Japan Women's University in Tokyo, Japan

Mount Holyoke has an agreement with Japan Women's University for the reciprocal exchange of students for a full academic year or spring semester. The number of exchange places available is limited, and depends on whether JWU will have a student wishing to come to Mount Holyoke at the same time. Application for the exchange is open to all qualified students regardless of their financial aid status.

Japan Women's University

  • Founded in 1901
  • Oldest and largest private university for women in Japan
  • Approximately 6,000 students (50 international students)
  • International division located on Mejiro campus, 15 minutes from Mejiro Station (in the residential and educational ward of Bunkyo)

City of Tokyo

  • Capital of Japan, population about 13 million
  • Located on the eastern side of the main island of Honshu

Academic Program

  • Two semesters: first semester runs from early April to late July, second semester from late September to late January
  • Students may apply for the period January to December, or April to February
  • Courses taught in English focus on Japanese language and culture
  • Students who are proficient in Japanese may enroll in regular courses offered to degree-seeking students (course offerings include English, history, psychology, education, sociology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biological sciences)

Living Arrangements

  • Exchange students are guaranteed housing in a JWU dormitory, with a host family, or in a private student residence


  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must have completed sophomore year (or at least three semesters, for spring entrants) prior to enrolling at JWU
  • Must have taken at least one year of Japanese language study, though the exchange is best for students with a high level of language proficiency who will be prepared to enroll in regular JWU courses

Financial Arrangements

  • Exchange student pays MHC tuition and JWU waives its tuition, if JWU has a student to come to MHC at the same time; otherwise, MHC student may apply to JWU as a visiting student and will pay JWU tuition
  • Exchange student pays directly for room and hall fees, and is responsible for her own meals, as well as nominal university fees, round-trip travel to Japan, books, and personal expenses
  • Students selected to study at JWU as exchange students who are eligible for need-based financial aid are guaranteed Laurel Fellowships; financial aid award will be based on total budget, including MHC tuition, MHC administrative fee, any nominal JWU fees, and allowances toward room and board, books, personal expenses, and round-trip airfare
  • Students receiving merit aid (which ordinarily does not travel) may use that aid on the JWU exchange

How to Apply

  • Submit Mount Holyoke's Request to Study Abroad (including the Laurel Fellowship application, if applicable) in MyMountHolyoke according to the instructions on the Deadlines page
  • Students will be notified by the McCulloch Center whether they have been selected for the exchange
  • Exchange nominee will then complete the JWU application and submit it to the McCulloch Center for forwarding to JWU (students must also be accepted by JWU)