Study Abroad

How Much is a Study Abroad Semester in Japan?

Erica Chen

A UC Berkeley student and former intern at Go Overseas, Erica is a typical twenty-something with roots laid in Taiwan and California.

Cost of study abroad in Japan

The land of the rising sun is home to the second-largest economy in the world. Many universities offer courses in English as well as Japanese.

How much can you expect to spend in tuition for a semester in Japan?

For tuition alone, a semester in Japan varies greatly, from $3,400 a semester to $18,250 at the private Kansai Gaidai University.

Tuition for direct enrollment for a semester at:
Tuition for a semester with a program provider:

How much does it cost to live in Japan for a semester?

City living in Japan can cost around $5,500 a semester. Living in a more rural area may cost less, but add on in transportation costs.

Expense Estimated Cost
  • $7 - inexpensive meal
  • $33 - date at a mid-range restaurant
  • $114 - average weekly grocery bill
Monthly rent $420 - $710 for a one-bedroom apartment

About $173 per month

Cell phone

About $40 per month

Local transportation

Monthly pass: about $79

Personal expenses
  • Pair of jeans: $66
  • 0.5L of domestic beer: $2
  • Cappuccino: $3
  • Movie ticket: $15
Total Expect to spend about $4,700 - 6,000 for one semester in Japan after airfare and program fees.
Source: Japan Numbeo

What's the average price of a flight to Japan?

Flights to Toyko can run as little as $715 from Los Angeles to $1219 from New York. Flights to other destinations in Japan will cost more.

How much does it cost to study abroad for a semester in Japan?

Studying in Japan can vary greatly in cost, ranging from $9,615 for a direct enrollment to $25,000 for a more expensive institution.

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