Lakeland College Japan


Don't Get Lost in the Crowd

Very often higher education feels more like being lost in an ocean than anything else. With class sizes reaching into the hundreds, contact with teachers becomes rare; instead you mostly meet with "teaching assistants" who are nothing more than students who are a year or two ahead of you. Lakeland strives to be different. With maximum class sizes ranging between 16 and 26 students, you are assured to get the teacher's attention. Our faculty offices are open, and students are welcomed–in fact, encouraged–to get special, personal attention from professors who are committed to reaching out to their classes.

  • Small Class Sizes
  • Quality Instruction
  • Personal Attention

What Lakeland College Japan Is to Our Students

LCJ is more than just the first two years of college. For international students, it is a life experience, often the first time to live in a new culture. Our students find themselves independent often for the first time in their lives--but never alone. The family they enter is one rich with variety and experience. Hear directly from them what it's like to live in Japan and study at LCJ.

Live in Japan, Get an American education, and Take it anywhere.

As a fully-accredited U.S. college, Lakeland College Japan offers an authentic American education in the heart of downtown Tokyo. Get the best of both worlds, and more–joining students from around the world in an earnest commitment to learning, while getting the most from living in Japan. After graduating with an Associate of Arts degree, transfer to a four-year college is usually easier than trying to apply as a Freshman–and Lakeland's tuition is genuinely affordable. What’s more, graduating with an A.A. degree from LCJ assures transfer to our home campus, with a minimum $4000 scholarship–and with good enough grades, a $7000-per-year scholarship to make Lakeland’s already-low tuition hard to beat.

  • J-Plus-A: Live in Japan, Learn Japanese, Get an American Education, Transfer to an American University
  • Accredited & Recognized: One of only a very few colleges officially recognized in both Japan and America
  • Your Passport to Japan: LCJ will Sponsor Your Visa
  • Affordable: Low Tuition, Reasonably-priced Housing, and Great Scholarship Opportunities from Home Campus
  • Job Opportunities: find part-time work both on and off campus
  • Go Anywhere: LCJ Credits Recognized by Japanese and American Schools, Expanding Your Options
  • International Setting: Students from Countries around the Globe–The World Comes to You
  • Safe & Central: Our Campus Is in the Heart of Tokyo, the Safest Big City in the World
  • Conveniently Located: In Shinjuku, with Major Shopping, Culture, Parks, and Entertainment a Short Walk Away
  • A Stone's Throw from Everywhere: More than a Dozen Train Lines Cross through Shinjuku, the #1 Station in Japan
  • Entrance Three Times a Year: Three Semesters Offers More Flexibility and a Faster Route through General Ed
  • Tried and True: Lakeland Celebrates 150 Years in Wisconsin, Lakeland Japan 20 Years in Tokyo
  • Easy Housing: low-cost apartments and guest houses–no key money, no deposits, no guarantors required–with 24/7 English-language services

Home Campus

A Place Where Friends Become Family

Lakeland College Japan's advantages are not unique–we inherit most of them from our home campus. A quality, affordable Liberal Arts college, with an impressive teacher-to-student ratio and a safe, quiet environment, Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin has a century and a half of tradition behind it. Even in America's heartland, Lakeland attracts students from as many as 40 countries around the world.

There's no shortage of quality housing, and all the advantages of a quiet setting, perfect for concentrating on study. You get the security of a town noted as the best place to raise a family in America, with great cities like Chicago and Milwaukee just a short trip away–though you'll be hard-put to find time between all of the on-campus social activities to get away much. The greatest risk you'll likely face is enjoying the food too much.

  • Accreditation. Lakeland College’s graduate and undergraduate programs are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Enrollment. Lakeland’s student population is around 4,000 with over 900 students enrolled in the traditional undergraduate day program.
  • Programs. Lakeland College has over 30 accredited undergraduate degree programs and four graduate programs.
  • Campus Housing. Residence halls offer both single gender and co-ed housing options. Suites and apartments are available for upper-class students. All housing facilities are fully wired for telephone, cable TV and Internet service.
  • International Student Office. This office assists international students with legal forms, information concerning U.S. immigration service and other federal and state agencies. Special orientation programs are held to help new international students adjust to life on campus and to become familiar with the community as well as the college.
  • Sports. Lakeland College’s Athletic Program offers baseball, basketball (men/women), cross country (men/women), football, golf (men/women), softball, tennis (men/women), track (men/women), volleyball (women) and wrestling.
  • Events. Lakeland College holds art exhibits, comedy series, a family weekend, homecoming, karaoke, lecture series, a sibling weekend, spring fling, student plays, sponsored trips and much more.
  • Career Development /Job Placement. The career development office aids students and alumni in developing, evaluating and effectively initiating and implementing career plans. The office helps students explore careers through internships, and other forms of experiential learning as well as to assist them in developing productive job search methods
This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Japanese

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English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Campus Full time Part time April 2017 Japan Tokyo

For non-native English speakers who need to improve their English skills to meet the challenges of academic study, there is Lakeland’s EAP (English for Academic Purposes) program. The EAP is an intensive program designed to assist students to acquire not only English language skills but also the academic and study skills necessary for college success. [+]

EAP: Acquire the Tools for Academic Success For non-native English speakers who need to improve their English skills to meet the challenges of academic study, there is Lakeland’s EAP (English for Academic Purposes) program. The EAP is an intensive program designed to assist students to acquire not only English language skills but also the academic and study skills necessary for college success. Teachers in the EAP program help students improve their general English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills and increase their knowledge of vocabulary necessary for college study. What makes the program unique, however, is that EAP classes focus on developing such academic abilities as note-taking, summarizing, test-taking, essay writing, classroom discussion, and presentation skills. Intensive Study: EAP students attend 5 days a week, 3 classes per day—in all, students spend over 21 hours per week in the classroom. In addition, they can expect 2 or more hours of homework nightly. The intensive workload enables students to maximize their time as they work to develop their academic English skill and prepares them for the demands of college study in a foreign language. Small Classes: As the average EAP class size is 17 students, teachers are able to give full attention to each student. In addition, each teacher is available outside the classroom for daily office hours to give individual students extra help or just to talk. Study in a Communicative Environment: All EAP classes are set up to allow students maximum time to talk to their classmates and to the teacher. Even activities such as checking homework are considered a chance for small-group speaking practice, ensuring that students have ample opportunity to develop the English speaking fluency necessary to survive in an Academic setting. Many new students report that they have never been asked “What do you think?” and “Why do you think so?” in a classroom before---in the EAP program, students can expect to hear these questions and to share their ideas and opinions in every class! An All-English Environment: Lakeland is not a Japanese college--it’s an American college; therefore, students are required to use only English in EAP classes. Moreover, the international atmosphere at LCJ insures that the “global language” of English is being spoken outside the classroom as well. Visa Sponsorship: As recognized by the Japanese Ministry of Education (Monbushou), Lakeland is the only American college in Japan that can sponsor full-time student visas for EAP students. Earn College Credit: EAP classes are not just training for college classes—they are college classes. Students who complete Lakeland College Japan’s EAP program and continue on to Lakeland’s Home Campus in Wisconsin are eligible to receive 12 credits towards their Bachelor’s Degree, saving significant amounts of both time and money. The Right Level for You: The EAP program is comprised of 5 levels Each student is placed in the class appropriate for his or her English skill and will use textbooks and materials particular to that class level. Students study in one class level for the duration of a 14-week semester (coinciding with Lakeland’s Academic semester schedule). EAP Faculty: All EAP faculty members are native speakers of English, have earned graduate degrees (Master’s or Ph.D.), and all have extensive teaching experience, both in Japan and other countries. [-]

Associate Degree

Associate of Arts Degree

Campus Full time 20 months April 2017 Japan Tokyo

Lakeland College Japan offers a fully accredited Associate of Arts degree, providing the general education needs for American college students. [+]

Lakeland College Japan offers a fully accredited Associate of Arts degree, providing the general education needs for American college students. Once finished, graduates of LCJ can transfer to schools around the world. Because of our official recognition by the Japanese Ministry of Education, LCJ graduates have the option of transferring in Japan; most, however, transfer to colleges and universities in the United States, the most popular destination being Lakeland's home campus in Wisconsin. Because LCJ offers three terms per year, it is possible to complete an A.A. degree in 20 months. Students complete a total of 61 units, consisting of 14 required core classes and usually 7 electives. Three core courses (basic writing, reading, and math) may be swapped with electives if competency tests are passed. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required to graduate. Credits Most courses at LCJ meet 3 hours per week and thus earn 3 credits. Some courses, notably those with labs, meet 4 times a week. A few courses have 1 or 2 credits. Most LCJ students take about 12 credits per term. This allows graduation in five terms. Some students take more credits and graduate earlier; others take fewer courses and spend more than 5 terms to obtain an A.A. degree. Grading Students need to maintain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 to graduate. The grades students obtain are assigned numbers multiplied by the number of credit hours in the courses, added together, and then divided by the total number of credits. Faculty Advisors Members of the full-time faculty advise students each term on which courses they should take to finish their degree requirements in the shortest time possible. The faculty advisors guide students toward their career goals and offer advice on how to achieve those goals from an academic stance. Graduation Students will receive an Associate of Arts degree when they have accrued at least 61 credits, successfully completed all the required courses and maintained at least a 2.0 GPA. We have two graduation ceremonies per year – one in August and one in December – for the graduating students. Students graduating in April may attend one of the ceremonies later in the year. [-]


Lakeland College Japan 2014 Summer Graduation Ceremony

International Food Fest 2015

Cultural Anthropology Field Trip

A trip to the Greenhouse

Silly dancing and skating at Yokohama