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Program Description


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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.
  • 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

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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:

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


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
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 12/15/2018
Rolling Admission 09/05/2019 08/05/2020
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by December 15. 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 by the Study Abroad Office or in host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2020 09/25/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by September 25. If space remains after the priority deadline, applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the listed deadline. Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any 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