Program Calendar and Credits
Club Recruiting Day at Waseda
Japan Study students enroll in Japanese-language courses. In addtion,
they take academic courses taught in English with Japanese and other
international students. Most students choose courses on Japan and
Asia, but courses in the sciences, math, and other disciplines are
also available. Although Japan Study encourages students to enroll
in the full-year program, semester options are available for students
who cannot spend a year away from their home campus.
Credits vary, but students successfully completing the orientation
session and the minimum number of courses required at Waseda during
a semester or academic year typically transfer the full equivalent
of credit to their home institutions. Students should consult the
campus program or off-campus studies officer for details on their
college’s credit transfer policies.
Each semester, Japan Study students enroll in 6 semester hours
of language courses. Based on their placement examination, most students
are enrolled in a 6 credit Japanese language course. Two non-language
electives (total of 8 semester hours) are required; one additional
course per semester (2 or 4 credits) may be taken for credit. The
recommended number of credits each semester is 16 to 18. Japan Study
also issues one semester credit for the orientation and one for
the cultural practicum. For information about SILS courses, see
the “Courses & Activities” section of this web site.
The transcript of record is from Earlham College. Credits and grades
are based on the Waseda transcript. The orientation and cultural
practicum credits (awarded pass/fail) appear only on the Earlham
transcript. The Earlham transcript along with the Waseda transcript
is mailed from the Japan Study office at Earlham in late August
or early September. Students who need verification of program completion
or who have questions regarding the transcripts should contact the
Director of Japan Study at Earlham.
Intensive Language + Spring Semester Program
Students in this program will arrive in Tokyo in late February and take an intensive language course for 5 weeks. Then they will enroll in Waseda's spring semester from early April to the end of July.
late February to late July, 2011; 5 months
Intensive language course: 6 weeks (Monday through Thursday classes; Friday field trips in the Tokyo area).
Break: Late March/early April (about 10 days)
Spring Semester at Waseda: Early April to the end of July.
Credits (semester hours)
Intensive language Course: 3 credits.
Spring Semester at Waseda: 13 - 16 (6 credits of language and 2 or 3 additional courses related to Japan/Asia for 8 - 10 credits)
Total credits: 16 - 19 semester hours
- Full Year: mid-September to late July
- Fall Semester: mid-September to early February
- Fall Semester with Cultural Practicum: mid-September
- Intensive Language + Spring Semester: mid to late February to late July