February 1: Applications Due in Overseas Program Office
Late May: Notification of Acceptance to Waseda
Mid-March: Notification of Acceptance to KCJS
End of March: Waseda Application due in Tokyo
Students majoring in any field may apply. Students with incompletes at WU at the time of application will be prohibited from participation in a study abroad program.
- normally two years of Japanese language study
- at least 3.0 GPA at the time of application
- approval of EALC faculty in Japanese Language and Literature
- approval of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
- approval of the International Division of Waseda University
- approval of the Governing Board of KCJS
Students interested in studying in Japan should try to take as many Japan-related courses as possible before going. The more students know beforehand about Japanese society, literature, language, history, culture, and more, the better prepared they will be for living and studying in Japan.
Some recommended courses include:
- Japanese Culture and Civilization (226C) *offered only in the fall
- Japanese History (319 and 320)
- The Modern Voice (333)
- Japanese Literature: Beginnings to 19th Century (332)
Homestays are strongly encouraged and highly recommended. They provide more opportunities to speak Japanese and allow you to partake in an aspect of Japanese life/culture that you would not ordinarily be privy to in Japan. Home stays can be a richly rewarding and memorable part of your study abroad experience.
Both approved programs cost the same as Washington University tuition and Washington University Student Health Insurance. In addition, there is a program fee which covers housing and some meals. Airfare, books, and other expenses are not included in the program fee. Furthermore, the financial aid students in Arts & Sciences receive at Washington University will be applicable to these programs. Students in other schools must clarify school policy with the appropriate school.
Various scholarships are available for study abroad in Japan.
- Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) (Waseda only: travel + 80,000 yen monthly)
- ATJ Bridging Scholarship ($4,000 for academic year/$2,500 for semester)
- KCJS Scholarships ($500 ~ $5,000)
- NSEP David L. Boren Scholarship (up to $20,000) mid-January WU deadline!!
Students normally receive about 15 credits per semester spent abroad. No more than 33 credits will be awarded for the academic year.
Transcripts from programs abroad will be sent to Overseas Studies at the end of the academic year, who will in turn forward it to the Study Abroad Advisor in the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures. After consultation with students, the Study Abroad Advisor will give courses taken overseas a Washington University "equivalent" course.
Grades will not be transferred and they will not be factored into a student's Washington University GPA. However, graduate schools and potential employers may want to see students' overseas transcripts.
Courses taken abroad can fulfill some, but not all, requirements for a major in Japanese or East Asian Studies. Core courses for the Japanese Major—The Classical Voice (332), The Modern Voice (333), and Introduction to Pre-modern Japanese Language (460)—must be taken at Washington University. Major advisors can provide more specific information about this. To earn credits towards a non-Japanese major, students must speak to their advisors in that major for approval.