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/
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 under the English Based Program and Japanese Based Program sections on this page.
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).