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Japan Study at Waseda University

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Program sponsor: Earlham College

Fall Quarter 2017. Meiji Jingu (Jingu Shrine), Tokyo, Japan.
Fall Quarter 2017. Meiji Jingu (Jingu Shrine), Tokyo, Japan.
Japan gates

Students attend classes at Waseda University’s School of International Liberal Studies, which include intensive Japanese language instruction and content courses across the curriculum taught in English. A one-month Cultural Internship opportunity is available to full year participants in which students partake in a cultural or volunteer experience with local institutions in a rural or urban locations throughout Japan.

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Program Requirements


Minimum 3.0 GPA.


1 quarter of Japanese language study prior to departure.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page. Please note the early deadline for all terms.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Complete Earlham College's Japan Study application by the program's early January deadline.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Students are interviewed upon arriving in Japan and matched with the host family that best suits their lifestyle and expectations. Families furnish breakfast and dinner, and students typically have private rooms.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall-Winter 2019-2020: $34,714-$37,654

Billed by Northwestern
  • Tuition: $20,900
  • Room & board: $5,250
  • Cultural internship: $2,100*
  • Study Abroad Fee: $2,800

Total: $31,050

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Meals: $1,100-$1,350
  • Airfare: $1,900
  • Books & supplies: $150
  • Personal expenses: $2,200-$2,700
  • Japanese health insurance: $150-$180
  • GeoBlue: $264-$324

Total: $5,764-$6,604*

*Note: For students who choose to add the cultural internship to the fall semester program, additional costs apply. Beginning in 2020-2021, the cultural internship program will only be available for full-year students, and the cost will be included in the comprehensive fee. See the Japan Study fees page for more information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the Earlham College website for information about their available scholarships. 
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for the Japan Study program through Earlham College, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to the Japan Study program, you may be required to pay a deposit directly to Earlham to confirm your participation on the program. This deposit is your responsibility to pay; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your Japan Study program fee and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

  • Program Deposit: If you paid a deposit, it will be credited to your CAESAR account in the fall, after Lewis & Clark College has confirmed the payment.
  • NU Financial Aid: If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your NU account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Other Program Charges

If you receive an invoice from Earlham that includes your tuition or room/board, you should not pay it; please forward it to Krista Bethel. Northwestern will pay Earlham directly for your program charges, which will be billed to you through your CAESAR account.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying these fees directly.

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