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Double Degree Program with Waseda University

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.

To become a Double Degree candidate, you must apply to the Japan Study program as a regular one-year exchange student, and be of sophomore status when applying. Approval from the Japan Study Director and your adviser is necessary to be considered. You will be notified of your acceptance into the double degree option in mid-January.  If accepted into the DDP program, you must contact the Registrar's Office to inform them of your intent.


Year Two at SILS (reduced fees negotiated by Japan Study)

  • Tuition estimate and subject to change: 1,593,000 yen (approximately $15,593 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.  
  • Linen fees are approximately $300 a year 
  • Yearly deposit fee of approximately $300
  • Admission fee of ¥200,000, first semester of second year at Waseda
  • Membership fee of Student Health Promotion Mutual Aid Association ¥3,000 
  • Earlham administrative fee: $1,500 (due during the 5th year) to Earlham Office
  • 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


Courses Number of credits necessary for graduation Semester
3rd Year Waseda 4th Year G/A 5th Year Waseda
1st Fall 2nd Spring Attending at Home Institution 3rd Fall 4th Spring
Japanese 24 6 6 6 6
Intermediate/Advanced Courses 44 12 12 10 10
Advanced Seminar (Zemi) 4     2 2
Graduation Thesis 4       4
Elective Courses 4 4 (Must be taken by the end of the last semester)
Total (Standard) 80 18 18   22 22
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