Study Abroad in Japan

Japan Study: Cultural Immersion with Classes at Waseda University in Tokyo

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 internship. 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.

Mission

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