School of International Liberal StudiesWaseda University

For Applicants


General Questions regarding SILS

Approximately 30% of SILS students are international students. Students come from over 50 different countries in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa. In addition, SILS receives more than 300 exchange students per year from prestigious partner universities represented by “University of California, Berkeley”, “University College London” “Columbia University” and “Peking University”.

Yes. All new students will be asked to take a placement test that sorts them into different English classes before entering SILS. Students who have a score of TOEFL(iBT)79, TOEFL(ITP)550, TOEIC750,  IELTS6.5, and Eiken Pre-1st or above  will be exempted from some of the English classes and required to replace the credits from these lessons with other subjects.

You may obtain the teaching license for English subjects in junior and senior high schools in Japan. Please refer to ‘Teacher’s License / Qualification’(Japanese page only).

After graduation, SILS students go on to jobs or post-graduate studies not only in Japan but also in many other countries. They have found employment in a wide range of job positions in finance, manufacturer, mass communications, international organizations and public offices. For further information, please refer to ‘Career after Graduation

For the school fees information, please refer to ‘Tuition and Fees’

Study Abroad

It is compulsory for students whose native language is Japanese (SP1) to study abroad for one year while the opportunity is equally available as an option for students whose native language is not Japanese (SP2). Alternatively, SP2 students may continue studying at Waseda University for the whole 4 years.

Waseda University has about 800 partner institutions all over the world. The Study Abroad programs are divided into 4 categories – 1) Exchange Programs, 2) CS-R Programs, 3) CS-L Programs and 4) Double Degree Programs. For further information, please refer to the following sites;

Yes. In this case, however, it will be considered as privately financed studies abroad and the student will be required to handle all the necessary procedures by themselves. No support will be given by Waseda University. Also, in comparison to the Study Abroad Programs provided by Waseda University, there may be a large difference in school fees and the number of credits that will be counted for graduation.

Most students will settle into the accommodation provided by  the host university. Many universities have student dormitories within the campus that SILS students can enter. Some host universities may also have home stay programs. Students can choose to rent apartments near the school.

Overseas universities begin their semester at different timings, depending on the country. However, in most countries, the new term begins from the end of August to September. As such, most students leave for Study Abroad after completing their spring semester at SILS. There are also programs that begin in April, so it is possible to leave for Study Abroad in the spring semester.

Applicant Qualification

Returnees who have graduated / are expected to graduate from a Japanese high school can apply for AO April Entry (Domestic) or AO September Entry. Those who have graduated / are expected to graduate from foreign high schools may also apply for AO April Entry (Overseas). For more details, please refer to our Application Guidelines.

You may apply for AO April Entry (Overseas) or for AO September Entry. For more details, please refer to our Application Guidelines.

No, individuals of all nationalities may apply.

SILS does not have any transfer admission system from other universities. However, SILS accept admission from other faculties of Waseda in the second year. Please refer to ‘Change of School Entry’

Application Document for AO April Entry (Overseas) and AO September Entry

No. Even if submitted, it will not be taken into consideration in the assessment.

No. Only scores obtained on the same testing date will be considered. If the applicant has scores from multiple testing dates, please choose the score you wish to use on application.

Procedure differs by application period and country. For more details, refer to ‘AO: List of Application Documents by Education System’ For applicants whose countries are not listed in the Admissions Guide, please contact the SILS Admissions Office.

Yes. You may apply for other programs at the same time as long as the other universities/colleges/education institutions do not set any restrictions. Please make sure to contact the SILS office as soon as possible, should you decide to withdraw your application for SILS.

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