There are two types of study abroad programs: Waseda University’s study abroad programs and Study Abroad at your own expense that are not offered by Waseda University. If you are thinking of going abroad, it is important to understand the different types and procedures before moving forward.
●Types of Study Abroad
●Departure and Application Periods for Study Abroad
●Procedures for Studying Abroad
●Handling of Student Registration and Tuition during Study Abroad
●Information about studying abroad
Types of Study Abroad
There are three types of study abroad programs: study abroad programs offered by the Center for International Education to all School/Graduate Schools, Departmental Agreement programs where School/Graduate Schools have their own agreements with overseas institutions, and Study Abroad at your own expense which students can find programs not offered by Waseda University on their own.
Study Abroad Programs Offered by the Center for International Education / Departmental Agreement programs
|Double Degree Programs||Double Degree Programs / DD||1 year to 2 years||If you study abroad at the host university that offers a double degree curriculum while you are a student at Waseda University and meet the prescribed requirements, you will be able to earn both a degree from Waseda University and a degree from the host university you study abroad at when you graduate.|
|Exchange Programs||Regular Academic Programs/ EX-R||1 year or 1 semester||Study abroad program based on an university-wide or departmental exchange agreement. Students take regular courses with local students in the curriculum of the host university.|
|Language Focused Programs/ EX-L||1 year or 1 semester||Study abroad programs based on university-wide or departmental exchange agreements. Students study mainly foreign languages at the host university, but may be able to take some regular courses as well.|
|Customized Study Programs||Regular Academic Programs/ CS-R||1 year or 1 semester||This is a program to participate in the curriculum set by the host university for Waseda University students. Students will take regular courses with local students in the curriculum of the host university.|
|Language Focused Programs/ CS-L||1 year or 1 semester||This is a program in which students participate in the curriculum set by the host university for Waseda University students. Students will study mainly foreign languages at the host university, but may be able to take some regular courses.|
|Short Term Programs||－||About 1 week to 2 months||The Center for International Education serves as the contact point for these programs, which are held during summer and spring breaks. The content of the program varies depending on the program, but it is a program to study the language and culture of the country. Undergraduate students (except for e-school’s student) cam register for these programs as courses at Waseda University. (There are exceptional for some pragrams.)|
Privately-Financed International Students
If your preferred study abroad destination is not available in the programs offered by Waseda University, you will be required to find your own study abroad destination. Privately-Financed International Students is a form of study abroad in which you obtain admission from the university of your choice and cover the tuition and living expenses of the study abroad destination at your own expense.
Departure and Application Periods for Study Abroad
This section lists the departure dates and application periods for study abroad programs offered by the Center for International Education. Studying abroad requires a long preparation period of six months to a year, so please plan well in advance according to the departure time of your study abroad program.
|Departure and application timing patterns||Main types of programs and destinations|
|Apply for “Study Abroad Programs Fall Recruitment” and depart in the fall of the following year (apply one year in advance).||It covers almost all countries and regions of the world and accounts for the majority of all programs.|
|Apply for “Study Abroad Programs Spring Recruitment” and depart the following spring (apply one year in advance).||EX programs are limited to some regions such as Korea, Oceania, and South America.|
|Apply for “Study Abroad Programs Spring Recruitment” and depart six months later in the fall (apply six months in advance).||1 semester CS programs are the mainstream. The number of available programs are few.|
|Apply for “Study Abroad Programs Fall Recruitment” and depart six months later in the spring (apply six months in advance).||1 semester CS programs are the mainstream. The number of available programs are few.|
*Short-term programs: Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis in May for summer programs and in November for spring programs. For more details, please check the application guidelines on the Center for International Education Web page.
*The schedule differs for Departmental Agreement programs and Study Abroad at your own expense that require students to complete their own procedures.
Procedures for Studying Abroad
The following is a brief summary of the process to achieve study abroad. You may need to follow procedures other than those written in the list below. The process is also complicated, so be sure to keep an eye out for information from the Center for International Education or the office of your School/Graduate School.
Main processes and tasks to achieve study abroad (for study abroad programs offered by the Center for International Education)
|2)Preparation for Study Abroad||
|4)Selection and acceptance procedures at the host university||
|5)Preparation for travel||
|6)Departure||After arrival, submit the “Residence Report” at the nearest Japanese embassy or consulate general immediately.|
The schedule differs for Departmental Agreement Programs and Study Abroad at your own expense that require students to complete their own procedures.
Procedures at your School/Graduate School
Regardless of the type of study abroad program you choose, you are required to complete the necessary procedures at the office of your School/Graduate school before departure and after your return. The specific procedures differ depending on the School/Graduate School you belong to, so be sure to check the information provided by your School/Graduate School.
|Application for Study Abroad||If you wish to study abroad, you must submit a “Application for Study Abroad” prior to studying abroad.
|Notification of return to Japan||After you return to your home country, please submit the “Notification of Return to Japan” to the office of your School/Graduate School as soon as possible.
In the case of study abroad programs sponsored by the Center for International Education, please complete the necessary returning procedures with the Center for International Education as well.
|Credit Transfer||If the courses taken at the host university are deemed appropriate by the School/Graduate School, the credits will be granted as Waseda University credits. Please check with your School/Graduate School for details on how to apply.|
Handling of Student Registration and Tuition during Study Abroad
Please refer to the “Study Abroad Handbook” for information on the handling of your student status and tuition fees while studying abroad. If you have any questions, please contact the office of your School/Graduate School.
The method of transferring credits differs depending on the School/Graduate School, so please check the details on your own.
Before studying abroad, you should consult with the office of the School/Graduate School to which you belong about courses and credits, and make a study plan for your study abroad, including a plan for after you return to Waseda. Depending on the type of study abroad program and the courses taken during the study abroad, there may be cases in which the credit itself is not approved, so please check carefully beforehand.
- Credit Transfer
Information about studying abroad
For more information on studying abroad, please see the following.
Center for International Education
Location: 1F, Building 22, Waseda Campus
Guido Book:“Study Abroad Handbook”
E-mail address: email@example.com
Phone number: 03-3208-9602
School/Graduate School office
Please check the website of each School/Graduate School.