Waseda University Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS) focuses on social sciences and international relations. As an independent graduate research institution with no undergraduate program, faculty members are dedicated to mentoring GSAPS graduate students and conducting high-level research. GSAPS is one of the few educational institutions in the world that offers an interdisciplinary International Relations program which trains students in three specializations: Area Studies, International Relations, and International Development/Policy Studies. Faculty and students at GSAPS come from diverse backgrounds. As part of the vibrant GSAPS community, students are able to experience a microcosm of the global society as they pursue a range of curricular and research activities. Over 70% of the student body comes from overseas to study at GSAPS, thus allowing students to experience a multinational, multicultural educational environment with a diverse group of students from a variety of backgrounds. The aim of the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies is to develop professionals who will play an active role in the international society that includes the Asia-Pacific region. (Source: Waseda University Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies Website)
Since its founding in 1998, GSAPS has been the first graduate institution at Waseda University to offer a fully bilingual education in Japanese and English. Core courses can be taken in either Japanese or English, with Japanese versions offered in the Spring Semester and English versions offered in the Fall (depending on the course and the year).
GSAPS trains students in three specializations: Area Studies, International Relations, and International Development/Policy Studies.
- Area Studies: Focuses on the analysis of complex problems facing the Asia-Pacific region, and solutions to these problems by delving into the historical, economic, political, cultural, and social changes that are taking place in the region.
- International Relations: Seeks to understand and resolve the issues facing the region from the perspective of international organizations, economic cooperation, economic development, the environment, and international law.
- International Development/Policy Studies: Focuses on uncovering common themes facing the world today (from the perspectives of NGOs and NPOs, overseas development assistance (ODA), gender theory, culture theory, information and telecommunications, etc.).
(Source: Waseda University Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies Website)
The Residence Life Center (RCL) has three university dormitory options for exchange students who are studying at Waseda University: Waseda University International Student House, Waseda Hoshien, and Nishi-Waseda International Student House. All of those dormitories are located within a walking distance from Waseda Campus, Toyama Campus, and Nishi-Waseda Campus. (Source: Waseda University Residence Life Center Website)
- Graduate students only
Useful Links for Exchange Students:
- Fall Semester Budget
- Spring Semester Budget