Waseda University offers a study programme at its Open Education Centre, through which all students have an opportunity to obtain a minor in EU/European Integration Studies. The EUIJ is committed to expanding and refining this programme, and to ensuring that significant numbers of students study on it.
The EU/European Integration Studies programme is one of many "theme study" options provided by the university at the Open Education Centre. The term "theme studies" refers to a university-wide minor degree system that was established in 2007. Any Waseda University undergraduate can obtain a minor degree, regardless of which school they belong to.
Students completing the EU/European Integration Studies programme will be recognized by Waseda as having received a minor degree. The EUIJ, with the support of the Office of the Registrar at Waseda, plans to award the certificates of completion of an EU/European Integration Studies minor, accompanied with a congratulatory letter from the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Japan.
In order to obtain a minor, it is necessary for students to gain 12 credits, at least four of which must be earned studying on two of the available core courses. Students who study EU-related subjects during a short or long study abroad programme in an EU country can apply to have their credits counted towards a minor on their return.
As well as expanding and refining its undergraduate EU Studies programme, Waseda has established the "Theme College for EU Studies" for graduate students in its Open Education Centre. In order to complete EU/European Integration Studies, it is necessary for students to gain eight credits, at least two of which must be obtained studying on one of the available core courses. The EUIJ hopes to award graduate certificates of completion of the EU/European Integration Studies preferably accompanied with congratulatory letters from the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Japan under certain conditions.
We also encourage graduate students to write a thesis under the appropriate supervision of one of the members of the EUIJ. This thesis will receive accreditation through the existing graduate school to which the EUIJ professor is affiliated. Joint thesis supervisions are, of course, also possible through the "Theme College for EU Studies".