Even before selecting a studying abroad program, the first thing you have to do is to think about and plan your future career path after make your future plan after graduation. Having a clear vision for the future helps you decide what you need when you select universities and which program is the best for you. What is the best program for you? There are several options: short term language programs, TSA /ISA with studying language and taking regular subjects, or exchange programs, Double Degree program. You can study abroad through two ways: privately funded studying abroad or studying abroad programs offered by Waseda University. Firstly, please consider your objectives, language proficiency, which year you are in, partner universities, curriculums, fees and others. Then, look up the programs offered by Waseda University and consider whether those programs meet your needs and objectives. Also consider the costs associated with each program.
Now, let’s narrow down the programs. First, choose a long term or a short term program. If a long term would be better for you, compare TSA, ISA and exchange programs, Double Degree program. For you who have narrowed down to ISA TSA or exchange programs, Double Degree program, we now should examine the following points: which country and area, in a city or in countryside, state university or private university, university or small college like Liberal Arts College, etc. The most important thing is whether or not the university offers the courses you wish to study. Therefore, it takes much time to collect information and exam it before you make a decision. It is, however, impossible to visit a number of universities to their information. Using the internet, by entering the course name you wish to take or geographical conditions, allows you to collect information and narrow down from numerous universities. You may find Waseda partner universities while researching, that could be your host university. At the same time, check university rankings and the experience reports by students on previous programs. It is also a good idea to make a rough estimate of tuition fees and other expenses. After doing these, you can then narrow down universities to around 10 or so which may meet your needs. Then, go to those universities’ websites to obtain their latest information.
Please note that the experience reports are written from students’ own perspectives, so it is not recommended to choose university based ONLY on these. When you check the universities ranking, don’t refer to the ranking of the university but refer to the course you wish to take.