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–Late July/Early August
Semester 2 Autumn Semester September–February

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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Student testimonials

  • Bachelor of Science
    Semester 1, 2018
  • Bachelor of Science
    Semester 1, 2018
    A once in a lifetime experience, would definitely take up the chance if I could do it again.
  • Bachelor of Economics
    Semester 1, 2018
    The experiences and people I’ve met on this exchange have made a huge contribution to my personal growth in such a short period of time.
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Full-time study load

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

Minimum academic requirements

GPA
Students must meet both the Waseda University general requirement and specific requirements for the school/department (expand the section for UG/PG/Japanese language program for detail) for which they apply. 

  • Waseda GPA: You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.25 to study at Waseda.
  • Waseda Centre for Japanese Language GPA: You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study in the Centre for Japanese Language.

Language

  • Japanese: Students wishing to take courses taught in Japanese will require Japanese proficiency of level N1 or higher.
  • English: You must meet the language requirement each school has set. Refer to the program information on Waseda's application page.
  • Japanese Language Program (JLP): You must have completed at least one year of Japanese language before enrolment in the JLP. 

Study Options
You must choose one admission Program from the available list. Further details are outlined in the Additional Academic Information section below.

Semester Restrictions

  • Undergraduate or Postgraduate Programs: Some schools(majors) set a particular semester of admission/duration for exchange study. Please refer to the “Note” section under each program on Waseda's application page for each school’s policy.
  • Extension or shortening of your exchange period is not permitted.

Other Restrictions

  • Enrolment before exchange: You are required to be enrolled and taking courses at UQ in the semester before the exchange. Students who don't have continuous enrolment throughout their UQ program will need to provide an explanation statement upon application to Waseda.
  • Japanese nationals: Waseda accepts Japanese national students, but they have to complete at least 12 years (UG) or 16 years (PG) of school education or the equivalent in countries other than Japan. Refer to the general requirements section for more details.

Note: host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice.

Find courses

Search the list of courses taught in English for each School, or Japanese language courses, under the “Note” section under each program on Waseda's application page.

Please refer to the "Additional academic information" section for exchange program options at Waseda. 

To find course profiles, use the Waseda course catalogue in combination with the Subject Field Code Sheet.

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. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Communication, digital media and PR
Development
Economics
French
German
International relations
Japanese
Korean
Mathematics and statistics
Political science
Public policy
Spanish

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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.  

Students going on exchange to Waseda University may be eligible to apply for a number of scholarships

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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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 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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)