*Accurate as of March 25, 2019. Subject to periodical change.
Study Plan 2 (SP2)
*SP2 – students whose mother tongue is NOT Japanese
Students who wish to study abroad may apply. It is NOT mandatory. The period of study is one semester or up to one year. All students can choose from a list of our partner institutions at the University-Wide CIE Study Abroad Programs, offered by the Center for International Education (CIE). SILS students can also apply to the SILS Bilateral Study Abroad Programs, which is unique.
CIE Study Abroad Programs
All students can apply to the programs offered by the CIE. There are three different types.
1. Double Degree Programs（DD）
2. Exchange Programs（EX）
3. Customized Study Programs（CS）
To learn more about the programs, please read HERE.
CIE Study Abroad Program List
To learn more, please refer to the list HERE.
To learn about the CIE One Semester Study Abroad Programs, please refer to the link HERE.
CIE Spring Recruitment (Deadline: May 2019) – please refer to the link HERE.
The CIE Spring Study Abroad Program Fair will take place on April 19 (Friday) and 20 (Saturday).
Should you have any questions with regards to the CIE Study Abroad Programs, please contact the CIE directly. Their Office is located on the 1F of Building 22.
SILS Bilateral Study Abroad Programs
The SILS Bilateral Study Abroad Programs are agreements between the foreign host institutions and the School of International Liberal Studies. Only SILS students are eligible to apply. Study Abroad (EX-R) students are exempted from paying tuition fees to the host institutions.
You may refer to the following information for Fall AY2019 (Outgoing). Please note that the application for SILS Bilateral Study Abroad Programs is now closed.
The SILS-Sciences Po 5BM Programme is a competitive programme (taught in English) designed for students interested in obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from SILS and a Master’s degree from Sciences Po within 5 years (or 5.5 years for April-entry students). Students shortlisted by SILS and accepted by Sciences Po will be able to spend 2 years in Sciences Po after 3 (or 3.5 years) of study in SILS. Every year, 5 students from SILS will be shortlisted.
The Digital Leaflet is available here.
Before Embarking on Study Abroad
Depending on where the host institution is located, the period for Study Abroad will differ. For universities in the Oceania, Central & South America, and South Korea, the Study Abroad period will begin in spring. Universities in North America, Europe, and Singapore commence in fall. SILS students are required to complete at least three semesters before embarking on a Study Abroad Program.
CIE Annual Schedule
Rules on Credit Transfer
Credits earned during the Study Abroad period have to be converted to the equivalent number of Waseda University units, in accordance to the Credit Transfer Methods. It is not possible to directly transfer the number of credits earned at the host institution to Waseda University.
- Recognition will be given to the total number of credits earned, not to specific course subjects and grades received. With some exceptions, all credits transferred are included in the “Elective Course” category under the SILS curriculum.
- All approved 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 host institution and the period of study.
- Courses listed on the Official Transcript with a “Passed” grade or above (e.g. A, B, C) qualify for credit recognition. Courses noted as “Failed” or its equivalent are not eligible.
- The maximum number allowed is 40 credits.
To apply for credit recognition, the following documents must be submitted:
- (~ Returning to SILS from Fall, 2017) Study Abroad Credit Transfer Application Form (via Course N@vi).
(Returning to SILS from Spring, 2018~) MyWaseda Application Form
>Please refer to the link in “Credit Transfer Procedure”.
- Original official transcript (English) issued by the host institution (hard copy)
*Please include an English or a Japanese translation if the transcript is NOT available in either language.
*A transcript in PDF format or an online version will NOT be accepted.
- Based on the standard course load of the program, the number of local credits, class hours, educational contents, level of difficulty, and the grades achieved in the actual courses taken, the number of credits to be recognized will be determined.
- SILS students, who have successfully undertaken a standard annual course (two semesters) at their host institution, should expect to receive credits within the range of 32-36.
*Credit Transfer for Other Foreign Language & Japanese Language
- Students may choose to have the language credits (other than English) earned during the Study Abroad recognized as Other Foreign Language (Compulsory) or Japanese Language (applies only to SP2 students) courses at SILS, instead of “Elective Courses”. Applicants must fulfill the actual class hours to meet the conditions for two credits. One single credit will not be approved.
- In both cases, the general SILS Curriculum requirements must be complied with, and the following calculation method must be employed:
Number of Credits = Actual Class Time (in Minutes) ÷ 1350
Actual Class Time = (No. of Weeks) × (No. of Classes Per Week) × (Minutes Per Class)
*Omit all figures following the decimal point*
- Should you wish to transfer course credits as Other Foreign Language or Japanese Language credits, please submit the required documents (syllabus, course homepage, etc.), clearly stating the total number of class hours for the course along with the official transcript to the SILS Office.
- Recognized credits are shown as grade “P” (Completed) with the course title, “Transferred (Study Abroad)” in the Other Foreign Language or Japanese Language category in the grade report available on MyWaseda.
- On the 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 for Internship, Tutoring & Volunteer Programs
If the program is listed on the Official Transcript or other official certificate(s), credits may be included in the total number of “Elective Course” credits earned during your Study Abroad. Please submit the application form and the relevant certificate(s) on Course N@vi.
Credit Transfer Procedure
This information is subject to change.
Schedule for Credit Transfer
(Course N@vi & Transcripts)
|Notification of Results
|January 11, 2019 (Friday)
||February 1, 2019 (Friday)
|February 1 (Friday)
*Final Deadline (students returning in Fall 2018)
|February 22, 2019 (Friday)
|April 8, 2019 (Monday)
||April 26, 2019 (Friday)
|June 14, 2019 (Friday)
*Final Deadline (students in Spring 2019)
|July 5, 2019 (Friday)
|July 12, 2019 (Friday)
||August 2, 2019 (Friday)
|September 6, 2019 (Friday)
||September 27, 2019 (Friday)
|November 15, 2019 (Friday)
||December 6, 2019 (Friday)
|January 10, 2020 (Friday)
||January 31, 2020 (Friday)
|January 31, 2020 (Friday)
*Final Deadline (students returning in Fall 2019)
|February 21, 2020 (Friday)
- The credit transfer process may be delayed if a student from the same program does not complete the procedure, or your application is incomplete. The above-mentioned schedule is subject to change.
- The official transcript can be submitted either directly to the SILS Office or by post. We would recommend that should you decide to mail it, please send it by registered post （e.g., Kan-i-kakitome 簡易書留）. Please indicate clearly your name and student ID number on the upper right-hand side of the transcript in pencil.
- Please request your host institution to send one transcript to your home address, even if you have been informed that it will be sent to Waseda University. Please also ensure that you submit one copy of your transcript to the SILS Office. In the event your host institution fails to provide you with a copy of your transcript, please contact the SILS Office to confirm if your official transcript(s) has arrived.
- The original transcript will NOT be returned to the student.
- For students who are enrolled beyond the standard four years, the tuition is calculated based on the credits that you have earned for graduation each semester, thus your tuition fee is subject to change. Please refer to the schedule carefully and apply for the credit transfer before the deadline(s).
Study Abroad Credit Transfer Section
School of International Liberal Studies (SILS)
1-6-1, Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan 169-8050
*Please write your name, student ID number and the name of the host institution on the envelope.
Scholarship & Financial Aid for Study Abroad
The types of scholarships you can apply will include those offered by Waseda University and the host institutions. For more information, please refer to the following link.
Scholarship & Financial Aid
Waseda University 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 to cultivate cosmopolitan people capable of pursuing both regional and global interests. Students will gain a good command of English, a local language, and their native language as a ‘pluri-lingual’.
Please kindly note the grant period has ended on March 31, 2018.