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Program Description:
Waseda University


Waseda University is a private university located in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo, Japan. Shinjuku is a major commercial and administrative center, hosting the busiest train station in the world as well as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Established in 1882, the university consists of 13 undergraduate schools, 23 graduate schools, and over 7,000 faculty and staff, hosting 45,000 undergraduates and 9,500 graduates per year. Of these numbers, about 4,500 international students study at Waseda. The campus is a mixture of urban and suburban, featuring brick buildings, gardens, and open grassy spaces for students in the midst of skyscrapers. Waseda's Center for International Education (CIE) oversees exchange programs and international students coming to WU to study abroad. Tokyo, the backdrop to Waseda, is the capital of Japan and the most populous metropolitan area in the world, consistently ranking as one of the top cities for nightlife, shopping, public transportation, and cleanliness.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Syracuse University required course load: 12-19 credits for undergraduate students
  • Undergraduates study for a full academic year (fall and spring) or spring only
  • IR graduate students can only go abroad to Waseda in the Fall semester
  • Student must have completed at least 2 semesters at SU before applying
  • Language requirement: must take Japanese course each semester
  • No previous Japanese language coursework and/or skills are necessary
  • Applications that are completed and meet our requirements are accepted on a first come first serve basis and also admitted based on the exchange numbers for each semester. 
Program Calendar
Academic Year: mid-September to early August (undergraduates only) Applications for Waseda University are due by February 20.
Fall Semester: mid-September to late December (graduates only) Applications for Waseda University are due by February 20.
Spring Semester: mid-March to early August (undergraduates only)

Through CIE, Syracuse undergraduate students take courses offered in English in the School of International Liberal Studies. This program offers courses in history, religion, philosophy, economics, business and communication.

Intensive Japanese language is a required course for both semesters. Any of the courses offered though the School of International Liberal Studies may be taken. Students take a full semester of courses alongside other international and Japanese students. A typical course load is four courses although it is possible to take five courses. Grades from Waseda will be posted to your academic record and factored into your overall GPA at SU.

International Relations graduate students take courses at
The Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies.

For a list of courses pre-approved for SU credit, please click on the "Courses Offered" link at the top of this page. There is no guarantee courses on the list will be offered during your semester abroad, so please refer to the World Partner website for the most up-to-date course offerings. If you want to take a course that is not already approved, Syracuse Abroad will assist in obtaining approval from the appropriate Syracuse University academic department.

Students can choose from three exchange dormitories, the farthest being an 11-minute walk from campus. Double and single rooms are offered with Internet connection, a refrigerator, and air conditioning. 

All U.S. citizens and most non-U.S. citizens are required to have a student visa for their semester in Japan. Waseda University will provide assistance with the visa application process.

Program Cost
You will pay Syracuse University tuition and can apply all Syracuse University financial aid except work study. Besides tuition, you will also be charged program fee which covers pre-departure meetings, International Travel insurance and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged.
For the program fee and further explanation of estimated costs, please see the financial planning budget here:
Waseda U Budget 2019-2020.pdf.

Deb Goddard,

Apply Now
Applying to this program requires completion of both the Syracuse Abroad and Waseda University applications. Syracuse Abroad application materials for the fall semester only have an early due date of February 10 with the completion and submission of all application materials to Waseda University by February 25.

Syracuse University
Waseda University (to be completed after approval and nomination from SU Abroad)
  • Complete Waseda's application on line after you receive your nomination email (note: you are considered an exchange student).
  • Follow instructions from WU for supplemental documents
Waseda University - Study Abroad
Waseda University - School of International Liberal Studies

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.