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Waseda University

As an exchange student, there are a few things you need to know about going to Waseda University. Learn more about the location, the courses and student life! 

Visit their website for more information about studying abroad at Waseda University!


Waseda University is a large, private university with a main campus located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Refer to the Why Waseda webpage for more information. The university puts a high priority on studying abroad. It is ranked no. 1 in Japan for Study Abroad. 


Tokyo is ranked 3rd in the world, and 1st in Asia, for student life. Tokyo has the world’s best transportation network, and is the safest and cleanest big city in the world, making it the ideal place to study.

Tokyo has global influence rivalling that of New York, London and Paris. As the most populous city in the world, it serves as a gateway to Asia, and is a place where you can experience all the cutting-edge international trends. Tokyo is guaranteed to stimulate your intellectual curiosity!

Take a virtual tour of Waseda University’s Campus!

Level of competitiveness

Very competitive *** (no spaces currently available for 2022/23 mobility)

The level of competitiveness (Less competitive * / Competitive ** / Very competitive ***) refers to one's chances of being allocated an exchange space at this partner. This is an approximation determined by the number of applications received for this destination during the last academic year versus the total number of exchange spaces available to Queen Mary students. 

Academic Calendar

  • Semester 1: Mid-March to early August
  • Semester 2: Mid-September to early February

For more information, please check Waseda’s Academic Calendar


Each School/Graduate School/Center has different application requirements. Students must meet all the application requirements of the School/Graduate School/Center they wish to apply to. Please be aware that if you do not meet the requirements, you do not have the eligibility to apply.

Please refer to “Requirements and Course Lists” of the Application webpage.

To access the list of courses available to you, please visit the Application webpage. You can also search for a course’s syllabus. Before searching courses on Syllabus Search, please refer to the course list each school offers, as not every course on Syllabus Search are available to exchange students.

Course registration begins after arrival at Waseda. There is no pre-registration.


We recommend exchange students to take 7 courses per semester (14 credits).

With a few exceptions, the number of credits students will obtain from courses basically are:

  • lecture-style course (90 minutes x 15 times): 2 credits
  • Japanese language course (90 minutes x 15 times): 1 credit

Find out more about credit transfer and grade conversions.


Though the number of available rooms is limited, most students find accommodation either at Waseda's dormitory or dorms operated by off-campus partners. Some students choose to live in an apartment or a shared-house. Host family option is also available.

Find out more about housing options for Exchange students

Cost of Living

The cost of living may differ depending on individual lifestyle, but the average monthly cost for Shinjuku resident is 80,000 yen for housing, and another 80,000 yen for living expenses (food, transportation and daily necessities).

Support Services

For information on accessibility, please visit Waseda’s Office for Students with Disabilities webpage.

Campus Life

The Intercultural Communication Center (ICC) organises various events and programs to encourage students to enjoy extra-curricular activities. It is a good way to make the most of exchange experience!

Social Media

Waseda University: 

Center for International Education Twitter Account: @waseda_cie


Take a look at the brochure for Exchange students