Graduate School of Letters, Arts and SciencesWaseda University

For Current Students

Study Abroad

The procedure for studying abroad

1. Submission of the Necessary Documents (Privately-financed Study Abroad only)

Please submit following documents to the Administrative Office of the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences. If you will study abroad with the programs provided by the Center of International Education, Waseda University, you do not need to submit any documents to the Administrative Office of the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

(1) “Application for Studying Abroad

(2) Admission certificate from the educational institution where you will be studying

2. Approval by Faculty Committee

Your application will be considered at the Faculty Committee meeting. Once your application is approved, the “Notice of Approval of Study Abroad” will be sent to you and your guarantor.

3. Recognition of Credits Acquired from study abroad programs

Participants in study abroad programs may have recognized up to 8 of the credits they received from their host universities during their study abroad programs, if the Faculty Committee deems that they can be recognized as credits required for graduation based on the results of the screening of documents or interviews with the Associate Dean. If you wish to have your study abroad program credits recognized, contact the administrative office Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences before your departure from Japan.

* Credits Acquired from study abroad programs cannot be recognized as Research Seminar(研究指導).

Points to keep in mind about course registration when studying abroad in the middle of an academic year

◆If you are studying abroad in the middle of an academic year (for a year beginning in September), in principle you can still obtain the credits from the full-year subjects for which you have registered for that academic year by enrolling in them for both the spring semester of the year of departure and the fall semester of the year of return to Japan.

In this case, you must complete the required procedure for applications for Suspended/Resumed Registration, so please check the appropriate website (Japanese version only) or contact the administrative office Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences before your departure from Japan. However, please understand in advance that there may be cases in which your registration may be rejected, for example because of the class discontinuation, faculty reassignment, course plan changes, or for other reasons. With respect to subjects provided by other universities, it is impossible to re-enroll in them after returning from abroad.

If examination dates, deadlines for reports, etc., conflict with your study abroad schedule in the year of departure, please consult with the faculty member in charge of each subject to determine what measures can be taken before you leave Japan.

In the case of a period of study abroad taken during either the summer or winter quarters, it is possible to continue partially completed classes, such as semester-long subjects in the spring or fall, or full-year subjects, in the following corresponding academic term. In this case, you must need to complete the required procedure for applications for Suspended/Resumed Registration, so please check the appropriate website before your departure from Japan. However, please understand in advance that there may be cases in which your registration may be rejected, for example because of the class discontinuation, faculty reassignment, the course plan changes, or for other reasons. In such cases, your registration status would remain as “registered”.

◆Classes in the Intensive Course (summer) are counted within the year of departure. As a general rule, they cannot be counted as part of the year of returning to Japan. However, there exists the possibility to register for courses after returning to Japan. For further details, please check the appropriate website.

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