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Areas of Study:
East Asian Studies, Economics, Entrepreneurship & Management, History, International Studies, Japanese, Political Science, Pre-law, Public Affairs, Social Policy, Sociology, Urban Affairs
Hopkins credit (grades impact Hopkins GPA)
Interest in global issues and desire to assume leadership role in major/desired profession
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Waseda University is considered one of Japan’s most prestigious universities, consistently ranking among the top universities in Japan. The university has many notable alumni, including seven Japanese Prime Ministers and many CEOs throughout the world.
Hopkins Year Tokyo Waseda University: Global Leadership Program
"Through the GLFP Program, I was able to discuss a wide variety of topics with global leaders ranging from ambassadors to journalists. The classes that I took through the Global Leadership Program widened my perspective on issues in the world; I began to develop a more comprehensive and global perspective.”
-Syed Matin, Political Science and International Studies major
The Global Leadership Fellows Program (GLFP) is a unique junior year abroad program at Waseda University in Tokyo. The aim GLFP is to nurture leaders who can function confidently in an increasingly borderless world and make decisions that are principled, balanced, and informed. GLFP selects students of ambition and ability from Waseda and several prominent American universities, brings them together, immerses them in one another’s culture, and through imaginative pedagogical techniques turns them into budding leaders in a variety of fields.
The Global Leadership Program aims to nurture leaders who:
understand and appreciate both Asian and western histories, cultures, values and societies
possess high intelligence and strong communication skills
are capable of critical analysis and able to develop persuasive arguments
have a clear moral sense, courage and a desire to serve community and society
demonstrate strong leadership skills in business and politics, science and engineering, journalism, education, and the arts
Students will take 4 different types of courses, all taught in English unless a student has the necessary language proficiency
in order to take a course or two in Japanese:
1. Disciplinary courses. Students will choose from courses offered in the Schools of Political Science & Economics, International Liberal Studies, Science & Engineering, Commerce, and Social Sciences, as well as the Centers for Japanese Language, Global Education Center, and International Education.
2. U.S.-Japan Zemi. The zemi is a unique Japanese-style collaborative seminar and small-group pedagogical method. In small groups, students focus on a specific issue in the Asia-Pacific region that has global significance. They will conduct research, debate, plan joint projects and devise field studies on this issue. The zemi is not only a seminar; it's a community.
3. Global Leadership Fellows Forum. The seminar is designed to broaden students' perspectives on leadership, and challenges them to practice the art of leadership itself. The GLFP Forum is planned and executed by the Fellows themselves and the proactive involvement and constructive discussion in this forum will be the foundation for leadership skill building. The Fellows will conduct multidisciplinary research on global issues arising in the Asia-Pacific region and make proposals for solutions.
Students will also participate in guest lectures, debates, field studies in and around Tokyo, volunteer projects, and public presentations. Students have the option of completing an internship during the long break between semesters. Back To Top
There is a multi-step application process for this program.
(1) Students must complete the Hopkins application by clicking the green "Apply Now" button at the top/bottom of this page
(2) JHU will review this application and nominate qualified candidates to the university for participation on the program
(3) Nominated students will need to complete the program application. Instructions will be provided by the Study Abroad Advisor