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Program Description


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Quick Facts

  • To receive consideration for this program, submit complete academic year applications by December 15th and spring applications by September 25th.  Since the applications for Japanese exchange programs are lengthy and require multiple supporting documents, students should open the application AND meet with the International Coordinator no later than 3 weeks prior to the application deadline. Additionally, Japanese majors/minors are required to meet with a Japanese faculty member as part of the application process. This should be done as early as possible in the application process, before selecting a program. The names of approved faculty members are listed in the application; if you do not yet have an open application, contact the International Coordinator for more information.
  • Study at one of Japan's prestigious and cutting edge universities - a comprehensive university with more than fifty thousand students and staff, including 4,000 international students, comprising 13 Undergraduate Schools, 23 Graduate Schools, and other Research and Affiliated Institutes.
  • Engage with students from around the world while being emerged in intensive Japanese language courses, Japanese and Asian traditional and contemporary cultural studies, and a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses throughout the universities academic subjects.
  • Courses are taught in both English and Japanese, and students are able to study for one semester in the Spring or for a full academic year. The ASU Japanese language section highly encourages students to study abroad for a full academic year to attain high language and cultural competencies.
  • Waseda hosts over 1,000 exchange students from all over the world each year.  As a result, students should expect minimal amounts of individual attention.  Applicants should be proficient enough with the Japanese language to communicate effectively, and independent enough to find their own solutions to problems.
  • Eligibility requirements: Admissions criteria depend on the specific program at Waseda University. At minimum, applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA at ASU and transfer credit (at least 3.20 recommended as this is a competitive program), be enrolled as a full-time student at ASU, and have completed at least one full semester of 12 credit hours at ASU at the time of the application deadline (with grades posted).
  • Note:  The competitiveness of this exchange program is considered  high depending on the level of student interest. Please contact the International Coordinator for more details.


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Location Details

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is one of the 47 prefectures of the country.  One of the most developed areas in Japan; the tapestry of Tokyo laces itself with soaring skyscrapers, cosmopolitan industries, outsized shopping arcades and extravagant bars and lounges. Nevertheless, amid its modern flourishes, the city also espouses its time-honored tradition, in the form of its shrines, ryokans (guesthouses) and many museums.

Consistently ranked one of the best schools in Japan and located in the heart of the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Waseda University is an excellent place for ASU Japanese majors to spend a year abroad. While at Waseda, students will encounter a universe of experiences. Importantly, Waseda University is  one of the top universities in Japan in terms of number of international students, a continuation of its tradition of being an internationally oriented educational institution which has sent a large number of prominent leaders in the Asia area. Further, this international tradition has contributed to the firm establishment of Waseda University as an intellectual hub in the Asian region.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses


At Waseda, you will apply to a specific "Program" and take courses offered within that program.  Graduate, Undergraduate, and Japanese Language Programs are offered.  Some programs have specific enrollment requirements (i.e. 8 credits of English-taught courses and 6 credits of Japanese Language courses). For a list of program options, click here.  

Academic Opportunities/Restrictions

Course Restrictions You must take courses offered within your chosen program.  Taking courses outside of your chosen program is limited.
Course List from Previous Semesters Click here and click on the Course List for your chosen program.
Course Syllabi from Waseda Click here
Submit a Waseda Syllabus for Evaluation Click here
Courses Previously Taken by ASU Students (may not be offered during your term of study or in your chosen program) Click here

Academic Culture

Japanese courses are typically 2 credits for a lecture-style course.  The courses are 90 minutes and will meet once a week.  However, there are some 4 credit courses taught in English.

Academic Schedule

Term Dates (estimated) Academic year: Early to Mid-September– Early to Early August
Spring: Mid to Late March – Early August
Note: Not all programs are offered for just the spring semester.
Course Registration Timeline After arriving on-site during your orientation.  For Japanese Language courses, you must take the J-CAT placement test upon arrival.
Course Registration Process Online registration with the option to change courses throughout the first couple weeks of courses.

Course Levels, Credits & Grades

  Waseda University ASU
Course Levels Year 1 and Year 2 Lower division
Year 3 and Year 4 Upper division
Credit All credits and grades will be posted to your ASU record after completion of your program.  As courses are graded, not pass/fail, they will be factored into your ASU G.P.A.
Click here to view the Waseda University Credit/Grade Conversion Scale.


Waseda building

Waseda Aizu Museum

Waseda students

Photos courtesy of Waseda University


Waseda dorms
Photo courtesy of Waseda University

Program Housing

Students have the option of living in student dorms near campus, living with a local family, or obtaining their own housing. Homestay placements are limited, so if you are interested in living with a family please make a note on your initial application. 

Learn more about housing options:

Please note that Japanese Residential Halls do not allow guests in your room (even family).

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Japan, older buildings are not likely to have been retrofitted for accessibility. At major train stations, airports, and hotels, travelers with disabilities should encounter few accessibility problems, although many smaller stations are inaccessible to those who cannot climb stairs.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.  Lastly, please be sure to review more information on Waseda University's Office for Students with Disabilities by clicking here.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. For example, in Japan, the population is ethnically homogenous, so some students may experience more attention, comments, and questions, both positive and negative. 

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following fees:

  • $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • $400 Administrative Fee (non-refundable)
  • Carbon Offset Fee*
  • International Travel Service Fee (Including Insurance)*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the International Travel Service Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration and the Carbon Offset Fee will increase annually (in July) by approximately $2.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program




Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 09/25/2020
Rolling Admission 03/16/2021 08/05/2021
NOTE: September 25th is the final application deadline for spring.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Academic Year 2021-2022 01/05/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: January 5th is the final application deadline for fall.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2022 09/25/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: September 25th is the final application deadline for spring.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed