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Japan Study: Waseda University
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** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
|Program Type:||Third Party Provider||Language of Instruction:||English, Japanese|
|Language Prerequisite:||Yes||Housing Options:||Home Stay|
|Minimum GPA:||3.0||Program Advisor:||Lisa Brown, Study Abroad Advisor|
|Courses Offered:||Accounting, Anthropology, Art History, Arts, Asian Studies, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Cognitive Science, Communication Sciences, Computer Science, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Film, German Studies, History, History and Philosophy of Science, International Studies, Internship, Italian, Japanese, Japanese Studies, Law, Management, Mathematics, Music, Natural Sciences, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Architecture, Psychology, Public Policy, Religious Studies, Sociology, Statistics, World Literature||Program Purpose:||Study|
Why Waseda?Waseda University was founded in 1882 by Shigenobu Okuma, (who later became Prime Minister of Japan,) with the aim of fostering contemporary Japanese leaders. Through classes at Waseda University and complementary activities sponsored by Japan Study, this program helps students develop a deep knowledge of Japanese language and society. Students build on their language ability through intensive Japanese language courses at Waseda and daily life experiences living in Tokyo. Participants further their knowledge of Japanese society through a home stay or dormitory living experience, university classes and club activities, and a cultural practicum. Group meetings and retreats enable students to reflect on their experiences and connect them to their academic and personal goals. The program applies toward students’ undergraduate degree programs and prepares them to use their knowledge and cultural competency later in professional and post-graduate educational settings. It has since developed into a comprehensive university with now more than fifty thousand students and staff. 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 practicum offers different windows for experiencing and understanding the complex society of contemporary Japan.
The program has five overall 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 practicum
- 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 practicum, and other activities
- To engage in reflection about professional and personal goals related to Japan
In the research field, the University has not only cutting-edge technology but also has a wide range of research support systems to maintain the quality research environment with the mission of contributing university education to our society.
Many students describe the cultural practicum as one of the highlights of Japan Study. Students spend a month during the February/March winter break living with a host family (or in a comparable setting) and experiencing the local community through an unpaid internship with local institutions in a rural or urban location outside of the Tokyo area. Recent practicums have included assisting educators in a rural community in Shimane Prefecture, working in local government in Osaka, experiencing life in a Buddhist temple, assisting in a residence-care facility for the elderly, and working as a member of a student crew at a ski lodge in the Nagano area, site of the 1998 Winter Olympics.
Prior to the start of classes in September, there is a one-week orientation session in Tokyo. During this time, students get to know each other and begin to familiarize themselves with the language, culture, and new environment. The Resident Director leads orientation sessions on living with host families, academic course work and expectations at Waseda, clubs and extracurricular activities, and much more. After student interviews with the Resident Director and Program Associate, final host family placements are made, and students move in with their host families in Tokyo, where they begin classes at the School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda University.
There are many opportunities to join Waseda University student clubs. The rich extra-curricular life at Waseda University, which enrolls about 40,000 students, provides activities and lasting friendships through participation in clubs and activities such as rugby, martial arts, international student club, riding, koto, and foreign language. ( http://japanstudy.earlham.edu/sites/default/files/docs/groupswaseda.pdf )
Living in Tokyo
During the academic year, students live with a family in Tokyo and commute to Waseda every day. 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. The home stay participation in Japanese family life is an integral part of the experience abroad. Families furnish breakfast and dinner, and students typically have private rooms.
Weekend retreats and other opportunities to meet Waseda students who spend a year on GLCA/ACM campuses through Japan Study are also available. Japan Study and Waseda organize inexpensive trips to cultural, recreational, and industrial sites in and around Tokyo, as well as retreats with Waseda students. Field trips to cultural, receational, and industrial sites in and around Tokyo give you full exposure to the culture of the largest city in Japan.