Double Degree Program with Waseda University

Earlham College and Waseda University have an established double-degree program that provides unprecedented opportunities for students at both institutions–the first of its kind, for Waseda.

Based on the idea of “Harmonization of Eastern and Western Cultures” espoused by Waseda University founder Okuma Shigenobu, one of the goals of the university is the “co-creation of knowledge in the Asia-Pacific region.” This aims to construct greater understanding, new thoughts and international opportunities through the exchange of people and knowledge rooted in the Asia-Pacific region. In order to realize the “co-creation of knowledge in the Asia-Pacific region,” Waseda University introduced the Double Degree Program with the cooperation of partner universities, with whom Earlham has steadily succeeded in strengthening partnerships.

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The program

Japan Study and Waseda University’s Double Degree Program (DDP) is an educational program in which you can obtain two degrees (one from Waseda and one from a partner institution) upon your graduation from both institutions. As a general rule, the program’s basic structure is based on the existing curriculum at both Waseda and Earlham.

Your third year (junior year) is conducted through the Japan Study Program and your fifth year takes place at Waseda University.

Graduation requirements

  • Earn 124 credits at Waseda University.
  • A minimum of 80 must be earned at Waseda University.
  • The remaining 44 credits can be transferred from Earlham College.

The details

5th year at SILS (reduced fees negotiated by Japan Study)

Tuition and fees
payable to Japan Study at Earlham College – students will be invoiced in USD

• Tuition estimate (subject to change): ¥1,590,000 or approximately $15,500 USD
• Administrative fee: $1,500 (due the 3rd year)
• Waseda admission fee: $2,000 (due the 5th year)

Fees payable to Waseda University
  • Room and utilities: A commitment to one of the three dormitories at Waseda University. The cost of each dormitory is different.  Please refer to the “Dormitories for Exchange Students” section of the website below for more details.  Approximate cost is :  ¥766,200 or approximately $7,662 USD.
    • Housing is provided in a dormitory near the Waseda campus only after on-time completion of all housing forms and is not granted if forms are not submitted on time. Please check your email daily, as Waseda will communicate only via email to your Earlham and/or Waseda email addresses.
    • A housing scholarship/stipend of approximately ¥500,000 or approximately $5,000 USD (to be determined each year) is provided and normally covers the majority of the housing cost. This stipend is contingent upon the housing form being submitted on time.
    • Linen fees and housing deposit fees are approximately $660 USD, depending on the dorm you choose.
  • Waseda administrative fees:
    • Membership fee for Student Health Promotion Mutual Aid Association: ¥3,000 (¥1,500 per semester)
Additional financial information
  • All tuition costs are the student’s responsibility. There is no financial aid.
  • Meals are the student’s responsibility and are not provided by the dormitory. Each dormitory includes a kitchen.
  • Travel and personal expenses are the student’s responsibility

  • Japanese language courses: 24 credits (6 credits x 4 semesters)
  • Intermediate and advanced courses: 44 credits
  • Advanced seminar: 4 credits (must be taken for 2 consecutive semesters)
  • Graduation thesis: 4 credits
  • Elective courses: 4 credits

The maximum number of credits per semester is 22 credits.

Those who have a certain level of Japanese proficiency may be exempt from taking Japanese language courses. Exempted credits must be replaced by SILS intermediate and advanced courses or courses offered by other schools at Waseda University.

To be considered for the Double Degree Program, please follow the steps outlined in the DDP application (pdf).

We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.
We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.