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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: GT applicants only
  • Estimated Program Costs: Academic Year
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Level: Undergraduate Program Type: University Exchange
Credit Hours: 12 Weeks per term: 16
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Academic Disciplines: Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, Business Administration, Economics, Economics and International Affairs, International Affairs, Japanese, Literature, Media and Communication, Sociology
Preferred Participating Majors (Exchange Programs): Housing Type: Homestay, Off-Campus Residence Hall, On-Campus Residence Hall
Advisor: Meg Sonstroem International Service Learning: No
Affiliated with GT Serve-Learn-Sustain: No
Program Description:
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Location Information

Academic Year:  early September – early August  (SILS Program w/ break from early February-mid April)
Academic Year:  mid April – mid February  (Japanese courses at undergraduate level)

This university is located in Tokyo, Japan. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:


Established more than a century ago by Shigenobu Okuma, a scholar and government leader, Waseda University is a private, coeducational institution of higher learning. Founded as a college with three departments under the old system of Japanese higher education, it has grown to become an elite comprehensive university that also includes two senior high schools and a College of Technology. There are 16 undergraduate schools and 24 graduate schools hosting 45,000 undergrads and 7,000 grad students. 


Waseda offers a limited number of rooms in campus housing for exchange students in special dormitories. As a note, the Center for International Education will assign rooms on a first come, first served basis. Additionally, some students choose to arrange independently to live in apartments or with homestay families. 

  • no meal plan
  • on-campus dining

For convenience, there are four student dining halls on the Waseda campus, but you'll want to venture out to restaurants when you can because eating is half the fun of being in Japan. The adventurous eater will be delighted to know that Japanese food is far more than the sushi, tempura and sukiyaki for which it is best known in other countries. With the exception of shokudo ("all round eateries") and izakaya (the equivalent of a pub with meals), most Japanese restaurants specialize in one type of cuisine. In a cook-it-yourself okonomiyaki restaurant, diners choose a mixture of meat, seafood and vegetables to fry up in a cabbage and vegetable batter; a robatayaki is a rustic drinking restaurant specializing in charcoal grills. There are a variety of cook-at-your-table restaurants where you'll end up eating sukiyaki (thinly sliced beef, vegetables and tofu cooked in broth), shabu-shabu (beef and veggies cooked by swirling them in broth and then dipped in sauces) or nabemono (a participatory fry-up, with each diner putting in ingredients from trays of prepared raw food). It's possible to eat relatively cheaply by sticking to humble shokudo, or eating bento boxes (set meals) from cheaper restaurants or cafeteria-style places.  
  • Georgia Tech degree-seeking student
  • Good Academic Standing with a 3.0 (or higher) GPA at time of application
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two full-time semesters of study at GT 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
  • Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
  • Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
  • All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
  • All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).

Academic Info
NOTE: Currently, the agreement states that we may only send ONE student per academic year to Waseda.  Students must have completed at least one semester of Japanese language study (for SILS) and have passed the 1st level of the Japanese Proficiency Language Test for regular Japanese language courses.  Also, students must generally have completed one full year of college-level study at the time of application.  Contact OIE for details.

SILS is a one-year program with an emphasis on Japanese language study. Students take a Japanese placement test upon arrival. Japanese courses meet three days a week. Study Abroad students are required to take 6 credits of Japanese each semester. Study Abroad students must also take between 8-14 credits of lecture courses in topics such as business, economics, international relations, philosophy, and so on. For course information, click here.

Waseda releases the list of courses taught on the SILS program (courses taught in English) about two months before the new academic year (in June).

For Waseda's general course catalog, click here.

Most of the courses in the Waseda School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) are taught in English (with the exception of Japanese language courses).

For students who have passed the 1st level of the Japanese Proficiency Language Test, there are opportunities to take regular Waseda courses that are offered to Waseda's degree-seeking students. 

Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here.  Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.

Regular Japanese Semester:
1 Waseda credit = 0.77 GT credit

SILS Program:
1 Waseda Japanese language course = 2.4 GT credits
1 Wasesa non-language lecture = 1.2 GT credits

Waseda Grade = US Grade
A, A- = A
B+,B, B- = B
C+, C, C- = C
D = D
F = F 
  • Complete information about how to apply for or renew a U.S. passport is available here.
  • You must obtain all proper immigration documents, such as an official passport and a visa if required. Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations. For visa information visit the U.S. State Department website here.
In order to obtain a student visa for study in Japan, you will need to gather several documents and take them to the Japanese Consulate in Atlanta. You should contact the Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta to obtain information on how to apply for a student visa.

One of the documents you will need to obtain your visa is a Certificate of Eligibility. After receiving your application documents, Waseda will request a Certificate of Eligibility from the Immigration Office in Tokyo. The Certificate of Eligibility, which takes a several weeks to be prepared, will be sent to us in the Office of International Education and we will forward it to you.

Essential Functions of Study Abroad

OIE is committed to supporting students with disabilities who plan to embark on an international experience. Along with this one of a kind experience comes with the knowledge that there are different cultural viewpoints and legal standards for disabilities throughout the world. Contact your study abroad advisor for additional details about the essential functions of this particular study abroad program. Notify the Office of International Education and the Office of Disability Services about your accommodation needs as soon as possible, but at a minimum, we suggest at least six months before your expected departure. Please note, that depending on your needs, it may take longer to determine if accommodations are in place for the program that you have chosen.
Experiences of Former Students
Want to hear from former study abroad students about the realities of daily life at the host school? Want to see snapshots from around the world - taken by former study abroad participants? Check out these helpful links: Peer Advisors and Study Abroad Photo Contest.

Can't find a student perspective for your particular program? Contact this program's Exchange Abroad Advisor for a list of recent participants who are eager to tell other GT students about studying abroad.
Advisor Information
Meg Sonstroem

This program is currently not accepting applications.