There are many ways to get involved and explore your interests at Waseda Business School. In the sections below, you can learn more about our students, the events and traditions they enjoy, and where and how they live in Tokyo.
Information about housing and general daily life issues and a comprehensive guide to obtaining a student visa can be found on the Center for International Education website.
Briefly, Tokyo is a fun, clean, safe, trendy, world-class megacity with more three-star Michelin restaurants than Paris and various specialty bars that offer the finest microbrews, sake and wine. The quality of life in Tokyo is extremely high and the fact that Japanese people have some of the highest life expectancies in the world is not a surprise.
Tokyo produces cultural artifacts like anime and manga that are popular around the world. But, there is also an ethos here, captured in Sophia Coppola’s movie Lost in Translation, that has to be experienced to be understood.
Tokyo has an amazing public transportation system. So you can easily access museums, art galleries, concerts and sporting events, sumo wrestling, and various cultural festivals. Two international airports in Tokyo (Haneda and Narita) make it possible to easily travel throughout Asia and beyond.
Tokyo is also the business and political center of the world’s third largest economy and a hub that connects to the rest of Asia. It is where the headquarters are located for most Fortune 500 Japanese firms and most Japanese subsidiaries of Fortune 500 multinational firms. In this sense, Tokyo itself is like a living laboratory for people with a keen interest in business. So it is said that Tokyo is the perfect setting for students from around the world who want to earn an MBA in Asia. Best of all, even students who cannot speak Japanese report that they are able to enjoy their life in Tokyo very much.
WBS students engage not only in academic study but also in extracurricular activities. Students frequently organize events and short group trips in order to make the most of their limited free time.
Some of the events that Waseda students enjoy include:
- Visits to Various Japanese Companies
- Tokyo Bay “Nomunication” Cruise
- Intaraction Events of International Students and Japanese Students
- Onsen (Hot Springs) Tour
- Ski Trip to Snow Country (Yukiguni)
- Hanami Picnics (Picnic under Cherry Blossoms in full bloom)
- Visit to Kyoto to see the Autumn Leaves
- Visit to Lake Yamanaka
- Visit to O-Daiba Statue of Liberty and Life-Sized Gundam Robot
- Visit to Akihabara Electric Town
Students who apply for a space in the dormitory system at Waseda University will have to compete in an application lottery as dormitory space is limited. Consequently, students frequently choose to live in apartments, which must be arranged independently. Accommodation assignments will be made by the Center for International Education upon receiving the completed Housing Application form which is included in the Offer of Admission packet.
In order to live in Tokyo as an international student and study at Waseda Business School, expenses other than tuition fees will be incurred. These include rent, electricity, transportation, food, books, incidental travel and other such expenses. We have estimated the minimum living expense for one year to be 1,000,000 – 1,200,000 JPY. However, actual expenses will vary for each individual.