Waseda University

Tokyo
Japan

Language of instruction

English
Japanese

Waseda University is one of the most prestigious universities in Japan. It strives to maintain its educational independence through the promotion of practical learning and its founding principle of fostering good citizens.The University has a large international population, with almost 5,500 students coming from outside of Japan.

Waseda has 7 campuses located within the Tokyo prefecture. The main campus is a short distance from Shinjuku.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester Late March–August
Semester 2 Autumn Semester September–February

Waseda University is only available for a single semester exchange.

View the Waseda academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Waseda has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Campuses

Waseda has 3 campuses available to exchange students:

  • Waseda campus
  • Toyama campus
  • Nishiwaseda campus

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

13 tani / credits per semester at Waseda is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

Waseda University has specific minimum GPAs and Language requirements for each school/department. 

Waseda GPA 3.0/4.0 = UQ 5.25/7.0;

Waseda Centre for Japanese Language GPA 2.5/4.0 = UQ 4.5/7.0

 

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the Waseda course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Please read Waseda subject field code before searching. 

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Economics
Political science
Japanese
Postgraduate

Course restrictions

Exchange students can select courses from one Waseda school/department only.

Undergraduate exchange only. 

Undergraduate students cannot take postgraduate courses.   

Research courses are not available for exchange students at Waseda.

Applications to School of Fundamental Science and Engineering, School of Creative Science and Engineering, School of Advanced Science and Engineering: 

  • Applicant has to complete at least 2 years study at UQ before commencing the program at Waseda. 
  • Applicant must not be in the final semester of study for their exchange semester.
  • Students must attend more than 2/3 of the classes during semester in order to qualify to pass.

School of Commerce has very limited number of courses conducted in English. 

Applications to School of International Liberal Studies (one-year exchange program): only one-semester enrollment is offered for April admissions.

Additional academic information

Exchange program options:

How to search Japanese Language Program courses: 

In the course catalogue, type "LANJ" in the keywords search box, select the correct "Term" and limit the school to "CJL" (Centre for Japanese Language). Select "Japanese courses for international students", including Comprehensive Japanese (available at Level 1 to 6) worth 5 credits. 

Waseda accepts Japanese national students, but they have to complete at least 12 years of school education or the equivalent in countries other than Japan.   

Waseda has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

Waseda University has student dormitories specifically for exchange students, all within walking distance from the campuses. The Residence Life Center provides information on all accommodation options open to exchange students. 

Cost of living

Tokyo can be a very expensive city to live in, depending on your lifestyle and expectations. Waseda recommends an average of  ¥160,000 per month to cover all accommodation and living expenses.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

There are 2 funding opportunities for which eligible students on exchange at Waseda can apply.

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Every international student who lives in Japan for over 3 months is required to enrol in the National Health Insurance (NHI) system.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Waseda provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Consulate General of Japan for more visa information. 

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.