Waseda University offers a variety of programs, ranging from comprehensive Japanese language instruction to liberal arts studies to research. Interested students should read about all the programs and pursue one that best matches their needs.
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.
Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and the most populous city in the world. It has a mix of traditional and modern elements, thereby appealing to the tastes of all who visit Tokyo. The city is home to many famous temples, large public gardens, museums, and much more.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Students participating in this exchange program must be of junior standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Additionally, students are encouraged to complete Japanese 113 or equivalent prior to applying for this program.
20 - 24 UW credits per semester
Waseda University offers a wide variety of exchange options:
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution 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.
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 interested 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.
The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.
The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.
If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance.
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 Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered. You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
The $700 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.
The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.