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Senshu at a Glance

Site: Senshu University - Business, Culture and Language (BLC) Program
Website: Senshu University – Ikuta Campus
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Language of Instruction: Business and Culture Class in English
Language Class in Japanese/English
Subjects: Japanese language, business, and culture
Credits: 17 credit hours transferrable to UNL
Housing: International dormitory and optional weekend homestay
Program Length 12 week fall semester program
Program Dates Mid-September to mid-December
Type of Program: Exchange Program
Approximate Costs: Review the MyWorld Budget Sheet
Eligibility: UNL Undergraduate students
3.0 GPA preferred; 2.5 GPA required
Application Deadline: Priority deadline: Friday, November 20, 2015
Final deadline, pending availability: March 1, 2016
Social Media Hashtag: #UNLSenshu

The University Community

Senshu University

Senshu University, founded in 1880, is a private institution consisting of two campuses. The downtown Tokyo campus, located near the Imperial Palace, is the home of the Law School and major evening programs. The UNL program is held on the suburban campus located in Kawasaki City, about a 20-minute train ride from Tokyo. The programs of the suburban campus include a graduate school, international office, economics, literature, and business. There is also a University-affiliated high school in Kawasaki City. Many graduates of the high school go on to attend Senshu University.

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Admission to the University is highly competitive and only one out of five Japanese native applicants is accepted. The majority of the 10,000 enrolled students live in Tokyo and commute daily to the campus since there is little opportunity for them to live on campus.

Senshu University has set specific international goals, with an emphasis on increasing their students' English language skills. These goals have prompted Senshu University to participate in several exchange programs with universities in the United States to provide study opportunities for their students who are proficient in English.

Courses of Study

The Senshu Business Culture and Language (BCL) academic program consists of three courses especially designed for program participants. Students earn 17 total credit hours of Japanese language credit, business elective and modern language elective credit, including the following:

Traditional Japanese Architecture

Japanese Language Course (JAPN/MODL – 8 total hours) : The intense Japanese language course is designed for students with all levels of proficiency, including those who have not studied the language. Students are given a Japanese language exam during the first week at Senshu to determine the appropriate language course level. All Japanese language courses have an emphasis on conversation, patterns and vocabulary, grammar and reading, and listening comprehension. Eight semester hours of credit will transfer to UNL upon successful completion of the language course.

Japanese Culture Course (MODL 298 - 3 hours) : The Japanese culture course is a general introduction to Japanese history and culture. It emphasizes geographical features, history and culture, as well as contemporary Japanese politics, economy, agriculture, education, family and women in society and changes in Japanese society. Along with field trips, students will have the opportunity to observe and practice traditional culture offerings, such as tea ceremonies and calligraphy. The culture course will transfer to UNL as three hours of culture credit.

Japanese Business Course (BSAD 491 - 6 hours) The Japanese Business Course: The business course explores Japanese business concepts and methods of operation. Field trips to multinational corporations such as Panasonic, Kirin Beer and Mitsui Insurance highlight the course. The business course has been approved for six hours of credit in CBA. Students enrolled in other colleges should discuss credit with their academic advisor.

Excursions and Travel Opportunities


The Senshu BCL Program includes many field trips and cultural excursions. For the Business course, students visit several Japanese companies, such as Panasonic, Kirin Beer, and Mitsui Insurance. The Culture course provides opportunities to take part in a tea ceremony, traditional Japanese calligraphy, a Kabuki play, and more.

Early in the semester, students go on a field trip to Kamakura, an ancient capital of Japan that is known for its numerous temples and shrines.

Mid-semester, students visit Hakone, a place famous for its hot springs, natural beauty, stunning view of Mount Fuji. During this two-day visit, students stay in Senshu University's seminar house.

Fall Break

During the fall program, students have a long weekend, usually beginning in late October. During this time, most students travel to places such as Kyoto, Hiroshima, or Nikko. This is a great time to travel, as it is still fairly warm and the autumn leaves are at their best. With a Japan Rail Pass, students may ride JR trains, buses, and trams for one week for a low fare, including the famous shinkansen, or bullet trains. During the Fall Orientation, Nebraska students are provided with information about popular destinations and advice on where to go by the Senshu coordinator.

Daily Events


Adjusting to a foreign country can be overwhelming for anyone, so during the first week of the program, students are given some time to adjust with the help of Senshu students and staff. Senshu students lead the participants on a tour of the campus and downtown area, including important university buildings and budget-friendly places to eat and shop. There are also orientations for the gymnasium and computer center. An opening ceremony and welcome party for the new participants is held this first week, where participants will meet other students and staff members. A few days after arrival, the Japanese placement exam is held for those who have been studying the language. Based on the placement exam, students will be placed into small classes according to their level.

The day begins at International House, the international dormitory, around 8:00 am as students begin to wake up and get ready for the 9:00 am Japanese classes. The campus comes alive around this time as well, as Senshu students rush to their classes. After Japanese class, students are given an hour to meet up with friends and eat lunch, perhaps at one of Senshu's cafeterias or back at the dorm. Depending on the day, everyone meets up for the Business and/or Culture classes, held at the International Center in afternoon. Every so often, a field trip or cultural activity is held.


After classes, students are free to do as they wish; some students may check their email in one of Senshu's computer labs before heading home to work on their homework, others may do a little grocery shopping at the local 99 Yen shop before returning home to make dinner together with their friends, and others may head out to explore an area of Tokyo they haven't been to yet. Life at the Senshu International House is one of the best things about the Senshu program for every participant.

Living Arrangements

Program participants live in the NEW Senshu International House, an international dorm that opened in Summer 2014, which is only a short walk from classroom buildings, train stations, and local shops. The Senshu International House will house exchange students and short-term international students from overseas, as well as traditional students who are international student assistants. The standard rooms for international students (50 rooms) will house 2 students per room.

The second floor has an area,”Osamitsu Yamada International Hall” designed to facilitate cross-cultural interactions between Japanese students and international students, among other purposes. As an educational dorm that promotes learning for people from around the world, the building has become the new cross-cultural hub on campus.

Japanese Cooking

The Senshu International House has a well-equipped kitchen, as well as shower rooms, washing machines and dryers. Pillows and blankets are provided. No pre-prepared meals are served at the Senshu International House and students are responsible for their meals.

There is a new program called the “Resident Partner Program,” in which Japanese students will room with international students and provide support with warm hospitality. There is also a large multipurpose room that hosts such functions as cross-cultural events and other social gatherings.

Weekend Homestay

Students are also encouraged to participate in the weekend homestay in which they live with a local Japanese family. It is a great opportunity to experience living like a local, practice Japanese language skills, and make new friends. The host family often cooks meals for their students, or may take them to Kamakura, the countryside, Mt. Fuji, or on a cultural excursion.


Numerous scholarships are offered for study abroad programs. Check with the UNL Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to see if your current scholarships can be applied or if there are others available, (402) 472-2030. Students should also check with the Education Abroad website and the CBA Scholarships website for more information. Other Scholarships that are specific towards this program are the Edythe Wiebers International Studies Scholarship, the Gilman Scholarship, and the Bridging Scholarship.

Why the Senshu Program Stands Out

At Disneyland The Senshu program offers something special that no other program offers, which is the option to be part of a Japanese family with the weekend homestay. Students have an outstanding opportunity to learn and practice the Japanese language and experience Japanese business and culture in a real world setting. Students also stay in a new dorm which just opened in Fall 2014, with students from around the world, including those from Japan who are excited to help students explore their new community. Due to this program being offered in Asia, there plenty of opportunities to earn scholarships toward your study abroad experience.

Application Process


Although the program has a special appeal for business students, any UNL undergraduate student in good standing is eligible to apply. A 3.0 GPA is preferred. Strong motivation will be favorably considered for students with a 2.5 GPA. Students applying for the exchange program should demonstrate a genuine interest in an international experience and in the program. Students from other institutions are welcome.

There are two rounds of applications. The first round of applications is for UNL acceptance; all requirements application materials are due by November 20, 2015. Review of applications begins at that time. A maximum of 12 students can participate in this program. If additional spots remain after the priority deadline, the application will reopen with a final deadline of March 1, 2016.

Senshu Application

All students are required to complete the online application, a statement of purpose, 2 academic references*, five passport type photos, and an official UNL transcript. Apply online through MyWorld through the Education Abroad's webpage.

* Students are to submit two academic references; one from a Japanese instructor if you've taken Japanese courses either in high school or college. Official transcripts can be requested through Registration and Records in Canfield 107 or via MyRed.

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Studying abroad is quite possibly one of the most important things you can do as an undergrad. Besides being incredibly fun, the humility, responsibility, and resourcefulness you develop are wonderful traits you'll carry with you throughout the rest of your life.

Max Triba
CBA Student


Mostek, Jennifer
Assistant Director of International Engagement and Advising

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