SIE of International Center



Welcome to the SIE of International Center!

The SIE of International Center opened in May 2011. It provides a broad range of support for international exchange—primarily accepting international students from overseas, and assisting foreign study by TDU students. A unique feature of the center is its annual program for accepting short-term international students. Every year, a new group of international students spends the four months of the fall semester at the Chiba New Town Campus.

Tokyo Denki University selected as a university recommended for international students!

At the 2013 Japanese Language School Education Research Convention held by the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education on August 6, 2013, TDU received the Best University (Science and Technology) Award as a “university recommended for international students.” We were chosen for this award through a questionnaire survey of teaching staff working at roughly 400 Japanese language schools in Japan. The criteria for selection were the quality of facilities/equipment, educational content, treatment of international students, and job placement support. Having also won in 2012, this was the second consecutive award for TDU.

Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education

Roles of SIE of International Center




Support for international students from overseas

We support student life!




International students at the Chiba New Town Campus in 2013



Since its establishment, the School of Information Environment has had a program for accepting short-term international students.
In this program, students who have come to Japan from affiliated schools in the US, Finland and Indonesia study at the School of Information Environment for the four months of the fall semester.



The SIE of International Center opened in May 2011. It provides a broad range of support for international exchange—primarily accepting international students from overseas, and assisting foreign study by TDU students. A unique feature of the center is its annual program for accepting short-term international students. Every year, a new group of international students spends the four months of the fall semester at the Chiba New Town Campus.
Field Trips

To experience Japanese culture, students visit destinations such as the Edo-Tokyo Museum, kabuki theater, National Museum of Japanese History, and Nikko.
In 2013, students also went on a Tokyo Bay cruise.
Participation in Campus Events

International students can participate in various on-campus events such as the School Festival at SIE (Shuyosai) and a Halloween Party organized by student groups. Through these events, foreign students can enjoy interaction with Japanese students.


Students want to study language abroad, and learn about information at the School of Information Environment. The program accepting short-term international students provides a learning opportunity combining both goals.


We provide a course called “Learning Japanese in English” for international students who want to learn Japanese.
This course has an open class format, so Japanese students and people from the local community can also participate.
Students can both improve their language skills, and experience international exchange.


Students participate in the laboratory in two student teams, carrying out system development and other research jointly with their Japanese student partners.
At the end of their work, students have an opportunity to present their research results in Japanese, and thus everyone works diligently.

Voices of international students


My dream of working in Japan came true!

Sunil Maharjan

From the time I was a small child, I was fascinated by things like the amazing Japanese robot technology that I saw on television. In high school, I learned about computers and mathematics, and then I studied abroad at a computer vocational school in Japan. After graduation, I couldn't find a job because at that time the Japanese economy was in a slump, and so decided to study further and entered the School of Information Environment. My primary reason was the school's reputation for rigorous studies, and its high job placement rate. After enrolling, I found that the university lived up to its reputation. In addition to the excellent training I received through my studies, I was also able to master Japanese. Thanks to TDU, I was able to realize my long-cherished dream of working for a Japanese software development company. This company has a contract to develop systems for my native country of Nepal, and I accompanied my co-workers as a local guide when we went to Nepal for testing. At that time, I was very happy when the president of my company said, “you were a great help.” In the future, I would like to start a subsidiary in Nepal, and contribute to the development of IT in my home country.

I struggled with the language after coming to Japan, but if you have courage and dreams, you can overcome that hurdle. There is an International Center at the School of Information Environment, and they can discuss any issues that international students have. You too should step up to the challenge!


Nepal is a small country, long and narrow, running from the northwest to the southeast. It borders India to the south and Tibet to the north. Over 30 different ethnic groups live in Nepal, in highly diverse natural surroundings—ranging from the Himalayas, which include the world's highest peak Mt. Everest, to subtropical lowlands.


In the future, my dream is to teach at a university in my home country!

Iban Prakasa

Multimedia Nusantara University, where I studied in Indonesia, is an affiliated university of Tokyo Denki University, and I took advantage of the short-term study abroad program to live in Japan for 4 months. During that time, I participated in a mobile technology project of the School of Information Environment, and I realized that I definitely wanted to do full-fledged studies here. I studied for one year as a research student, and then went on to graduate school. In Indonesia, interest is focused on mobile related aspects of the IT field, and the technologies students can learn about are only those in the mobile field. Japan is nice because you can learn about a broad range of sophisticated technologies. In my master's program, I am conducting research on cloud computers. When I finish, I hope to get a job, gain experience, and start up an IT firm in my home country. At some point, my dream is to teach at a university in Indonesia.

The hardest thing when I came to Japan was definitely the language. I struggled particularly with kanji (Chinese characters). In that regard, the instructors at the Chiba New Town campus were very thoughtful, allowing me (among other things) to submit reports in English. I visited the International Center almost every day. The center provides help to international students in many different ways, and that's gives peace of mind.


Indonesia extends over an extremely long distance of 5,110 km from east to west, and includes the largest number of islands of any country in the world. It is comprised of 5 major islands, and more than 13,000 smaller islands, and is inhabited by numerous ethnic groups. In terms of religion, customs, arts, climate and other features, Indonesia has a diverse variety of unique and appealing characteristics, with strong local character.

Support for TDU students who hope to study abroad

For those who want to step out into the world

If a student would like to study abroad, but doesn't know where to start, we first ask him or her to visit the SIE of International Center for consultation. There, we listen carefully to each student's story, and propose the best study abroad program for each individual.

Decision on destination for study abroad

Preparation for departure

Support while studying abroad

Follow-up for international students

Voices of TDU students who have studied abroad


By studying abroad, I improved my self-assertiveness and gained confidence!

Hiroya Ishikawa

For six months of the fall semester during my first year in the School of Information Environment, I studied abroad at the Lapland University of Applied Sciences, an affiliated university of Tokyo Denki University (TDU). My motivation was the fact that English is the official language of the world of science and I wanted to master it, and I also would like to work in an international career in the future. Another important point was that it is possible to learn sophisticated network technology in Finland, which is the home of Nokia.

In Finland, I attended a program for international students. There was a mixture of students from EU countries, China and South Korea, and I was impressed by the fact that we worked on a case study of a certain company. The students were assigned to various posts in the company, and then they engaged in role-playing regarding how they would think and make decisions from their own standpoint. In class, I was always asked by my instructors and fellow students, “What is your opinion?” I developed a lot due to this environment where my own ideas couldn't be conveyed to others unless I asserted myself. Thanks to my study abroad, I gained confidence. I absolutely feel this experience will be very useful in my job hunting and later life as a working adult. Japanese people are regarded as introverts, but studying abroad is a good opportunity for expanding one's horizons.


My perspective was broadened greatly by experiencing the differences between Japan and the world!

Takeshi Nakahara

I’ve long had an interest in foreign countries, and when I entered graduate school, I realized there was a possibility of doing research with an international theme. In the fall semester of my sophomore year, I studied abroad at the Lapland University of Applied Sciences in Finland.
In an international culture class, my fellow international students and I had the opportunity to do presentations on the culture of daily life in our native countries, and my topic was toilet seats equipped with a warm-water bidet. I used a classroom chair to represent a toilet, and there was tremendous laughter when I demonstrated with gestures how 37ºC is the right temperature for me! My fellow students told me my story about toilets was great, and this broadened my opportunities for communication.

I became friends with a student from Slovakia, and when the program finished, we traveled for 5 days by ship and rail from Finland to his home. I spent almost a month there, and during that time had a wide variety of new experiences. I keenly realized the differences between Japan and the world, and this really broadened by perspective. Today, I am studying the Slovak language, and in the future I want to use my major in software technology while doing work connected with Slovakia.


Located in northern Europe, Finland is a country bounded by the Gulf of Bothnia and the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The capital is Helsinki. The country is comparatively low and flat, and there are about 60,000 lakes made by glaciers. The climate is mild despite the high latitude.

Connecting international students and TDU students

Fostering international exchange through events connecting international students with TDU students!

At the SIE of International Center, a number of events are held to bring together international students and TDU students. The program for accepting short-term international students, which is unique to the School of Information Environment, begins in the fall semester. Opportunities for cross-cultural experiences—with international students from Finland, the US, and the Republic of Indonesia who stay in Japan for about four months—are created through refreshment stands serving various cuisines during the School Festival at SIE (Shuyosai), a costume party for Halloween organized by student groups, and field trips for exposing international students to Japanese culture. In addition, TDU students can interact with international students on campus by participating in events such as the joint athletic festival, and international student get-togethers.

The International Center is looking for Peer Advisors!

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f you can speak Japanese, you can be an advisor! English speakers are also very welcome! Short-term international students come to Japan primarily to engage in cross-cultural exchange and study Japanese.
The primary types of assistance provided by peers to short-term international students in Japan include: guidance on campus and around Chiba New Town station, participation in orientation, help for the Shuyosai, and participation in events involving short-term international students. The most important job of an advisor is on-campus follow-up.
On campus, there are barriers of language and culture, and at present international students cannot really open up to Japanese students. So we want you to make time, befriend an international student, eat lunch together, invite them out to have fun, and be someone they can freely talk with! This will surely be a valuable experience both for them and for you. We're waiting for your application!

Access Map/Contact Information

SIE of International Center

Education Bldg., 5F, Room 529
Hours: Weekdays 10:00-17:00
Tel.: 0476-46-4111 (Ext. 73-8011)
Fax.: 0476-46-8018