Graduate School of International Culture and Communication StudiesWaseda University

For Applicants

Frequently Asked Questions


Students must…

1. Complete at least 2 years of study

2.Earn at least 30 credits from the designated courses

3. Submit a Master’s thesis upon completion of the directed research

4. Pass the thesis evaluation and the oral examinations

Students must…

1. Complete at least 3 years of study

2.Earn the designated number of credits

3. Submit a Doctoral dissertation upon completion of the directed research

4. Pass the preliminary examination, intermediate review, and oral defense

This graduate school is an English-based graduate school, meaning that the medium of instruction is English. However, if an applicant wishes to apply for the Directed Research in Interpretation Studies, applicants will be required to have a descent level of Japanese language skills. (There are no cut-off points for JLPT scores even in this case)

The classes are mainly held from 9am to 6pm during the weekdays on the Waseda main campus.

Students will be taking the following courses.

1. Directed research

2. Seminar I & II

3. Basic courses

4. Specialized courses

5. Research ethic course

6. Related courses

Students will be taking the following courses.

1. Directed research (Core Study)

2. Independent study

3. Seminar A & B

4. Research ethic course

No. Japanese courses are not included as the required course work for obtaining either the Master’s or Doctoral degree at GSICCS. If students wish to learn the Japanese language, students may take Japanese language courses at the Center for Japanese Language Center of Waseda University (additional fee will be required besides the basic tuition fee).

GSICCS does provide various opportunities for students to study abroad. Students may select from over 700 overseas institutions which Waseda University has partnerships with and up to 10 credits which are obtained during the study abroad period can be approved as credits towards completion of the program.

GSICCS does provide support such as the overseas research travel grant program and subsidy for miscellaneous costs which are related to research activities.
(※ Doctoral students only)

Refer to the following website for further information.
The Research Portal Website.

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 you 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 GSICCS 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 with the testing board.

An official translation from an translation agency, embassy, 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.

Yes. Applicants must submit transcripts of all the undergraduate and graduate school(s) which they have been enrolled up until the time of application. This also includes the transcripts of all study abroad programs which the student has experienced.

No. The submission of a JLPT score is not a requirement and will not be reviewed even if submitted.

No. 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. A message regarding the allocation and details on enrollment procedures will be sent to the applicant via the online application system

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.

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

No. 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 regardless of their native language. This includes those who have completed an undergraduate degree or similar through the medium of English.

No. The recommenders must 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 their personal email address. The recommenders should check their email frequently since the GSICCS admissions office may contact them to confirm the content of the letters.


No. 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.

You may register for a scholarship following the procedure described in the scholarship information booklet;”Challenge”.  Refer to the following website for further information.

Scholarship and Financial Assistance Section

※ Foreign nationals with a resident status of “permanent resident” (eijusha), “long-term resident” (teijusha),
“spouse or child of a Japanese resident”, or “spouse or child of a permanent resident” can apply for scholarships in the same way as Japanese students.

Yes, the university provides various scholarships. In general, students may apply to scholarships after enrollment.
Refer to the following website for further information.

Center for International Education

Directed Research Field

Please carefully take a look at the online viewbook, faculty list and the application guidelines for the details of the available directed research fields. You will be required to select your preference of a study plan (Master’s program only) /research directors at the time of application, and afterwards be informed of the final decision by our school at the time of the result announcement.

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

You may contact our faculty members from each faculty members’ page on the faculty list. Please keep in mind that it is up to the professor to respond or not, and some take longer than others. For inquiries related to matters on admission, please direct your inquiries to the admissions office of GSICCS ([email protected]).

No, you will not be able to change your selection of the study plan or research director after the application period.
Only 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.
(※Submission of any Japanese test scores is not required)

Intramural Selection by Recommendation

No. 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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