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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Japan: Tokyo

Semester: Full Year
Offered: Annually
Estimated Dates: Early September to early August
Program Focus: Language Intensive
Prerequisites: JAPN 310 with a 3.0 GPA or better in the language study.
Housing: Host Families or Dormitories
Campus Contacts:

Atsuko Kurogi
Instructor in Japanese, Japanese Section Head/Coordinator of Language Program, 503-768-7440

Satomi Newsom
Instructor of Japanese, 503-768-7388

Program Design

In cooperation with Waseda University in Tokyo, Lewis & Clark offers advanced students a full-year program in intensive Japanese language study and an East Asian Studies curriculum in the humanities and social sciences focusing on Japanese society and culture. Most lecture courses are taught in English, but Japanese lecture classes are available for those with superior language skills. Housing is with host families or in university dormitories.


Requirements Fulfilled: This program fulfills the 8-credit International Studies general education requirement, and the overseas study requirement for the Asian Studies major and the World Language major Japanese (Primary). Select courses can be applied to the Japanese minor.

Credits: Credit earned varies based on courses completed but students may earn up to 19 credits. Overloads are not permitted. 

Curriculum: Students may choose from a wide range of course offerings in Japanese language study and East Asian Studies. A catalog of the courses and course descriptions is available in the Overseas & Off-Campus Programs Office.

Suggested Readings:                                
Eastern Standard Time, Jeff Yang et al., Metro East Publications, 1997
Postwar Japan as History, Andrew Gordon, ed., UC Press, 1993
The Postwar Japanese System: Cultural Economy and Economic Transformation, William K. Tabb, Oxford University Press, 1995.
The Other Japan: Conflict, Compromise, and Resistance Since 1945, Joe Moore, ed., ME Sharpe, 1997.
The Emptiness of Japanese Affluence, Gavan McCormack, ME Sharpe, 1996.


2018-2019 Fee Breakdown* - Charges per Semester

Total Fee (includes Tuition & Program Fee): $32,334 

Tuition: $25,287

Program Fee: $7,047

Included in the program fee are room/housing, board/meals, and administrative fees. Not included are airfare, passport and visa expenses, primary insurance coverage, photographs, books, immunizations, and incidentals. 

*Fees are updated every February for the following academic year.

Stipend: Students will receive a stipend to cover the cost of meals and transportation costs not covered by the program fee.

Estimated Airfare (Round Trip PDX to NRT): $800 - $2,000

Estimated Health Insurance Fee: $1,275.50 (per semester)

All students participating in overseas programs are automatically enrolled in iNext, a supplemental travel insurance program. The fee for iNext is covered in the program cost. However, students are also required to have comprehensive health insurance during their time abroad. All students participating in overseas programs, both abroad and domestic, are automatically enrolled in the College’s student health insurance program. Similar to a regular semester on-campus, students participating in overseas programs may waive enrollment in the student health insurance program if they have other comprehensive health insurance (e.g., through a parent, guardian or employer) that 1) provides coverage for them in the geographic region in which they will be studying and 2) includes mental health benefits. Click here for more information regarding health insurance & overseas programs.  

Program Preparation

Application Process: This program has a dual application process. Student must first submit a Lewis & Clark Application one year before the start of the program. Once admitted by Lewis & Clark, the students will receive instructions for submitting their secondary application to Waseda University and will receive a separate notification letter of admission.  Please keep a digital copy of your essays and other application materials as you will need to submit these similar materials to Waseda University. Please note that this secondary application process can be as late as the semester preceding your scheduled participation.

For more information about the application process, click here.

Travel: Students usually fly into the Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT), where they are met by onsite program staff and transported to campus for orientation.

Visa: Students will be required to apply for a visa in order to participate in this program. More information will be provided upon admission to the program.

Country-Specific Health Information: Click here to view specific health information for people traveling to Japan.

State Department Country Information: Click here to visit the State Department’s Japan page.

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