Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Center for Global Education


Waseda University

Posted on July 22, 2010


Through Wheaton’s partnership with Waseda University students can spend a year at the top private university in Tokyo. Students may choose from a broad range of courses in the School for International Liberal Studies (SILS) - a four-year degree program in English. Taking courses with Japanese students, they will be fully immersed in the local culture. In addition there is the opportunity to live in a homestay and participate in extra-curricular activities.


Tokyo, Japan

Terms Available: Academic Year

Program Dates: September to February or April to July
Fees: Wheaton tuition

Admission Requirements

3.0 G.P.A.
One semester of Japanese language study or the equivalent.

Courses & Credit

Students will take courses in the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) which provides a full English Language curriculum as well as an intensive Japanese program. Students are required to take 12-18 credits hours per semester.

Originally called 'Waseda Gakko', Waseda University was founded in 1882. Shigenobu Okuma, former Japanese Prime Minister, established Waseda University based on three pillars; 'independence of learning', 'utilization of knowledge' and 'creation of good citizenship'. Waseda, one of Japan's most prominent private, institutions of higher learning recently celebrated its 125th anniversary. Wheaton students will be able to take advantage of this long prestigious history as they participate in courses in the recently established SILS program.

This “college” within the university offers Japanese students the chance to earn a four-year liberal arts undergraduate degree in English.

While students are encouraged to participate for the full academic year there is an option to petition for one semester.

Waseda University is located in the center of Tokyo, universally recognized as one of the most cosmopolitan and international cities of the world. Equipped with a world renown system of public transportation Tokyo provides endless opportunities for exploring the rich history of Japan and depth of Japanese culture. Students who study at Waseda will return with an understanding of how Japan and its role in the world is developing.

Make an appointment with Gretchen Young in the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of the Center for Global Education.

Course of Study

  • Anthropology
  • Music
  • Environmental Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Japanese Language
  • Religion
  • Economics
  • Athletics
  • English
  • International Relations
  • Korean Studies
  • Modern Languages
  • Art/Art History
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Asian Studies
  • Sociology
  • Political Science
  • Women’s Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • History
  • Mathematics

Of Special Note

Some courses may require a prerequisite, audition or submission of a portfolio. For a complete list of courses, check Waseda University's site. Click on “syllabi search”.

Housing Options

Students studying at Waseda will have the option of on-campus dorm rooms or living in a home stay for the duration of the program. After students have been successfully chosen as exchange students, Waseda will send you an accommodation questionnaire for you to indicate your preferred housing option. Accommodation assignments will be made only once you have been formally accepted into Waseda University by the Center for International Education. The Housing Application Form will be sent together with the Certificate of Admission.

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