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Waseda University
Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Language Prerequisite: Yes
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Dormitories, Homestay
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Claire Hu
Program Description:
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Please be reminded that you may need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program. 
This program is not accepting applications for the fall 2020 term. 

Waseda University

Waseda University is a top private university offering a high-quality academic experience right in the heart of Tokyo. Waseda University offers courses taught in English in Japan Studies, East Asian and Asian Studies, with topics in political science, journalism, art history, education, and industry. Students can learn Japanese in parallel to their major studies, while enjoying the many benefits of living in Tokyo, one of the greatest global cities. Courses are offered in Japanese and English.

The University

Located  in  central  Tokyo,  the  School  of  International  Liberal  Studies  (SILS)  is  one  of  the  Waseda  University’s undergraduate divisions, which was established in April 2004. In this school of approximately 3,000 students,classes are  largely  conducted  in  English  by  an  international  faculty,  and  up  to  one-third  of  its  multicultural  student  body comes from outside of Japan.  SILS  offers  a  One-Year  Study  Abroad  Program  to  international  students.  The  participants  in this  program  can  take  courses  with  the  SILS  regular  students.  This  unique  setting  makes  it  well-suited  for students from  around  the  world,  who  are  seeking  to  gain  a  better  understanding  of  Japan  through  a  wide  and  varied perspective, such as politics, journalism, art, education, literature,and industry.


SILS  offers two study options: One Academic Year and One Semester. The  SILS  One-Year  Study  Abroad  Program  has  been  designed with  an  emphasis  on both  general  lecture  courses  and Japanese language study. All  applicants  are  encouraged  to  apply  for  the  full-year program.  

As a rule of thumb, SILS One-Year Program students are required to fulfill the following

  • 8 credits of SILS courses per semester: Intermediate/Advanced Lecture Courses only
  • 6 credits of Japanese language courses per semester: Courses offered by the CJL (Students will not be permitted to take the 10-credit CJL course.)

  • University-wide Open Courses
  • Other Foreign Language (OFL) Courses offered by SILS
    • *Credits of the University-wide Open Courses and the OFL Courses are not included in the minimum required number of credits but they are included in the maximumnumber of credits.
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Academic Calendar 

Visiting students have a choice of 3 study periods:
  • Academic Year
  • Fall Semester (September to February)
  • Spring Semester (April to August)


Waseda University has three university dormitories for exchange students near the Waseda campus. According to the dormitory operation office, due to a significant increase in the number of exchange students from the university-wide/ inter-varsity exchange  partner  institutions,  they  open  the dorms  only  to  the  exchange  students  from  university-wide exchange partner institutions. In this regard, SILSh as not been able to offer university dorm option for students from non-partner institutions since Spring 2016.The  SILS Office would  like  to recommend  other housing options, which  include those  offered  by  our  associated/affiliated companies. Please read the following options very carefully.

Student Life

The One-Year Study Abroad  Program at SILS and Waseda University provide many opportunities for  extra-curricular activities throughout the academic year. These activities will help the student gain better understanding of Japan and its social norms.

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.     

Passport and Visa

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website.  Students are responsible for checking the entry requirements for their destination country, and obtaining an appropriate visa, if required. Entry requirements can be found on the destination country’s embassy or consulate website.  

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
  1. Apply directly to the program. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton approval deadlines. 
  2. Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines.
Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 TBA TBA
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