Program Site: Waseda University is located in central Tokyo
Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 GPA and two semesters of college-level Japanese or the equivalent.
Description: Waseda University is one of Japan's best universities with approximately 47,000 undergraduate students. The one-year study abroad program is based in Waseda's School of International Liberal Studies (SILS), a four-year liberal arts college where all classes are conducted in English. At SILS, study abroad students take classes alongside Japanese students. Waseda is known for its liberal climate symbolized by its motto Independence of Learning.
The SILS is Waseda’s most elite division with about 3000 students. One third of its very multicultural student body comes from outside Japan, mostly from other Asian countries. The goal of the one-year study abroad program is for students to gain a better understanding of Japan through widely-varied perspectives such as politics, art, education, and industry.
Academics: The program combines Japanese language courses with English-taught lecture courses on the history, literature, arts, politics and economics of Japan and East Asia. The intensive Japanese language courses, offered at 8 levels of proficiency, assist students in the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students can also choose to add unique language electives, such as Reading Drama, Oral Presentations, Grammar and Punctuation, Kanji Lab, and many more.
Students take 6 to 7 units of Japanese each semester. The rest of the course load is filled with area studies and/or other courses offered by SILS.
Sample area studies courses:
- Japan and the Korean Peninsula
- Cultural Anthropology of Japan
- Modern Japanese Fiction in Translation
- Manga and Anime as Expressions of Japanese Society
- Law and Society in Japan
- Classical Japanese Poetry
- Japan's Foreign Policy
- The Japanese Economy and Industry
Course load and Credit: Students take 4-5 courses each semester and can earn up to 32 units for the academic year.
Activities and Other Program Features: Outside of the classroom, students can participate in a myriad of student clubs and activities and enjoy all that the metropolis of Tokyo has to offer. Waseda's International Community Center (ICC) is a great resource for getting involved with both locals and other international students.
Accommodations: Students live with Japanese host families in the Tokyo area. All meals are included except for lunches. Students may also choose to live in one of Waseda’s international students’ dormitories. The dorms have full kitchens and students prepare their own meals.
Dates: Year only. Program runs from mid-September to late July (with a break from mid-February to late March).
Estimated Year Cost:
Cost Updated: 5/28/15
Text Updated: 7/11/12
*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.