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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/20/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Undergraduate Program Type: Exchange
Language(s) of Instruction: English & Foreign Language, English Only Prior Language Study: Any
Language Course Offered: Yes Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.00
Eligible Populations: Junior, Second Semester Sophomore, Senior Housing Options: Homestay, Residence Hall
Academic Highlights: Liberal Arts Internship Available: No
Program Scholarship: Yes Service Learning Available: No
Program Advisor: Lauren Chow
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

  • Students will be enrolled at the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) at Waseda University.  While enrolled at SILS, students take courses taught in English.
  • The SILS courses provide exchange students the opportunity to study topics in Asian culture, history, society, politics, economy, geography, arts, and literature. With the exception of Japanese language classes, all courses are conducted in English. Japanese language courses range in level from elementary to pre-advanced.
  • The exchange program at Waseda University is an academic-year program.  Students have the opportunity to experience Japanese life for 11 months while enrolled as an exchange student.
Academic Calendar
  • Academic Year: Mid September - Early August
  • Spring Term: Late March - Early August
  • Orientation: Waseda University's Center for International Education provides an orientation for new study abroad exchange students. Orientation takes place approximately two weeks before the start of classes. The orientation will include important information related to the university such as the student COOP, fitness center, pool, etc., and information about non-university things such as telephones, train passes, hospitals, etc.

Additional Eligibility Requirements

  • Only if applying to Japanese language program: Completed at least one academic year of Japanese language study or the equivalent. Private lessons are not acceptable. Students applying to English based programs do not need prior Japanese language study.

Academics at Waseda University

Studying at Waseda University

Waseda celebrated the 125th anniversary of its foundation in October 2007. It currently consists of 13 undergraduate schools, 22 graduate schools, and various affiliated research institutes. In addition, it has about 3000 full-time faculty members and about 54,000 students. Waseda University is one of the most prestigious private universities in Japan due to its history and traditions. Its high standard of education and research, along with the achievements of its graduates, has garnered respect both in and out of Japan. The active promotion of international exchange in education is also a part of Waseda’s rich traditions, and a large number of international students are accepted every year.
Waseda University has over 4,100 international students enrolled from over 90 countries and regions.

What You’ll Learn
Exchange students have the opportunity to study topics in Asian culture, Japanese language, history, society, politics, economy, geography, arts, and literature. Students will also have the opportunity to live in the student residence hall on campus or with a homestay family.  This will provide a unique insight into student life in Japan.

Lecture courses are categorized into the following seven clusters;
(1) Life, Environment, Matter and Information
(2 )Philosophy, Religion and History
(3) Economy and Business
(4) Governance, Peace, Human Rights, and International Re7) Culture, Mind and Body, Community

Co-Curricular Learning
Waseda University works in cooperation with organizations in and outside the university to provide numerous extracurricular activities throughout the year.  The International Community Center website provides information on extracurricular activities.The International Community Center (ICC) was established in order to utilize such a diverse international environment, and further enrich on-campus cross-cultural exchange. True to its name, the ICC offers a space where all students are able to interact - regardless of nationality and culture. Through such interaction, students develop a new understanding of the world around them, while generating new values and interests.

Examples of activities hosted by the ICC:  Sporting activities such as badminton, basketball, and volleyball, Music and Dance Nights, Film Screenings, Japanese Festival, Outreach Programs where International and local students pair up and visit elementary, junior and senior high schools to promote cross-cultural understanding through interaction and introduction of foreign culture, Language and Cultural Exchange partners, and Field Trips.

Most courses taught at Waseda University are taught in Japanese, however the SILS program offers a number of courses in English for exchange students.

Academic Culture
In the classroom settings, every student is expected to participate in the discussions led by the instructor and may be requested to give a presentation on a topic. Class participation is a large factor for evaluation.

Course Load
The number of classes a student will be taking over the course of a semester will vary depending on the number of credits awarded for a particular class.  Courses can be awarded anywhere from 1 - 6 Babson credits.  Students must complete 14 Babson credits per semester. 

All the lecture courses are 2-credit or 4-credit classes. One-year program students are required to take at least eight credits up to fourteen credits each in the Fall and Spring Semesters. A 2-credit course meets once a week. A 4-credit course meets twice a week. One lesson is ninety minutes.

Students are usually given substantial reading assignments for each course to prepare for the class discussions based on those readings. Papers are assigned along with examinations usually at the end and/or in the middle of the semester. Most of the papers are approximately ten pages about issues covered and discussed in the classes.


Life at Waseda University

Student Life

One-Year Study Abroad Program at SILS provides ample opportunities for extra-curricular activities for International Students during the academic year. These activities include lecture series and internship programs, both of which will help students gain better understanding of Japan through widely varied perspectives.
Internship Program (to teach English in Nagano or Saitama, Japan)
University Athletic Festival
All-Waseda Cultural Week
ICC (International Community Center) URL:

Living Arrangements
Students will most likely receive a room in one of the Waseda University dormitories for international students located near campus. Some students choose to live in apartments, which must be arranged independently. Students in the SILS One-Year Study Abroad Program also have the option of participating in a homestay for approximately 77,000 yen per month (as of 2009).

Living in Tokyo

Students coming from abroad to study at Waseda University must adjust not only to being international students, but also to living in a large metropolitan area.   In Tokyo, students can find Japanese modernity, with a concentration of industry, business, higher education, the arts, and diversity of cultures and customs!   The climate of Tokyo can range from 30's to 80's with periods of rainfall, hot and muggy weather, and cool comfortable fall days.  April is a great time of the year to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom!

One thing to remember about life as a student in Tokyo, the commute from your homestay or residence hall may consist of a bike ride, walk, and train ride of between 45 and 60 minutes in duration.  This is a typical commute as many Japanese students live at home with their families throughout their four years at University.  Riding the train is a great way to understand the life of a student in Japan!

Cost of Attendance