School of Political Science and EconomicsWaseda University

For Prospective Students

Admissions FAQ

Changes in the 2022 AO Admissions

Q: What are the major differences between the 2021 and 2022 admissions?

A: 1. As of 2022, you must submit your application through The Admissions Office (TAO) online application system. Printed application documents sent by post are no longer accepted.
2. As a general rule, applicants whose native language is not English are expected to submit a proof of English proficiency.

Q: Under which circumstances are applicants exempted from submitting a proof of English proficiency?

A: 1. English proficiency is assumed for applicants whose native language is English.
2. English proficiency is assumed for applicants who will have studied full-time for at least three of the most recent four years (by the time of enrollment at Waseda University) in a high school, college, or university where the sole language of instruction is English except for foreign language classes.
If you are unsure whether you meet one of these two criteria, we strongly recommend that you submit scores from an English proficiency test.

Notes for the 2022 AO Admissions

Q: What is the timetable and application procedures for the 2022 AO Admissions?

A: The application period for AO Admissions 2022 is from January 7, 2022 (00:00 JST) to February 24, 2022 (17:00 JST). We suggest that you prepare the application documents well before the application period. If your application is accepted, you will find your examinee number on The Admissions Office (TAO), an online application system, on April 18, 2022. Results will be announced on TAO as well on April 28, 2022. For more details, please refer to page 2 of the Application Guidelines.
For details on the application procedures and the list of application documents refer to page 7 in the Application Guidelines. As of 2022, printed applications sent by post are no longer accepted. You must submit your application through The Admissions Office (TAO) online application system.

Q: When is the enrollment period?

A: For the English-based degree programs at SPSE, there is only September intake. Note that for the Japanese-based degree programs at SPSE there is April intake. You can apply to both programs. For information on applying to the Japanese-based degree programs, please refer to the website in Japanese.

Q: Will Admissions for 2022 be “test-optional” in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

A: We are aware that some universities and some schools at Waseda University have made admissions “test-optional” in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). At SPSE, however, we continue to recommend that students submit test scores if at all possible. For English-language proficiency tests, we have expanded the options to include many tests you can take at home. SPSE has established special provisions for applicants who are unable to submit university entrance exams/standardized tests and English-language proficiency tests as a consequence of the pandemic.

Please refer to the Application Guidelines.

Q: Are there any special provisions due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other unavoidable circumstances?

A: If you are unable to submit some of application documents due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other unavoidable circumstances, please submit an explanation through TAO. Please also provide supporting documentation whenever possible. For details on supporting documentation, refer to page 4 in the Application Guidelines.

Q: Will classes at Waseda University be online or in person in 2022 ?

A: SPSE plans to offer a mixture of online and on campus options during AY2021 for both EDP/JDP courses.
However, in light of the current Covid-19 infection situation, we have decided to change some courses in EDP that were scheduled to be conducted in-person in the fall semester to basically be conducted online. And we will continue to allow EDP students who are currently outside of Japan, and unable or unwilling to return by fall, to take available courses online during the Fall semester, even if they remain in remote locations.

For updates, please refer to our website: https://www.waseda.jp/fpse/pse/en/

Q: I’m from Taiwan and the GSAT scores will not be available until after the application period. Will SPSE accept late standardized test scores?

A: For standardized tests that are conducted only once a year, such as the GSAT in Taiwan, SPSE allows for a grace period. Please refer to the 2022 Application Guidelines and the List of Application Documents by Education System.

Overview of SPSE

Q: Where can I find information in English about the programs taught in English at SPSE?

A: Thank you for your interest in our programs! We offer a synthesis of the study of political science and economics in a fully bilingual program. While most courses are offered both in English and in Japanese, you are not required to take courses in Japanese. Please refer to the following link for information about our English-based Degree Programs, or “EDP” for short: https://www.waseda.jp/fpse/pse/en/about/edp/

We also have an e-brochure that you can look through on-line and share with your family and friends.

Q: Where can I find information about the professors and the curriculum?

A: For information about our professors, please refer to the Faculty page, where you can refer to each faulty member’s educational background, research fields and courses. For information about our curriculum, please refer to our Curriculum Table.

Q: How can I select a degree program?

A: Applicants are accepted by degree program (major). In your application, you must indicate one of the three degree programs. Be sure to read the description of the degree programs before making your choice.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Political Economy

During the admissions, once your application has been submitted, your choice of the degree program cannot be changed. During the first semester of your first year as a Waseda SPSE student, you can apply to transfer from one of our three degree programs to another one. We suggest you, however, to think very carefully about your choice at the stage of application.

Q: What is the conception of an “Academic Year”?

A: The academic year starts on September 21 (2022) and ends on September 20 (2023). For more information, refer to our academic calendar.

Q: What are the screening standards for the English-based degree programs?

A: We screen all the application documents submitted by applicants in a holistic manner instead of prioritizing any of the documents (such as standardized test, English proficiency test or GPA).

Q: What is the difference between the Global Political Economy program and the other programs?

A: Irrespective of a student’s major, studying at SPSE requires a global perspective. While the Political Science major and the Economics major allow students to specialize in their respective fields, the Global Political Economy (GPE) major offers a unique and balanced mix of the two disciplines to its students.  You can read more about the three degree programs that we offer at SPSE.

Q: How is the SPSE Global Political Economy program different from the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS)?

A: SILS aims to equip students with a well-rounded, broad-ranging education without any specialization in a particular professional field, whereas SPSE, including the degree program of Global Political Economy, offers a focused and systematic education in political science and economics, from the fundamentals to advanced topics, with the aim of developing skills that are necessary to offer policy solutions to global issues.

Q: What is the difference between majoring in Economics at SPSE and attending the School of Commerce at Waseda?

A: In the School of Commerce, students learn Management and Business Administration (e.g., they analyze corporate activity). In SPSE, however, students focus on economic theory and move systematically from there towards economic applications. This process gives them a solid foundation for studying management, marketing, and other related fields in the future. Studying at SPSE also offers the opportunity to explore the relationship between economics and politics.

Q: I’ve heard about “seminars” at SPSE, but how are they different from other classes at SPSE?

A: Seminars are organized in small groups, typically with 5 to 15 students, in which students collaborate with their peers and discuss their ideas with their professor. Students have the option of writing a thesis in their final year under the supervision of their seminar professor. Developing a life-long relationship with a professor is not rare at Waseda.

Q: Can I take SPSE courses in Japanese?

A: Yes. First of all, we should emphasize that EDP students are able to obtain all credits for degree completion by taking courses entirely in English. So, Japanese language ability is not necessary. At the same time, we believe that one of the greatest benefits of studying at SPSE comes from our offering Japanese-based degree programs alongside our English-based degree programs. In other words, we offer most political science and economics courses at all levels of study (introductory, intermediate, and advanced) in both English and Japanese, and these courses are open to all students at SPSE. Taking courses in Japanese may be particularly beneficial for EDP students who are proficient in both languages and seek careers in or related to Japanese companies or organizations.

Q: Can I learn Japanese while studying at the English-based degree program?

A: Yes, and many EDP students do. If you are interested in learning Japanese, please visit the webpage of Waseda University’s Center for Japanese Language. At SPSE, it is also possible to count Japanese Language courses toward graduation, although there are limitations on the number of credits.

Q: Can I change my major/degree program once I am enrolled at SPSE?

A: During the first semester of your first year, you can apply to transfer from one of our three degree programs to another one. Current students who wish to transfer programs should refer to Change of Major .

Q: I would like to know more about the employment status and post-graduate studies of SPSE graduates.

A: SPSE graduates enter careers or post-graduate programs not only in Japan but also in many other countries. Our graduates have found employment in a wide range of positions in finance, manufacturing, mass communications, international organizations and public offices. Some of our graduates advance to prestigious postgraduate programs. On our website, we provide further information on our students’ paths after graduation and how we support Career Development.

Applying to SPSE

Q: Can I apply for both the English-based degree programs and the Japanese-based degree programs at SPSE?

A: Yes, you can apply for both of the programs. For information on applying to the Japanese-based degree programs, please refer to the admissions website in Japanese.

Q: Can I apply to other schools at Waseda in the same year?

A: Yes, you can apply to programs at multiple schools in the same year. However, please note that requirements for admissions vary among schools.

Q: I am currently studying at another university, can I transfer to the English-based degree program at SPSE?

A: Yes. We accept a small number of transfer students each year, both from universities in Japan and abroad. Please refer to Admission by Transfer.

As of 2022, you must submit your application through The Admissions Office (TAO) online application system. Printed application documents sent by post are no longer accepted.

Q: I am a student at another school at Waseda University, can I transfer to the English-based degree program at SPSE?

A: Yes. Please refer to Change of School.

Q: Is any Japanese proficiency and prior knowledge of economics and political science necessary?

A: We do not require any Japanese proficiency or prior knowledge about the fields of political science and economics.

Admissions

Q: Are there any restrictions on nationality to apply to SPSE?

A: No, individuals of all nationalities are welcome to apply.

Q: How can I confirm my eligibility for application?

A: In general terms, eligibility refers to primary and secondary education requirements. Individuals of all nationalities and residence status are welcome to apply. Eligibility is not merely determined by your age, education background or standardized tests taken, etc.
For the specific requirements, please refer to the “Applicant Eligibility” section on page 8-9 of the Application Guidelines. Do not hesitate to contact the International Admissions Office if you have questions about your eligibility: [email protected]

Q: Does SPSE conduct an “entrance examination” for the EDP admissions?

A: No, we do not conduct any entrance examination for EDP admissions. For an overview of EDP admissions, please visit this page: https://www.waseda.jp/fpse/pse/en/applicants/admissions/

Q: Is an interview part of the EDP admissions process?

A: Most applicants to the EDP are admitted without an interview. Interviews are conducted only if necessary, at the discretion of the admissions committee. Interviews are conducted via a Web Interview System. For more information on how this web-based system works, please refer to the Web Interview System Guidelines.

Q: Are there any requirements on minimum scores for standardized tests or university entrance qualifications?

A: There are no minimum score requirements for admission. For a reference, you may want to refer to the average scores for those admitted over the past few years.

Q: I read that SPSE requests scores for the subject area of mathematics in the university entrance qualification examinations, but my examination subjects do not include mathematics. Can I still apply?

A:To be competitive for admission, all submitted scores must include results for mathematics.
* You can apply even if your examination subjects do not include mathematics, but in order for your application to be competitive, you should submit test scores for mathematics. We recommend you to take SAT or ACT.

Q: How can I check the status of delivery of my application documents?

A: If your application is considered complete, your examinee number can be checked via TAO.

Q: What kinds of standardized test results does the SPSE accept?

A: We accept scores from various standardized tests and university entrance qualification examinations, such as SAT, ACT, IBDP, GCE A-Levels and International A-Levels, as well as AP for screening purpose, among others.
For detailed information, please refer to the List of Application Documents by Education System.

*If your education system is not listed, or if you are not sure of the category into which your case falls, please inquire at the SPSE Administrative Office at [email protected] prior to submitting your application.

*As for predicted results, we accept official predicted results for IBDP and A-Levels, but final scores must be submitted eventually during the enrollment procedure. If you are successfully accepted by the AO Admissions, you will receive unconditional offers. As long as you ensure that you successfully graduate from your high school by September 2022, even though there are discrepancies between your predicted and final results, your unconditional offer will not be revoked.

*As for EJU, note that we only accept EJU in English and there are some specific requirements on the subject. Please refer to page 27 of the List of Application Documents by Education System. Also note that if you have not yet taken EJU, we suggest you to take SAT or ACT instead. We prefer these tests to EJU.

Q: What kinds of English proficiency test results does the SPSE accept?

A: Applicants are required to submit a proof of English proficiency.
Only under the following circumstances can the submission of a proof of English proficiency be exempted:

  1. English proficiency is assumed for applicants whose native language is English.
  2. English proficiency is assumed for applicants who will have studied full-time for at least three of the most recent four years (by the time of enrollment at Waseda University) in a high school, college, or university where the sole language of instruction is English (except for foreign language classes).

If you are unsure whether you meet one of these two criteria, we strongly recommend that you submit scores from an English proficiency test.
We prefer TOEFL-iBT or IELTS Academic. Only scores from tests taken within two years of the application period will be considered valid. If you are unable to submit any of these two test results, you may submit test scores from another English language proficiency test, like TOEFL-iBT Home Edition, IELTS Indicator, or Duolingo English Test or location-specific English language proficiency tests.
We do not set minimum score requirements for these tests.

Q: Can I submit IB predicted scores with my application and what are the requirements for IB scores?

A: Yes, you can submit IB predicted scores with your application, but final scores must be submitted eventually, during the enrollment procedure. If your final scores are available at the time of application, please submit them directly to Waseda University (the Waseda University code is 00549). As for IB requirements, you can find them in the “IB” section (page 4) of this document: List of Application Documents for Education System.

Q: How can I prepare for the delivery of some standardized test and English proficiency test results?

A: As for document preparation, we suggest you start preparing all the document well before the application period. You can submit standardized test results (e.g., SAT, ACT, and IBDP final results) and English proficiency test results (e.g., TOEFL-iBT, IELTS and Duolingo) electronically even before the application period. Please ensure that the scores arrive before the final application deadline. The SPSE codes for each test are as follows:

    TOEFL: 9342

    SAT: 0837

    ACT: 5473

    IBDP: 00549

For IELTS and Duolingo, please select “School of Political Science and Economics at Waseda University”.
For more details, refer to the pages 13-15 in the Application Guidelines.

Q: Can I submit my AP exam scores as a standardized test?

A: Yes. At the time of application, please ​upload a screenshot of the AP exam scores on your College Board account. ​At the time of enrollment procedures, please send your official score report directly from College Board. Use the ​Waseda University code: 0837.

Q: Does SPSE accept compound scores of SAT and ACT results?

A: No. Only scores obtained on the same testing date will be considered. If you have scores from multiple testing dates, please fill in scores from the date on which you scored the highest total score.

Q: How much is the screening fee for the AO Admissions?

A: For those who are residing outside of Japan, the screening fee is JPY 5,000, while for those who are residing in Japan it is JPY 35,000. For more details about the payment methods, refer to pages 17-19 in the Application Guidelines.

Q: What are the requirements for essay?

A: Write an essay of around 1000 words that explains why you want to study at the School of Political Science and Economics at Waseda University. In particular, describe the reasons for your selected degree (political science, economics, or global political economy) and your plans for using what you learn in the future. Your essay should reflect your own personal perspectives and experiences.

For more details, please refer to page 11 in the Application Guidelines.

Q: How can I prepare for the submission of a recommendation letter?

A: From the 2022 admissions on, the recommender will need to follow the Instructions for Recommenders: create an account, fill out a short form, and submit a recommendation letter on TAO. With regards to the requirements, please refer to page 13 in the Application Guidelines.

After Acceptance and Registration

Q: How much are the tuition fees?

A: Refer to the Tuition and Scholarship page  for details.
For September 2022 enrollees, the total amount required (including registration fee, tuition and other fees) for the first year will be 1,206,500 yen.

Q: Are scholarships available at Waseda University?

A: We offer various kinds of scholarships for international students.

 
Types Selection Application
Pre-enrollment Scholarship Nominees are selected before enrollment. Merit-based* You do not need to submit application documents. We will contact nominees individually.
After-enrollment Scholarship You can apply for these after enrollment. Varies across scholarships If you are eligible to apply for the scholarships, you will be contacted by the SPSE Administrative Office.

*The details of our selection procedures will not be disclosed.

You can access the list of scholarships.

Note that the terms of the scholarships are subject to change. Some scholarships may not be available in the particular year of your study.

Q: What is a COE and how can I apply for COE?

A: International students without resident status in Japan are required to first apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), which then allows them to apply for a student visa to enter and reside in Japan. In most cases, Waseda University can act as a proxy (on behalf of you) and apply for your COE. If you would like to apply for a student visa by proxy, you need to submit documents for the COE application during the admission period. For more information on the COE, please refer to the Center for International Education.

After Enrollment

Q: Can I apply for exchange programs or double-degree programs after I am enrolled at SPSE?

A: a. University-wide Programs
We have around 800 partner institutions globally.
The Center of International Education has short-term programs (1 week to 2 months) and long-term programs (1 semester to 2 years).
Refer to the following link for information on our current programs.
https://www.waseda.jp/inst/cie/from-waseda/abroad/programlist/list
*Programs are subject to change.

b. SPSE Special Programs
SPSE offers special programs for SPSE student.
Refer to the following link for information on our current programs.
https://www.waseda.jp/fpse/pse/en/abroad/application/
*Programs are subject to change.

c. Credit Accreditation
Credits that you earn during your exchange program will be accredited as SPSE graduation credits. The rules for credit transfer are detailed on our website.
https://www.waseda.jp/fpse/pse/en/abroad/certify/

Q: Where can I find information about dormitories?

A: Please refer to the Residence Life Center for information on Waseda University student dormitories and several other dormitories affiliated with the University. Dormitories are open to Waseda students from all corners of Japan and around the world.

Q: How can I learn Japanese after enrollment?

A: You do not need to have any Japanese language skills at SPSE. All required courses are taught in English, and the office staff can speak English. Japanese language courses (offered by the Center for Japanese Language) are optional for SPSE students. However, if you take Japanese language courses, some of the credits will be counted as graduation credits. Refer to the following link for Japanese language courses.
https://www.waseda.jp/inst/cjl/en/students/registration/

Q: How can I design my career

A: a. Employment
SPSE graduates enter careers or post-graduate programs not only in Japan but also in many other countries. Our graduates have found employment in a wide range of positions in finance, manufacturing, mass communications, international organizations and public offices. Some of our graduates advance to prestigious postgraduate programs. On our website, we provide further information on our students’ paths after graduation and how we support career development.

b. Internship
The Career Center in Waseda University offers internship programs.
Please note that some program may require Japanese proficiency.

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