Are only Japanese majors eligible for study abroad?
No, but many of the students who spend a full academic year abroad usually are majoring in Japanese Language and Literature or East Asian Studies. Students in Engineering, Fine Arts, pre-med, Business have also studied abroad.
How much does it cost?
Tuition for all programs is the same as WU tuition (and WU Student Health Insurance). The program fee that covers housing, meals, airfare, books, and other expenses are not included in the tuition figure.
Can I go for only one semester?
You can attend all programs for one semester, but we really do recommend that you go for the whole academic year. Waseda University’s academic calendar does not mesh well with ours and so it is more difficult to go to Waseda for one semester. We encourage students to attend for the full-year, and often students who go to KCJS just for the fall semester choose to stay on for the spring semester. One semester is simply too short to gain a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and society. By the time you’ve adjusted to living in Japan and you are just beginning to make strides in your language skills, it’s time for you to come home.
Will the financial aid that I receive at WU apply to tuition?
Yes. Normally, any financial aid that you have—scholarships, loans, grants—can be applied to your tuition for KCJS or Waseda.
How do I receive credit for my coursework overseas?
Your transcript will be sent to Overseas Studies at the end of the academic year, and Overseas will forward it to the Study Abroad Advisor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures who will, after consultation with you, give your courses taken overseas a WU “equivalent” course.
How much credit can I receive?
Usually about 15 credits per semester; no more than 33 credits will be awarded for the academic year.
Will my grades from overseas coursework be transferred and will they affect my GPA?
Your grades will not be transferred and they will not be factored into your WU GPA.
Can my overseas courses fulfill some of the requirements for the major in Japanese or IAS?
Yes, they can fulfill some but not all. For example, the Traditional Literary Japanese I (460) course that is required for the Japanese major must be taken in residence at WU. It is also recommended that students take Japanese Literature: Beginnings to 19th Century (332) course and The Modern Voice (333) course here at WU.
Can the credits I earn overseas be counted towards my non-Japanese major?
You will need to speak with your advisor in your other major for approval.
Can I study abroad during my sophomore or my senior year?
Study abroad is recommended for junior year. In rare circumstances, a student may study abroad during the sophomore or senior years, but s/he will have to petition Overseas Studies to be allowed to do so. Since all students must spend their final semester in residence at WU, study abroad for a full academic year during senior year is not permitted.
Do I have to do a homestay?
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. Homestays can be a richly rewarding and memorable part of your study abroad experience.
Can I work while I’m in Japan?
Students can earn spending money by teaching English on an hourly basis.
What courses should I take before going to Japan?
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)
Study Abroad Advisor: Ginger Marcus
Busch Hall 101