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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year
  • Restrictions: AU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Ethan Merritt Advising Required: Yes
Language Pre-requisite: none Minimum GPA: 3.0
Class Level Required for Admission: Junior standing Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: No
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Language Courses Offered: Yes
Housing: Dormitory, Homestay, Shared Apt. Internship: No
Program Type: Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is this Program Right for You?

Waseda clocktowerExperience one of the most dynamic and exciting cities in the world -- Tokyo, the capital city of Japan! Japan is a place of dynamic contrasts; an ultra-modern, high-tech urban lifestyle intermingled with a beautiful and rich traditional culture. One of the world's major cultural and economic centers, Tokyo is an amazing metropolis unlike any other, combining traditional Japanese culture with the never-ending energy of an urban, cosmopolitan city. AU students now can experience this extraordinary country firsthand through study abroad for a full year at Waseda University, one of Japan's most prestigious private universities, located right in the heart of downtown Tokyo.

One of the oldest universities in Japan, Waseda University was first established in 1882. Founded as a college with three departments under the old system of Japanese higher education, it has grown to become a comprehensive and premier world-class university. The School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) is Waseda University's newest undergraduate division opened from April 2004. In this small and elite college of 2,400 students, classes are taught in English by an international faculty, and up to one-third of its multicultural student body comes from outside of Japan, largely from other Asian countries. SILS offers a One-Year Study Abroad Program to international students with an emphasis on Japanese language study. The participants in the One-Year Study Abroad Program can take courses with the SILS regular students. This unique setting makes it ideal for students who are seeking to gain a better understanding of Japanese language and Japan through such widely varied perspectives as politics, journalism, art, education, and industry.

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Academic Information

Waseda campusAU students directly enroll in Waseda University for a full year and earn full AU credit. The One-Year Exchange Program at Waseda is focused on courses in Japanese Studies and Japanese Language, along with elective courses in a variety of subjects. Students are required to take each semester an intensive 6-credit Japanese Language course.  There is also an additional optional 1-credit Japanese Language Elective courses. Students will take a Japanese language proficiency exam upon arrival to identify their appropriate level.

In addition to the required language course, students select from a wide variety of lecture courses. Students typically take at least 2-3 lecture courses, along with the language course, each semester on the program.

For more information on the academic structure of the program and course offerings please see the Waseda website and course syllabus search.

Course Equivalency

View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.


Student Life

Life in Tokyo

Waseda city sceneStudying at Waseda puts you right amidst the vibrant, bustling life of Tokyo. Once the world's largest city back in the 18th century, it remains one of the greatest urban and cultural centers of the world. A shopping and dining paradise, Tokyo also offers a wide choice of entertainment, outdoor and indoor, daytime and nighttime. Navigate amidst Tokyo's sleepless entertainment world and feel the liveliness of this international metropolitan city. It is also a thriving center for traditional arts and culture.

Campus life at Waseda is versatile, fun and fulfilling. There are numerous cultural programs, extra-curricular activities, clubs and sports teams that students can become involved in. Life at Waseda is a very urban experience with university buildings and facilities located right amongst busy Tokyo streets.

Housing and Meals

Waseda studentsThere are three types of housing offered by Waseda; Homestay, University Dormitory, and Private Dormitory. Some students choose to live in apartments which you must arrange independently. Upon acceptance into the One-Year Study Abroad Program, Waseda will inform you of your housing options. Note, there is limited availability of international student housing.

Students should budget independently for meals.


The Waseda University program is available for the Full Year only. Waseda's Academic Year runs from late September to late July. Please see the Waseda website for specific program dates.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/21/2018
Varies by program 09/27/2018 08/02/2019
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program. Do not finalize travel arrangements until exact dates are given by program. Additionally, the admissions review for this program is longer than most programs. Students should not expect to hear back about their final admissions status for Fall until May.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.