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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Autumn Semester A/W, SpringSemester(Sp/S), Year (A/W/Sp)
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  • Restrictions: UW applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
SpringSemester(Sp/S) 2019 05/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Information:
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  Location Tokyo, Japan
Academic Year
Spring Semester (if available)
  Credits 20-24 UW credits per semester
  Eligibility Varies by program
  Language Japanese 113 or equivalent recommended
  Adviser Shannon Quinn |
Priority Deadline: November 15
Final Deadline: January 15
(Academic Year)
May 15 (Spring Semester, if available)
  General Students can participate in either the Japanese Language Program or the School for International Liberal Studies (SILS). The language program offers comprehensive Japanese language instruction. The SILS Program offers liberal studies courses in English as well Japanese language classes.

Waseda also offers a Global Leadership Fellows Program, geared toward international exchange and research among different disciplines.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
Application Process
Program Evaluations

Where You Will Study

As one of Japan's top-ranked private universities, Waseda is known for its high academic standards, liberal climate and numerous successful alumni who include politicians and leaders in major Japanese corporations.

Waseda's main campus is located in the Nishi-Waseda district of Shinjuku and it is the host to over 50,000 students and 5,000 teaching and administrative staff. It is noted for being the university that accepts the largest number of international students in Japan.


Waseda University offers a wide variety of exchange options:

Global Leadership Fellows Program

In the Global Leadership Fellows Program (full academic year), students will participate in English based courses from one of five schools: Commerce,
International Liberal Studies, Political Science and Economics, Science and Engineering, and Social Sciences. In addition, students will participate in a
US-Japan Zemi, or collaborative seminar.  Within seminar groups, students from various disciplines will conduct joint research.  Students will also take part
in Global Leadership Fellows Forums, where all Fellows in the program will meet each week for guest lectures and discussion.
Outside of this core curriculum, Fellows can also participate in Global Leadership Studies, Language Studies, and Volunteer Activities.  To participate in
this exchange, students need a minimum 3.0 GPA, must be enrolled as an undergraduate at the University of Washington, and must demonstrate academic
excellence.  Furthermore, students wishing to take courses in the School of Science and Engineering must have Junior status at the University of Washington.

Graduate Exchange

The Waseda Graduate exchange (full academic year) allows students from overseas to study at the master or doctoral levels at one
of 24 graduate schools.These dynamic centers of research and innovation are at the vanguard of graduate school education, working in close collaboration with
international and domestic organizations, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, domestic and overseas universities and a host of other

Some schools do not offer courses in English, for more information on language proficiency requirements:

Undergraduate Exchange

The Waseda Undergraduate exchange (full academic year) allows overseas students to study at the undergraduate schools of Waseda. The various undergraduate schools of Waseda University seek to impart not only contemporary knowledge and theory, but also the ability to apply this learning in
practical and meaningful ways. Students have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves into Japanese society and culture as they take the same courses as
local Japanese students. Language proficiency requirements vary by school, more information can be found here:

Japanese Language Program

The Japanese Language Program offered by the Center for Japanese Language at Waseda University is a year long intensive language program open to both undergraduate students and graduate students. This program offers various courses for different levels, skills, and themes. There are eight different language levels, each of which offer comprehensive learning of the Japanese language. Course and subjects will be determined after a Japanese Language Placement Test which students will take during the enrollment period of orientation at Waseda. Students will also have opportunities to participate in cultural activites, and to engage with Japanese people on a conversational level. A Certificate of Completion will be granted to each student after having passed prescribed examinations.  

Liberal Studies (SILS)

The School of International Liberal Studies program (SILS) is a broad-based interdisciplinary study of classical humanities, plus natural and social sciences. The majority of SILS courses deal with topics in Asian culture, history, society, politics, economy, geography, arts, and literature. The mission of SILS is to educate future world leaders, imparting them with the initiative and ability to contribute to solving the challenges facing our ever-changing world.  The SILS exchange program is open to both Japanese and international students, and the classes are taught in English. SILS participants are also welcome to take Japanese language courses. 

You can begin your search for courses right here:

-Global Leadership Fellows course search

-Graduate Schools course search

-Undergraduate Schools course search

-Japanese Language Program course registration information

-Waseda University SILS Program Syllabi

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from Waseda University have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges



Most exchange students will apply to an international dormitory close to Waseda University and are encouraged to live there, as housing is costly and extremely difficult to find in Tokyo. Other dorms in Tokyo where both international and domestic students live are also available.

Japanese student dorms frequently have strict rules and curfews; general dorm cleaning in addition to cleaning your own room is required; dorms are usually not shared but a few are offered on shared basis, and some student dorms are for international students only while others are for all students. Dorms are located in Tokyo but regardless of location, you should be prepared to commute up to an hour each way to/from Waseda.

Alternative housing option information is available from Waseda's Housing Office if interesting in locating housing on own.

As an exchange student, you must submit your housing application with your Waseda exchange application (secondary application). Failure to do so will jeopardize your on-campus housing options.

Housing Information by program:

-Global Leadership Fellows Housing

-Graduate Schools Housing

-Undergraduate Schools Housing

-Japanese Language Program Housing

-Liberal Studies (SILS) Housing


Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and UW Study Abroad fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.

Application Process

To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad adviser following your selection for the exchange.

Preference is given to year-long (two semester) applicants.

See Applications and Recommendations for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.

See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.



Program Evaluations

After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences. 

To see past students' evaluations for the Waseda University Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.

Waseda University Exchange.pdf

Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email