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This university is located in Tokyo, Japan. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:
Established more than a century ago by Shigenobu Okuma, a scholar and government leader, Waseda University is a private, coeducational institution of higher learning. Founded as a college with three departments under the old system of Japanese higher education, it has grown to become an elite comprehensive university that also includes two senior high schools and a College of Technology. There are 16 undergraduate schools and 24 graduate schools hosting 45,000 undergrads and 7,000 grad students.
- on-campus dormitories
- private dormitories
Waseda offers a limited number of rooms in campus housing for exchange students in special dormitories. Additionally, some students choose to arrange independently to live in apartments or with homestay families. For more information on housing options, click here. As a note, the Center for International Education will assign rooms on a first come, first served basis.
- no meal plan
- on-campus dining
For convenience, there are four student dining halls on the Waseda campus, but you'll want to venture out to restaurants when you can because eating is half the fun of being in Japan. The adventurous eater will be delighted to know that Japanese food is far more than the sushi, tempura and sukiyaki for which it is best known in other countries. With the exception of shokudo ("all round eateries") and izakaya (the equivalent of a pub with meals), most Japanese restaurants specialize in one type of cuisine. In a cook-it-yourself okonomiyaki restaurant, diners choose a mixture of meat, seafood and vegetables to fry up in a cabbage and vegetable batter; a robatayaki is a rustic drinking restaurant specializing in charcoal grills. There are a variety of cook-at-your-table restaurants where you'll end up eating sukiyaki (thinly sliced beef, vegetables and tofu cooked in broth), shabu-shabu (beef and veggies cooked by swirling them in broth and then dipped in sauces) or nabemono (a participatory fry-up, with each diner putting in ingredients from trays of prepared raw food). It's possible to eat relatively cheaply by sticking to humble shokudo, or eating bento boxes (set meals) from cheaper restaurants or cafeteria-style places.
- Georgia Tech degree-seeking student.
- Good Academic Standing with a 3.0* (or higher) GPA at time of application
- Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at GT.
- At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
- Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
- Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
- All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
- All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).
*Some host schools have stricter requirements such as higher GPA or more time in school before study abroad. (See Academic Info on your host school GT program page for any restrictions.)
NOTE: Currently, the agreement states that we may only send ONE student per academic year to Waseda. Students must have completed at least one semester of Japanese language study (for SILS) and have passed the 1st level of the Japanese Proficiency Language Test for regular Japanese language courses. Also, students must generally have completed one full year of college-level study at the time of application. Contact OIE for details.
SILS is a one-year program with an emphasis on Japanese language study. Students take a Japanese placement test upon arrival. Japanese courses meet three days a week. Study Abroad students are required to take 6 credits of Japanese each semester. Study Abroad students must also take between 8-14 credits of lecture courses in topics such as business, economics, international relations, philosophy, and so on. For detailed information on the SILS program, click here and for course information, click here.
Waseda releases the list of courses taught on the SILS program (courses taught in English) about two months before the new academic year (in June)
For Waseda's general course catalog, click here.
Most of the courses in the Waseda School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) are taught in English (with the exception of Japanese language courses).
For students who have passed the 1st level of the Japanese Proficiency Language Test, there are opportunities to take regular Waseda courses that are offered to Waseda's degree-seeking students. For more information on this opportunity, click here.
Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here. Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.
CREDIT TRANSFER SYSTEM
Regular Japanese Semester:
1 Waseda credit = 0.77 GT credit
1 Waseda Japanese language course = 2.4 GT credits
1 Wasesa non-language lecture = 1.2 GT credits
Waseda Grade = US Grade
A, A- = A
B+,B, B- = B
C+, C, C- = C
D = D
F = F
Program Costs (Estimated)
- For most exchange programs, participants must pay GT tuition, GT campus fees, and study abroad insurance to the GT Bursar for each GT semester they are abroad. No other expenses associated with this program are paid to GT; instead, these expenses are paid on site.
- Keep in mind the costs of books, health insurance, food, living expenses, and travel money, as well as pre-departure costs like your passport and visa.
- Following are cost estimates for one semester at the exchange program school that may help you prepare for your term(s) abroad. All costs are in USD.