The Temple University Library: Unique English Resources Hidden in the Middle of Tokyo

Amélie Geeraert
Kokoro Media
Published in
7 min readJan 31, 2024

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In early December 2021, I was invited to visit Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) by Justin Sanders, at the time head of its Continuing Education Department and Kokoro Media reader. The visit focused mainly on the university’s library, as I had been told it was packed with wonderful resources in the English language.

It was an occasion for me to learn more about the university and hear behind-the-scenes stories about its fantastic library, which I, in quality of book lover, am now going to share with you.

Temple University, Japan Campus

Temple University was founded in 1884 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. It is a comprehensive public research university with about 39,000 students and two overseas campuses: one in Rome, Italy, and one in Tokyo, Japan.

The Japan Campus, now located in the Sangenjaya area, was established in 1982, with the aim to offer American education of the highest quality to all students. It gives them the possibility to earn an American university degree without leaving Japan. In 2005, it was designated by Japan’s Ministry of Education as the country’s first foreign university.

TUJ offers not only undergraduate education, but graduate programs in TESOL, Management and Law, as well as continuing education programs, corporate training, and free public lectures. Classes are taught in English only and the degree program curriculum is the same as the main campus in Philadelphia. The university operates on a three-semester academic calendar that allows students to enter into programs anytime, facilitating transfers between American and Japanese universities as well as global partnerships.

The campus is truly international with around 3,500 learners from many nationalities in its programs. Undergraduate students are roughly 40% of each US nationals and Japanese nationals, with around 60 nationalities comprising the remaining 20%. The university is promoting understanding between cultures through its international environment.

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Amélie Geeraert
Kokoro Media

Living in Japan since 2011. I love interviewing inspiring people.