Program Options & Calendar

Students may participate for a full academic year or choose one of three shorter options. Japan Study encourages students to enroll in the full-year program as it offers the richest academic and cultural opportunities. Semester options are available, however, for students who cannot spend a year away from their home campus. All application are due in January.

Full Year: mid-September - end of July

Students on the Full Year program arrive in Tokyo in mid-September for an orientation program prior to the start of classes at Waseda University. In addition to taking classes at School of International Liberal Studies and Center for Japanese Language, students may take advantage of Waseda’s rich co-curricular life, including clubs, student organizations, lectures, performances, and exhibitions.

Students participate in a variety of activities and trips planned by the Japan Study office, including the fall and spring retreats and one-month cultural internship outside of Tokyo. Additional activities have included baseball games, sumo, kabuki, museum visits, Thanksgiving party, cherry blossom viewing, hiking, and trips to Mt. Takao, Odiba, Yokohama, Kamakura, Hakone, and Nikko.

Students are free to make their own travel plans during winter vacation (two weeks between December and January), spring vacation (between ending of cultural internship and the start of classes in early April), and Golden Week in May.

Fall Semester + Cultural Internship: mid-September - mid/late-March

Students on the Fall Semester plus Cultural Internship program arrive in Tokyo in mid-September for an orientation program prior to the start of classes at Waseda University. In addition to taking classes at School of International Liberal Studies and Center for Japanese Language, students may take advantage of Waseda’s rich co-curricular life, including clubs, student organizations, lectures, performances, and exhibitions.

Students participate in a variety of activities and trips planned by the Japan Study office, including the fall retreat and one-month cultural internship, both outside of Tokyo. Additional activities have included baseball games, sumo, museum visits, Thanksgiving party, hiking, and trips to Mt. Takao, Odiba, Yokohama, Kamakura, Hakone, and Nikko.

Students are free to make their own travel plans during winter vacation (two weeks between December and January).

Fall Semester: mid-September to mid-February

Students on the Fall Semester program arrive in Tokyo in mid-September for an orientation program prior to the start of classes at Waseda University. In addition to taking classes at School of International Liberal Studies and Center for Japanese Language, students may take advantage of Waseda’s rich co-curricular life, including clubs, student organizations, lectures, performances, and exhibitions.

Students participate in a variety of activities and trips planned by the Japan Study office, including the fall retreat outside of Tokyo. Additional activities have included baseball games, sumo, museum visits, Thanksgiving party, hiking, and trips to Mt. Takao, Odiba, Yokohama, Kamakura, Hakone, and Nikko.

Students are free to make their own travel plans during winter vacation (two weeks between December and January).

Spring Semester: late March - end of July

Students on the Spring Semester program arrive in Tokyo in mid-March for an orientation program prior to the start of classes at Waseda University. In addition to taking classes at School of International Liberal Studies and Center for Japanese Language, students may take advantage of Waseda’s rich co-curricular life, including clubs, student organizations, lectures, performances, and exhibitions.

Students participate in a variety of activities and trips planned by the Japan Study office, including the spring retreat outside of Tokyo. Additional activities have included museum visits, cherry blossom viewing, hiking, sumo, kabuki, and trips to Mt. Takao, Odiba, Yokohama, Kamakura, Hakone, and Nikko.

Students are free to make their own travel plans during Golden Week in May.

All activities are tentative and cannot be guaranteed from year to year. The majority of these trips and excursions are included in the program fee or offered to students at a reduced cost. In addition to the Japan Study trips and activities, Waseda’s International Community Center offers international students the option of participating in a variety of activities and trips.