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Waseda University
Tokyo, Japan (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Spring Semester
Program Website: Click to visit
Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Cost Sheets Academic Year,
Spring Semester
Areas of Study:
Arts/Design, Business, Education, Engineering, English, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Global Studies, Health, Humanities, Journalism, Law, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Tourism
Program Type:
Fall/Spring Session:
Session C
Internships Available:
GPA Requirement:
Graduate Courses Available:
College Sponsor:
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (Humanities)
Department/School Sponsor:
School of International Letters and Cultures
Language Prerequisite:
0 semesters
Language of Instruction:
English, Japanese
Minimum Class Standing:
02 - Sophomore
International Coordinator:
Abby Dalpra
Available to Non-ASU Students:
  Program Details


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Quick Facts

  • To receive priority consideration for this program, submit complete academic year applications by December 15th and spring applications by August 1st.  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.
  • Eligibility requirements: Admissions criteria depend on the specific faculty/department 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 moderate to 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

All three Waseda University study options (Japanese Language Program, Undergraduate, and Graduate) are available for the entire academic year. Some Undergraduate Schools and the Japanese Language Program allow students to study for just one semester in the Spring.

ASU students can study in one of three international study options:

Japanese Language Program (JLP)
JLP, offered by the Center for Japanese Language at Waseda University, is an academic-year or spring semester program to study Japanese language intensively. Japanese language proficiency is not required; however, at least one semester of previous Japanese language instruction is highly recommended. Students come from many countries, and tutoring and assistance from Japanese students and staff is provided. Students are also provided with the opportunity to learn about and experience the unique traditional and cultural aspects of Japan.

The various undergraduate schools of Waseda University, which include the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS), 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, instructed in English or Japanese. For courses taught in Japanese, specific levels of Japanese language proficiency are required and vary per academic department.  A valid JLPT score is also required to be eligible to take courses taught in Japanese.  

Graduate students can study and research in dynamic centers of research and innovation at the vanguard of graduate school education, providing students access to the most contemporary technology, information and trends. The Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (GSAPS), Graduate School of Information and Telecommunication Studies (GITS), Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems (IPS), Waseda Business School (WBS) and Graduate School of International Culture and Communication Studies (GSICCS, newly open in 2013) embody this vision by allowing students to complete their course work in either English or Japanese. From Molecular Nano-Engineering to Material Science and Technology, and from the Waseda-Olympus Bioscience Research Institute to the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University offers graduate students first class research facilities, world renowned research supervisors and opportunities for students to realize their graduate study goals. Specific levels of Japanese language proficiency and additional eligibility requirements are required and vary per academic department.  Click here for more information.

Important Notes:

  • NOT ALL PROGRAMS AT WASEDA ARE FOR ONE SEMESTER. Some programs require that students participate for two semesters, whether that is spring-fall (not permitted as this conflicts with the ASU calendar) or fall-spring.  Additionally, some programs only offer admission once per year (Fall or Spring); it is important to check the information for the specific track/school that you are interested in and consult with your International Coordinator in advance.
  • Students will take a placement exam (J-CAT) upon arrival to determine the appropriate level of Japanese language instruction.
  • 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.
Glossary of Terms:
100 Level Courses = 1st year courses
200 Level Courses = 2nd year courses
300 Level Courses = 3rd year courses
400 Level Courses = 4th year courses

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and current course equivalencies.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click here to view how credits and grades at Waseda University will convert to ASU credits and grades.
Waseda building

Waseda Aizu Museum

Waseda students

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Waseda dorms
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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:



Accessibility Information

For more information about accessibility, please visit Waseda's Disabled Student Services Office.

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Waseda campus tour
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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 non-refundable fees:

  • $50 Application Fee
  • $400 Administrative Fee
  • Mandatory Medical Insurance Fee*
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 Medical Insurance Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration. 


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
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 08/02/2017
Rolling Admission 04/01/2018 08/02/2018
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by August 1, 2017. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted through September 25, 2017.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Academic Year 2018-2019 01/15/2018
Rolling Admission 09/10/2018 08/04/2019
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by December 15, 2017. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted through January 15, 2018.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2019 09/25/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by August 1. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted through September 25.

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