1 or 2 semester program based at the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) at Waseda University in Tokyo. Homestay or dormitory. With the exception of Japanese language classes, all courses are conducted in English. No Japanese language or Japan-related course requirement, 3.0 GPA.
Bowdoin awards up to 4 course credits per semester, 8 credits per year, for courses taken during study away. These credits count toward graduation. Credits applied toward the major are determined by individual departments.
Brief Application Process
- You must apply to Bowdoin as well as to your program regardless of whether it is for the summer, full semester, or academic year. Details about the application process are available on the OCS website ("Applying to Bowdoin").
- Bowdoin students who have unusual academic needs may conclude that a program or university that does not appear on Bowdoin’s program options list is best suited to meet those needs. If you are considering a petition, it is strongly recommended that you make an appointment with the OCS Office and discuss the program thoroughly with your prospective major advisor. Details are available on the OCS website (“Application Process-Petitioning”).
- The application to your chosen off-campus study program or university is your responsibility. The OCS Office is always ready to assist you with the requirements, including elements like a personal statement, a Bowdoin transcript, etc. Please refer to the OCS website (“Application Process-Application to a Program or University”) for further details.
1 or 2-semester program based at Sophia University in Tokyo. Homestay or dormitory. 3.0 GPA.
1 or 2-semester program based at Doshisha University in historic Kyoto. Homestay. Requires at least 1 year of Japanese language, 1 other Japan-related course, 3.0 overall GPA.
1 or 2-semester program based at Doshisha University in historic Kyoto. Homestay or apartment. Requires at least 1 year of college-level Japanese language for the fall semester and 3 semesters for the spring semester, 3.0 language and overall GPA.
1 or 2-semester program based at Nanzan University's Center for Japanese Studies in Nagoya. Off-site orientation, field trips. Homestay or dormitory housing. Requires at least 1 year of college-level Japanese language, 1 other Japan-related course, 3.0 overall GPA.
The Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) is a 1 or 2-semester program located on the shore of Lake Biwa in the city of Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Homestay or residence hall. No Japanese language requirement, 2.5 overall GPA.
8-week long summer Japanese language and culture program located in Hakodate, Hokkaido. Homestay. Requires at least 1 semester of college-level Japanese language.
Intensive six-week Japanese language program at the Summer Courses in Japanese (SCJ) at International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo. Homestay or dormitory. No Japanese language requirement.