School of International Liberal StudiesWaseda University

For Applicants


General Questions about SILS

SILS will equip you with the ability to see the different angles and analyze them. To do that, we have prepared seven study clusters to groom you into a well-rounded student. Instead of being too quick to immerse yourself in a single field, pick something that interests you and gradually work your way towards a specialty.

The seven study clusters are;

  • Life, Environment, Matter and Information
  • Philosophy, Religion and History
  • Economy and Business
  • Governance, Peace, Human Rights, and International Relations
  • Communication
  • Expression
  • Culture, Mind and Body, and Community

SILS confers bachelor’s degrees in International Liberal Studies on individuals who have gained 124 credits in four or more years as a full-time student.
For further information, please see ‘Concept’

International students with 4-year program at SILS account for approximately 30%. Students come from over 50 different countries in Asia, Europe, the U.S. and Africa; most of them are from East Asia. In addition, SILS receives 200 of exchange students per year from prestigious partner universities represented by Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia and Peking University.

While SILS expects students to be self-motivated when attending lessons, adequate support is also provided in the following ways:

• Every student receives support from one faculty member served as ‘Academic Advisor’ who provides guidance for course registration, Study Abroad and other difficulties the student may have.
• Every faculty member allocates ‘office hours’ (two hours per week) such that students can seek advice from them.
• The Global Network Center (GNC) deals with enquires on study abroad, entry into graduate schools, career support and language learning support. For further information about GNC, please refer to ‘Global Network Center’

  • A ‘tutoring service’ is provided for students who need help with Mathematical Statistics.
  • The SILS Sempai Project is focused on students of SILS, and was established to provide support to students. Various events are planned and held such as welcome parties for new students.

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(PBT)550, TOEIC750 and IELTS6.5 will be exempted from some of the English lessons and required to replace the credits from these lessons with other subjects.

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

Please note that the aforementioned condition may not be applicable for those who will enroll on or after April 2019 as we will need to go through the process of reapplying and  receiving accreditation for teaching license from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT).

After graduation, SILS students go on to jobs or post-graduate studies not only in Japan but also in many other countries. They have landed a wide range of job positions in finance, manufacturer, mass communications, international organizations and public offices. For further information, please refer to ‘Post-Graduate (Job-Hunting)’ and ‘Post-Graduate (Graduate School)’

For the school fees information, please refer to ‘Tuitions’

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 during the period.

Waseda University has nearly 500 partner universities all over the world. The Study Abroad programs are divided into 4 categories – 1) Exchange Programs, 2) TSA Programs, 3) ISA 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.

Students will generally put up in the accommodation provided by the host university. Many universities have student dormitories within the campus that SILS students can enter. A part of host universities may also have home stay programs. Students may also rent apartments near the school.

Overseas universities begin their semester at different times, 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. However, there are also programs that begin in April, so it is possible to leave for Study Abroad in the spring semester.

Applicant Qualification

SILS accepts a total of 600 students each year – 475 in April and 125 in September. Besides, we also accept about 200 students for one-year exchange program every year (mainly third-year).

There is no admissions program specified for returnees.

Returnees who have graduated from a Japanese high school can apply for AO April Entry (Domestic) or AO September Entry. However, those who have graduated from foreign high schools and are eligible to enter university in those countries may also apply for AO April Entry (Overseas).

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 Affiliation 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. However, it can be submitted as a proof of your personal activities.

Yes. However, please ensure that the scores arrive before the application deadline. Scores which arrive after the deadline are considered invalid. The school codes for each test are as below;

  • TOEFL: 9342
  • SAT: 0837
  • ACT: 5473

No. Only scores obtained on the same testing date will be considered. If the applicant has scores from multiple testing dates, please fill in which total score is the highest.

It is not mandatory, but, the Examination for Japanese University Admission (EJU) is acceptable as a University entrance exam. For more details, refer to ‘AO: List of Application Documents by Education System’

Procedure differs in 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 at 03-5286-1716.

Applicants may only apply once for either first or second batch. There is no advantage/disadvantage between the two batches, so the applicants should choose which is most convenient for them. However, if an applicant fails the AO April Entry, he/she can still apply again for the AO September Entry.

The average SAT scores (before March 2016) of students who submitted and were admitted to SILS: approx. 1900-2000

We encourage students to keep in mind that this statistic only reflects part of our holistic review process, and your performance on the test alone will not determine your admission decision. SILS has neither a minimum standardized test score nor a maximum above which admission is guaranteed. We also care deeply about factors like cultural and linguistic diversity, plus your interests, goals, and achievements.

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