UO students with an interest in Japanese language, literature and culture will most likely be attracted to this program. Students should plan on taking regular university courses taught in Japanese. However, a few courses are offered in English for exchange students and regular students. Students who wish to take “Upper Class” Japanese classes must pass the First Level Japanese Certificate. Advanced students of Japanese can learn teaching methods of Japanese as a second language. A JWU student will be assigned to each UO student to help her adjust to the university and to living in Tokyo. Additionally, tutorials for Japanese language study will be assigned. UO students have limited opportunities to enroll at Waseda University for one or two semesters without additional payment.
A few pre-approved UO course equivalencies are available for this program. Applicants for the program should meet with staff in Study Abroad Programs to obtain information on courses and University of Oregon credits for study at Japan Women’s University.
Registration and Credits
Students participating in this program will be registered at the University of Oregon and will receive UO credits for courses taken at JWU. The student’s course work will be reviewed and evaluated by appropriate academic departments at the UO. Students must keep detailed records of course outlines, reading lists, exam results, and other work completed to facilitate accurate evaluation by the academic departments at the UO.
Students are responsible for making sure that the courses they plan to take in Japan will meet major and minor requirements. Students are advised to consult with their academic adviser about their plans to study in the JWU program.
All previously approved study abroad courses appear in an online database maintained by the Office of the Registrar. The database is searchable by world regions, then countries, and then specific program titles. For each course, you will see how it applies to UO degrees in terms of course level (100-, 200-, etc.), general-education requirements (e.g., Group 1 Arts & Letters, multicultural requirements, etc.), and majors and minors offered in the department granting the UO credit (e.g., the English major and minor for ENG credit). Students are responsible for talking with major/minor advisers about the possibility of applying courses toward majors and minors in other fields of study.
Note, too, that all study abroad programs of ten weeks or longer allow students to meet the IC: International Cultures multicultural requirement.
Not all available courses appear in the online database, especially for programs in which UO students choose their courses from an entire host university's offerings. The only courses that appear are those that have already been either taken by UO students before or otherwise evaluated for UO credit. Courses that do not appear will need to be evaluated for UO credit, but that does not mean that such courses are not available as options for UO participants. It does likely mean that students will be involved in getting the courses evaluated while they are enrolled in them.
If you are interested in knowing how a course that is not listed in the online database will apply to your UO degree, and you are able to get a syllabus for the course ahead of time from a host university website, you may send it to the Registrar's office for early evaluation. Email the syllabus to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the subject line "UO STUDY ABROAD: Pre-articulation request."
Host University Website
For general information on Japan Women's University: http://www.jwu.ac.jp/eng.html