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Waseda University

Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Global Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies (Global-J)

Global-J develops human resources who are fully capable of participating in overseas English-language scholarly environments, grounded in the scholarly accomplishments in Japanese literature and culture of Waseda University. In contrast to existing conventional Japanese-language courses in Japanese literature, which aim to produce research papers for Japanese-language academic journals and to place graduates in Japanese-language education institutions, Global-J aims to disseminate English-language research that proactively incorporates European and American literary theories and comparative literary methodologies in addition to strong foundations in existing Japanese literary and cultural scholarship. Global-J also aims to train researchers who will support emerging new fields in European and American studies of Japanese literature and culture.
 Lectures and research guidance are provided both in English and Japanese; however, dissertations should as a rule be written in English.

Degree Information
Degree Doctoral
Type of Degree Literature
Subject - Humanities (History, Linguistics, etc.)
Major Humanities
Duration 3 years
Entry Date April 1, 2019 / September 21, 2019
Location 1-24-1, Toyama,Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-8644, Japan
Area Kanto Region (Tokyo, etc.)
Postgraduate Program Started September, 2018
No. of Students 0
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members 8
Tuition Fees 653,000 yen
Additional Information The aim of Global Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies (Global-J) is to bring together the methodologies and outcomes of Japanese literary and cultural studies that have been developed in both Japan and other regions of the world, to conduct interdisciplinary education and research activities both in English and Japanese, and to create new Global Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies under the guidance of leading researchers active in the front line of education worldwide. Global-J will produce scholars and educators who will lead the future course of Japanese literary and cultural studies on the international stage.
Admission Information
Admission Capacity Limted
Application Type Open to everyone
Eligibility To be eligible for admission, you must meet one of the requirements below:

Hold either a master’s degree or doctor of law qualification obtained in Japan, or expect to have such a qualification at the time of enrollment.

Hold either a master’s degree qualification obtained outside Japan, or expect to have such a qualification at the time of enrollment.

A person designated by the Minister for Education, Culture, Sports,Science, and Technology

A person at least 24 years of age at the time of admission and individually evaluated by the Graduate School as being academically equivalent to at least a master’s level
Application Period Mid November - Mid December.
Examination Type & Date ・1st step: Document screening (Successful Announcement Late January)
・2nd step: Interview (Early February)
Presence in Japan Required for Screening Process Yes
Admission Fee 30,000 yen

As of January 23, 2018


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