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

Tokyo, Japan


Become an international citizen as you explore Japanese culture, build your language skills, and experience daily life in the bustling, dynamic city of Tokyo. For more than 50 years, Japan Study has offered students multiple ways to learn about this complex society, which has maintained both strong cultural traditions and its position as a global technology superpower.

The Japan Study program is administered at Earlham College

Japan Study links member colleges of the ACM and the Great Lakes Colleges Association with Waseda University in Tokyo. 
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  • Full Year (mid-September to early August)
  • Fall Semester (mid-September to mid-February)
  • Spring Semester (late March to early August)

Host institution

Waseda University in Tokyo

Living arrangements

Students live in a homestay with a Japanese host family.

Application deadlines

Academic year 2022–2023 deadline

January 3, 2022


Michael Vertovec, Senior Program Administrator
180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2020, Chicago, IL 60601
312.561.5934 /

Explore the program

Immerse yourself at one of Japan’s premier universities

You’ll also experience Japanese culture through a homestay with a family in Tokyo and have the opportunity to live in another part of Japan for about a month.

Take classes with students from Japan and around the world

At Waseda University in Tokyo, you’ll take classes with students from Japan and around the world at the School of International Liberal Studies. Japanese language study is central to the program’s curriculum, as well as your immersion in Japanese society.

You can choose from a elective courses taught in English on topics in Japanese and Asian studies, as well as content courses across the curriculum. Students with Japanese fluency may enroll in courses taught in Japanese.

Experience and understand the complex society of contemporary Japan

The university’s array of student clubs and activities provide a way to make friends as you pursue interests such as rugby, martial arts, riding, koto, and international student and foreign language clubs.

On the program’s Cultural Internship, you’ll experience life in another part of Japan for about a month through community engagement, such as assisting in a rural school, apprenticing at a pottery studio, or living in a Buddhist temple.

Once-in-a-lifetime experiences

Laura Woodland
Carleton College

On the Japan Study program, I learned to become extremely independent. This self-sufficient trait would have taken a lot longer for me to acquire had I not participated in the program. Not to mention that my Japanese is amazing now!

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Pierre Kiang
University of Chicago

The Japan Study homestay experience not only forced me to speak Japanese everyday, but it also allowed me to understand Japanese culture from an insider's point of view. 

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Keaton White
Macalester College

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.

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