University of Oregon

Waseda University Exchange

Program Overview

Waseda University is a private university with its main campus located in the heart of Tokyo, Japan. It is one of the most well-known universities in the country, and consistently ranks as one of the best. It was founded in 1882 by samurai scholar and former prime minister, Okuma Shigenobu, and since its inception, has produced many of the nation’s top minds, including seven Japanese Prime Ministers and CEOs for Sony, Honda, Toshiba, Fujitsu, and UNIQLO.

Recently, the university has set its sights on becoming a global campus. In 2009, Waseda was one of thirteen schools chosen by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s for the “Global 30” Project, a project aimed at increasing internationalization in Japanese universities. 

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is the most populous city in the world, with a global influence on par with cities such as New York, London, and Paris. Despite being a modern metropolis, Tokyo remains rich in culture; one is just as likely to see temples and shrines across the city as major skyscrapers. 

The neighborhood of Waseda is well-noted for its offering of both lush, natural surroundings and centuries-old traditions, keeping its urban college town atmosphere. It is here among Waseda’s many shops and along its many streets that shop owners and students alike, through their daily exchanges and intermingling, have created the unique atmosphere that Waseda’s students, both past and present, have continued to love and cherish. 

For more reasons on why you should choose Waseda University, see here: http://www.waseda.jp/inst/whywaseda/en/

Academic Details

Waseda University has over 54,000 students, 4,000 of which are international students from over 90 countries. Most undergraduate international students enroll in Waseda’s School of International Liberal Studies (SILS). However, Waseda is in the process of adding English classes to various departments each year, including the Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, and Faculty of Science and Engineering.

As part of this exchange program, you will be studying alongside other exchange and full-degree students who may be Japanese nationals or international students. Students who have a high-level of Japanese can take classes taught completely in Japanese alongside local students.

Housing Description

Exchange students can choose to stay in a dormitory (rooms limited), a share house, or with a host family. After you have have been successfully chosen as an exchange student by Waseda University, Waseda will send you an accommodation questionnaire, in which you can indicate your preferred housing option. Accommodation assignments will be made only once at the time of admission into by the Center for International Education at Waseda University.

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Application Process

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process. After the initial application is complete, you will later fill out an application for the exchange university.

Student Life

This is a student exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at one of the University of Oregon’s partner universities.  Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and do not necessarily include significant on-site student support services, such as academic advising, health & counselling services, planned excursions or social events.  Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall-Winter Semester2017-1801/01/2017Early SeptemberEarly February
Academic Year2017-1801/01/2017Early SeptemberEarly August
Spring Quarter201805/15/2017Late MarchEarly August

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.