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Japan Study: Cultural Immersion with Classes at Waseda University in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

Established in 1963, the Japan Study program is one of the oldest and most comprehensive programs in educational exchange and development linking colleges and universities in the United States and Japan. Based at Earlham College, Japan Study links member colleges of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) and the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) with those of Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.  Throughout its rich history, Japan Study has made important contributions toward fostering the growth of international and intercultural understanding among a significant number of Japanese and American students and faculty. Participants have gone on to distinguished careers in academics, industry, and governmental and non-governmental organizations. They play important roles in a wide range of settings linking Japan, the United States, and the rest of the world.

Japan Study enables students to become international citizens as they explore Japan in depth, build language skills, and experience Japanese culture. Living with a Japanese family, taking courses at Waseda University, and participating in a cultural internship offer different windows for experiencing and understanding the complex society of contemporary Japan.  Students choose from four program options:

  • Fall Semester (mid-September to early February)
  • Fall Semester with Cultural Internship (mid-September to mid-March)
  • Spring Semester (late-February to late-July)
  • Full Academic Year (mid-September to late July)
For detailed information about the Japan Study program, please visit the Earlham College Japan Study home page.

Quick Facts

  • Terms: Academic year, fall semester, fall semester with cultural practicum, & spring semester
  • Language prerequisite: Japanese
  • Language of instruction: English & Japanese
  • Living arrangements: Host family

Application deadlines

Academic year 2016–2017

Final deadline: January 9, 2016

Academic year 2017–2018

Final deadline: January 9, 2017

Program contacts

Emily Gaul
Assistant Program Manager

11 E. Adams Street, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312.561.5919

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Publications & Resources

Japan Study program brochure

Japan Study: Cultural Immersion with Classes at Waseda University in Tokyo

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Milton Koch A year abroad on the Japan Study program allowed me to not only greatly improve my Japanese language abilities, but to also get a view of a completely different way of life. In the U.S. eating five fruits and vegetables is considered the key to a healthy diet. Within my first week of living with my host family, I learned that in Japan eating 30 different foods each day is considered essential to living healthy, hence the creation of variety vegetable juices. By placing me in a Japanese home, the Japan Study program enabled me to increase my knowledge of Japanese culture and language to unexpected heights.

—Milton Koch, Japan Study, Academic Year 2007-08

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