Waseda University

Waseda University
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
Academic YearJan 20early Septlate JulyBudget
SpringOct 20early Aprillate JulyBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 3.0
  • Language of Instruction
  • English, Japanese
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Sophomore , Junior, Senior
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Transfer Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Residence Hall, Off-Campus Housing
  • Program Type
  • Exchange
Program Overview

Waseda University is one of the best universities in Japan. In addition to Japanese courses, Waseda offers many English language courses in a variety of disciplines.  Located in central Tokyo, Waseda is a great option for students seeking an immersive semester or year-long exchange experience in Japan. Click here to find out "Why Waseda?"


Waseda University is one of Japan’s most prestigious universities. Waseda's 125 years of history has allowed it to establish itself in Japan and the international community. Waseda University offers four options for incoming exchange students.

1. Graduate Studies Program
Waseda University offers international students the opportunity to study at both the masters and doctoral levels at one of 13 graduate schools. While most classes are offered in Japanese, certain programs offer graduate and doctorate level classes in English. 

2. Undergraduate Studies Program
Undergraduate classes are available to exchange students in The Schools of Political Science & Economics, Law, Education, Commerce, Science and Engineering, Social Sciences, Human Sciences, Sports Sciences, and the School of Letters, Arts and Sciences. It is mandatory for all students enrolled in this program to have successfully passed level 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. 

3. Intensive Japanese Language Program
The program offers Japanese language courses ranging from introductory to advanced classes. These classes are divided into 8 levels, so that students can choose a class that best matches their level. With a rich and diverse set of classes to choose from, students can select either text based classes, or activity based classes. Furthermore, the classes that are offered though the Center of Japanese Language are divided into skill, and subject areas including; listening, reading, oral expression, writing, Chinese characters (KANJI), pronunciation and grammar. There are also classes on Japanese society, culture, literature, history, lifestyles and linguistics. The center also sponsors many programs and activities allowing Waseda students numerous opportunities to experience both traditional and modern Japanese culture. The IJLP is in session from April to February or from September to July.

4. School of  International Liberal Studies (SILS)
Most of the courses in  SILS deal with Japanese and Asian culture, history, society, politics, economy, geography, arts, and literature. Courses are conducted in English, except for Japanese language courses. Elementary to pre-advanced Japanese language courses are also offered. 


​Waseda University is located in Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, and is home to 53,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 2,000 of which are international students. The city of Tokyo presents a complex urban landscape, laced with layer upon layer of railways and highways with a massive conglomeration of buildings in between. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the mildest seasons. Tokyo has relatively mild winters and hot, humid summers. Rain is more common in June and September than in other months.


Students will most likely receive a room at one of the Waseda University Dormitories. Some students choose to live in apartments, which must be arranged independently. If you want to move out of the dormitory, you will have to find accommodations on your own. Housing Application Forms are sent along with admittance decisions. As of 2006, students also have the option of participating in a homestay. More information can be found HERE.

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