Anyone thinking of going to Temple Uni in Tokyo this year? When does the semester begin and how much time ahead do you have to apply for visas and all that?
Anyone thinking of going to Temple Uni in Tokyo this year? When does the semester begin and how much time ahead do you have to apply for visas and all that?
Last edited by KansaiBen; 2012-01-27 at 08:57 AM.
If you need a student visa apply as soon as you can, it will take several months. They have all their application deadlines on their website. Also, don't mention anime, Roppongi, or Japanese girls in your application essay. And you should watch this education video before making your decision: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q37YcdzmLcQ
And no, thank God, never have and never will attend TUJ. Not only are the people who go there (undergrad) retarded weaboos, let's not even get started with the staff. I had considered them in the past and ran ran ran as fast as I could, to a real school.
Um I'm thinking of going to temple but my primary is sophia/jochi anyone know which one is better I'm going to study international business but i dont know which school wud be better...
Temple is an American university (Japan campus) and my personal opinion is that it will be easier to transfer credits to a university back home. Many of the students I believe are Japanese, returnees etc who study in English.
I'm a graduate of Temple (MEd '94) and have no complaints about the school- I currently teach in the continuing Ed program at TUJ. Only downside is that tuition tends to be expensive.
Personally I dont think International Business amounts to much unless you actually develop some job skills, such as accounting or economics.
Oh yea by the way I want to do International Business because I want to do International Marketing with sports wear or fashion in the future between America and Japan; and I think Japan is lacking in many of the sports gear they have here so I want to make it bigger than it is now. Maybe in the future I'll be an entrepreneur and open up my own business but that is in the future and I don't think there is a better major than international business for that
Im not knocking your idea of being an entrepreneur but you need to be sure there is a niche that needs to be filled and is not being met i.e. no one else is doing anything to meet the demand due to lack of viability, unclear results or lack of marketing research. International business may do that for you but I've always considered it a bit of a nebulous fuzzy term that sounds great on paper but doesn't really work in practice.
I have a lot of time to change my major if i feel like I'm going in the wrong direction. I'm still a senior in high school graduating in June my biggest thing is Sophia vs Temple because my friend says Sophia is better because it's a top school, and Temple is unknown but your probably right it's only top school for Japanese students not in the FLA program taught in English. I've also heard they just give you books and they are horrible at teaching do you know anybody that went to Sophia and people at Temple which do you think is a better experience for education, having fun, environment and anything else that would help me out.
I have taught at Japanese universities for over 22 years and though i cant speak for other universities and particular programs, in general once a student enters a Japanese university it is almost impossible not to graduate. All students have to do is attend classes (at my school a student only need attend 10 times a semester to get a passing grade) and maybe pass an end of year test to collect credits. For Japanese students university is more about joining clubs, doing part time jobs and making friends (mostly of the opposite sex). Study takes a distant third in the lives of most students. Lots of J-professors just "chalk and talk" and simply read off the notes they have used for the last 10 years. Students can borrow notes from seniors or read the text books. Many professors i will add, have an academic PhD but many dont actually know how to properly teach what they have majored in. There is no formal teaching qualification for becoming a professor except getting a PhD and for many their primary focus is research and publishing articles. Teaching freshmen lectures is the bread and butter of their daily job.
I was in the Temple Masters program, and though some people knock it as being a second rate university (because its a branch campus) my experience was that it was a rigorous program and you HAVE to study hard if you want to pass. Im not sure about the undergraduate program though I did read subsidies will be cut and the university will be concerned with getting bums on seats. Fundraising is always a primary focus with TUJ.Student tuition pays for teacher salaries as well as rent and expanding the facilities. I havent been to TUJ in Tokyo but I believe its quite big (couple of office floors). Go to TUJ and you will end up with a Bachelors degree identical to the one in Philadephia and you can even transfer to the main campus in Philadelphia. They also have a campus in Rome, Italy as well.
At Temple you will be required to attend classes, complete coursework, assignments as you would in a US university. There is more emphasis on self-directed learning and you doing most of the work. Sophia may be the same though I dont know anyone who has actually studied there.
Sophia is a private university so it means kids' parents pay big bucks to send their kids there, like Waseda and Keio. Pay the tuition and you can get in anywhere, almost.
Public universities like Todai are cheaper than private, but are much more difficult to get into. Sophia is probably famous if thats what rocks your boat but in the grand scheme of things Japanese universities dont really stack up when compared to western universities. Tokyo University (public) was ranked something like 15th or 16th in international rankings though is considered the top university in Japan.
Not sure what else I can tell you.
Last edited by KansaiBen; 2012-03-04 at 02:18 PM.
And also you said Japanese universities but isn't the english taught program a whole different thing because the classes are taught in English or is it the same.
Last edited by jsmooth23; 2012-03-04 at 02:22 PM.
Ive taught PT at a medical school in Japan, several top-shelf private universities in Kansai that have a good reputation in Japan, as well as a couple of national universities. Most students are hard working (I found at womens colleges they worked harder than co-ed) but the majority are lazy. Students coming up to me and asking how many times they can be absent before I fail them. Kids missing the last test and passing by doing a make-up exam. Kids sleeping their way through class and playing with their mobile phones. I had kids last year who didnt even buy text books and relied on me giving them handouts. They complain if they have to spend money to buy textbooks but are happy to spend money on Ipods, I-pads and smart phones.
Im sure in the US you get your Ivy league colleges, your middle-of the road colleges and at the bottom, community colleges and vocational schools. Your Temple credits should be able to transfer to the US college but i would check first.
Last edited by KansaiBen; 2012-03-04 at 02:34 PM.
Found this on the TUJ website. Student voices. Yusuke Kinoshita is probably closest to what you are looking for.
In Tokyo you will be in a major city, there are plenty things to do and lots to keep you occupied as a young student. Parties, clubs, social life, movies. Music scene. Tokyo is the center of the universe as far as japan is concerned and has over 14 million people in it. More women than you can shake a stick at though i have no idea how many Japanese women study at TUJ. At Jochi it will be crawling with young delicious women so if you go for the women alone it should be enough. They will like to get to know young impressionable foreign students too.
Last edited by KansaiBen; 2012-03-04 at 03:14 PM.
I dont have anything to do with undergrad or foreign students. At TUJ most Japanese students have to have a TOEFL score of 550 if they want to be admitted to an English-language program so most Japanese students are motivated and not only that have elected to go to an American university rather than a Japanese one. Some want to study in America or they like English or meeting foreigners.
Foreign students want to live in Japan but have an education taught in English from a brand-name foreign university.
I dont know any lecturers in Tokyo but most I have met are hard-working and dedicated though you do get the odd lazy one. If you have a problem they will help you and you can contact them outside of office hours. I have no regrets over going to TUJ (I spent 2 million yen on my degree, at the time about 20 grand) you have to see it as an investment in yourself and your future. It will develop you as a person, living in a foreign country, meeting people of different cultures, and of course all lectures at TUJ are in English. Full time faculty most have PHd's but adjunct or part timers like me will have at least a Masters or a PhD.
Jochi has foreign-born professors on staff and many teach classes in English (as do some of the native Japanese professors) though I have no idea about quality of learning, never having been there. All I know is that most Japanese students sleep through university and still graduate on schedule. All you really have to do is turn up. Some students learn despite bad teachers, it can be done.
Last edited by KansaiBen; 2012-03-04 at 03:51 PM.
Hello there. I am new to this site and happened to stumble upon this thread about TUJ. I was recently accepted to the school, and aside from student feedback posted on the TUJ website I haven't exactly gotten any "inside scoop" on how beneficial or rewarding the program is in terms of furthering (and finishing) my college education and the possibility of getting a stimulating job afterwards. I am an American and I would like to double major in Asian Studies and Art (or minor in one). With what I have been reading from the posts, TUJ is an ideal for Japanese who want to work on their English skills and eventually work in the U.S., but what about the other way around? My main initiative in applying to TUJ was to be able to learn Japanese language and culture while being immersed in a major art center (put simply).
I have also been looking into this language school calls NILS in Fukuoka- I don't know how beneficial an english school is when trying to learn Japanese, and if the rest of the program isn't as wonderful then I might as well go to a language school first.
I realize many of the people posting are not involved with the undergraduate program but any advice/information will be much appreciated! TUJ would be quite the investment and I want to make sure I make the right decision.
Ok, I have another question I know Sophia is an Ivyleague school in japan but does that look good in the United States or would Temple look better since it's an american university in Japan.
Does having a degree in Philosophy from Harvard or Stanford have the same cachet?
Most Americans wouldn't know a good school in japan if it came and punched them in the face. It only matters to Japanese because they have to live and work here when all you want is something to put on your resume.
Not sure what I can say. People will do whatever they want to do, no matter what they say. Why ask for advice when their mind is already made up because Sophia is a "Ivy League"? What have I been doing? Pi-ssing at windmills?
I tend to think its more important to think about lifelong education and not just about which brand-name school you go to.
Last edited by KansaiBen; 2012-03-04 at 09:26 PM.
I think going to TUJ is a great idea. peopel complain about almost ALL Unis.
its an American Degree in TOKYO.. how better can that be. Also, with asia becoming more important in the world, its smart to earn a US degree there. TUJ is known around Tokyo, but the fact is as long as u have US degree, youre respected. so anyone wanting to be in Tokyo and earn a US degree, i highly recommnd Tokyos TUJ. and I heard its easier to get a Job in Tokyo after graduating if u go there.. maybe teaching english, but atleats youre guaranteed a Job! and a salary!
If anyone has any info on how to get in there for this Fall semester 2012. pls let me know details thnks!
Look for courses/admissions which describe the undergraduate courses and how to apply, you will need to be sent an application folder. Fall semester deadline will be about June or August.
I know one person who goes to TUJ and seems to really enjoy it. *shrug* That being said, if you wan to stay in Japan, I'm not sure how helpful it is...
So, the OP is planning on transferring back to an American university, which would probably mean TUJ makes more sense, due to ease of transferring credits, but what about someone who isn't? I'm planning on living and working in Japan - permanently, and I have to decide whether to go to a university in the US, and try to get a transfer through whatever job I get when I graduate, or going to school directly in Japan, and getting a job in Japan.
So, my problem is, which do employers look on more favourably? I don't look Japanese at all, and I heard this may pose some problems in getting hired, so I want to have as many things in my favour as possible.... I'd love to get to Japan as soon as possible, but if a degree from TUJ would put me at a disadvantage ((I can just imagine someone from HR going 'pssh, someone who couldn't get into a prestigious university in Japan OR the US...')) then I'd rather wait a few years before coming over.
So, for anyone who may know anything about it... Is it better to go to a school, like, say, NYU, or Fordham, or Rutgers, and then go to Japan with an American degree? How prestigious is TUJ - do employers feel like their graduates have a good education/are valuable employees? Have any of them even /heard/ of Rutgers or Fordham? (I can imagine most have heard of NYU, but Stern's a bit of a reach for me.) I'm planning on majoring in business, and I want to work for a very large company, preferably in Tokyo, if that info helps.
Thank you to anyone who answers!!
((I hope people don't just ignore this... I have to decide and apply soon u_u))
If you want to live and work in Japan, you need to speak, read, and write Japanese. I suggest you go to Ritsumeikan APU. Foreign students graduate with very high levels of Japanese skills and find jobs in Japan pretty easily. There is no Japanese requirement to enter APU, so it is a good place to start.
If you have good Japanese skills already, then you should attend another Japanese university and get a degree in Japan. Most Japanese companies hire directly from university.
Transferring from a US company is a possibility, but it usually takes a bit of time and it may never happen for you.
It really depends on your goals and your timeframe.
APU looks like a much more respectable school than TUJ - the only thing I'm really worried about - how good are your chances of being hired in Tokyo if you went to school 600 miles away? I looked at their website, and it's very informative, but not quite enough... Do you know any places where I can get non-biased info about the school? Or do you have any information on it? It was founded very recently - is it a respected school? Do they take SATs and ACTs, or do I have to sit Entrance Exams? What kind of grades do the people getting in have? This is really awesome, thank you so much for the suggestion ^_^
As for my goals, time frame, and Japanese proficiency, my end goal is to live and work in Japan and get citizenship, my time frame is as soon as possible, but to be honest, if I was like 40 or something and still hadn't gotten to Japan, I'd probably give up. My Japanese skills aren't completely beginner, but not very good either - I'm better at reading than composing sentences, because my vocabulary is very very small u_u
Anyway, I hope you tell me more about the school, but even if not, I'm very grateful =D
I noticed that Ritsumeikan teaches classes in English too. Which one is the better university? What would be the reasons to choose one over the other?
So it seems that going to TUJ would be worth it for me then. Ill probably apply for the fall semester
The immigration laws of the country are comparatively favorable.If you want to visit then you should apply for the student visa as this will be more favorable conditions to proceed with it.
So did anyone applied for the fall semester ? How was it, i'd like to go there in 2013 fall to study international business