Established in 1882, Waseda University is one of Japan’s most prestigious private universities offering courses in all disciplines. BC students are integrated into Japanese student life by participating in university activities and choosing to join clubs—ranging from karate and flower arranging to rock music and folk dancing. Waseda also sponsors trips to Sumo wrestling matches, Noh drama, and traditional Japanese music concerts.
Waseda University Fact Sheet
Courses are offered in Japanese language and Japanese studies, as well as a range of courses focusing on Japan within the areas of political science, humanities, international business, and economics. Boston College students can either enroll in the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS), or at one of the other schools
at Waseda University (language prerequisites apply). At SILS, lecture courses— except language classes—are conducted in English. Students typically take 7-8 courses per semester (amounting to 15 credits).
Program Coordinator – Incoming Exchange Students
Academics & Support
For course information, please refer to the Syllabus Search
. Not all courses published in the Syllabus Search are open to exchange students. Also, please be aware that course schedules and course information is subject to change at the beginning of each semester.
Students with prior experience in Japanese language will be required to take the standardized Japanese language exam, JLPT, on a designated date to determine placement. It is recommended that students prepare using the JLPT Study Books 1 – 4. Based on the results of this test, students will be placed into levels 1 – 8 of Japanese in the SILS program.
- Spring Term: Starts in early April and ends in late July.
- Full Year: Starts in mid-September and ends in late July.
Waseda University's academic calendar
differs significantly from that of Boston College with the academic year start in April. Boston College students have the option of spring semester or full academic year in Japan. Plan accordingly.
Please note that there are dedicated scholarship programs for students planing to study in Japan. Contact the OIP Scholarships
advisor for guidance and plan on starting applications early.
There are two types of housing offered: university dormitory or private dormitory. Students will most likely be offered exchange student accommodations at one of the Waseda University dormitories. Upon acceptance, Waseda will inform students of their housing options. Students are required to submit a housing questionnaire as part of the Waseda application packet.
Accommodation assignments will be made by the Student Affairs Section at Waseda upon receiving the student's request, and they do not accept any changes later. Housing fees are paid directly to the provider in Japan. For more information on housing, consult the Waseda website
*Please note that for the academic year 2017-18, Waseda University is not able to guarantee housing to exchange students. Be prepared to arrange housing independently, higher rates may apply.
Meals are provided on a pay-as-you-go basis. Student options will vary according to their housing. More information will be available in the acceptance package and at orientation.
The One-Year Study Abroad Program at SILS provides ample opportunities for extracurricular activities for International Students. These activities include field trips and a lecture series, both of which are designed to help students gain a better understanding of Japan through varied fields like politics, journalism, art, education, and industry.
There are two main international clubs at Waseda: the Waseda International Club (WIC) and the Rainbow Club(Nijinokai). These groups provide opportunities for international students and Japanese students at Waseda to interact through activities such as studying Japanese, hiking, etc.
Other extra curricular activities previously offered include trips to the Japanese Countryside, Japanese History and Culture Excursion (Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, and Okinawa), kabuki, sumo, field trips in Tokyo, the University Athletic Festival, and the All-Waseda Cultural Week. More information on cross cultural exchange events offered by International Community Center (ICC) is available here
Pick-up services will be arranged upon request. This service is available only for students who choose the university dormitory housing option. Those who wish to take advantage of this service need to book a flight that arrives on one of the days set by Waseda University. These dates will be provided by Waseda at a later date.
Narita Airport is far from Tokyo, so it is recommended to use the airport pick-up service. However, if a student does not need to use the pick-up service, he/she may reach their destination by limousine bus, Keisei Skyliner (train), or taxi. The information counter will help students access these transportation modes.
Convenient local transportation is available within the city of Tokyo. Student commuter passes can be purchased at major subway stations by filling out a request form and submitting it with the Student ID card. To use a bus line, students must apply for a Student Commuter Certificate at the Student Center.