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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Program Homepage: Click here
  • Restrictions: Grinnell applicants only
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Term Year Grinnell Approval Deadline Grinnell Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 12/05/2018 02/19/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 12/05/2018 02/18/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Subject Areas of Interest: East Asian Studies Language of Study: English, Japanese
Campus Program Advisor: Mariko Schimmel OCS Contact: Alicia Stanley
Language Prereq: 1 semester Min. GPA: 3.0
Housing: Home Stay
Program Description:

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Why study at Waseda University in Tokyo?

  • Intensive Japanese language study (six credits)

  • 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.

Learning Goals

  • 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: