A Unique Opportunity for Earlham Students
Earlham and Waseda have established a new double-degree program that will provide unprecedented opportunities for students at both institutions.
The partnership with Earlham’s Japan Study Program will be the first such undergraduate double-degree program they have with an institution in the United States.
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 “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 we have steadily succeeded in strengthening partnerships.
Japan Study and Waseda University’s Double Degree Program (DDP) is an educational program in which students can obtain two degrees (from Waseda and a partner university) upon their graduation from both universities. As a general rule, the program’s basic structure is based on the existing curriculum at both Waseda and Earlham.
The student's third year is through the Japan Study Program (Junior Year) and the fifth year is at Waseda University
Graduation requirement to receive a bachelor’s degree (B.A. in International Liberal Studies) is to earn 124 credits at Waseda University. 80 credits out of 124 must be earned at Waseda University and 44 credits will be transferred from Earlham College.
Year Two at SILS (reduced fees negotiated by Japan Study)
- Tuition estimate and subject to change: 1,203,500 yen (approximately $12,035 and subject to change)
- Room and utilities: ¥766,200 (Room charge is ¥690,000, utilities charge is ¥76,200). This is approximately $7,662 USD. Housing is provided in a dormitory near the Waseda campus after completion of all housing forms. A Housing scholarship/stipend of approximately ¥500,000 (approximately $5,000) is provided and covers the majority of the housing cost. Additional linen fees, administrative fees and deposit fees are approximately $625.
- Earlham Administrative Fee: $1,500 (due during the 5th year) to Earlham Office
- Waseda Administrative Fees: ~Educational Environment Improvement Fee ¥180,000 ~Global Education Fee ¥70,000 ~Membership Fee of Student Health Promotion Mutual Aid Association ¥3,000
- Meals: Student's responsibility (not provided by the dormitory) — a kitchen is in the dormitory
- Travel and personal expenses: Student's responsibility
- Scholarships and financial aid are not available from Earlham College nor from Japan Study.
Plan of Study
- 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
Maximum number of credits per semester is 22 credits
Those who have a certain level of Japanese proficiency may be exempted to take Japanese language courses. Exempted credits must be replaced by SILS intermediate and advanced courses or courses offered by other schools at Waseda University.
To apply to the program, contact the Japan Study Office in LBC 119/121. Approval from the Japan Study Director and your adviser is also necessary, and the Registrar should be notified of your plans once approved.
Chart of Course Plan by Semester (pdf)