Eligibility & Costs


All students enrolled in a 4-year American college or university are eligible to apply. Preference is given to qualified applicants from GLCA and ACM colleges. Selection is competitive. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. Acceptance in the program is contingent on completion of at least one semester or term of Japanese language study (or equivalent) prior to departure and on approval of the School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda University.

Program Fees, 2017-18

Academic Year

$47,775 ($38,220 Tuition + $9,555 Room & Board)

Fall Semester

$25,725 ($20,580 Tuition + $5,145 Room & Board)

Fall Semester + Cultural Internship

$27,825 (22,260 Tuition + $5,565 Room & Board)

Spring Semester

$25,725 ($20,580 Tuition + $5,145 Room & Board)

Fees for 2018-19 will be available by February 2018.  In general, our fees are comparable to tuition, room and board fees at GLCA/ACM colleges.

The program fees cover the cost of the orientation session, room, partial board (breakfast and dinner with the host family), commuting expenses in Tokyo, Waseda University tuition, the cultural internship, and administrative costs. A deposit of $500 is due upon acceptance and should be paid directly to the Japan Study Office. This deposit is applied to the program fee.

Students are responsible for roundtrip airfare, Japanese national health insurance (about $25/month), lunches, books, cell phone (about $20-$60/month), and personal expenses. Recent participants have budgeted $400-$500 each month for these expenses. Many students work part-time in Tokyo teaching English or working in local shops to offset such expenses. After departure from the United States, no part of the program fee expended on a student's behalf is refundable.

Cancelations and Refunds

Students who withdraw from the program are assessed varying charges depending on the time of their withdrawal. Students who withdraw from the program within one month prior to the departure date will be required to pay for expenses already committed on their behalf. 

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