The information below is for Summer 2018/2019 and is to be used as a reference only. Updated information for Summer 2019/2020 will be available in late July. 

The CIS Australia January in Tokyo program takes place in the bustling city of Tokyo at Seisen University. 

Choose one or two sessions to study Japanese culture and language. 

Fields of study

  •   Japanese language and culture

Find more information about which courses you can participate in under the 'Courses' tab. 

Credit Equivalent

3 US credits = 2 UQ Units. Maximum of 4 UQ Units if 8 credits are successfully completed (pending UQ faculty approval).

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the standard UQ Student Eligibility Criteria and any additional eligibility criteria set by CIS Australia. 

CIS Australia programs are highly competitive and fill up fast so be sure to get your application in as early as possible.

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Session list

UQ students are able to complete courses within the following sessions: 

Session 1
  • Start date: 06 January 2019
  • End date: 20 January 2019
  • Credit: For credit or not for credit
Session 2
  • Start date: 20 January 2019
  • End date: 03 February 2019
  • Credit: For credit or not for credit

You can contact the Global Experiences team for course syllabi or CIS Australia for specific information on your program of interest. Find more information regarding specific courses on the CIS Australia website


The program fee varies depending on the chosen session and number of courses. Program fees range from $4,499 - $6,199 AUD per session.

More information regarding program fees can be found on the CIS Australia website.  

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding.


Accommodation is included in the program cost.

For more information regarding accommodation, please see the CIS Australia website.

Huilin - 2019

Taking a short term course is an opportunity to stay in a foreign country. It is totally different from just traveling overseas. I can deeply experience the Japanese culture, being  part of them in their daily life, and also learn lots of new things. Personally, I am looking forward to getting a job which allows me to stay long periods of time in different countries in the future. I will study hard and try to achieve my dream.

My favourite memory is the first field trip in Asakusa temple. We met many friends from all over the world, and also had opportunities to chat with Japanese students to learn more about local culture. We finished the mission together and took many pictures, which make us closer. I like field trip because it makes me experience the real Japan rather than just sitting in the classroom.

A tip for people who are intersted is to learn the local language as it can make your trip more comfortable.


I would say friendship was the best thing I gained from this experience. We stayed in the same accommodation, went to uni together and had each meal together, which really provided us with a good chance to get close to each other. I took Japanese popular culture and anime course there. It was exciting for me to have a field trip to better experience Japanese culture, which could be something that we cannot experience in Australia. While finishing the cultural-related presentation in around 2-days was a challenge for me, but thanks to the field trip, I found out more for my presentation skills.

Read more of Xinru's story here. 


As I am very interested in Japanese culture and want to get credit during the holiday, I decided to complete this experience.

This experience brought me many new friends and my Japanese language skill have improved.

My favourite memory was to have fun with new friends in Tokyo. For future participants, I would say just enjoy the program.


U Hei

In these four weeks of the exchange program, I really enjoyed every minute in Tokyo, even the time in university.

Although I needed to wake up at 7 every morning, I was looking forward to every day and couldn't wait to see the teacher and friendly students iat Seisen University.

The short-term program really can explore yourself and expand your mind in a different city in the world.


Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: 10 September
Host: TBC

Program Dates

Start: 05 January 2019
End: 21 February 2019

The dates listed above are for the Summer 2018/2019 program. Dates for the Summer 2019/2020 program are TBC. 


If you participate in a short-term program you may also be eligible to submit an application for an OS-HELP loan if your program is for-credit and you are enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student. 

Application Deadlines

15 January for overseas study commencing March to August
15 March for overseas study commencing May to October
15 June for overseas study commencing August to January
15 September for overseas study commencing November to April

Refer to the funding page for more information on eligibility requirements and loan amounts. 

Fast Facts

Type: Study
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Credit: For-credit and not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate and Postgraduate*

*Postgraduates may participate in this program not-for-credit only

Global Experiences Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.​