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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/15/2017 10/16/2017 04/01/2018 08/03/2018
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/15/2018 03/16/2018 TBA TBA
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
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Study Abroad Center, 3224 Memorial Union, (515) 294-6792

Waseda University, Tokyo - Reciprocal Exchange

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Program Dates: 
Academic Year:  late September – early August  (SILS Program w/ break from early Febraury-mid April)
Academic Year:  mid April – mid February  (Japanese courses at undergraduate level)

Tokyo is the capital of Japan. At over 12 million people in the official metropolitan area alone, Tokyo is the core of the most populated urban area in the world, Greater Tokyo (which has a population of 35 million people). This huge, wealthy and fascinating metropolis brings high-tech visions of the future side by side with glimpses of old Japan, and has something for everyone.

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Why Waseda?

The traditional Japanese academic calendar and the ISU exchange agreement with Waseda University allows ISU students to spend either the spring semester or a full academic year at WU.

You will pay tuition and fees at ISU (ISU financial aid and study abroad scholarships still apply) and will pay for housing and meals at Waseda.

Japan's capital, Tokyo is home to over 13 million people and combines the latest technology with ancient traditions. Trains, subways, bus lines, and taxis abound, so you can easily explore the city and the region.
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Waseda University is a private university and one of Japan's most prestigious. Its main campus is in Shinjuku, Tokyo, with other campuses in the greater Tokyo area and two campuses elsewhere in the country. The average enrollment is above 53,000, including approximately 44,000 undergrads.
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The academic calendar runs from early April to early August (Spring Semester) and mid-September to early February (Fall Semester), making an academic year on the Tokyo campus an excellent option.

Waseda University offers both Japanese-based and English-based programs;
programs taught in English are available for students in the following schools:
• School of Political Science and Economics
• School of Social Sciences
• School of Fundamental Science and Engineering
• School of Creative Science and Engineering
• School of Advanced Science and Engineering
• School of International Liberal Studies (full year only)

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The one-year Japanese Language Program option for intensive study of the language is also available to exchange students; students studying in other fields can enroll in Japanese language classes at any of eight different levels.
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School of International Liberal Studies (SILS)
Features of the SILS One-Year ProgramWhat is the One-Year Study Abroad Program at SILS?SILS offers a One-Year Study Abroad Program to international students. In this program, the participants from around the world will take courses with regular (4 year) SILS students.

SILS offers courses on a wide range of topics including Asian culture, history, society, politics, economy, geography, arts, and literature.

Since the majority of the SILS courses are taught in English, our doors are open to those without advanced Japanese language training.

At the same time, One-Year Program students are required to take Japanese language courses, which will aid them in acquiring Japanese to make their experience in Japan more fulfilling.

One-Year Program students can also take "Other Foreign Language courses" offered by SILS and Open courses as an option in addition to the requirements. 
For details, please refer to the below items.

Language of Instruction:

Japanese language courses: Japanese.
SILS lecture courses: English.
Open courses offered by Open Education Center: Almost all of them are conducted in Japanese.
Open courses offered by other schools: Most of them are conducted in Japanese but some of them are in English.TO TOPCurriculum and requirements of the SILS One-Year Study Abroad Program

Students participating in the One-Year Study Abroad Program at SILS are required to take both Japanese Language Courses offered by the Center for Japanese Language and SILS Lecture Courses in each semester. All students should fulfill the requirements and follow the rules as follows:

(1)Length of study

    ·Fall Semester (September to February)
    ·Spring Semester (April to July)

*Note:Students are encouraged to apply for the full-year (Fall and Spring Semester) program.

Please refer to the webpage below.
(3)SILS Lecture courses (Intermediate and Advanced ONLY)

SILS consists of seven clusters (groups of courses).
(1) Life, Environment, Matter and Information
(2) Philosophy, Religion and History
(3) Economy and Business
(4) Governance, Peace, Human Rights and International Re7) Culture, Mind and Body, Community

Students are required to take at least 8 credits of SILS lecture courses respectively in each semester.
Please note that One-Year Program students can take only lecture courses at intermediate (300 level) and advanced (400 level) level. 
Unless noted in the course description, all courses are conducted in English.

*Note: Seminars, Introductory courses (100-200 level) are NOT open to One-Year Program students. For available courses, please refer to the “Course Information”  [Open new window] page.
(4)Japanese Language Courses

Before the semester starts, students who would like to take Japanese language courses at level 2 or above are required to take the Japanese Placement Test (J-CAT). Students can determine which level of courses to take based on the J-CAT level, ranging from beginning to advanced.

Please note that the level labels (1 to 8) used at the Center for Japanese Language may not correspond to those at your home institution. For example, level 3 at Waseda does not necessarily correspond to 3rd year or 3rd semester at your university.

Also successful applicants are expected to prepare for taking Japanese language courses to start Japanese language learning smoothly especially in the case they do not have prior Japanese learning experience (From Fall 2014 admission, applicants will not be required to have Japanese language learning experience at the time of application.) .

SILS One-Year Program students are required to take at least 6 credits of Japanese language courses in each semester. The maximum number of Japanese language credits they can take per semester is 7.
(5)University-wide Open Courses (Option)

University-wide Open Courses are offered by various schools and institutions at Waseda and are open to all Waseda students. There are two categories of University-wide Open courses:

a) University-wide Open Courses offered by the Global Education Center
b) University-wide Open Courses offered by other faculties/schools.

*Summer courses, courses conducted abroad, and courses offered by other universities cannot be taken by One-Year students.

a) University-wide Open Courses offered by lobal Education Center 
Almost all of these courses are conducted in Japanese. 
As these courses are designed for average Japanese college students, the same level of Japanese proficiency that they have is required to take these courses. 
Taking these classes is a good way for advanced students to develop their Japanese ability even further.

b) University-wide Open Courses offered by other faculties/schools
Most of the courses in this category are conducted in Japanese, however, there are some courses conducted in English as well.

University-wide Open course credits are not included in the minimum required number of SILS lecture course credits but they are included in the maximum registerable number of credits.
For detail, please refer to the web page below.
(6)Other Foreign Language Courses offered by SILS (Option)

One-Year program students are allowed to take “Other Foreign Language” courses offered by SILS if seats are available. 
Since SILS regular students have priority taking Other Foreign language courses in order to fulfill theirgraduation requirement, please note that One-Year Program students will not be able to register if all seats are occupied by regular students.

Please also note that many of the Other Foreign language courses are taught in Japanese; some are taught in English or with the direct method.

Other foreign language credits are not included in the minimum required number of SILS lecture course credits but they are included in the maximum registerable number of credits.
For detail, please refer to the web page below. TOP
 Formula to calculate the actual class time

(a) Japanese Language courses, Other Foreign Language courses by SILS, Foreign Language courses by Global Education Center, and Physical Education Courses by Global Education Center;
1 credit = 90 minutes (1 class) × 15 weeks (1 semester) = 1350 minutes (22.5 hours)

(b) SILS lecture courses and University-wide Open Courses (excluding Foreign Language and PE courses);
2 credits = 90 minutes (1 class) × 15 weeks (1 semester) = 1350 minutes (22.5 hours)

Both university-run and private dormitories are available with men's, women's, and coed options, single or shared rooms, and some facilities open to students from other universities. University housing is fully furnished and includes air conditioning and Internet. Most dorm rooms have shared bath and toilet facilities. For the university-run and "Waseda Recommended" dormitories, dorm managers cook seasonal meals based on menus provided by registered nutritionists. For these facilities, the housing rate is fixed and includes meals.
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Visa and Passport Information

Complete information about how to apply for or renew a U.S. passport is available here.

You must obtain all proper immigration documents, such as an official passport and a visa if required. Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations. For visa information visit the U.S. State Department website here.

In order to obtain a student visa for study in Japan, you will need to gather several documents and take them or send them to the Japanese Consulate in Chicago. You should contact the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago to obtain information on how to apply for a student visa. 

One of the documents you will need to obtain your visa is a Certificate of Eligibility. After receiving your application documents, Waseda will request a Certificate of Eligibility from the Immigration Office in Tokyo. The Certificate of Eligibility, which takes a several weeks to be prepared, will be sent to us in the Office of International Education and we will forward it to you. 

Activities outside of class are hosted by the International Community Center and include Country Festivals (both Japan and other countries), informal café events, Language Hour (for Japanese and other languages), field trips to other regions of Japan, and the Language and Culture Exchange, in which international students are paired with Japanese students for language and culture knowledge. Sports, volunteer, and club activities are open to visiting/exchange students and are an excellent way to come to know a new culture and teach others about your own.

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GPA: 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation.
Your application will include a transcript and two letters of recommendation.

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Normal Operations on Public Holidays
Apr. 29 - Showa Day
Jul. 21 - Marine Day
Oct. 13 - Health and Sports Day
Nov. 3 - Culture Day
Nov. 24 - Labor Thanksgiving Day (observed)

Additional University Holidays
Apr. 30
May 1
May 2
Aug. 18
Aug. 19
Oct. 31

Periods Time
1st 9:00-10:30
2nd 10:40-12:10
3rd 13:00-14:30
4th 14:45-16:15
5th 16:30-18:00
6th 18:15-19:45
7th 19:55-21:25

External Sites

Japan National Tourism Organisation

Study in Japan (Japanese Foreign Ministry website)

Japanese Embassy in the USA

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CONTACT Peter Cruz 3224 Memorial Union (515) 294-6792 

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