Musashi University - Semester or Year Abroad


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs at the Mushashi University through our partner International Studies Abroad.

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GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed the Musashi University program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers semester and year abroad programs with Musashi University. Musashi University is a small private institution located in the quiet residential area of Tokyo’s Nerima ward. Musashi enrolls approximately 4,000 students in the faculties of Economics, Humanities, and Sociology. The university was established in 1949 and is part of the Musashi Academy which was founded in 1922. Musashi University’s intimate campus environment affords students the opportunity to forge close relationships with classmates and faculty alike.

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Tokyo is, without a doubt, a city on the cutting edge… of well everything- architecture, technology, fashion, food, and pop culture. Studying abroad through the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, Musashi University program and you will be able to discover all that Tokyo has to offer. Spending your semester in Tokyo will allow you to become immersed in the daily life of the locals. The university is located in the Nerima Ward about 20 minutes from popular areas such as Ikebukuro and the Shinjuku neighborhood.  The Nerima Ward features a small shopping district filled with stores and restaurants that serve the daily needs of the local residents and students. 

Don't leave Tokyo without:

  • Visiting Roppongi Hills
  • Getting up early to go to Tsukiji Central Fish Market
  • Taking a traditional bath in an Osen
  • See the grounds at the Imperial Palace

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Academic Highlights

Musashi University developed the East Asian Studies Program specifically to address the needs of international students who wish to learn Japanese language while also perusing East Asian Studies courses instructed in English. The small class sizes, strong student supportive services, and a community-oriented university atmosphere make Musashi a place where students can connect with instructors, staff, Japanese students, and local culture. 

The East Asian Studies Program offers Japanese language courses each semester from beginner to advanced level (intro Japanese for those students who have had no previous Japanese language instruction is only available in the Fall semester). Typically, four or five English-instructed East Asian Studies courses are offered each semester in the following areas:

  • Japanese Diplomacy
  • Sino-Japanese Relations
  • East Asian Economies
  • Identities in Contemporary Japan
  • Globalization in East Asia
  • Japanese History
  • International Political History of East Asia
  • East Asian Business
  • Anthropology of Japan and East Asia


All student housing accommodations at Musashi University are located off-campus. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad participants are invited to live in the Rikko Kaikan Residency within walking distance of Musashi University. Rikko Kaikan is an international student dormitory with over 100 residents. Students have their own room with shared bathroom on each floor. Communal showers and kitchen facilities are located on the first floor. Kitchen facilities (gas & electricity), laundry and showers are coin operated. Individual rooms are charged monthly for electricity and phone usage. Internet access is free.

Bridging Cultures Program

Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.
Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

  • Exciting excursions and activities
  • A chance to meet other students
  • Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area.

Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

Scholarships Available

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad strives to offer the most reasonable abroad fees to Asia.  To further enhance the affordability of the semester/year study abroad programs, we encourage you to apply for scholarships through all available scholarship sources.  Learn more about our scholarship opportunities.

Special Programs/Excursions

Planned Excursions & Events

Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.

On-Going Activities

Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.

Musashi Univesity Specific Excursions

Tokyo is an amazing place to experience. From its quaint, “as-it-once-was” neighborhoods of the Shitamachi district to the trend setting centers of Omote Sando, Shibuya, and Harajuku to the soaring scapes of Marunouchi, Shiodome, and Shinagawa, Tokyo is as much the past as it will be the future.

The International Center at Musashi organizes regular cultural activities and excursions for students at an additional cost. Here is an example of the excursions they have done in the past:

  • Monthly walkabouts in Central Tokyo
  • Day hikes in western Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Saitama Prefecture
  • Visits to Tokyo-area museums
  • Annual alumni-sponsored winter trip (destinations in the Kanto and Chubu regions of central Japan) 

We will also pair you with a local student so you have an instent friend in our 'Campus Mate' program. This is a peer-to-peer program with the purpose of assisting international students in adjusting to campus life. In addition, Musashi University's has various club activities in which you are encouraged to participate. Through these programs you will make friends and memories that will last a lifetime.

Additional Travel Opportunities

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>


Get Involved Abroad

Community Involvement

While abroad, we recommend getting involved in your local community. It's an awesome way to meet locals, experience the true Japanese culture, and create long lasting memories. From volunteering to festival-going, we challenge you to make the most of your international experience... See a how to live like a local and become involved with community activities available in Japan or discover your own upon arrival!

You'll get a taste of how enriching community involvement can be during your first few days in Japan on GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program. The program includes one day of pre-arranged volunteering with the local community. You'll interact directly with locals while giving back to and sharing your own culture with the community that first welcomes you to Japan.  Plus, you can continue your volunteer efforts throughout the semester making a profound impact on the local community.

Learning outside the Classroom

Tokyo is the academic hub of Japan; no other location can offer as many stimulating lectures or exposure to a wide range of perspectives on a weekly basis. Monthly field trips and study tours provide students with opportunities to learn about and engage in Japanese society, its culture, and traditions. The
East Asian Studies Program at Musashi University is dedicated to providing students with a comprehensive and worthwhile educational experience, both inside and outside the classroom.

Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.

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Musashi University
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing without MealsApproximately $2,500 - $3,000
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

  • Multi-day on-site Bridging Cultures Program
  • Local Discovery Activities hosted by on-site Resident Coordinator
  • Welcome and farewell events
  • HTH Worldwide health insurance protection
  • Alumni opportunities, including professional ambassador program
  • International Student Identity Card
  • Exclusive Career-Building Alumni Institute (add-on option)

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.


Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level. Students with a slightly lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 3.00

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

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