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Japan Study (ACM/GLCA)


Todd Heidt

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Established in 1963, the Japan Study program is one of the oldest and most comprehensive programs in educational exchange and development linking colleges and universities in the U.S. and Japan. Japan Study enables students to become international citizens as they explore Japan in depth, build language skills, and experience Japanese culture.

This ACM/GLCA program offers Knox students the opportunity to spend the academic year at Waseda University’s School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) in Tokyo after a brief orientation providing intensive language practice and cultural discussions. In addition to required language study, electives may be chosen from a wide range of Asian studies courses taught in English.

A host-family-living experience in Tokyo provides an informal education in Japanese culture and is in many ways the dominant feature of the program, offering total immersion in the Japanese way of life. In March, a three week rural stay lets students experience another type of Japanese life.

Prerequisites: Completion of Japanese 103. Some courses in Asian / Japanese studies highly recommended. 

The options for attending the ACM/GLCA Japan Study Program include the full academic year (mid-September to late July): 9 credits; Fall Semester (mid-September to early February): 4.5 credits;  and Spring Semester (late-February to late-July): 4.5 credits.

Program advisor: Prof. Matsuda.

Learn more about Japan Study (ACM/GLCA) at Waseda University.

Click here for more information about the application process, program selection, and more!

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