Program Overview

Waseda University is a private university located in the heart of Tokyo. Consistently ranked as one of the best universities in Japan, Waseda has produced many of the nation’s top minds, including seven Japanese Prime Ministers and CEOs for Sony, Honda, Toshiba, Fujitsu, and UNIQLO.

A large international university, Waseda has more than 54,000 students, 5,000 of which are international students from more than 90 countries. Being at a large university means there are many opportunities and resources available to you, such as numerous student clubs, and the International Communication Center, which organizes events for international students.

The Waseda campus is centrally located in Tokyo in a neighborhood that has an urban college town atmosphere, with both lush, natural surroundings and centuries-old traditions. The most populous city in the world, Tokyo has 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 throughout the city as major skyscrapers.

Learn more about the highlights of Waseda University and Tokyo here: http://www.waseda.jp/inst/whywaseda/en/

Scholarship opportunity: JASSO or MEXT scholarships may be available through the Japanese government. The JASSO scholarship is typically around $700/month, and the MEXT scholarship is typically around $1,000/month. If this funding is available, the scholarship application will be part of your secondary application for Waseda. Both scholarships are competitive. More information here

What is an Exchange?

This is a program in which the University of Oregon and the partner universities exchange students on an ongoing basis. The number of places available to UO students varies based on the number of partner institution students coming to UO. If there are not enough exchange places available in a given year, then qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to apply as a fee-paying study abroad student, or to apply for an alternate exchange program.

This is an exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at a UO partner university. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and on-site student support services such as academic advising, health & counselling services may vary. 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.

NOTE: The host university has its own credit and grading system. The transcripts provided by the host institution will be converted by the UO Registrar’s Office based on established standards of conversion. Exchange applicants should meet with a GEO advisor to discuss program details.

Academic Details

Note: credits listed below are estimates and are subject to change. Please refer to the Waseda links for the updated credit information on their classes. One credit at Waseda is equal to 1.5 UO quarter credits.

Exchange students studying at Waseda can choose from these three options:

School of International Liberal Studies (SILS):

This track allows you to improve your Japanese language skills while also studying other subjects in English. SILS is a department at Waseda University focused on a liberal arts education in which all classes are taught in English. SILS classes are available in a variety of disciplines such as international relations, business, history, political science, Japanese culture, literature, and more. You will be taking classes alongside Japanese students and other international students. To see SILS course lists from previous semesters, click on “Available Course List” on this page. To search for syllabi/ course descriptions, select SILS as the School on this page (Waseda Syllabus Search).

In the SILS program, you will earn:

  • Around 9 UO credits of Japanese language
  • Plus around 12 or more UO credits of SILS classes in English

More information on SILS here: https://www.waseda.jp/fire/sils/en/

Japanese Language Program (JLP) at the Center for Japanese Language:

This track allows you to intensively study Japanese language and rapidly improve your language skills. The Center for Japanese Language (CJL) offers language classes from the beginning level up to highly advanced, and has a teaching staff of nearly 200 instructors. ‘Waseda Nihongo Support,’ a language support center with drop-in advising and tutoring, is available for students studying Japanese.

In the Japanese Language Program, you will earn:

  • Around 20 UO credits of Japanese language per semester
  • In addition, you have the option to take up to 2 content classes in English, which are typically each worth 3 UO credits.

More info on JLP & CJL here: https://www.waseda.jp/inst/cjl/en/

Other departments:

Exchange students can also apply to enroll in a different department at Waseda. Some departments offer coursework in English, while other departments teach some or all of their classes in Japanese and thus require a high level of Japanese language proficiency. Departments include the School of Political Science and Economics, the School of Commerce, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and others. See Waseda's list of departments and the eligibility requirements (Specific Qualification for each program).

NOTE: if you’d like to apply for a department that is Japanese based, you will need to have previously taken the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) and received a score of N1. If you have not taken the JLPT but have advanced proficiency in Japanese, you may submit a letter from a Japanese instructor verifying your language level, however, it is not guaranteed that the department at Waseda will accept the letter in place of the JLPT score. Therefore, it is highly recommended to take the JLPT prior to applying to a Japanese based department at Waseda. The test is periodically offered in Portland and Seattle. For more information visit the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ).

Housing Description

Exchange students can choose to stay in a dormitory with international students, in a share house apartment, or with a host family. Dormitories are located within walking distance from campus and include a full kitchen for students to use. Single and double rooms are available, although dormitory space is limited and is not guaranteed. A share house offers the opportunity to live more independently with international or Japanese roommates. Living with a host family is a great way to fully experience Japanese family life and have an immersive cultural experience, although you should be prepared to have the authentic Tokyo experience of commuting up to an hour each way to school from your host family’s house. 

Click here for more information on housing.

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, GEO will review your application and select successful candidates for nomination to Waseda. Nominations are made in February for the fall semester and in November for the spring semester of the following year. Students will then need to complete a secondary application for Waseda, which typically consists of an additional online application, a study plan, a letter of recommendation, an official UO transcript, a certificate of enrollment at UO, passport copy, bank statement or scholarship statement, visa paperwork, etc. The final decision regarding acceptance is made by Waseda. Notification about final acceptance will happen in early June for fall students, and in late January for spring students. 

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Term
Fall/Winter Semester
Year
2019-20
Deadline
1/1/2019
Arrival Date
Early September
Departure Date
Early February
Term
Academic Year
Year
2019-20
Deadline
1/1/2019
Arrival Date
Early September
Departure Date
Early August
Term
Spring Quarter
Year
2020
Deadline
1/1/2019
Arrival Date
Late March
Departure Date
Early August

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.