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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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Keaton White The Japan Study program gave me the opportunity of immersion in a language I had long studied and provided me with some of the most memorable experiences of my life. From picking the bones out of a fish at 6:30 in the morning while discussing hydrogen power (in Japanese) with my dorm manager to eating fresh taiyaki with friends while talking about the eye-opening international perspective we were gaining from studying abroad, I could not have had a more rewarding or beneficial experience. The level of language and cultural education that I had on the Japan Study program is something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and is something for which I am tremendously grateful.

—Keaton White, Japan Study, Fall 2007

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