Inheriting Tradition, Creating an Era, Nurturing Knowledge
With its 55,000 students from around Japan and over 100 countries worldwide, WASEDA University is creating a new history.
Leading University in Japan
"Inheriting tradition, creating an era, nurturing knowledge." Located in the heart of Tokyo and founded in 1882, Waseda University is well-known as one of the top universities in Japan, and for keeping its long tradition alive while creating new ideas and cultural thought. On the 125th anniversary in 2007, the proclamation entitled "Waseda University's Second Century Declaration" was made. The University recommitted itself to creating a world-class institution through the realization of the "Global Campus" concept. With a student population of over 54,000 from Japan and 91 countries worldwide, Waseda University is writing a new chapter in its storied history.
The International Students' Choice
Waseda University values the importance of being an "open" university. In 1899, Waseda University welcomed its first foreign exchange student from Shinkoku (present-day China) and has continued to actively recruit international students.
Currently, Waseda University has 4,170 international students, the highest international student population among all universities in Japan (as of Nov. 1, 2010).
As part of its accelerated efforts to become a truly "Global Campus," Waseda University has set various goals including "Accepting 8,000 international students (4,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students, respectively)" and "Increasing the foreign professor faculty ratio to 20%." Furthermore, Waseda University, through its academic agreements with approximately 660 different universities across 80 different regions and countries, continues to provide valuable opportunities for active exchanges through classes, research, and human resources.
Get a Degree in English
Waseda University plays an active role in many fields as a comprehensive university with 13 undergraduate departments and 22 graduate departments.
In July 2009, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) selected Waseda University for the "Global 30" Project. Under "Global 30," many new endeavors will be undertaken to establish a leading base for internationalization in Japan.
In addition to the current opportunities offered by the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS), Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS), Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies (GITS), Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems (IPS), and Waseda Business School (WBS), we have established the following 6 undergraduate and 9 graduate departments under the auspices of Global 30 to provide students with the widest possible range of academic opportunities to seek a degree in an English-taught curriculum:
Faculty of Political Science and Economics (School of Political Science and Economics, Graduate School of Political Science, Graduate School of Economics), Faculty of Social Sciences (*School of Social Sciences, *Graduate School of Social Sciences), Faculty of Science and Engineering (School of Fundamental Science and Engineering, School of Creative Science and Engineering, School of Advanced Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Fundamental Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Creative Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering)
* To begin in September 2012
Vibrant Campus Life
Over 4,000 international students from over 90 countries are enrolled at Waseda University today. Reflecting its diversity, Waseda University offers many opportunities for cultural exchange. One primary vehicle promoting such exchanges is the "International Community Center (ICC)." Its mission is to promote intercultural understanding and exchange through a variety of events organized by students. By actively seeking input from both international and Japanese students, the ICC creates opportunities to experience different cultures and meet people with different backgrounds through casual talk sessions, movies, music, dance and sports. Life at Waseda University is full of extracurricular activities that will become lifelong memories for students, such as the "Waseda International Festival" co-organized by international and Japanese students.
"International Community Center (ICC)"
Based on the themes of "Language and cultural exchange," "Academic exchange to learn about the world and Japan," and "Off-campus exchange," the International Community Center established the "No Border Cafe" and carries out a diverse array of activities. Around 700 university-recognized clubs (over 3,000 clubs including those not officially recognized by the University) will also enrich your campus life.
Specialized Support Services
We provide strong support systems and facilities to ensure a fulfilling student life at Waseda University, including one of the largest scholarship programs in Japan. Our dormitories offer comfortable living environment and various study programs designed to support your stay. The Career Center assists you from enrollment to graduation with its diverse array of support programs, including provision of information regarding further education and work opportunities after graduation.
Waseda University, is also renowned for many graduates and alumni successful in the international communities. Leading Japanese and foreign companies in various industries show their high expectations for Waseda's students.
Waseda University offers its students approximately 280 types of scholarships including the 125th Anniversary Scholarship. The total scholarship amount available is approximately 16.5 billion yen, which ranks among the top-tier Japanese universities. Each student may be awarded up to 3 different scholarships. Approximately 80% of all freshmen receives one or more scholarships.
2) Student Dormitories
International student dormitories are available for both Japanese and international students. These dormitories have the RA (Resident Assistant) System, in which senior students help younger students through consultation. Career guidance and intercultural exchange education programs called "Dormitory Seminars" are also held for the residents.
Waseda University plans to construct another student dormitory in 2013, which would accommodate approximately 900 students.
3) The Career Center
The Career Center actively supports international students with finding career opportunities after graduation. They offer job search guidance and informal social gatherings with alumni and graduates. Around 7,000 students are provided individual consultation services at consulting booths each year. In addition, a wide range of programs are offered, such as lectures and on-campus information sessions aimed at businesses to encourage hiring.
Student Neighborhood in the Heart of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan's capital city, is home to a population of approximately 13 million, ranking it among the world's largest international cities, with such cities as New York, London and Paris. Tokyo has always been a large city, having a population of more than a million for over 300 years. In modern Japan, Tokyo serves as the epicenter for almost everything, including politics, finance, culture, education and many other fields. Waseda campus, located in the heart of Tokyo, is within 20 minutes from major transportation hubs such as Tokyo, Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ikebukuro. Even while located in such a convenient location, the neighborhood of Waseda is well-noted for its offering of both lush, natural surroundings and centuries-old traditions, keeping its urban college town atmosphere. It is here among Waseda's many shops and along its many streets that shop owners and students alike, through their daily exchanges and intermingling, have created the unique atmosphere that Waseda's students, both past and present, have continued to love and cherish.