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Daito Bunka University
Higashi Matsuyama, Japan (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year
Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Budget Sheets Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 01/15/2017** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
 Housing Options:
Apartment, Dorm (single)
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
 Program Specialist:
Yumi Takahashi-Ede
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
 Program Length:
Academic Year
Program Description:
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Application Instructions

The Japanese Exchange programs are highly competitive and require a lengthy application process to each host university. All applicants must first apply through the general “Japan - Academic Year Exchange Program” application on BroncosAbroad. This application will ask for your top 3 choice of schools in Japan along with regular application requirements. When comparing schools, please keep in mind the GPA requirements, location of the school, and required language experience as these vary greatly between schools.

The deadline for the BroncosAbroad application for Academic Year of 2017-2018 is January 15, 2017. We will then evaluate all applications and invite students to a Selection Committee Interview sometime in early February. After the interviews, advisors will decide on Exchange placements and will assist students with host university applications.

See the Japanese Programs Quick Comparison sheet for more information about Study abroad programs in Japan: Japanese Programs_2016-2017 quick comparison.pdf

Program Overview

Daito Bunka University is one of Tokyo’s oldest traditional and historical universities established by the National Congress in 1923 with a current enrollment of approximately 14,000 students. The university has two campuses, Itabashi, Tokyo and Higashi Matsuyama, Saitama, which is located about fifty minutes via train north of the center of Tokyo.

Language courses are held at the Higashi Matsuyama campus, and the university-provided housing is near a train station in Saitama. The Japanese Language program for Exchange Students offers small classes, many of which are conducted as tutorials or in small group sessions, focusing on language, culture and Japanese history.

WMU students interested in this exchange program may be able to contact students from the host institution currently studying at WMU. Contact the Haenicke Institute Study Abroad office for information.

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Daito Bunka has two campuses, Tokyo and Higashi Matsuyama, both located on Honshu, the main island of Japan. Higashi Matsuyama is located in the center of Saitama Prefecture and has a population of approximately 92,000 (2002 figure). It is located just over forty miles to the north of downtown Tokyo. It is just far enough away from the Tokyo metropolis that it is relatively quiet and has many green areas, but it has easy access to the center of Tokyo via train. Located within Higashi Matsuyama are the Yakyu and Shobuji Shrines, both of which were founded in the early eighth century; the Higashi Matsuyama Peony Park, and the Peace Memorial Museum. It is also the site of the colorful annual Tennosama festival in mid-summer.

Higashi Matsuyama is a fifty-minute train ride via the Tojo Tobu train line to Tokyo, the country capital and the largest city in Japan (population: 12 million). It is a vast metropolis, spreading across the Kanto Plain. Tokyo is the country cultural, economic, and political center. For visitors, many sites of interest lie either on or within the JR Yamanote line, the rail-loop that circles central Tokyo. Ginza is the most famous shopping area in Tokyo. Ueno Park north of the center has some of Japan finest museums and galleries. The Tokyo National Museum holds the world largest selection of Japanese art; the National Science Museum is packed with scientific marvels; and the Shitamachi History Museum is a re-creation of the plebeian downtown quarters of old Tokyo.

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Academic Eligibility
Good Academic Standing
Minimum GPA of 3.0
Completion of Japanese 2010

Academic Program
The program is designed to provide intensive Japanese language instruction and a comprehensive understanding of Japanese culture. Daito Bunka’s one-year language program offers the following language courses: Japanese Language Seminar 1-15. The topics covered include conversation, translation, grammar, listening and composition. Students who have the language ability are free to take other courses from Daito Bunka’s catalog.

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student’s academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student’s major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

To access the complete program budget published at the top of this page, click here. Students should bring a copy of the program budget when they meet with their financial aid advisor to discuss funding for study abroad.

The program fee includes: tuition, administrative fees, WMU health and international and emergency assistance insurance, and orientation. The program fee will be billed to the student account for each semester.

The program fee does not include: housing, meals, airfare, books, local transportation, passport, visa, Japanese health insurance, and miscellaneous expenses.

Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. This budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.

Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing be divided into qualified (expenses and fees related to the class or program) and non-qualified (other costs).  The total program fee equals the program commitment fee plus qualified and non-qualified expenses added together.
   Program commitment fee
+ Qualified (expenses and fees related to the class or program)
+ Non-qualified (other costs)
= Total program fee

Program commitment fee:  This is a portion of the program fee which is billed after the student clicks the "Commit" button to secure their place in the program.  The remainder of the program fee is billed to the WMU student account for the semester of enrollment in study abroad credits. The program commitment fee is due within 30 days once charged to the WMU student account. After 30 days, per university accounts policy, holds will be placed on past-due balances.

Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad, so plan ahead!  Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to receiving financial aid for the semester, such as the program commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable).  These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, they must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time). 

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the President's Grant for Study Abroad.

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Daito Bunka University has three types of dormitories: Ryugakusei-kaikan in Sakado-shi, Green House in Higashi Matsuyama-shi, and City Palace Takasaka in Higashi Matsuyama-shi. They are located near the Higashi Matsuyama campus by train or by bus. All rooms are furnished. Exchange students are required to stay at a dormitory during their study at Daito Bunka University. Application for housing is not needed, but allocation is done by Daito Bunka University International Center.

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Fall 2016
Classes begin: September 16
School Festival: November 3-5
Winter vacation: December 25-January 10
Semester Exams: January 23-30
Semester finishes: January 30
Spring vacation: January 31-March 31

Spring 2017 (Dates for Spring 2017 are approximate dates. Exact dates and detailed itinerary will be announced later.)
Classes begin: April 10
Semester finishes: First week of August

Tentative itinerary subject to change.

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Additional Resources

Host Institution Information (external links)
Daito Bunka University
Daito Bunka Homepage for Exchange Students

Country Information (external links)
Japan - Lonely Planet
Tokyo - Lonely Planet
Saitama Prefecture’s Official Website
U.S. Department of State Information
Country Specific Information – Japan
Culturegram – Japan

Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit


Program faculty directors:
Professor Jeffrey Angles
Professor of Japanese Literature & Translation Studies

Professor Rika Saito
Associate Professor of Japanese Language & Literature

Professor Carlos Pimentel
Assistant Professor of Japanese Language

WMU Study Abroad:
Yumi Takahashi-Ede
Study Abroad Specialist
2425E Ellsworth Hall
Phone: (269) 387-5890

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