Waseda University


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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:


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

  • B Arts
    Semester 2, 2018
    It hurt, it hurt, and then it was fun. In between the homesickness, I had some of the best experiences of my life, and now that I'm back, I find myself homesick for Tokyo.
  • Bachelor of Arts/Laws
    Semester 1, 2018
    Just go for it! Making friends in a new destination is a great feeling.
  • Bachelor of Business Management
    Semester 1, 2018

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

Please read Waseda subject field code before searching. 

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. 

Study areas taught in English

Political science

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:

CJL recommends students to have at least one academic year experiences of studying the Japanese language at a university at the time of enrollment at Waseda. You may apply without this academic experience, however, the possibility of being rejected will be higher. Alternatively, you may submit one of the below documents to support your application:

  • Test results or certificate of an official Japanese Language Proficiency test such as JLPT;
  • Or a document issued by your Japanese language teacher at UQ to prove your Japanese language proficiency. 

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.


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.


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 the Global Experiences team 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 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, Global Experience 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.