Graduate School of International Culture and Communication StudiesWaseda University

For Applicants

Frequently Asked Questions


Students must complete at least 2 years of study, obtain at least 30 credits, submit the master’s thesis upon completion of the directed research guidance, as well as pass the thesis evaluation and the oral examinations.

Basically all of the classes are conducted in English.

The classes are mainly held from 9am to 6pm during the weekdays.

Admission Matters

Please refer to the details on the application guidelines, which can be downloaded from the following website.

The admissions for GSICCS uses an online application system. Application documents are basically submitted through the online system and not by courier service. In an event where your are required to send any documents by courier service, be sure to use a courier service in which you could track your documents, and confirm the delivery status on your side. The admissions office does NOT confirm the delivery status of application documents. For English proficiency test scores which are sent directly from the testing institution, please check your individual online account for the status.

An official translation from an translation agency, embassy, accredited Japanese language school or other officially approved office/institution is acceptable if the translation bears the official seal of the institution/agency.
※For those who have graduated from Universities in mainland China, please refer to further details on the application guidelines.

As a basic rule, all of the transcripts are required, including transcripts for any study abroad programs.

The submission of a JLPT score is not a requirement for the admissions.

There is no difference, thus please select the admission which is the most appropriate for you.

We will not cancel the admissions and will conduct the admissions regardless of the student quota.

Your allocation will be notified at the time of the result announcement. An email or message via the online application system will be sent to the applicant, regarding the allocation and details on enrollment procedures.

Your application number will be informed via the online application system. Please check the application guidelines for the specific schedule.

According to the university regulations, the GSICCS admissions office will not accept any inquiries regarding the results and will not disclose any details on the decision that is made.

English Language Proficiency Test Scores

Your English language proficiency will be part of the holistic document assessment. Please refer to the application guidelines to check which test results GSICCS accepts for admissions.

There are no minimum requirements. Results of the document screening reflects a comprehensive evaluation of all the required application documents that are submitted by the designated deadline.

The period of validity is within two years of the last day of the application period. For details, please refer to the application guidelines.

The submission of either an English-language proficiency certificate or a score in a common graduate school entrance test framed in English (GRE/MAT/GMAT/LSAT) is required for all applicants. This includes those who have completed an undergraduate degree or similar through the medium of English.

Recommendation (Evaluation) forms

No. The recommenders must be submit their evaluation through the designated online system. If the online system cannot be used due to internet access issues, please have the recommender contact the admissions office of GSICCS ([email protected])

The recommender may use the email address which he/she regularly uses. The recommender should check his/her email frequently since the admissions office of GSICCS may contact him/her to confirm the content of the letters.


GSICCS does not operate its own scholarship program. However, both external scholarships and Waseda University internal scholarships are allocated in the same way as in other graduate schools of Waseda University. Basically scholarships will be open for application after the student is officially enrolled.

The number of scholarships you can apply before enrollment is extremely limited. For external scholarships, you can apply for the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship for international students. For more information about MEXT scholarships, please contact Japanese Embassy/Consulate in your country.

Along with other admissions documents, you will receive a scholarship booklet entitled “Challenge”, and you may register for a scholarship following the procedure described in the booklet. Also, please refer to Scholarship website for further information.

Yes, the university provides various scholarships. In general, students are supposed to apply to scholarships after enrollment.

A few scholarships can be applied for before admission, but most procedures take place after admission. For further information, please refer to the Scholarship Division Website  or in the case of international students, the Center for International Education website at Center for International Education.

Directed Research Field

If you are a successful applicant, your directed research will be allocated based on the document screening. Basically your research plan must match that of the research field which the faculty members specialize. You can access information on faculty specializations by refering to the faculty list on the GSICCS website.

Contacting or receiving approval from our faculty member prior to admissions is not required.

Please refer to the Researcher Database. If there is no contact tails, please send your email to the GSICCS admissions office([email protected]) and we will forward your message to the faculty. However, the decision on whether to accept and respond to consultations from prospective applicants is up to the faculty. For inquiries related to matters on admission, please direct your inquiries to the GSICCS admissions office.

In an event where the allocated research director recognizes the need for a change of research field, you will be able to change your research director/field with the approval of the new research director and the GSICCS committee. However, applicants who are accepted for a research field different from that indicated in their original application, will not be eligible to change their research field back to that initially indicated as preferred.

Interpretation Studies

Interpretation Studies at GSICCS will focus on interpretation between English and Japanese. Thus you will be required to have appropriate level of Japanese language proficiency if you wish to conduct research in this field.

Intramural Selection by Recommendation

GPA of at least 3.0 is a requirement for the intramural selection by recommendation. Thus you will not be eligible and will be required to apply through the AO admissions.

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