Temple University Japan III: Why don’t these numbers make any sense?

One of my blog topics this week. See here and here.

I am trying to put the numbers together on how Temple Japan funds itself. But the deeper I look into it, it seems like it doesn’t fund itself. Other people do.

I picked up this information from the Wiki:

Temple University, Japan Campus (Abbreviated: TUJ, Japanese: テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス) is an international campus of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. TUJ has classrooms and student facilities in two buildings in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. It is the oldest and largest campus of any foreign university in Japan, with 2,980 students, of which approximately one-half are Japanese and one-half are from the U.S. and more than 40 other countries. The campus offers B.A. (11 majors), M.S.Ed., Ed.D., MBA and LL.M programs, and also offers semester and year-long study abroad programs for U.S. undergraduates and law students (the latter is the first American Bar Association-accredited study abroad program in Asia). In addition, TUJ has non-degree English-language, continuing (adult) education, and corporate education programs. [Emphasis added.]

The source of this information, says the Wiki, is Temple University itself.

OK so one piece we need: Temple Japan has about 2,980 students, of which about 1,490 are from Japan and the other 1,490-or-so are from Pennsylvania or somewhere else in the world.

And here is tuition information from Temple Japan. A full year for a Pennsylvania resident (tuition and fees) is $11,824. For a non-Pennsylvania resident, it’s $21,104.

(I get $11,824 by taking $5,587 and $325, getting $5,912, and then doubling that.)

Watch this huge gap develop:

If you have 1,490 students (let’s assume they’re full time) from Japan, and you charge each one $21,104, you get $31,444,960. Remember, the other day the money that TESS a/k/a Temple Japan took in for 2008 was $21,758,000. So already there is missing money, without including the non-Japanese Temple Japan students.

Those non-Japanese would contribute 1,490 times $11,824, or $17,617,760 if everyone doing an overseas year is from Pennsylvania. So the fully-booked educational “flight”, so to speak, would generate $49,062,720 in TESS. And that is with every non-Japanese getting the Pennsylvania discount, which you know isn’t true, since only 73% of the Temple Philadelphia student body is from Pennsylvania.

But like I say, in 2008 TESS only took in $21,758,000.

What explains that gap? Temple Japan should be taking in twice the money (if everyone goes full-time). Even if everyone from Japan goes part-time and pays half the tuition, the overseas students would likely be enrolled full-time and therefore putting in the $17 million.

So this makes no sense. The Wiki figures suggest that tuition revenue is some number well above $30 million. The audited reports say that “TESS” takes in less than $22 million.

Are discounts (i.e. scholarships) being given out to fill Temple Japan seats? And if so, how much and to whom? All that the audited financials say is that tuition is “net of discounts”, and we assume the main discount is the Pennsylvania-resident tuition.

The deeper I dig, the more curious I am as to how that entity really operates.

[Update: be sure to check out the following two or three entries in this series, especially 5 and 6, where I learn that the actual number of matriculated students is more like 1,300 (not 3,000).]

6 thoughts on “Temple University Japan III: Why don’t these numbers make any sense?

  1. The Japanese Health Insurance cost of $32 is a bit of a shock.

    Even assuming that that cost is per semester, that works out to be about $8 a month. With heavy rounding for exchange rate, that is about JPY 720 a month!

    Even if it is $32 a month, that is only JPY 2880 a month. Maybe all the missing money is going into health insurance subsidies?

    At least they *do* say you are required to buy NHI but recommend “supplementing” it.


    1. I was suprised at that too, based off all the talk about kokumin kenko hoken recently.

      But thinking about it, students make zero income, or at best pin money. So under the Japanese national program, what are they going to be charged?

      What are ordinary Japanese students going to daiguku getting charged?

      It’s nothing compared to the fact that the school says it charges out-of-state attendees over $20,000 a year. But when you divide 3,000 students into the $22 million, you just get $7,333 per student.

      Is it really 3,000 part-time enrollment?

      In fairness, I asked the Controller’s Department. But I doubt they’re going to get back to me.

  2. I saw a link on the TUJ Facebook page to this site, and I think I can help you. You are basing your math on Study Abroad tuition and fees, which is different than what is charged to full-time students.

    Also, there are less than 1,000 students in the undergraduate program. The rest are in the graduate, continuing education, or corporate education programs, which all charge different tuition rates. The tuition for a full-time UG student is currently 698, 200 yen. If you visit the various program sites at tuj.ac.jp (and not the International Programs Office in Philadlephia, as linked above), you will be able to find all of the various rates by program. We also do not charge out-of-state or international tuition to any student at TUJ, all students pay the same tuition.

    At most, we at any one time have less than 100 students visiting as part of the Study Abroad program run through Philadelphia.

  3. I thought about students having basically zero income and being charged based on that but couldn’t find out how much they would be charged for that.

    Doing some more searching, I came across this:


    Students might be charged based on the special day labourer rates listed on the link at the bottom of the page. That would make the health insurance numbers seem more reasonable.

    But then, I came across this as well:


    which has someone claiming that the yearly cost to be charged to someone unemployed should be JPY 55,000 per year or JPY 4,583 per month.

    So I don’t know what to believe. They may be gaming the system but at least they are paying SOMETHING into it.

    I don’t really recall what I did for health insurance way back when when I was a student here. And I did get nasty sick with the flu once. The bill may have been settled for me.

    1. I know what you’re saying is right. I just think for that one there is a special health insurance price for students at universities (since they might not be working at all.)

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