinking, a spirit that is as worthy now of the name White Gate as it has ever been.


Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. The city's many museums offer exhibits ranging from classical art (in the Tokyo National Museum) to a reconstructed kabuki theater (in the Edo-Tokyo Museum).

Exchange information

Courses available

For more information on English taught courses, visit the Chuo website.


Guaranteed University accommodation (single occupancy only).

Cost of living

The average monthly living expenses in Tokyo are approximately YEN 100,000 per month including accommodation. Exchange student required to enroll into Japanese National Health Insurance after arrival. Insurance fee is approximate YEN 1,500/month.

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Visa requirements

When the student is accepted, the International Center will send an official Letter of Acceptance from Chuo University and a document for visa application “Certificate of Eligibility for a Status of Residence” to the student’s home institution. Generally, it will take two months (three months for graduate program) to send you these documents after the application deadline.

Other information

There are at present NO specific requirements for Japanese language proficiency for non-degree students. However, the partner institutions of Chuo University are strongly advised to send students whose Japanese language proficiency is equivalent to at least N3 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test,* so that the students can fully benefit from their studies at Chuo University.

JASSO International Student Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan The scholarship offered by JASSO (Japanese Student Services Organization) are available for those who have outstanding academic records. Exchange students will be provided 80,000 yen per month up to 10 months. Number of grantees may be subject to change. To apply for the Scholarship, please fill in the required form and submit it to the Office of International Students by the given deadline. We will select qualified applicants and recommend to JASSO who will make the final decision upon the scholarship applications.

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