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Students on this summer program enroll in six weeks of intensive Japanese coursework at Waseda University’s Center for Japanese Language. The courses are immersive and comprehensively cover speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Successful completion of the program grants a certificate from Waseda University.

Waseda Language Intensive Program | Japan

More photos from this program can be found here.

More photos from this program can be found here.

Students on this program enroll exclusively in intensive Japanese coursework at Waseda University’s Center for Japanese Language. The courses are immersive, entirely taught in Japanese, and comprehensively cover speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Successful completion of the program grants a certificate from Waseda University.

Students on this summer program enroll in six weeks of intensive Japanese coursework at Waseda University’s Center for Japanese Language. The courses are immersive and comprehensively cover speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Successful completion of the program grants a certificate from Waseda University.

Students are supported by Waseda University staff and the resident IE3 Global Program Associate. IE3 Global and Waseda University will provide resources to help students arrange accommodations at a guesthouse or share house.

Program Duration:

  • Summer: mid June – early August
    • Due to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Waseda will be shortening this program to 3 weeks in 2020. Please contact Patrick Moore for more information.
Summer: February 1
- 45 college credits minimum
- Institutional GPA of 2.75 or above
- Able to read and write basic hiragana

The Center for Japanese Language offers intensive Comprehensive Japanese courses from beginning to advanced levels, as well as skills-based courses that focus on topics such as speaking, reading and writing kanji, discussing technology, navigating Tokyo, and other topics. Students enroll in four or five semester credits of Japanese (four credits of Comprehensive Japanese and, optionally, a one-credit skills-based course).

Undergraduate students in any major may apply for this program.  To be eligible, students must meet the following mandatory requirements at the time of application:

  • Institutional GPA of 2.75 or above.

In addition, students must meet the following minimum requirements before departure:

  • 45 college credits minimum (at least sophomore standing)
  • Able to read and write basic hiragana

Students must continue to make satisfactory academic progress throughout the application process and during their study abroad program, and otherwise comply with policies and procedures of the host university, the IE3 Global Office of International Programs, and their home university International Programs Office.

If you do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements, please consult with your home campus contact person before applying.

Students who participate in the summer program typically live in a guesthouse or share house. Waseda University provides a list of recommended accommodations and IE3 Global can also make recommendations based on the experiences of past participants.

IE3 Global’s experienced on-site program associate, Marie Sato, is available year-round to support students and help introduce them to Japan. Her office is located in the Oregon Japan Study Center at Waseda University and she can act as a liaison between students and the university, help students navigate cultural differences, and can make other arrangements for students such as meetings with a professional counselor at the university.

Marie SatoAbout Program Associate, Marie Sato

Marie grew up in Tokyo, Japan and went to school at Heidelberg College in Ohio and at Eastern Connecticut State University where she graduated with a degree in Sociology. She needed to study at a small college environment and both colleges she went were the perfect fit to study in the small class and make friends. She studied micro level Sociology and the role of institution in Society. Her study abroad experience in the U.S. was one of the most influential factors in her decision to work for the IE3 Global Program in Japan. She loved her experience studying in the United States and living with American friends, and decided she wanted to help other students feel the same way about her country. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, camping and skiing with her husband and two daughters. She also enjoys cooking many different types of foods and sweets.

IE3 Global seeks to make its exchange programs affordable and accessible. For detailed information regarding the program budget (both the program fee and an estimate of personal expenses), please click on the following:

The program fee includes academic and administrative fees, room and board, orientation expenses, on-site support, and health and accident insurance. The program fee does not include airfare, campus-based fees and personal expenses such as recreational travel, local transportation outside of the homestay-to-campus commute, textbooks, laundry, personal supplies, and incidental expenses.

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Summer: February 1

Basic Requirements

- 45 college credits minimum
- Institutional GPA of 2.75 or above
- Able to read and write basic hiragana