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Doshisha University (同志社大学)
The Imadegawa campus is located on the site where Doshisha was founded in 1875. The campus buildings of the Meiji era are designated as cultural properties of national importance, yet harmonize with the modern buildings on the campus which were constructed in the Taisho and early Showa eras. These buildings stand as a living museum, a testament to the history and development of university education in Japan through the years from the Meiji era to the present day. About 12,000 students now study on this campus, which has a total area of 82,000 m².
This Kyotanabe campus was established in 1986. On the vast campus, which covers 790,000 m², are a number of modern school buildings equipped with advanced experimental and educational facilities. Their exterior walls are uniformly covered with brick tiles, which enable them to exist in harmony with the beautiful surrounding scenery. The campus houses the Learned Memorial Library incorporating a multi-media library, as well as a building for the Faculty of Engineering equipped with experimental facilities still rare in Japan, such as an NMR room, a clean room and an anechoic room. About 13,000 students now study on this campus.
*Minimum completion of JPN 113, competion of JPN 213 strongly recommended
*Minimum 3.0 GPA
OSU students pay OSU tuition & fees to participate in this exchange program. Contact the exchange program coordinator for more details.
Semester at Sea is a pioneer and leader in global, comparative education—a form of international study that focuses on surveying the world's peoples, patterns, cultures, and traditions. Global, comparative education is the element that distinguishes Semester at Sea from other study abroad programs. Operating a traveling shipboard campus allows diverse learning communities to live and learn in close quarters as they travel the world, and SAS provides opportunities for intensive engagement, reflection, interaction, and exchange that simply aren't available with other programs. Field-based, experiential learning is a vital component of Semester at Sea. The ship becomes a campus where participants study in a traditional setting, while the world is transformed into an academic laboratory where students earn 20% of their grade. Field Labs are designed and led by a faculty member who has expertise in a particular culture, location, or subject matter. These in-port labs enhance and explore course content. SAS directed trips are led by staff or faculty. May be recommended by a faculty member as an excellent complement to a student's syllabus. Independent Practica are opportunities for a participant to conduct independent research. Requires faculty approval to count as fulfillment of field requirement.
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Classes and residences are on board the MV Explorer, a 590-foot ship made into a floating campus. There are seven decks, student residences, dining halls, a library, recreational facilities, and more. Check out the Semester at Sea website for more information! There are voyages summer, fall, and spring with different routes around the world. The destinations vary slightly every year. While in port, students have the choice to stay in country or on the ship.
Minimum 2.75 GPA, Consistent full time student status where one full term has been completed, 300-500 word essay.
See the Semester at Sea Application Checklist for more information on application requirements.
CIEE Study Center at Sophia University (上智大学)
Overall GPA of 2.75, no language requirements
The 4 week Summer Program at the CIEE Study Center at Sophia University is designed to provide students with a supportive learning environment while students attend two courses at the Summer Session for Asian Studies at Sophia University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts. This program is ideal for students that wish to learn about Japanese culture, language, and society during a one month period while living in Asia’s most dynamic cities. Visit the CIEE program page for more information.
Visit the CIEE program page
The Japanese Language and International Liberal Studies program at Waseda University (早稲田大学) offers students the opportunity to improve their Japanese language ability while at the same time completing a range of English language-based coursework. In addition to intensive Japanese language classes, students can choose from a wide variety of courses taught in English, including regionally-focused courses in history, economics, literature, communications and political science, as well as general courses in biology, mathematics and business. Students complete 6 hours per week of intensive Japanese language study and choose an additional 8 – 14 hours per week of subject area coursework.
From the imperial palace to the skyscrapers of Japan, Tokyo is home to more than 11 million people and a dynamic confluence of commerce, culture, and industry. Tucked among the thriving financial, industrial and entertainment districts of the city are smaller neighborhoods with narrow streets, wooden houses and handicraft shops, each with a flavor and history all its own. Though Tokyo is densely populated, it offers pockets of calm in beautiful parks and gardens, quiet residential streets and tranquil temples and shrines. Tokyo provides a safe and exciting learning environment.
Minimum 3.0 GPA
One year of college level Japanese
Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU, 青山学院大学) is a mid-size comprehensive university located in Tokyo, with a total student population of about 20,000. AGU has two primary campuses; the main campus is located in the central business district of Shibuya, and a new satellite campus was recently opened in Sagamihara.
From the imperial palace to the skyscrapers of Japan, Tokyo is home to more than 11 million people and a dynamic confluence of commerce, culture, and industry. Tucked among the thriving financial, industrial and entertainment districts of the city are smaller neighborhoods with narrow streets, wooden houses and handicraft shops, each with a flavor and history all its own. Though Tokyo is densely populated, it offers pockets of calm in beautiful parks and gardens, quiet residential streets and tranquil temples and shrines.
Minimum 2.75 GPA
Minimum one year of college level Japanese
Sophomore level standing
As Japan’s only university with its complete curriculum taught in English, Akita International University (AIU, 国際教養大学) creates a unique academic environment in which you can receive high-quality Japanese language instruction and, at the same time, complete advanced topical coursework in English.
AIU’s faculty is comprised of scholars and expert practitioners from around the world. The diverse backgrounds of the faculty, combined with their broad range of experience, state-of-the-art pedagogy, and commitment to fostering global awareness, provide the foundation for an outstanding learning environment. Class sizes of less than 10 students are not uncommon.
Given AIU’s small size, you will have many opportunities to participate in campus life. University clubs include many different sports, martial arts (Aikido, Kendo, Shorinji-Kempo), music, dance, broadcasting, and more. You may also participate in field trips and excursions. Business and economics students may visit local manufacturing plants, sake breweries and agricultural producers.
Culture courses may include visits to regional museums and local hot springs (onsen) as well as opportunities to watch local carpenters build thatched-roof huts. You may also have opportunities to visit local public schools to teach about your home culture.
Akita International University is situated in Akita Prefecture, about 30 minutes drive from Akita City. The campus is set in a lovely rural area, with forest on three sides and a large prefectural sports facility across the road.
With large tracts of cedar forest nearby, various mountain ranges, the meandering Omono River, and vibrantly colored rice fields, the campus is blessed with a rich natural setting. A truly distinctive feature of AIU is the view of ancient cherry trees blossoming against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains, which can be seen from the campus each spring.
3.00 GPA and sophomore standing.
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