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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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Roy Wimer For me, the significance of the Japan Study program was in the realization of the vast differences between Japan and the United States; of Japanese and American culture. With a better understanding of these differences came a greater insight into the ability of the two cultures to cooperate on governmental, financial, and social platforms. In an ever more globalized world, understanding the cultural underpinnings of human behavior will be even more essential for cooperation and conflict resolution. This program has provided the foundation for this new found understanding and I now feel pushed to take it to the next level; to promote the lessons I have learned in order to help broaden global consciousness.

—Roy Wimer, Japan Study, Academic Year 2009-10

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Who we are

The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) is a consortium of independent, liberal arts colleges in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Colorado.