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Japan Study at Waseda University

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Sponsor: Earlham College

Location: Tokyo, Japan


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 in which students partake in a cultural or volunteer experience with local institutions in a rural or urban locations throughout Japan.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall/Winter
  • Winter/Spring

Term Notes: Earlham College's application deadline is in January for all options (Full-Year, Fall/Winter, Winter/Spring). If participating in the Fall/Winter (fall semester + cultural internship) program, compare the program's calendar with NU's academic calendar and, if necessary, contact the Japan Study office at Earlham College to verify that it will be possible to return to NU prior to the start of Spring quarter.


Admission Info:

To apply, Northwestern students must:

  1. Complete a Northwestern Study Abroad Application by December 15.
  2. Complete Earlham College's Japan Study application by the program's January deadline.

Languages: Japanese, English

Language Requirements: 

1 quarter of Japanese language study prior to departure


Homestays: Host families furnish breakfast and dinner, and students typically have private rooms. Through this experience, students learn about Japanese society by immersion in the most basic social grouping in any culture, the family. Students improve their language skills, discuss current events, participate in holiday gatherings, and enjoy everyday activities with their host families.

Program Costs: 

Fall/Winter 2017-2018: $35,715

Billed by Northwestern: $30,525

  • Tuition: $20,580
  • Room & board: $5,145
  • Cultural internship: $2,100*
  • Study Abroad Fee: $2,700

Estimated additional costs: $5,190

  • Airfare: $1,200
  • Local transportation: $650
  • Books & supplies: $240
  • Personal expenses: $2,700
  • Japanese health insurance: $150
  • GeoBlue: $250

*Note: For students who choose to add the cultural internship to the fall semester program, additional charges apply. For students participating in the full academic year program, the cultural internship is included in the comprehensive fee. See the Japan Study fees page for more information.

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