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 download the application guidelines, application form and other documents from the GSICCS website.

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.

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.

It is possible. As a rule, however, you will not be eligible to change your research field back to that initially indicated as preferred.

Application number will be informed by E-mail. If you do not receive your examination number 10 days before the day of the result announcement, please contact the GSICCS admissions office (Tel: 03-5286-1716, E-mail: [email protected] ).

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 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.

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 whose nationality and/or educational background indicate that they are likely to be native speakers of English.

TOEFL scores do not have to be sent directly, but can be submitted along with your other application documents. If you have the score sent directly, the ETS registration code number is “4232”.

GRE scores do not have to be sent directly, but can be submitted along with your other application documents. If you have the score sent directly, the ETS registration code number is “0569”.

If you took IELTS within Japan, please apply for “Issue of Additional TRF Forms” following their instructions. Please refer to “EIKEN Foundation of Japan” website. If you took IELTS outside Japan, please inquire at your local IELTS institution. When sending the score report, please use the postal address which is mentioned in the application guidelines.

We cannot accept Institutional test scores such as TOEIC-IP test or TOEFL-ITP test. Please submit an official score certificate.

Recommendation (Evaluation) forms

Applicants must submit two forms written by separate evaluators. As a basic rule, one of the two forms should be written by a faculty member who has supervised the work of the applicant, and who should be well acquainted with the academic profile of the applicant.

No. The designated format must be used. Also additional letters or materials will not be accepted.

Basically, the forms should be prepared using a computer.

If the recommender has a personal seal, please have his/her signature and seal. If personal seals are not used in the recommenders country, just the signature will be sufficient.

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

Please go through the same procedure to uploaded the new/revised form by the application deadline. The admissions office will use the most recent form which is submitted by the deadline for the document screening.


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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