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Study Abroad Programs

1-Year Program

Under the 1-year program, students will study at a partner university for one academic year. We offer four different types of programs (Double Degree, Exchange, CS-R/CS-L) by cooperating with more than 300 universities around the world. You are able to choose the program that matches your level and intention.

Programs in the UK

As a result of the change in the rules regarding visas to enter the UK by the UKVI (UK Visa and Immigration), taking an English proficiency test other than TOEFL has become a requirement, in order to acquire the needed application form (CAS) to obtain a visa to study abroad in the UK.

<Examples>

  • IELTS(Academic and General Training)
  • Pearson Test of English Academic
    *TOEFL is not accepted as a test to certify your English ability.

【1】

  • Starting with the internal screening test conducted this fall by the Center for International Education to recruit students for study abroad programs for fiscal 2015, the results of IELTS will also be considered in addition to TOEFL when selecting students to study at universities in the UK.
  • The PL (Program List) shows the minimum TOEFL score for requirement as a reference based on the requirement score from last year. Therefore, for internal screening, it is acceptable for you to submit only the results of TOEFL.
  • Please be careful that if you are applying not only for the universities in the U.K. but also for those in other English-speaking countries including the U.S., you will continuously need to submit the results of TOEFL.
  • When you are choosing UK programs categorized in the [English Programs Requiring an Interview], giving them a higher preference than the other programs in this category is not necessary.

【2】

  • Please note that as even if you have not taken IELTS when applying for internal screening, if it is decided that you will be going to a university in the UK, you will need to take either one of the tests listed above (IELTS, Pearson Test of English Academic, etc.) within the period specified by your host university. (In some cases, you may need to submit the score within this year.)
  • According to the PO (Program Overview), there are some programs that admit TOEFL as an application requirement, and also as a sufficient certificate to obtain CAS. In those cases, scores of IELTS, Pearson, etc. will not be necessary.
  • In any case, the rules regarding visas may change without notice. Please pay close attention to the information updated on the UKVI website when preparing for study abroad.

Program Overview

Listed below are the programs offered by CIE at Waseda University.

Waseda Study Abroad Programs

(1)Double Degree Program

These are programs where you will go abroad to study at a university which provides a curriculum for a double degree while you are still enrolled at Waseda. If you satisfy certain requirements, you will be able to earn designated degrees from both Waseda and your host university when you graduate. In order to complete the double degree course at your host university, you will need to demonstrate high-level reading/listening comprehension skills and conversation skills in the foreign language. Therefore, especially rigorous examinations will be conducted regarding your language skills if you wish to participate. There are some programs where only students of certain Schools or Graduate Schools are eligible to apply. Furthermore, the study abroad period may vary depending on the program.

(2)Exchange programs

These are programs where you will go abroad to study based on the exchange agreements between the universities or the departments. The term is one academic year in principle, but there are also programs whose term is one semester. Relatively high-level language skills are required from the beginning, and usually, you will take ordinary courses with local students. However, there are some programs where you mainly focus on studying a foreign language. Usually, the number of students recruited is one to three per university. You will usually be put priority over other international students in taking courses and arranging accommodation. In principle, tuition is paid to Waseda, and you will be exempted from paying tuition to the host university.

(3)Customized Study Programs

These are programs where you will participate in the curriculum prepared for students from Waseda by the host university. There are roughly two types of programs. One is the programs where you may take ordinary courses from the beginning. The other is the programs where, while you mainly focus on studying a foreign language, you will at the same time follow the curriculum prepared based on a certain theme if your level of the foreign language is adequate to do so. The term is one academic year in principle, but there are also programs whose term is one semester. In principle, you will be exempted from paying tuition to Waseda, and you will be paying a designated program fee to the host university.

 

Types of the Programs

The above programs described in 1. (1) – (3) are classified further into two categories as follows.

1Regular Academic ProgramsRA

 You will be taking ordinary courses with local students following the regular curriculum for students at the host university.

2Language Focused ProgramsLF

You will mainly be taking foreign language courses at the host university; however, in some cases you will be able to take some of the regular courses.

<Examples>

Program Name Program Type Abbr. Former Name
Double Degree Programs(DD) Regular Academic Programs(RA) DD DD
Exchange Programs(EX) Regular Academic Programs(RA) EX-R EX
Language Focused Programs(LF) EX-L EX(TSA)
Customized Study Programs(CS) Regular Academic Programs(RA) CS-R ISA
Language Focused Programs(LF) CS-L TSA

 

Other ways to Study Abroad

Study abroad at your own expense

In case you do not find any partner universities that meet your needs or you wish to study at a graduate school abroad after graduating from Waseda University, you would need to look for a university and organize your study on your own. Students who fall in this category are admitted to an overseas university and they pay the tuition and other academic fees and living expenses on their own. Students in this category may go abroad with the sole objective of language learning; alternatively, they may assume the status of “visiting student” or “non-degree student”. Please note that it is possible that credits earned abroad may not be accreditated by Waseda University. It is therefore essential that you confirm all details with respect to credit accreditation with your school office.
Please note that the application deadline is usually about six months prior to the enrollment date. You may apply through the internet; however, you must allow for the fact that the processing of an application to any overseas university takes time. Further, tuition and other academic fees will be handled differently for privately funded students, depending on their registration status.

Studying abroad on a scholarship

This applies mainly to graduate students. You must be selected for a scholarship by the foreign government or a private foundation and then admitted to your respective overseas universities.

Study Abroad System

Registration Status at Waseda While Abroad

Waseda University offers various programs and encourages Waseda students to study abroad while enrolled at the University. In the following pages you will find general outlines for each program. Please note that some points vary for each graduate/undergraduate school. You should contact to your faculty office for the further details. Different studying abroad regulations are applied to the students enrolled before the 1998 academic year and after the 1999 academic year. The followings are for those after the 1999 academic year. Please contact to your office if you enrolled before that.

Registration Status at Waseda While Abroad

When you study abroad, the state of your enrollment at Waseda University varies depends on the programs or the courses you take. Please make sure how you are registered while you are away because your tuition fees vary accordingly. You will be registered as “studying abroad” from “currently registered at Waseda University” once you meet the following requirements: Your period of study abroad is as regulated mentioned in the next guide line, you have already been admitted by the host institution and you have completed the studying abroad procedures at your school office. For an exchange program, you are not permitted to study abroad with the state of “registered at university” or “a leave of absence”. However, in case of TSA and ISA, you are registered as “”registered at university”. Therefore, “studying abroad” means privately funded students or exchange students and “”registered at university” means TSA, ISA, and Double Degree programs.

Some private funded students who mainly learn a foreign language from half a year to one year may be registered as “leave of absence” not as “studying abroad” in some schools. Some students may be registered as “leave of absence” because they don’t meet the requirements to be approved as studying abroad. Those students have to pay tuition fees according to “leave of absence” regulations. Tuition fees for the host institution and the amount of half semester of Waseda University’s tuition fees should be paid. Please note that credits you earned while registered as “leave of absence” are not recognized. Here is the data you can refer to on how you will be registered. Please talk to your school office to make sure how you will be registered. (Students who enrolled at Waseda in and after 2006 should refer to separate guidelines for information regarding privately financed study abroad.)

Registration Status and Academic Fees during Study Abroad

(The information below applies to students who enrolled at Waseda prior to 2006.Students who enrolled in and after 2006 should refer to separate guidelines. )

Program Registration Status Tuition and Other Academic Fees How registered period
will be handled
Exchange
(Incl. GLFP)
Study Abroad (May depend on agreements with each host university)
To pay enrolled department Tuition Fee (*1) and Basic Education Enhancement Fees (*2).
It may be necessary to pay Academic Fees and Basic Education Enhancement Fees for some host universities depending on the program.
If the study abroad period is authorized by the faculty council as part of the registered period and required credits have been earned, 1 year or 1 term of the study abroad period can be counted as part of the registered period.
(Graduation within the regulated academic year is possible)
Fee-Based One Semester Program “Registered in School” but
Study Abroad
(Waseda University Tuition Fees Exempted)
Program Fee (*3) and Basic Education Enhancement Fees to be paid to Waseda University.
Study abroad period is counted in the registered period.
(Graduation within the regulated academic year is possible)
TSA ・ ISA “Registered in School”but
study Abroad
Double Degree “Registered in School” but
study Abroad
(May depend on agreements with each host university)
To pay enrolled department Tuition Fee and Basic Education Enhancement Fees+Registration Fee (*4) of 150,000 yen.
Privately Financed Study Abroad Depending on the regulations of your school (Please refer below) In case Waseda University Tuition Fees are exempted, Study Account Maintenence Fee (50,000 yen per term) and Basic Education Enhancement Fees have to be paid.
*Students who would like to transfer the credits that they have acquired at an overseas university to the graduation requirements of Waseda university are requested to pay the Credit Transfer Fee (*5).
Please note that some points vary from one graduate or undergraduate school to another, so please contact your undergraduate / graduate school office for further details.
  • *1 Tuition Fee, etc.
    • Tuition fee, facility fees, educational environment improvement fee, research laboratory allowance, library fee and seminar fee.
    • when paying the tuition for your department/graduate course while abroad as an extended student studying abroad, the total amount paid will be the same as the amount paid by students in their final year for graduation of their departmet/graduate course (i.e. senior year for undergraduates). The amount due is NOT calculated by subtracting the number of acquired credits from the number of credits necessary for graduation/completion.
      However, students that enrolled in the 2010 academic year or earlier will not be paying for educational maintenance costs. Instead, those students are to pay a prescribed amount for cost of equipment.
    • If you are an extended graduate student only receiving study guidance, and desire to only receive study guidance at the university abroad without completing courses, you must notify the CIE at the time of application.
  • *2 Basic Education Enhancement Fees
    • To be paid by the spring semester of Second year. (Applicable only to those enrolled in academic year 2010)
  • *3 Program Fee
    • This includes tuition, program development and operation fees claimed to Waseda University by the host universities and necessary expenses for Waseda University to develop and operate the program (1 semester: 50,000 yen, 2 semesters: 100,000 yen).
    • Room & Board is included in the program fee of some TSA/ISA programs.
    • “Program Fee” must be paid to Waseda University specified bank account after the amount is converted to Japanese yen using the university designated exchange rate.
  • *4 Registration Fee
    • Double degree registration fee: Required expenses for participants in the Double Degree and is used for the operation of the program.
  • *5 Credit Transfer Fee
    • The academic fee per credit is the same fee that is applicable to auditors in Waseda University of the same academic year. The total amount payable as the enrollment fee and the academic fee in case of students who are classified under the “Studying Abroad” status shall not exceed the total tuition and educational environment improvement fee at Waseda University.

 

Examples of your enrollment state

(The information below applies to students who enrolled at Waseda prior to 2006.Students who enrolled in and after 2006 should refer to separate guidelines. )

*registered at Waseda University = registered / leave of absence=absence / to be determined = TBD

Exchange Program Double Degree TSA・ISA Privately financed/take classes or research at University or equivalent higher education or research institution Privately financed/studying language at language institution affiliated to university Privately financed/studying language at language institution not affiliated to university
Political Science studying abroad studying abroad absence※1 absence
Economics studying abroad studying abroad absence※1 absence
Law studying abroad studying abroad absence absence
Letter, Arts and Science studying abroad studying abroad absence※1 absence
Commerce studying abroad studying abroad absence※1 absence
Science and Engineering studying abroad studying abroad absence absence
Education studying abroad studying abroad absence absence
Human Sciences studying abroad studying abroad absence absence
Social Sciences studying abroad studying abroad studying abroad studying abroad
GSAPS studying abroad※3 studying abroad absence absence
GITS studying abroad studying abroad absence※1 absence
GSJAL studying abroad studying abroad TBD TBD
Public Management studying abroad studying abroad TBD TBD
Finance, Accounting and Law studying abroad studying abroad absence absence
IPS studying abroad studying abroad absence absence
Law School studying abroad※2 absence※1 absence absence
Political Science & Economics studying abroad registered registered studying abroad studying abroad studying abroad
Law studying abroad registered registered studying abroad absence absence
Letters, Arts and Sciences 1 studying abroad registered registered studying abroad studying abroad absence
Letters, Arts and Sciences 2 studying abroad registered registered studying abroad studying abroad absence
Education studying abroad registered registered studying abroad studying abroad studying abroad
Commerce studying abroad registered registered studying abroad absence※1 absence
Science and Engineering studying abroad registered registered studying abroad absence absence
Social Science studying abroad registered registered studying abroad studying abroad studying abroad
Human Sciences studying abroad registered registered studying abroad studying abroad studying abroad
Sport Sciences studying abroad registered registered studying abroad studying abroad studying abroad
International Liberal Studies studying abroad※4 studying abroad※4 registered※5 registered※5 absence absence
  • ※1 Basically registered as “a leave of absence”. You may be registered as “studying abroad” in some cases.
  • ※2 This applies only to institutions with the School of Law inter-division agreements. However, some cases may be admitted as a studying abroad. Please talk to school of law office in advance to make it sure.
  • ※3 If the study abroad period is less than 4 months [Inter-Division Exchange Program at a partner university], registration status will be Registered.
  • ※4 In school of International Liberal Studies, the duration of studying abroad is automatically counted into the period of your attendance at Waseda University.
  • ※5 As a general rule, registration status will be Leave of Absence, however in special cases departments may also grant the status of Study Abroad.

Tuition Fee

Tuition fees can be paid in the following three ways. Please note that you will not have to make any additional payments following your return to Japan or upon graduation even though you will be graduating in the prescribed four year period if credits are recognized from your study abroad university.

(1)Your tuition fees can be paid to your respective faculty or research institution. You are not required to pay tuition during your study abroad program. (this refers to most exchange programs and double degree programs)

(2)The program fee, which is agreed upon after discussion between Waseda University and its partner universities, is paid directly to Waseda University. This fee is used to pay for both program development and operating costs at the partner university. Some partner universities, such as some TSA and ISA universities, include the costs of food and accommodation in their program fees, however this is not always the case. Please be sure to refer to the cost breakdown for more details.

(3)You must pay tuition fees directly to the university in which the study abroad is taking place. In this case you do not have to pay tuition to Waseda University. (this refers to some exchange programes)
Please make note of the above differences, that depending on the study abroad country that living expenses will vary. This includes accommodation, food costs as well as other individual costs. Expect to pay between 2.5 million yen and 6 million yen.

In case of private-funded study abroad, the conditions of tuition varies depending on enrollment status.

1. Students who enrolled in and before 2005
(1)In case your enrollment is recognized as “studying abroad”

You will be exempt from paying Waseda University’s tuition for one year. However, to graduate in the prescribed four years and depending on credit recognition you will have to pay course and facility fees. Moreover, you will also have to pay course and facility fees at a level of half the normal cost if your study abroad extends past one year.

(2)In case your enrollment is recognized as “Leave of Absence

If you receive a “leave of absence” you are exempt from paying half the course fees as well as other fees. As a basic rule, the creidts you have earned during a “leave of absence” are not transferable.

2. Students who enrolled in and after 2006

The fee for privately financed study abroad is 50,000 yen per semester. The fee for transferring privately financed study abroad credit to Waseda is 20,000 yen per credit.

Screening Process

(Note: The following information is based on recruitments in previous years. Make sure to check the latest information.)

Recruitment (twice a year)

  • First Recruitment : May (departure: followng spring) Korea / Central and South America, Oceania
  • Second Recruitment: October (departure: following fall) Most regions except those that are covered under the first recruitment
    *The recruiting cycle for Portland State University (USA) is different. Please confirm the recruitment information concerning the same.

Eligibility

(1)Registration status at Waseda University

You must be registered at Waseda University as a full-time student at the time of the application and during the study abroad. While the programs are being processed you must display a good academic standing and a strong sense of responsibility. (Students who are slated to graduate during programs and non-degree students being processed are not eligible.)

(2)Language proficiency

You are required to obtain the necessary TOEFL test score (see Notes 1 & 2) for the programs conducted in English. (For some programs you can apply with a TOEFL-ITP score. For details, please see the latest program list.)

  • Note 1) You must submit an original score card (Examinee Score Report).
  • Note 2) A TOEFL score is valid for 2 years. Please confirm the validiity of your score; you may be required to take the test again if your score is invalid at the time of your application to host universities.

For programs held in non-English speaking countries, you must meet the language proficiency stipulation, as required by the host universities.

Documents to submit

Here are the necessary documents. The documents vary by each recruitement. Please confirm the latest information in the “Application Guide”.

(1)Study Abroad Program Agreement:
(Original Form and Two Copies)
Agreement that you will not withdraw after the nomination by the CIE
(2)Assessment Form:
(1 Original, sealed)
The CIE designated forms to be submitted in the CIE designated envelopes sealed by the faculty
(3)Academic Transcript in English:
(1 Original)
Showing all courses that you have taken
Doctoral students must submit transcripts of master’s and doctoral courses.
Freshmen (first-year students) in schools must submit high school transcripts in English.
(4) Language proficiency certificate:
(Original Form)
Original TOEFL iBT score cards for English programs (TOEFL-ITP score cards can be accepted only for institutes that officially announce that the ITP score is valid.)
Certificates of local languages for non-English programs

Screening at Waseda University

In 2010, applicants were given priority for school selection based on the evaluation of the following:

(1)language proficiency, (2)academic records, (3)statement of purpose, (4)interview, (5)written exam, (6)assessment of applicants’ qualifications at their respective schools, and (7)letters of recommendation

* (4) and (5) were not required for some programs.

(Note: The following information is based on recruitments in previous years. Make sure to check the latest information.)

Recruitment (twice a year)

  • First Recruitment : May (departure: followng spring) Korea / Central and South America, Oceania
  • Second Recruitment: October (departure: following fall) Most regions except those that are covered under the first recruitment
    *The recruiting cycle for Portland State University (USA) is different. Please confirm the recruitment information concerning the same.

Eligibility

(1)Registration status at Waseda University

You must be registered at Waseda University as a full-time student at the time of the application and during the study abroad. While the programs are being processed you must display a good academic standing and a strong sense of responsibility. (Students who are slated to graduate during programs and non-degree students being processed are not eligible.)

(2)Language proficiency

You are required to obtain the necessary TOEFL test score (see Notes 1 & 2) for the programs conducted in English. (For some programs you can apply with a TOEFL-ITP score. For details, please see the latest program list.)

  • Note 1) You must submit an original score card (Examinee Score Report).
  • Note 2) A TOEFL score is valid for 2 years. Please confirm the validiity of your score; you may be required to take the test again if your score is invalid at the time of your application to host universities.

For programs held in non-English speaking countries, you must meet the language proficiency stipulation, as required by the host universities.

Documents to submit

Here are the necessary documents. The documents vary by each recruitement. Please confirm the latest information in the “Application Guide”.

(1)Study Abroad Program Agreement:
(Original Form and Two Copies)
Agreement that you will not withdraw after the nomination by the CIE
(2)Assessment Form:
(1 Original, sealed)
The CIE designated forms to be submitted in the CIE designated envelopes sealed by the faculty
(3)Academic Transcript in English:
(1 Original)
Showing all courses that you have taken
Doctoral students must submit transcripts of master’s and doctoral courses.
Freshmen (first-year students) in schools must submit high school transcripts in English.
(4) Language proficiency certificate:
(Original Form)
Original TOEFL iBT score cards for English programs (TOEFL-ITP score cards can be accepted only for institutes that officially announce that the ITP score is valid.)
Certificates of local languages for non-English programs

Screening at Waseda University

In 2010, applicants were given priority for school selection based on the evaluation of the following:

(1)language proficiency, (2)academic records, (3)statement of purpose, (4)interview, (5)written exam, (6)assessment of applicants’ qualifications at their respective schools, and (7)letters of recommendation

* (4) and (5) were not required for some programs.

Notes for the application

  • You are not allowed to withdraw from the program once you are selected as a nominee. If you withdraw from the programs, you are no longer eligible to apply any other Waseda University Study Abroad programs.
  • Application to both CIE study abroad programs and undergraduate or graduate interdivision programs is not permitted. However, it is possible to submit initial web applications to both programs. In some cases, the results of the interdivision programs will be announced prior to the deadline for application submission to the CIE. If a student is selected for an interdivision program prior to the deadline for application submission to the CIE, the student can then withdraw from the CIE program application process.
  • Being nominated by Waseda University means you are now eligible to apply to the host university. Please note that the final decision concerning your admission rests with the host university.
  • All the credits you earn at the host university may not be transferred to Waseda University. Whether or not your credit will be approved depends on your undergraduate or graduate school. Therefore, please consult with your department before applying as the time taken to complete your degree may be prolonged based on your credit acquisition circumstance. Please note that in some cases graduation in 4 years (undergraduate) may not be possible.
  • Please note that, depending on the program, you may not be able to register for all the classes you wish to take due to prerequisite requirements, limits on student numbers, and other factors.
  • Students participating in these Waseda study abroad programs must join the designated Waseda University overseas health insurance program.

Short-Term Program

The short term programs are offered during spring and summer vacations. The programs were developed by Waseda University and its host universities abroad. In the programs, you will learn the local language, culture and customs for a short period of time. For those who wish to study abroad for a longer term, you are encouraged to participate in the short term program so that you will know whether or not you can easily adapt to a foreign environment and to confirm whether or not your language skills are good enough. The detailed information for the application is to be announced on the CIE website and Waseda-net portal.

The short term programs are offered during spring and summer vacations. The programs were developed by Waseda University and its host universities abroad. In the programs, you will learn the local language, culture and customs for a short period of time. For those who wish to study abroad for a longer term, you are encouraged to participate in the short term program so that you will know whether or not you can easily adapt to a foreign environment and to confirm whether or not your language skills are good enough. The detailed information for the application is to be announced on the CIE website and Waseda-net portal.

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