About Showa Boston

Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture (Showa Boston) is an overseas campus established by Showa Women's University in 1988 in the suburbs of Boston on the east coast of the United States. It was the first time for a Japanese university to establish a campus overseas. Since then, we have developed many programs as a base of global education at Showa Women's University, which are used throughout the university and at affiliated schools.
All classes are taught by local instructors, providing thorough instruction in small classes. In addition, the program offers rich life experiences, such as participating in volunteer activities off campus as one of the course subjects, and field trips to famous historical and literary sites to learn about American culture first-hand.

Showa Boston Mission Statement

Our educational philosophy is to provide students with a solid foundation in the knowledge, skills, and character essential to global citizenship. Our goal is to improve our students' English language proficiency, foster cross-cultural understanding, and support their personal growth so that they have the foundational academic skills and qualifications they need to study at universities in the United States and around the world. To achieve this goal, Showa Boston will guide and support students so that they can continue their studies into the future and pursue global careers that require language and cross-cultural skills.
In Showa Boston:
  • All students and faculty are expected to demonstrate leadership in their studies, work, and the broader community.
  • We support individuals to live strongly in a complex environment made up of diverse languages, cultures, races, and personalities.Improve students' critical thinking skills.
  • Help students set ambitious goals.
  • We value learning through mutual support among students and service to society.
  • We are dedicated to working towards the advancement of women's rights and status.
  • We strive to develop and nurture our character, curiosity, intelligence, and compassion.


Obtained US accreditation.

Showa Boston is a U.S. government-approved institution that can issue the letter of admission (I-20) necessary for obtaining a student visa.We undergo regular certification evaluations and are accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) in the United States.
[English certificate]
The Showa Boston Institute is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation through December 2019 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the US Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency for English Language programs and institutions in the US. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 801 North Fairfax Street, Suite 402-A, Alexandria, VA 22314 (703-519-2070), www.cea-accredit.org.

Corporate organization chart

Corporate organization chart

Access from Japan

The airports you transit through vary depending on the airline, season, ticket selection, etc. JFK International Airport (NY), LaGuardia Airport (NY), Detroit Metro Airport, St. Paul International Airport (Minneapolis), O'Hare International Airport (Chicago), etc.
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Local access

Those who use the train

Get off at Reservoir station on the subway (MBTA, commonly known as "T").It takes about 10 minutes by car (by bus or taxi) from the station.For more informationMBTA site.
Those who use the train

For those using the bus

From Reservoir Station, take bus number 51 (Cleveland Circle bound for Forest Hills) and get off at Clyde St opp Whitney St, (T-junction with Newton St).Walk for about 15 minutes from the stop and you will see the Showa Boston sign on your right.
For further information, please read MBTA site.
For those using the bus

For those using car/taxi

Route 128 via Route 9

  1. Exit Route 9East towards Boston
  2. After about 5km you will see Atrium Mall on your right and Chestnut Hill Mall on your left.
  3. Proceed about 2km from the intersection with Star Market and turn right in front of Brookline Reservoir onto Lee Street.
  4. After a while you will come to a T-junction and hit Newton Street, so turn left.
  5. As you continue along the road, Newton Street changes its name to Pond Street.
  6. You will soon see the Showa Boston sign on your right, so turn right.

from downtown boston

  1. Take Route 1 South (also known as River Way/Jamaica Way)
  2. Pass Jamaica Pond on your right and turn right at the first traffic light onto Pond Street.
  3. After about 5 to 600 meters, you will see the Showa Boston sign on your left, so turn left.

When using a taxi

 Please specify Pond Street in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.

Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture
420 Pond St. Boston, MA 02130 USA