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Waseda University

Program Terms:

Spring Semester & Academic Year


Founded in 1882 as the Tōkyō Senmon Gakkō by Ōkuma Shigenobu, the school was formally renamed Waseda University in 1902. Waseda is consistently ranked top in the most academically selective and prestigious universities in Japan. The University is located in the central Shinjuku, Tokyo.

Academic Details:

No pre-arrival registration is available. After you arrive in Japan, there will be briefings about course registration during academic orientation in each school. Exchange students must select their courses from those offered by the school they will be affiliated with at Waseda. In some cases, you may be permitted to take courses offered to all students or courses offered by other schools as well.

It is recommend that exchange students take 7 courses per semester (which amounts to 14 credits). The School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) has its own curriculum. Some exchange students take as many as 20 courses (40 credits).

The International Community Center (ICC) provides language exchange programs to support Japanese language. The Waseda Nihongo Support is available  to international students who are keen to develop Nihongo proficiency and learning skills in their self-directed learning. The School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) provides the academic advisor to assist in choosing courses. (Source: Waseda Fact Sheet 2017-2018) 

Housing Details:

Most students live on-campus in the exchange dormitory (limited). Some live off-campus in a nearby apartment or with a host family.

Dormitories specifically for exchange students include Waseda University International Students House, Waseda, and Waseda University Nishi. Waseda International Students House are all within walking distance from Waseda, Toyama, and Nishi Waseda campuses. (Source: Residence Life Center, Waseda University 2018) 


  • 2.5 Cumulative GPA minimum
  • Sophomore standing

Note: requirements vary based on the program selected at Waseda. See here for details.

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