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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: Asian Studies, Japanese, Korean Language of Instruction: English
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Minimum GPA: 3.0
Department: OFFC Course Number: 275
Prerequisites: Japanese 232 Housing: Host Family
Program Host: ACM Advisor or Instructor: Joanne Quimby
Program Description:


Program Overview
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. Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors and seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA. No Japanese language study required for acceptance, but at least one semester or term of Japanese must be completed before departure.  Students choose from several extended fall semester or full academic year options.

Students take courses at Waseda University and participate in a cultural practicum/internship, which offer different windows for experiencing and understanding the complex society of contemporary Japan.  Students take courses in Japanese language at the Center for Japanese Language as well as other courses at the School of International Liberal Studies.  For more information about academics at Waseda, click here.  To browse courses, click here.  Students studying off-campus in the fall can bring up to 4.5 credits back to campus; students studying off-campus in the spring with interim can bring up to 5.5 credits back to campus.

Student Life
Students can take advantage of life in the vibrant city of Tokyo and can participate in the many sports and clubs that Waseda offers.  To read students' reflections on student life at Waseda University, click here and scroll down.

Students live with a Japanese family.  For more information about the host family experience, click here.

Pre-Approved GE Credits
This is a list of pre-approved GE credits. If you want other courses to be considered for GE credit, contact your St. Olaf Program Advisor.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Academic Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020-2021 02/13/2020
03/04/2020 TBA TBA
Year 2021-2022 11/18/2020
12/16/2020 TBA TBA
Fall with Interim 2021-2022 11/18/2020
12/16/2020 TBA TBA
Spring 2021-2022 11/18/2020
12/16/2020 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.