Founded in 1882, Waseda University is located in the center of Tokyo, the capital of Japan, and has become one of the most popular destinations for students who consider studying in Japan. The students from more than 100 countries currently studying at Waseda University create an intercultural atmosphere across the campus, leading each student to interact with people from diverse backgrounds on a daily basis.
The various undergraduate schools of Waseda University seek to impart not only contemporary knowledge and theory, but also the ability to apply this learning in practical and meaningful ways. Students have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves into Japanese society and culture as they take the same courses as local Japanese students. This type of education prepares students to actively participate in and contribute to modern society.
By taking advantage of Waseda's vast network, Waseda graduates have the opportunity to work for first-rate companies and organizations in Japan and around the world. They are also well equipped to take active roles in research, or to move on to graduate level education.
This study abroad option is only open to UAlbany students. If you are a transfer student, you must have at least one semester of grades from UAlbany at the time of application. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible to participate. Applicants with lower GPAs will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Waseda University's Academic Calendar:
Early April - Early August
Late September - Early February
While studying their majors, students may comprehensively study the Japanese language through various courses provided in different levels and themes at Waseda University's Center for Japanese Language. Through these courses, students can study the Japanese language according to their own abilities and goals. The Center for Japanese Language divides their courses (Intensive Japanese, Japanese Theme Subject, and Open Lecture) into eight different levels.
1. Graduate Studies Program
2. Undergraduate Studies Program
3. Japanese Language Program
4. One-year Study Abroad Program at the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS)
General Education Information for UAlbany students: Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these General Education credits. You may file a request to have additional courses approved.
There is no credit conversion for this program. 1 Waseda University credit = 1 SUNY credit.
UAlbany hosts a general orientation session on campus during the semester prior to participation on the program.
There is student housing specifically for exchange students at Waseda University. The University International Student House, Waseda Hoshien International House, and Nishi Waseda University International Student House are all within walking distance from Waseda and Toyama campuses.
Information regarding student housing for exchange students can be found here: https://www.waseda.jp/inst/rlc/en/student_dormitory/exchange/
Homestays and shared apartment rentals are also available for exchange students.
Japan’s capital, Tokyo, is home to more than 13 million people, making it one of the most populous cities in the world. Its name is recognized globally as a center not only for politics and economics, but also culture and manufacturing. Tokyo is characterized as a city that mixes the old with the new. You can come into contact with it all, from traditional culture and the performing arts to the latest trends and cutting-edge technology. The abundantly lush green parks and an extremely convenient public transportation network of trains and buses significantly aid in making Tokyo a very comfortable place to live.
Waseda University is located in Shinjuku, the center of Tokyo. Even within bustling Tokyo, Shinjuku marks a clear center for business, shopping, and entertainment, and is an active and exciting city hub through which people flow day and night. In particular, the direct vicinity of Shinjuku Train Station is known as Japan's biggest entertainment district. Shinjuku has been called the center of Tokyo since the Metropolitan Office moved there from Marunouchi in 1991.
Waseda University consists of nine campuses and one joint research facility, comprising one of Japan’s largest institutions of higher learning and advanced research.
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