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Japan: Waseda University
Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year
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Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
Budget Estimates Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 01/15/2018 04/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement:
Class Standing:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Language Prerequisite: None
Areas of Study: Asian Studies, Communications, Economics, History, International Relations, International/Global Studies, Japanese, Liberal Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Political Science, Sociology Special Notes: Applicants must be enrolled at a CSU campus no later than fall term prior to departure, GPA requirement cannot be waived, Students who completed secondary school in Japan are not eligible to apply
Program Description:



Academic Year Applications
January 15: Final Deadline

Note: CSU IP recommends that students apply by the priority deadline. If spaces are available, student may submit applications for the later deadlines, but may need to be flexible regarding their program options, available spaces may be limited on popular programs.


Eligibility Requirements
SILS 3.0 GPA required; CJL 2.75 GPA required; PSE 2.75 GPA required Japanese citizens are eligible to apply, however Waseda requires applicants to have completed most of their secondary education (6 years) in a non-Japanese educational system;

Course Prerequisites
One course with a Japanese/Asian focus (language, culture, history, politics, philosophy, etc.) and one term of college-level Japanese language are recommended.

Academic Credit
Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.

Students pay the same tuition for Japan: Waseda University as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Estimates above.

Program Dates
CSU IP students spend an Academic Year abroad on this program.


The Japan: Waseda University program is affiliated with Waseda University, a private research university in Tokyo. Waseda currently enrolls 54,000 students, including almost 4,700 international students from 90 countries. A  CSU IP Program Coordinator oversees the program on the ground in Tokyo. They are a full-time local staff member with an office located on the Waseda University campus. The CSU IP Program Coordinator organizes excursions and provides assistance to all CSU students studying in Japan (Waseda and Tsukuba). 

Japan - WasedaCenter for Japanese Language (CJL)
CSU students enroll in the one-year Japanese Language Program (JLP) at the Center for Japanese Language (CJL) at Waseda University. This program is designed for students who want to focus primarily on studying Japanese language. 

School of International and Liberal Studies (SILS)
CSU students enroll in the One-Year Study Abroad Program at the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) of Waseda University. Each semester, students take 6 credits of Japanese language plus SILS courses (in English) from a wide variety of subject areas such as history, politics, economics, culture and society.  A list of the previous year’s elective courses offered in English by SILS can be found here.

School of Political Science and Economics (PSE)
CSU students enroll in the One-Year Study Abroad Program at the School of Political Science and Economics (PSE) of Waseda University. Students take courses through PSE and also have the option to enroll in Japanese language courses. Courses at PSE are designed specifically for Political Science, International Relations, and Economics majors.
For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study. 


The Japan: Waseda University program is located in Japan’s capital city of Tokyo. With a population of over 12 million, Tokyo is one of the world’s largest cities. Waseda University is located in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo.


Housing is arranged prior to arrival in Japan in coordination with Waseda University. CSU IP students have the opportunity to live with Japanese host families through homestay arrangements. Off-campus temple dorms (located 5-15 minutes from campus) are available, but very limited.