Japan Study
Linking Japan and the United States Through Educational Exchange

Selected Students

Enrollment Procedures

YouTube: Guide for Arrival at Narita Airport

Due February 15

  1. Program Conditions and Agreement Form: Hard copy or pdf scan sent to Japan Study.

  2. COE Application - For Student Immigration: Application instruction and document for entry into Japan. You will upload this form on the above application portal

  3. Waseda University Student Application Portal and Document Upload : Enter the Waseda student application portal via this link -accessible on February 1st for Year and Fall Students. (Spring students, you must wait until November 1st to enter the Waseda portal). Input basic information and upload specified documents (except for your reference letters and transcripts). Please contact us if you need a copy of a document to upload.

Due March 15

  1. Contact Information

  2. Housing Questionnaire

  3. Health Form

  4. Mid-Term Progress Report Release

Hard copy mailed to Japan Study or scanned copy emailed to the Japan Study Program Coordinator at owensma@earlham.edu

Due August 15

  1. Transcript With Spring Grades: Email unofficial copy to the Japan Study Program Coordinator at owensma@earlham.edu

  2. Flight Itinerary: Email to the Japan Study Program Coordinator at owensma@earlham.edu

  3. Review Handbook, Travel Information and Pre-Departure Guides.

  4. Apply for your Visa (you may do this step up until your day of departure - see below)

Pre-Departure Guides

What's Up With Culture?

An online cultural training resource that was developed to support and enhance a student’s ability to make successful cultural adjustments both before going overseas and upon returning home from studying abroad. The focus is generally on the concept of culture and how it impacts one’s ability to understand and function in a new and unfamiliar environment. It concentrates on the skills, attitudes, and behaviors that all study abroad students will find useful, regardless of their destination.

Omiyage Guide

This guide will help you to understand the cultural context of omiyage, the proper way of presenting one, and provide recommendations of effective gifts for your host family

Packing List

A list of suggested items to pack for your time in Japan. Several items are only applicable to select students (e.g. the Yakkan Shoumei), so disregard when appropriate. You are in the best position to determine what is necessary for you to comfortably live abroad, so please use this only as a model and make additions/omissions as necessary. 

At Home in Japan: What No One Tells You

An essential resource for students of cross-cultural communication and Japanese culture, especially those contemplating studying or living abroad in Japan. This web-based tutorial gives an orientation to Japanese culture and society by allowing you to participate in the trial-and-error learning process of newcomers to Japan.

Top 10 Do's and Don'ts of Japanese Culture

From Executive Guide to Japan: The ABCs of Japanese Culture & Business Etiquette by Jennifer Jakubowski. Jennifer is the Founder of Bridges to Japan and a Japan Study alum (1991-92).

Mobility International USA (MIUSA)

MIUSA is your resource center for disability-related questions about your international study, work, volunteer, teaching or cultural program. They help you with all the tips and strategies you need to get geared up and out the door on your next journey.

For American Citizens

U.S. Department of State: STEP

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service that allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Enrolling allows you to receive important information from the embassy about safety conditions in Japan and will help the embassy contact you in the event of an emergency.

Absentee Voter Registration

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) works to ensure that overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to cast a ballot so from anywhere in the world.