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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 09/23/2018 08/10/2019
Spring 2019 10/15/2018 10/16/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Cruz, Peter Program Director: Cruz, Peter
Housing Options: Dormitory, On Campus Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Host Country Language: Japanese
Online Course Catalog Available: Yes Sponsor: Iowa State
ISU Course: EXPRO Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:


A Semester in Japan: Waseda University

Program Features


Japan is an ideal location for studying abroad. With a great mix of modern technology and conveniences along with its one-of-a-kind culture and history, you will be able to take courses ranging from Japanese language, culture, politics, and history to upper-level agriculture, math, and science courses taught in English!

There is a great food scene from sushi to ramen to katsu-don. The climate is moderate with snowfall rare and mild temperatures throughout the year. Japanese people are known for being polite and respectful and you don’t need to be able to speak Japanese to be able to get around and interact with people on a daily basis because the majority of Japanese people are able to converse in English. Restaurant menus, banks/ATM’s, train stations, airports, and road signs will also have both English and Japanese writing!







JapanWhat courses?

Be aware that there are many elements of the Japanese university system which differ from that of the U.S. Many courses meet once per week for 90 minutes and are worth 2 credits. Some courses meet twice per week for 90 minutes and are worth 4 credits. The way these courses transfer back to ISU and are applied to your degree requirements is determined by your academic adviser. You should discuss your plans to study abroad with your academic adviser early on in the process.

Another difference is the academic calendar. The fall semester begins in October and runs through January. The spring semester runs from late-March to early-August but ends prior to the start of ISU’s fall semester. This means that ISU students may go only for the spring semester or for the full academic year. Studying abroad in Japan during the fall semester only is not an option.

As an exchange program, there are a limited number of places available and there is a cap of 4 students per semester. If you are interested in participating, you should set up a meeting with Program Coordinator Peter Cruz by email (

Priority will be given to students that apply for the entire academic year then in the order in which completed applications are received. Year in school and GPA may also be taken into account to determine which students will receive an exchange spot. Waseda University requires students to be at or above a 3.0 GPA at time of application, without exception.


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