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Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    12-18 credits
    • Location

      Inazi, Japan
    • Semesters Offered


      Suspended for Fall 2020 semester

    • Minimum GPA

    • Application

      We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2021 term. The application deadline is April 5. Please fill out the Study Abroad Future Interest Form to be notified about program updates for Spring 2022 and beyond.

      How to Apply

      Interested in applying? Check out the next steps.

      Study abroad programs have been suspended for the 2020-21 academic year. We are resuming study abroad programs for travel in the Fall 2021 term.

      The Biola Student Exchange Program provides unique opportunities for Biola students to study at Christian universities in Japan, Korea or Indonesia. Students can study as exchange students at Tokyo Christian University in Japan, Yonsei University in Korea or Universitas Pelita Harapan in Indonesia. Biola students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply for up to two semesters of exchange study.​​

      Program Overview

      Students attend The East Asia Institute at Tokyo Christian University in a one-semester program that lets you meet the people in their home setting, experience for yourself their life, culture, history, and gain a deep academic knowledge of this region. You may study the Japanese language at any level, from beginner on up to the most sophisticated. In addition to many Japanese students, our university is home to long-term students from many other countries in Asia as well as Africa, Europe, and the Americas. On your floor in the dorm, you will live with many Japanese, but you will also meet students from countries such as South Korea, Philippines, Macau, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Kenya, Uganda, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Peru, and the United States. 

      Tokyo Christian University offers one of the richest cross-cultural experiences available anywhere. At semester here offers courses carefully tailored to give you a balanced knowledge of Japan and East Asia, a set of guided experiences that let you touch and taste the history, art,  and experience the modern economic power of the Japanese people. All in addition to a homestay with a Japanese family, and the friendship of Japanese students and other international students. While Tokyo Christian University will provide you with plenty of ways to study and see the religions of Asia, we will also offer you the opportunity to study and personally experience what it means to be a Christian in an East Asian context. After your time with Tokyo Chrisitan University, you will return home with a richer and deeper awareness of yourself as a world Christian.

      Students who apply to attend the East Asia Institute at Tokyo Christian University must complete a Biola application for review by Study Abroad. This includes an interview as a part of the application. If the student is approved by Biola Study Abroad, they are nominated to complete an application to Tokyo Christian University who determines final acceptance.

      2020–21 Program Cost (Before Financial Aid)

      Note: We are waiting on updated costs for the 2021-2022 academic year

      2020–2021 Biola Semester Tuition$21,756
      Program Fees (Estimated Program Fee in USD)


      Non-Refundable Biola Administrative Fee$500
      International Health Insurance (Estimate)$225
      Estimated Program Cost$26,435

      Airfare, passport, some textbooks, and travel visa are not included in the estimated program cost. Students accepted to participate in the program with TCU during the 2020-21 year will be billed Biola tuition, Biola administrative fee, and international health insurance through Biola. Students live in a shared dorm room at Tokyo Christian University. This cost is before financial aid. For a study abroad financial aid review, please contact The Office of Financial Aid.

      *The Fall 2020 program fee is quoted as 416,500 JPY. Students will pay program fees directly to Tokyo Christian University in Yen. TCU will provide assistance in how to process payment. The program fee to TCU includes: housing, meals, Japanese language textbooks, bedding rental, bicycle rental, and field trips.

      Course Equivalencies

      View the Student Exchange Program: Japan Course Equivalencies.