School of International Liberal StudiesWaseda University

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Study Abroad



Study Abroad (via CIE)

Study Plan 2(SP2, Students whose native language is not Japanese) students who wish to study abroad may do so for one year. They may choose freely host institutions from any regions and countries in English speaking and non-English speaking parts of the world. Study abroad programs are divided into programs at partner universities of Waseda University (CIE Study Abroad Programs) and partner universities of the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS Exchange Programs). Students from all faculties in Waseda University are able to apply for CIE Study Abroad Programs. However, only students from SILS are able to apply for the SILS Exchange Programs.

Study Abroad Programs Provided by Center for International Education (CIE)

All Waseda University students can attend the programs provided by CIE. These programs are divided into three types.

1.Double Degree Programs(DD)

2.Exchange Programs(EX)

3.Customized Study Programs(CS)

※Please see here for more information

Study Abroad Program List (Offered by Center for International Education (CIE))

Please see CIE study abroad program list from here.
(Previous program list from here.)

Study Abroad (via SILS)

SILS Exchange Programs (Target: Only SILS students)

The study abroad programs indicated here are based on the agreements between the host institutions and SILS, and thus the target is only SILS students. SILS exchange students also are exempted from tuition fees at their host universities/institutions by paying only the SILS tuition fees and other costs.

Preparation Schedule

Timeline for preparations before embarking on Study Abroad

The period for Study Abroad differs across the regions and countries the host institution is located in. For regions such as Korea, Central and South America as well as Oceania, Study Abroad begins in the spring semester. For other regions, it begins in the fall semester. Study Abroad is only possible after completing 3 semesters at SILS.

Please see the annual schedule from here.

Events Information

Credit Transfer

Credit Transfer Rule

Credits earned during the study abroad period have to be converted to the equivalent number of Waseda University units according to the Credit Transfer Methods outlined below. It is not possible to directly transfer the number of units earned at the host institution.

General Information

  • Recognition can be given only to the total number of units earned, not to specific course subjects taken and grades received. With the exceptions noted below, all credits transferred are included in the “Elective Course” category under the SILS curriculum.
  • Recognized credits are shown as grade “P” (Completed) with the course title, “Transferred (Study Abroad) ” in the grade report available on My Waseda. On the official transcript, the total number of credits is shown in the remarks column with the name of the institution and the period of study.
  • All courses listed on the Official Transcript as receiving a Pass grade or above (such as A, B, C) qualify for credit recognition. Courses noted as Failed or the equivalent are disqualified.
  • A maximum number of 40 Waseda credit units can be recognized.


In applying for credit recognition, the following documents must be submitted:

  • (~ Returning to SILS from Fall, 2017) The STUDY ABROAD CREDIT TRANSFER APPLICATION FORM (input via Course N@vi).
    (Returning to SILS from Spring, 2018~) MyWaseda Application Form
    >You can see the link in “Credit Transfer Procedure” below.
  • An official transcript (English ver.) issued by the host institution.
    * Please attach an English or Japanese translation if English version is not available.
    * We do not accept PDF or on-line version as official transcript.
  • Calculation of the number of Waseda University units to be recognized will be based on your achievements in relation to the standard course load on the program in which you are enrolled.
  • Students successfully undertaking a standard annual course load at their host institution should expect to receive Waseda credit units within the range typically achieved over two semesters by a student studying at SILS, that is, 32-36 units.
  • The specific number of Waseda credit units assessed will reflect the number of local credit units, class hours, educational content, level of difficulty, and grades achieved in the actual courses taken.

*Special credit transfer arrangements for Other Foreign Language and Japanese Language credits

  • Students may choose to have Language credit units (other than English) earned during study abroad recognized as those for “Other Foreign Language (Compulsory)” courses or “Japanese Language (only SP2 students)” courses at SILS rather than among “Elective Courses”. In this case, applicants must fulfill the actual class time necessary to meet the conditions for blocks of 2 credits. (Singles credits cannot be recognized.)
  • In both the above cases, general SILS Curriculum requirements must be complied with, and the following calculation method should be employed:
    Number of Credit Units = Actual Class Time [in Minutes] ÷ 1350
    Actual Class Time = (No. of weeks) × (No. of classes per week) × (Minutes per class)
    * Omit all figures following decimal point *
  • If you wish to transfer course credits as “Other Foreign Language” or “Japanese” credits, please submit documents stating the total class hours for that course (syllabus, print out of university homepage, etc.) along with your official transcript to the SILS office.
  • Recognized credits are shown as grade “P” (Completed) with the course title, “Transferred (Study Abroad)” in the “Other language” or “Japanese” category in the grade report available on My Waseda.
  • On official transcripts, the total number of recognized credits including elective courses is shown in the remarks column with the name of the institution and the period of study.

* Credit transfer arrangements for Internship, Tutoring, and other Volunteer programs

If the program is listed on the Official Transcript or other official certificate, credits may be included within the total number of “Elective Course” credits earned during study abroad. In this case, submission of the relevant certificate and an application from Course N@vi is also necessary.

Credit Transfer Procedure

This information  is subject to be updated.

Time Content Detailed Explanation
While Abroad/Right after Studying Abroad Fill out Study Abroad Completion Report (SILS) and Study abroad credit transfer Application form by Course N@vi
(~ Returning to SILS from Fall, 2017)
Please fill out the forms given below on Course N@vi.
My Waseda→ Course N@vi→
Procedure on returning from study abroad
Click on the following folder given below to answer: “Study abroad credit transfer Application form”★ All the questions including “Course Overview” should be properly filled out. Those applications with insufficient description in “Course Overview” portion will not be accepted.★ All the courses which are stated in the Transcript should be entered in this Application Form. Those applications which number of courses in the form differs from that in the Transcript will not be accepted.★Also make sure to fill out “Submission of your official transcript from your home institution” and “Study Abroad Report for returning students” as well.★ When you finish entering all the contents in the Application Form, do not forget to click “Sure”, then “Answer” to activate your application. Please confirm that the status “Answer” and “Answer date” are shown on your screen.
★ If you wish to change your submitted application, please go to the page showing “Finished” for that course, select “Resit” from the pull-down menu on the right side, and click “Go”. (You will have to rewrite every item)
Submit Study Abroad Credit Transfer Application Form
(Returning to SILS from Spring, 2018~)
Please open another tab or window to log on MyWaseda. Click the link below without closing the MyWaseda tab or window.
*Study Abroad Credit Transfer Application Form [For students returning on April 2018] 
(You can submit this form from December 20th, 2017)
If you want to transfer more than 15 courses, please fill out 15 courses in the form above, and use the form below for 16th course and after.
*(For 16th Course And After) Study Abroad Credit Transfer Application Form 2 [For students returning on April 2018]
Right after Studying Abroad Transcript Submission (To SILS Office) Please bring back 2 copies of all transcripts (one for your own -use, the other for credit transfer), and submit 1 copy to the SILS office.
CIE Notification and Report of Completion of Study Abroad Please fill out the Report of Study Abroad Completion.
Credit Transfer Result Announcement The credit transfer screening will be held based on your input data and transcript.
After the result announcement Abroad/ Returning to SILS Consultation about the announced credit transfer result (If necessary) If you wish to consult about the announced credit transfer result, please contact the SILS office using our Inquiry Form within two weeks from the announcement of the results.
In case your inquiry needs to be processed with an interview, arrangements can be made with the Study Abroad Committee.

Schedule for credit transfer

Application deadline
(Course N@vi & Transcript)
Result notification
Jan. 9, 2018 (Tue) Jan. 26, 2018 (Fri)
Feb. 2 (Fri) *Final Deadline for students who are returning on Fall 2017 Feb. 23, 2018 (Fri)
Apr. 9, 2018 (Mon) April 27, 2018 (Fri)
Jun. 15, 2018 (Fri) *Final Deadline for students who are returning on Spring 2018 Jul. 6, 2018 (Fri)
Jul. 13, 2018 (Fri) Aug. 3, 2018 (Fri)
Sep. 7, 2018 (Fri) Sep. 28, 2018 (Fri)
Nov. 16, 2018 (Fri) Dec. 7, 2018 (Fri)
Jan. 11, 2019 (Fri) Feb. 1, 2019 (Fri)
Feb. 1 (Fri) *Final Deadline for students who are returning on Fall 2018 Feb. 22, 2018 (Fri)


  1. The credit transfer process may be delayed if anyone in the same program does not complete the requirements, or your application is incomplete. The schedule above is only as a guide.
  2. The official transcript can be submitted either directly to the SILS office or by mail. We recommend that if you chose to submit via mail, that it be sent by registered mail (e.g., Kan-i-kakitome 簡易書留). Please write your name and student ID number on the upper right-hand side in pencil (not in pen).
  3. Please request your institution to deliver a transcript to your postal address, even if you were informed that it will be sent to Waseda University. Further, please ensure that you submit one copy of your transcript to the SILS office. (If your host institution says it is impossible for them to give you a copy of your transcript, please confirm with the SILS office if your official transcript(s) has arrived)
  4. The original transcript will not be returned to the student.

Mailing address:
Credit transfer section, School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University
1-6-1, Nishi-waseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan 169-8050
*Please write your student ID, name and institution on the envelope

Contact: Click here

Fees for Study Abroad

Fees for Study Abroad

Program Type Fees on Study Abroad
Exchange Programs (EX) Waseda University fees only
(For some programs – Host institution fees only)
Customized Study Programs (CS) Program fees only (Exemption from Waseda fees)
Double Degree Programs (DD) May Depend on agreements with each host university
SILS Exchange Programs Waseda University fees only
  • There will be no double payment of both Waseda University’s fees and the Study Abroad program fee.
  • The ‘program fee’ refers to the total fees required by 1) the host university to support the exchange program and 2) Waseda University to support its Study Abroad program. The fees required by the host university are first paid to Waseda University’s Center of International Education (CIE) and then remitted to the host institution. In this case, you will not be required to pay school fees to Waseda University during the term of your study abroad. However, there may be other cases where the program fee is inclusive of 1) school fees only, or 2) school fees, living expenses and miscellaneous expenses.
  • The above school fees are not inclusive of air tickets, living expenses and textbooks. Please refer to the program list of partner universities for an estimation of living expenses in respective countries.

Scholarships during Study Abroad / Education loans

Types of scholarships you can receive during Study Abroad include those offered by the host institution and those offered by Waseda University. Please refer to the links below when you are deciding on your Study Abroad location.

Please see here for more information.

AIMS7 Universities Consortium
Plurilingual and Pluricultural Program

Waseda University has received a grant from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, through the “Re-Inventing Japan Project: Support for Strategic Higher Education Cooperation with Overseas”.

The focus of this program is the cultivation of cosmopolitan people capable of being active in various global arenas associated with complex of interests, as well as being able to pursue both regional and global interests. Students will be earning a good command of English and a local language, as well as their native language as a plurilingual.

The airfare and accommodation fees are fully covered by the AIMS office.

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