Tokai University


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Tokai University is a private university, and one of the largest general education and research institutions in Japan today. “Tokai" refers to the Pacific Ocean, and symbolises the desire to foster rich spirits and broad perspectives. The founding objectives of Tokai University are to contribute to human society, to foster active, talented people and to arouse interest in our earth and a sense of responsibility for the future of mankind.

The University's main Shonan campus is roughly 1 hour from central Tokyo – one of the world's largest and greatest cities.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester April–Late July
Semester 2 Autumn Semester September–February

View the Tokai University academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Tokai University has online resources to help get more from your exchange:


Tokai University has multiple campus locations around Japan, with most within or nearby Tokyo:

  • Shonan campus (main)
  • Yoyogi campus
  • Takanawa campus
  • Isehara campus
  • Shimizu campus
  • Sapporo campus
  • Kumamoto campus

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

15 tani / credits per semester (for all Japanese language levels) at Tokai University is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

OR 30 tani / credits per year (for all Japanese language levels) is equivalent to 16 UQ units. 

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at Tokai University.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the Tokai University course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English


Course restrictions

Undergraduate exchange only.

Additional academic information

Tokai University offers full-year Intensive Japanese Language Program to international exchange students. 

Tokai University has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


Tokai University's Shonan Campus offers reasonably priced accommodation for international and exchange students. Exchange students may apply for a room in L-Kan (female dorm) or Kokusai-kaikan (male dorm). 

Cost of living

The cost of living in Tokyo can be extremely expensive, however, there are multiple ways to reduce your expenses while living and studying in Japan.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Students studying at Tokai University may be eligible to apply for the JASSO Scholarship.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

All foreign nationals who are granted permission to stay in Japan for 3 months or more must enrol in the National Health Insurance (NHI) system

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Tokai University has visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Consulate General of Japan for more visa information. 

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.