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Waseda University, Japan (Exchange)

Please note that the Fall semester at Waseda University runs September to February.  The Fall option is open to students who will not return to UConn for the following spring semester because of the overlap.

The Program

Waseda University was founded in 1882 by Shigenobu Okuma with the aim of fostering contemporary Japanese Leaders. It has since developed into a comprehensive university with now more than 50,000 students, 13 undergraduate schools, 21 graduate schools, and other research and affiliated institutes. Almost 4,500 international students attend Waseda from around 90 different countries. There are over 7,000 faculty and staff. The pedagogy and spirit embraced through Waseda’s tradition and pride with a flexible and innovative mindset have ensured that Waseda stands firm at the forefront of Japanese education. Waseda University is at the forefront of many Japanese universities in its aim to promote the internationalization of education and research, and it is actively involved in international exchange. More details about Waseda can be found in their university e-brochure by clicking here.

The Academics

Students wishing to take classes in English will enter either the SILS –School of International Liberal Studies or the School of Political Science & Economics. Any other schools will require Level 1(N1) of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, or a minimum score of 220 on the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU).  Course syllabi are searchable online here. A yearly schedule is available here. Visit the e-brochurse for the School for International Liberal Studies by clicking here.
In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
CRLP 1193 Foreign Study 9204B12003 Taigu-Communication: on the Use of Polite and Non-Polite Forms 1-2 1 6/30/2022
DRAM 1110 Introduction to Film ARTF231L Film Studies 3 12/31/2021
DRAM 4193 Foreign Study EX317-51 Contemporary Performing Arts 4 12/31/2020
ECON 2440 Economics of the Global Economy 210EB43300 International Economics and Economic Policy 51 3 12/31/2021
EEB 2214 + EEB 3893 Biology of the Vertebrates + Foreign Study ARCX261L Vertebrate Paleontology 3 + 1 12/31/2021
EEB 2245 Evolutionary Biology BIOX311L Evolutionary Biology 4 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
EEB 3893 Foreign Study ARCX361L Paleoherpetology 4 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
HIST 2993 Foreign Study HI 401 Social History of Postwar America 4 12/31/2020
HIST 2993 Foreign Study 210HI30300 Historical Survey (Europe) 01 4 12/31/2021
HIST 3832 + HIST 3993 Modern Japan + Foreign Study 210HI40100 History of Modern Japan 3+1 6/30/2021
HIST 3993 Foreign Study 18G0000004 Japan and World War II: Historical Controversies 2 6/30/2021
HIST 3993 Foreign Study History I The Contemporary History of Heisei Japan 2 6/30/2022
HIST 3993 Foreign Study History Ⅱ History of a Megacity 2 6/30/2022
JAPN 1193 Foreign Study 9204B23009 Appropriate expressions for various situations 2-3 (Japanese course for International Student) 1 12/31/2021
JAPN 1193 Foreign Study 9204B23002 Let’s Enjoy Talking 2-3 (Japanese course for International Student) 1 12/31/2021
JAPN 1193 Foreign Study 9204B22006 Learning Japanese through Blogging 2 1 12/31/2021
JAPN 1193 Foreign Study Course Key 9201022991  Course Code LANJ101L Kanji (For Nonnative Kanji Learners) 2 (Japanese course for International Student) 1 6/30/2022
LING 1793 Foreign Study 210CO32200 Japanese Phonetics and Phonology 51 3 6/30/2021
LING 3310Q Phonology 210CO45800 Phonetics and Phonology 3 6/30/2021
LING 3510 Semantics 210CO30900 Pragmatics and Semantics 3 6/30/2021
LING 3793 Foreign Study 1503007035 Advanced Phonetics 3 6/30/2021
LING 3793 Foreign Study 210CO31500 Word Structure and Vocabulary: English and Japanese in Contrast 3 6/30/2021
LING 3793 Foreign Study 210CO45700 Acoustics and Auditory Phonetics: Experimental Phonetics 3 6/30/2021
MATH 2210Q + MATH 1793 Applied Linear Algebra + Foreign Study MATX11ZL Linear Algebra A 3 + 2 6/30/2022
MATH 3160 Probability MATX34ZL Probability and Statistics 3 12/31/2021
MCB 3893 Foreign Study e BIOX221L Molecular Biology 51 2 12/31/2021
NRE 3693 Foreign Studies in Natural Resources  PLNX301L Global Environmental System 2 12/31/2021
NRE 3693 Foreign Studies in Natural Resources 210LE4070 Environmental Pollution and Control 3 6/30/2022
PHIL 4293 Foreign Study 210PR40400 Contemporary Thought: Rediscovery of Philosophy 4 6/30/2021
POLS 3410 + POLS 3993 International Political Economy + Foreign Study  210IR31200 International Political Economy 3 + 1 6/30/2022
POLS 3993 Foreign Study POLX362L Ancient Political Thought 3 12/31/2020
SOCI 3993 Foreign Study Sociology I Contemporary Japanese Society 2 6/30/2022

The Experience

Japan is famous for being an economic superpower and a technological giant, but at the same time it is also a is steeped in tradition and culture that have developed over its long history. Studying abroad at Waseda provides studentsn with a golden opportunity to experience the traditional culture of Japan. Waseda is located in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo, considered the most exciting part of the city with abundant shops, restaurants, and theaters. Students have the option of living in University Housing, shared off campus housing, or doing a homestay. Living costs vary. JASSO has a document that provices information on living costs, scholarships, accommodations, employment (exchange students can work there, but need to obtain a work-permit at the immigration office) and other information. Please visit it by clicking here. Scholarships may be available for incoming exchange students to help pay for housing and other expenses. Information will be provided after students are accepted to attend Waseda.


Exchange programs charge in-state UConn tuition for in-state students and New England rate UConn tuition for all out-of-state students, along with a few other UConn fees. For exact information on the costs associated with this program, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Because this program charges tuition, nearly all types of financial aid can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, private scholarships, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 04/01/2018 08/03/2018
Academic Year 2018 03/01/2018 03/08/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Social Sciences, Humanities
Language of instruction: Japanese Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3