2017 Fall Semester Fee: US$8,550
The fall program fee* includes tuition, room and board,** five to seven field trips, Japanese language textbooks, rental bedding, national health insurance (see the section on insurance below), and required fees.
1 Year (Fall 2017 – Spring 2018): US$16,800
The one-year fees* include tuition, room and board,** Japanese language textbooks, rental bedding, national health insurance (see the section on insurance below), and required fees. Students may also decide to come to TCU during any two of TCU’s three trimesters (Fall, Winter, Spring). In that event, the fee will be recalculated. Either way, this is a highly cost-effective way of studying at TCU.
* Biola University and TCU have a special accord regarding EAI program fees. Biola students should contact the TCU Admissions Office for more information.
** The semester and year-long program fees all include three meals a day on weekdays (except holidays) and lunch and supper on Saturdays. For students enrolled in the Fall Semester program, the program fees also include a ¥6,000 stipend for meal expenses during a one-week fall break in late November, at which time the cafeteria will be closed. For students enrolled in the Winter/Spring Semester, it does not include meal expenses for a two-week winter break in late December, and a three-week spring break in March, at which times the cafeteria will be closed. Books are not included for any of the terms (except for selected Japanese language texts), but the book fees are typically lower than at an American university. The prices do not include transportation to or from Japan, nor personal expenses. (See below regarding additional costs.)
2017–2018 Winter/Spring Semester Fee: US$10,800
Semester and Block Options
A student can come for (a) the Fall Semester, (b) the Winter/Spring Semester, (c) half of the Winter/Spring Semester, (d) the Fall Semester and half of the Winter/Spring Semester, or (e) the whole year. It should be noted, however, that the field trips and the four special EAI “core courses” are available only in the Fall Semester. It is to be further noted that, while the Winter/Spring semester can be broken into blocks (or halves), the Fall Semester is a unified package for EAI students and cannot be split into blocks.
Application Fee: US$200
The application fee will be waived for applicants from schools that are members or affiliates of CCCU.
Airfare To and From Japan
This cost varies considerably depending on the city of departure and return, dates of travel, time of purchase, airline, and so on. Ordinarily, students should purchase tickets to and from Narita International Airport. Some students, however, may wish to make private arrangements to visit other cities in Japan before and/or after their semester at TCU. All such arrangements will be each student’s responsibility.
Personal Travel Within Japan
Many of our students attend Sunday church services in and around Tokyo. Some students also enjoy trips into the city on Saturdays. Roundtrip train fare between TCU and downtown Tokyo costs approximately 3,000 yen. Students who wish to make private trips to other parts of Japan are advised to search the Internet for estimated costs.
Meals Taken Outside the Dining Hall
The dining hall is closed on Sundays and holidays, and it does not serve breakfast on Saturdays. It is also closed for a one-week fall break in late November, a two-week winter break in late December, and a three-week spring break in March. Students may prepare their own meals in the dorm when on campus. The cost of food is comparable to that in major cities in the U.S. and Europe.
Extra Spending Money
TCU recommends that students plan on approximately 5,000 yen per week for extra spending money. However, the amount will certainly vary from person to person, so students who tend to spend more conservatively may wish to wait about exchanging all of their money until they can reassess their spending needs (for example, after the first or second month).
Except for Japanese language textbooks, which are included in the program fee, students should prepare to bring any required textbooks. Once accepted, short-term students will have access to TCU’s syllabi online, where they can find the required texts for the courses they intend to take. Students are advised to purchase textbooks before coming to Japan, but it is also possible to order any necessary texts from within Japan.
Cell Phone Charges
As part of the above-stated program fees, TCU will provide the student with a cell phone, charger, and two pre-paid cards worth ¥6,000 lasting four months. The student will be charged a deposit of ¥5,000 for the phone and charger, and he or she will be refunded this amount at the end of the semester, provided that the student returns the phone and charger in good condition. The cards provided should be more than sufficient for connecting briefly while off campus. However, students who use their phones for frequent conversations are likely to exceed their minutes. As the primary purpose for providing the phone is for emergencies and other important notifications, students who exceed their minutes are required to purchase another pre-paid card. The least expensive pre-paid card costs ¥3,000 and lasts two months.
TCU will help each EAI student join Japan’s National Health Insurance upon arrival. The National Health Insurance will cover 70% of medical cost (i.e., doctor’s fees, hospital fees, prescribed medicines, etc.) and the student bears only the remaining 30% of the cost. The EAI program fee (such as the $8,250 fee for the Fall, and so on) automatically covers the premium for this National Health Insurance plan, and TCU will pay this premium so that the student need not worry about having the National Health Insurance. It should be noted, however, that TCU does not cover the student’s 30% share of the cost of any medical treatment. The 30% remains solely the student’s responsibility.
Most of the partner schools offer internationally valid insurance for their students who participate in approved study abroad programs. At most partner schools, the Global Studies advisor can explain what is available from the home university. In some cases, the internationally valid insurance obtained from the student’s home university may cover all or a major portion of the remaining 30% of the medical fees that are the student’s responsibility in Japan. In addition, in some cases, the insurance through the student’s home school may cover emergency repatriation to the home country, “extraction,” and other expenses — none of which are covered by the Japanese National Health Insurance. All these matters, however, are strictly between the student and the home university. TCU has no connection with them. However, TCU will cooperate with the student in obtaining documents from Japanese doctors or hospitals, which may prove helpful or necessary for reimbursement from the American insurance company. This cooperation extends, however, only to those forms and documents which are standard in the Japanese health and insurance industries (for instance, it does not include translation fees of documents when these are not included in the standard set of documents).
It should be further noted that joining the Japanese National Health Insurance plan is a condition of participation in EAI and, again, that the cost is already covered in the EAI program fee. Japanese law requires students to join this plan regardless of any insurance that they may or may not bring with them from their home country.
Refund Policy for the East Asia Institute
- Payment for the fall EAI semester is due before August 1.
- EAI starts towards the end of August, and there is a four to seven day period of orientation, government formalities, and settling in before classes start.
If a student drops out of EAI,
- From Aug. 1 until the first day of classes: 100% refund all of the inclusive EAI fee except for a $350 cancellation charge*.
- From the first day of class until the registration deadline (about 3 weeks into the EAI program and about 2 weeks after the start of classes): 75% refund of the inclusive EAI fee.**
- From the registration deadline until the withdrawal deadline (about 5 weeks into the EAI program and about 4 weeks after the start of classes): 50% refund of the inclusive EAI fee.***
- After the withdrawal deadline: No refund.
* In the case of any refund, the bank transfer fee (for money sent from Japan to North America) will be deducted from the amount to be refunded. Currently, the international bank transfer fee from Japan to North America is approximately ¥3,500 (that is, currently around $30.00). This amount is set in yen by the Japanese banks which could change it; and in addition, the dollar equivalent will vary according to the ¥/$ exchange rate.
** The “registration deadline” at TCU is what North American universities and colleges would likely call “last day to add or drop classes.” EAI students, upon acceptance, are pre-registered and guaranteed a seat in the four core EAI courses. EAI students are also pre-registered in such other courses as they may have requested before coming to Japan; but just as in America, TCU reserves the right in rare situations to change those other courses if a faculty member gets sick or resigns, and an appropriate substitute cannot be found, etc.
***Except for the start date of the EAI semester, all the other dates mentioned above in the refund schedule are set by the university for the Japanese degree programs, and are not unique for EAI. The exact calendar dates will vary slightly from year to year, but they can be found on the academic calendar on the EAI website.