My interest in Economics has led to my study in the Department of Global Political Economy in Waseda. The department is very globally oriented and being able to interact with international professors and students actually contributes to my global perspective and open mindedness. In SPSE (*1), I was able to explore how political science and economics are intertwined in real life implications. Besides core credits, the curriculum is so flexible that we could choose any courses of interests both from our own and any other departments.
Moreover, Waseda is actively cooperating with other prestigious universities to provide the best experience for us, every student is strongly encouraged to go for an exchange during the study. I have been to one-year exchange in Washington University in St. Louis and have taken courses from various disciplines including law, psychology, computer science, business and chemistry etc. Above experience absolutely helps shape my future career plan.
Another thing I deeply appreciate is that throughout my undergraduate years, I have always received scholarships from either Japanese government or Waseda and I am very grateful for that.
Waseda University also aims to provide an embracing environment for all the students. In order to help us to adapt quickly, the University has put a lot of efforts including providing Japanese courses through CJL (*2), holding regular interaction sessions and organizing Japanese culture explorations etc.
After finishing my undergraduate studies, I will be going to UK to pursue a master in finance, many of my friends also go for further studies in different areas such as economics, political science and financial mathematics. I do believe this programme does provide me all sorts of future possibilities I could think of. Therefore, in my opinion, Tokyo is absolutely one of the best places to study and I miss all my days in Waseda.