Princeton Program: University of Tokyo
Princeton students have a unique opportunity to combine enrollment in several Todai programs. Students who wish to focus on East Asian studies but do not have advanced Japanese may enroll in AIKOM, Todai’s program for international students. AIKOM offers Japanese language at various levels and courses in English in East Asian Studies. Students in other disciplines, including the sciences, may direct enroll in departmental courses taught in English or in Japanese if possessing advanced language skills. An understanding of Japanese society and culture is enhanced by the integration of the historical and cultural resources of Tokyo into the academic curriculum and student life.
The University of Tokyo, usually known as "Todai" was established in 1877 as the first national university in Japan. As a leading research university, Todai offers courses in essentially all academic disciplines at both undergraduate and graduate levels and conducts research across the full spectrum of academic activity. The university aims to provide its students with a rich and varied academic environment that ensures opportunities for both intellectual development and the acquisition of professional knowledge and skills.
Tokyo began as fishing village called Edo and grew by the 16th century to the largest city in the world. Today Tokyo, still the largest metropolitan area in the world, is often considered one of the three economic centers of the globe along with London and New York City. As the political center of Japan, it hosts the Japanese national government and the Imperial Palace. Also known as a center for academic life the city holds numerous universities, such as Todai, and several national archives for researchers including the National Diet Library and the National Archives.
As you might expect from a city of this size, the cultural life in Tokyo is wide ranging and diverse. Tokyo has museums of all kinds from the Tokyo National Museum, specializing in traditional Japanese art to the National Museum of Modern Art near the Imperial Palace. Theater and music possibilities cover the spectrum as well, from noh and kabuki venues to large popular music venues like Nippon Budokan arena. Once cherry blossoms bloom in spring, many residents gather in Ueno Park, Inokashira Park, and the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden for picnics under the blossoms. Harajuko, a neighborhood in Shibuya, is famous for its popular culture scene and cosplay. Sports options abound with baseball and sumo being two very popular among locals.