Humanities and social studies courses taught in English
Choose from more than 1000 Waseda University student organizations
Cultural Internships in local communities
Field trips to various parts of Japan
Housing with host families
Open to all majors and may be of particular interest in these subject areas:
East Asian Studies
NOTE: The application deadline for the program is typically in early January. Students will have their Grinnell application reviewed early and hear from the OCS office by email whether or not they a tentative approval to apply in mid-December.
Preparatory coursework recommended by Grinnell
Coursework in East Asian studies topics.
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.
To develop Japanese language proficiency to a level sufficient for daily communication and engagement with Japanese people and to work toward a level sufficient for reading and writing in Japanese
To develop intercultural competencies and apply them in the Japanese context through cultural immersion in a variety of settings such as host family, courses, co-curricular activities, and the cultural internship
To develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of Japanese society, its cultural norms, and its relationship to the global community
To deepen knowledge of the history of Japan and its contemporary political, economic, environmental, and cultural issues through course work at Waseda University, a cultural internship, and other activities
To engage in reflection about professional and personal goals related to Japan Students choose from four program options: