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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2021 02/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:
Earlham College – Japan Study Program
Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Academic Year
GPA: 3.0
Taught in: Japanese, English
Housing: homestay
Prerequisites: at least one semester or term of Japanese language study
Through classes at Waseda University and complementary activities sponsored by Japan Study, this program helps students develop a deep knowledge of Japanese language and society. Students build on their language ability through intensive Japanese language courses at Waseda and daily life experiences living in Tokyo. Participants further their knowledge of Japanese society through a home stay or dormitory living experience, university classes and club activities, and a cultural internship. Group meetings and retreats enable students to reflect on their experiences and connect them to their academic and personal goals. The program applies toward students’ undergraduate degree programs and prepares them to use their knowledge and cultural competency later in professional and post-graduate educational settings.
Waseda University: Tokyo, Japan
One of Japan's premier universities, Waseda University is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution of higher learning located in Tokyo, Japan. The founding of Waseda University dates back to the year 1882, when Shigenobu Okuma, one of Japan's foremost statesmen, founded Tokyo Semmon Gakko, the predecessor of the present University. As a result of increasing academic prestige and expanding student enrollment, the institution acquired the status of university in 1902, and its name was changed to Waseda University. There are fourteen undergraduate schools offering courses leading to Bachelor's degrees; twenty-four graduate schools for Master's and Doctor's degrees; numerous research institutes and other affiliated institutions.
The rich extra-curricular life at Waseda University, which enrolls about 50,000 students, provides activities and lasting friendships through participation in clubs and activities such as rugby, martial arts, international student club, riding, koto, and foreign language.
Language study is at the core of the Japan Study experience and students are required to take six credits of Japanese language each semester at the Center for Japanese Language. Language instruction stresses the four skill areas: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. For additional credit, students can take an elective Language Development Workshop on topics such as aural-oral, kanji, literature and reading (for advanced students only), and writing.
Students also take courses at the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) at Waseda University. SILS offers a wide array of courses taught in English, covering various topics in Japanese and Asian studies, as well as content courses across the curriculum. Waseda professors, who come from Japan and around the globe, teach these classes. About 85% of SILS students are Japanese; the rest are international. Non-Japanese students, including study abroad students, enroll in Japanese language courses at CJL as well as academic courses at SILS.
Possible Credits: 14 - 21 credit hours
During the academic year, students live with a family in Tokyo and commute to Waseda every day. Through this experience, students learn about Japanese society by immersion in the most basic social grouping in any culture, the family. Students improve their language skills, discuss current events, participate in holiday gatherings, and enjoy everyday activities with their host families. The home stay participation in Japanese family life is an integral part of the experience abroad. Families furnish breakfast and dinner, and students typically have private rooms.
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