Support and Safety
UCEAP students are supported by a network of people throughout the world. Your study abroad experience will be guided by trained staff that are there to support you as you prepare to study abroad, when you arrive, and throughout the program.
In western Tokyo, Japan, the UCEAP Tokyo Study Center is on the campus of International Christian University (ICU), about 40 minutes from downtown Tokyo. Located in one of the main classroom buildings, the center is easily accessible to students. Enjoy the scenery and relaxing atmosphere when visiting. The center is one stop away from the Studio Ghibli Museum, located in Mitaka. Staff members are fluent in both Japanese and English. A snack box offers standard treats as well as traditional Japanese treats if you want to try something new. Photocopying, scanning, and international faxing are available for a fee.
Talk to study center staff about
- Host university resources
- Volunteer opportunities
- Internships in the greater Tokyo area
A staff member is available 24/7 by telephone or email for assistance in case of medical or legal emergencies. Contact information is provided at orientation.
Teneal Jones (she/her)
Program Assistant, Tokyo Study Center in Tokyo, Japan
Teneal helps students with all the logistics of study abroad in Japan and is a listener for any student who needs it. She recommends buying a rechargeable train card and joining a student club to learn something new, make friends, and practice the language.
She says, “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes when speaking Japanese. Just try your best!”
Teneal hopes students will find their time in Japan an opportunity for self-growth and learning new life skills that will be valuable for their future. She wants students to have fond memories of their time in Japan so they come again.i
Kosuke Makihara (he/him)
UCEAP Tokyo Study Center in Tokyo, Japan
Kosuke helps students apply, choose courses, and understand their program. He recommends turning off your phone once in a while and walking in a direction that looks interesting or new.
He says, “At least once, get off the train at a station you always pass and discover your Japan. You may find a tiny shrine hidden in beautiful plum trees, or a local shop with handcrafted goods, or a new café that can be your special study spot in Tokyo.”
Kosuke hopes students will be adventurous and willing to take on new challenges to accomplish their goals on study abroad.
Kazumi Onnagawa (she/her)
Tokyo Study Center in Tokyo, Japan
Kazumi helps students with day-to-day logistics and adjusting to life in Japan. She also helps them register for courses as well as find internships and volunteer opportunities in Tokyo. She recommends joining student and community groups to immerse in the local society.
She says, “Find a favorite ramen shop, café, and grocer, and become a regular. Your experience studying abroad in Japan will give you the confidence to face future challenges.”
Kazumi hopes students will expand their perspectives and deepen their understanding of the world.
To help navigate the transition of leaving home and going abroad, you’ll attend in-person and online events. At these events, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and meet the staff who will be supporting you while you study abroad. You’ll learn things like:
- What student services are available at your host location
- Where to find local health care
- How and when to register for classes
- What to do and who to contact in an emergency
- How to travel to and from where you live to classes
- How to handle money matters like opening a bank account
- How to use technology, including your phone, and get access to the Internet
Most on-site orientations include a tour of the campus and local sites. You will also meet other students on your program and local students who will be part of your experience.
Students with disabilities
Students with disabilities can and do study abroad. A successful experience is dependent upon careful planning, coordination, and communication.
Focus on programs that best fit your interests, academic goals, and career aspirations. You'll work with the staff at the disability services and study abroad offices on your UC campus. They can help you identify strategies to remain flexible and think creatively about accessibility and realities abroad as some international locations can be different than what you are typically accustomed to in the US. They can also help you get the necessary paperwork you'll need to apply.
After you apply, your UCEAP program specialist will coordinate with the institution abroad and connect you with those who can arrange for an accessible experience. If your needs cannot be accommodated at any point in the process, your advisors will help you choose another program. You will not be alone in this decision.