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General Admission
Q1. I would like to enroll at Waseda University as a regular student or a research student. What should I do?
Q2. I would like to receive detailed information on Entrance Examinations.
Q3. Could you give me details on the Entrance Examination schedule?
Q4. Does Waseda University offer any schools taught in English?
Q5. My application documents are all written in a language besides English and Japanese. Do I have to translate them?
Q6. How can I obtain exams from past years?
Q7. I would like to have my documents submit with my application return. What do I need to do?
Q8. What is the approximate fee for class?
Q9. During the summer months and other periods of the year, I would like to take short, concentrated Japanese Language Classes. Do these programs exist?
Q10. What paper work must I complete in the case that I have to take a leave of absence to do the military service after being admitted to the University or while studying at the University? Do I need to submit any certifications?
General Entrance Examination for Overseas Students
Q1. Are there any scholarships available for overseas students at Waseda University?
Q2. I would like to receive a "Letter of Acceptance" from a Professor in order to apply for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology(MONKASHO) scholarships (Embassy recommend scholarships). What should I do?
Q3. I would like to stay in a dormitory provided by Waseda University. What should I do?
Q4. In order to obtain a student visa, what are the necessary procedures?
Q5. I would like to change my visa status from a Family Visa to a Student Visa. What should I do?
Q6. I would like to get schedule and other related information about the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) and the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. What should I do?
Q7. In the case that I cannot take either the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) and/ or the Japanese Language Proficiency Test in my country, what should I do?
Q8. Where and when can I get the "Letter of Acceptance" issued?
Graduate Schools
Q1. How to apply to graduate schools and what are the requirements?
Q2. What is the equivalent score on the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) for someone that has passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 1 or 2?
Q3. What languages are used at the graduate schools?
Q4. If I wish to take the entrance examination, do I have to contact advisors and supervisors beforehand?
Q5. I would like to contact a professor. Will you provide an email address?
Q6. Do I have to first study as a research student before entering into the Master's degree program?
Q7. How many courses per week do I have to take in order to obtain a Student Visa as a research student?
Q8. When should we pay the entrance exam fee?
Undergraduate School
Q1. How to apply to undergraduate schools and what are the requirements?
Q2. How can I take the entrance examination if I am not living in Japan at the time of application?
Q3. Can I ask you to apply for a Visa for me?
Q4. Can students which will be graduating from four year universities or two year colleges in Japan or have graduated from these universities use the undergraduate entrance examination system for overseas students?
Returnee Students
Q1. How to apply for the Returnees entrance examinations and what are the requirements?
Q2. I would like to apply for the Returnees Entrance Examination. Do I need a letter of recommendation? Can I submit a letter of recommendation in a format that doesn't follow Waseda University's format?
Q3. Can I be accepted as a transfer student if I am a Returnee student?
Q4. Can I apply for the returnee student examination without any guardians coming back with me?
Q5. I graduated from an international school within Japan. Can I use the Returnee Entrance Examination system?
Q6. Are the results from the New SAT test necessary when applying as a returnee?
Q7. In the application documents, there is an allowance for overseas secondary education institutions that are 2 years or more in length. But what about overseas secondary education institutions in which you graduate less than 2 years? Can I qualify to take the examination?
Q8. After graduating from a higher education institution overseas and continuing on to the university, am I still eligible for the examination?
Exchange Students (Admission of Exchange Students)
Q1. I would like to participate in a Waseda University's exchange program. What are the first steps?
Q2. Where can I find out whether or not my home institution has a student exchange agreement with Waseda University?
Q3. What kind of exchange programs does Waseda University offer?
Q4. What level of Japanese proficiency is required to participate in Waseda University's exchange program?
Q5. Is there any exchange program in which I can study using English as the medium of instruction?
Q6. What are the approximate costs for one year of academic study in Japan?
Q7. Are any scholarships available for the exchange students?
Q8. Can I transfer my credits that I earn at Waseda University back to my home institution?
Q9. What are the GPA requirements?
Q10. When is the deadline?
Q11. Can I live in a Waseda University dorm?
Q12. My home institution does not have a student exchange agreement with Waseda. Am I still able to study at Waseda University? What are the necessary steps?
Q13. Can I apply to Waseda privately as a non-exchange student?
Q14. I would like study at Waseda just for one semester. Is it possible?
Q15. I would like to study Japanese language intensively? Are there any programs?
Q16. What kind of extra curricular activities are available at Center for International Education?
Q17. I would like to join international clubs/groups during my stay in Japan. Where should I go? What should I do?
Q18. What kind of facilities are available for the exchange students?
 
General Admission
Q1. I would like to enroll at Waseda University as a regular student or a research student. What should I do?
The Center for International Education accepts applications for Returnees entrance examinations, overseas students' entrance exams for both undergraduate and graduate schools, and Pre-arrival admission(Only for undergraduate schools). For details regarding each entrance exam, please access the admission link or read relevant entrance examinations' guidebooks. Please note that you have to take a graduate school examination if you wish to enter as a research student. Finally, exchange students (students with partner universities' recommendations) should click here for more information.
Q2. I would like to receive detailed information on Entrance Examinations.
Beginning in 2007, entrance examination guidelines and application forms will only be available in electronic format on the Center for International Education website.

As a result, paper application packages and examination guidelines will no longer be distributed or sold. Entrance examination outlines and all other necessary documents will only be available by downloading them from the Admissions Page on the CIE website.

For 2007 enrollment, graduate schools will continue distributing paper examination guidelines and application packages. However, beginning with 2008 enrollment, examination guidelines and application packages for graduate schools will also be available only in electronic format on the CIE website.

Thank you for your understanding.
Q3. Could you give me details on the Entrance Examination schedule?
Please refer to the "Admissions" page for the information on each exams.
Q4. Does Waseda University offer any schools taught in English?
School of International Liberal Studies offers most of its classes in English.
The Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, the Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies and the Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems also offer classes in English but it depends on the class. Please see the following websites of each individual undergraduate department or respective graduate school for more information.
The Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
the Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies
the Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems
School of International Liberal Studies
Q5. My application documents are all written in a language besides English and Japanese. Do I have to translate them?
Please attach all relevant information translated in Japanese or English.
Moreover, any documents that are translated must be properly certified by an official organization.
Q6. How can I obtain exams from past years?
The Center for International Education (CIE) hands out copies of the previous year's exams for undergraduate and returnee university hopefuls at its reception counter. For those who would like to receive exams by post please see the following: "How to obtain past exams for the 2006 Returnee Entrance Exam" <PDF> or "How to obtain past exams for the 2006 Undergraduate Entrance Exam" <PDF> (Japanese only)

CIE does not have exams from past years for graduate schools. Please see each respective graduate school. Also, be aware that the School of Commerce does not release exams from past years for research students / non-degree students.
Q7.I would like to have my documents submit with my application return. What do I need to do?
When you submit documents for your application, please clearly mark the documents that you would like returned. Also we ask you to include the appropriate postage for return delivery to your country. You may also bring all the relevant documents to the Center for International Education, copy them there and submit them at that time.
Q8. What is the approximate fee for class?
Please see the following web site for the information on school fees: http://www.waseda.jp/nyusi/exp/index.html
Q9. During the summer months and other periods of the year, I would like to take short, concentrated Japanese Language Classes. Do these programs exist?
Yes, they do. We have an intensive Japanese course held during the summer vacation period, called "the Summer Japanese Program":
 1. With Dormitory/Homestay: 4,950 USD. Please click here.
 2. Without Dormitory/Homestay: 250,000 JPY: Please click here.
(* As of March 2006)
Q10. What paper work must I complete in the case that I have to take a leave of absence to do the military service after being admitted to the University or while studying at the University? Do I need to submit any certifications?
Please contact the person in charge at each respective undergraduate/graduate school office.
General Entrance Examination for Overseas Students
Q1. Are there any scholarships available for overseas students at Waseda University?
In addition to the government related scholarship programs (State Sponsored Scholarships (KOKUHI-GAIKOKUJIN RYUGAKU SHOGAKUKIN), Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology (MONKASHO), scholarships systems from private foundations as well as scholarships offered by Waseda University itself. Please note that the scholarships introduced by Waseda University are primarily targeted at privately financed students currently holding resident visa status in Japan. These scholarships are limited in number. Scholarship related matters are managed through the Student Affairs Division's Scholarship Section but we strongly suggest that you consult with each undergraduate school or graduate school as to the details regarding scholarship including candidate recruitment. If you consult the page 116 in the International Students' Handbook, you will be able to see what scholarships were offered in the past. Please contact to the Japanese Consulate in your vicinity for information on Embassy recommends scholarships in case you would like to apply before arriving to Japan.
Q2. I would like to receive a "Letter Acceptance" from a professor in order to apply for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology (MEXT) embassy recommended, government sponsored scholarship. What should I do?
First, you must pass the initial screening examination which is held at the Japanese embassy or consulate in your local area. Once you have successfully passed this screening, you can request a Letter of Acceptance through the Center for International Education. For more details about the process of requesting a Letter of Acceptance, please click here.

If you have any further questions about the embassy recommended, government sponsored scholarship, please inquire at your local Japanese embassy or consulate.
Q3. I would like to stay in a dormitory provided by Waseda University. What should I do?
At Waseda University, there are designated Student Dormitories called the Waseda International Student DormitoryFor further details, you can inquire at KYORITSU Maintenance at 03-5295-7791.
Q4. In order to obtain a student visa, what are the necessary procedures?
When overseas students are going through the immigration procedures, the usual process includes applying at the Japanese Consular or Japanese Embassy in your home country. The Certificate of Eligibility ( ZAIRYU SHIKAKU NINTEI SHOUMEISHO) will be issued from the Japanese Immigration Bureauand then apply for a Student Visa to the above offices. When applying for the Certificate of Eligibility, you need the following :
(1)Application for Certificate of Eligibility
(2)Two photgraphs
(3)Letter of Acceptance from University

In the case that you already hold a visa to enter school or you are already living in Japan legally, you must change your visa status to a Student Visa according to the prescribed procedures. When applying you need :
(1)Application for Change of Status of Residence
(2)a copy of your Letter of Acceptance from University
Q5. I would like to change my visa status from a Family Visa to a Student Visa. What should I do?
Please apply for Change of Status of Residence to the Immigration Bureau.You can download the application form from the website of the Immigration Bureau. The Center for International Education provides the form as well. Depending on your purpose, the documents to be submitted will vary. Again, please consult the Immigration Bureau directly.
Q6. I would like to get schedule and other related information about the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)and the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. What should I do?
For the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students(EJU), please see here. For the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, please see here
Q7.In the case that I cannot take either the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)and/ or the Japanese Language Proficiency Test in my country, what should I do?
You need to take the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) if you apply for the overseas students' entrance exams (undergraduate schools) or Pre-arrival admission. If the EJU is not available in your country, you need to take it in countries overseas.
Q8. Where and when can I get the "Letter of Acceptance" issued?
Each undergraduate department can and will issue the document after the second bank transfer is completed.In the case that urgency is required due to Visa application procedures, please contact the Center for International Education.
Graduate Schools
Q1. How to apply to graduate schools and what are the requirements?
The details can be obtained from the Graduate School Entrance Examinations found via the Admissions Page
Q2. What is the equivalent score on the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) for someone that has passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 1 or 2?
Referring to the 2006, passing the Level 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test is equivalent to 220 points on the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students. Level 2 is equivalent to 200. Each year the equivalence scores change so please consult your local test center.
Q3. What languages are used at the graduate schools?
It depends on the graduate school. Please check with the graduate school's office.
Q4. If I wish to take the entrance examination, do I have to contact advisors and supervisors beforehand?
At Waseda, it is not necessary to contact advisors or supervisors beforehand in preparation for the entrance examination. The entrance exam is used to match students and suitable respective supervisors for them. We highly recommend those applying for the Graduate School of Human Science (complete course) and for the Graduate School of Engineering (Master and PHD programs) to consult your desired supervising professor before applying.
Q5. I would like to contact a professor. Will you provide an email address?
Due to our privacy policy, we cannot provide any personal information or email addresses through the Center for International Education. You can access researcher's information through the following web site: Waseda University Researcher Database. Some professors provide contact information on the page. You can contact through those offered information in that case.
Q6. Do I have to first study as a research student before entering into the Master's degree program?
At Waseda University, you can enter into the Master's degree programs without studying as a research student if you passed the entrance exam and have completed 16 years of formal education in countries overseas.
Q7. How many courses per week do I have to take in order to obtain a Student Visa as a research student?
You must take 7 subjects (10 hours of lectures a week) or more in order to be eligible for a Student Visa as per the Immigration Bureau's guidelines.
Q8. When should we pay the entrance exam fee?
It is not necessary to pay the entrance exam fee when you submit your application to the CIE. Each graduate department conducts its own written examination and interview. Thus, you can pay the entrance exam fee directly to the graduate department of your choice when you do the necessary procedures to sign up for their exam and interview.
Undergraduate School
Q1. How to apply to undergraduate schools and what are the requirements?
Please refer to the Undergraduate School Entrance Examinations found via the Admissions Page
Q2. How can I take the entrance examination if I am not living in Japan at the time of application?
You need to come to Japan to take the exam. In order to apply for the Visa, you may need to have an examination permit card which is issued by the university (depending on the country). For those who need the examination permit card, we recommend that you apply at least 2 months ahead of examination period. You must forward to the Center for International Education the following documents in order to receive the card: your completed application (please copy the application form including your education history) (photograph not necessary) and documents certify your academic history (academic transcript, diploma). A short term visa for the purpose of writing the entrance examination will be issued at The Japanese Embassy or Consular Office in your country after you submit your valid passport and a tax statement along with the examination permit card. (Required documents may vary by countries.)
Q3. Can I ask you to apply for a Visa for me?
Please understand that only the person him/herself entering the undergraduate school can apply for the Visa.(Pre- arrival admissions are an exception).
Q4. Can students which will be graduating from four year universities or two year colleges in Japan or have graduated from these universities use the undergraduate entrance examination system for overseas students?
If you have graduated from a Japanese higher education institution or you will be graduating from one, you cannot use the examination system for overseas students. You must apply as a regular applicant. Please refer to the Admissions Center web page on the regular examination: The Admission Center
Returnee Students
Q1. How to apply for the Returnees entrance examinations and what are the requirements?
Please refer to the Returnee Entrance Examinations found via the Admissions Page
Q2. I would like to apply for the Returnees Entrance Examination. Do I need a letter of recommendation? Can I submit a letter of recommendation in a format that doesn't follow Waseda University's format?
You need to have a letter of recommendation from the principal or a teacher of the high school that you last attended. If possible, we ask you to use the Waseda University format which you can download from here. If you cannot use the University's format, submit the alternative form stating what the Waseda University format requires you to mention.
Q3. Can I be accepted as a transfer student if I am a Returnee student?
No returnee students can transfer to Waseda University. You will apply as a first year student.
Q4. Can I apply for the returnee student examination without any guardians coming back with me?
At Waseda University, there are no restrictions related to returnee students applying for entrance examinations or overseas residency with a guardian as a condition if other application conditions have been met. Please confirm requirements in the examination guidelines via the following link: the Returnee Entrance Examinations
Q5. I graduated from an international school within Japan. Can I use the Returnee Entrance Examination system?
Unfortunately, you cannot use the undergraduate entrance examination system for returnee students. You must apply as a regular applicant. Please refer to the Admissions Center web page on the regular examination: The Admission Center
Q6. Are the results from the New SAT test necessary when applying as a returnee?
For those who have received education in the U.S. and wish to apply for the exam as a returnee, SAT scores are necessary. Beginning in 2006 academic year, we will recognize the results from both the former SAT exam and the New SAT exam.
Q7. In the application documents, there is an allowance for overseas secondary education institutions that are 2 years or more in length. But what about overseas secondary education institutions in which you graduate less than 2 years? Can I qualify to take the examination?
In order to be qualified to write the examination, you need to attend secondary education institutions for 2 years or longer in countries other than Japan. In the case where the student graduates faster than the normal period (under 2 years), you are not qualified either. However, in order to be qualified to write the examination, you need to attend secondary education institutions for 2 years or longer in countries other than Japan. In the case where the student graduates faster than the normal period (under 2 years), you are not qualified either. However, you will be qualified in the case that you earned academic records equivalent to 2 academic years when you completed a final year, even though the total number of days is less than 2 years.
Q8. After graduating from a higher education institution overseas and continuing on to the university, am I still eligible for the examination?
It is stipulated that you must apply within one year after return home or while residing overseas, graduating from high school and continuing on to the local University. Application procedures also apply while you are attending University. Please be aware that there is no transfer system for this university returnee students entrance exams thus students become 1st year students. Also, it is necessary to submit a student registration certificate and a certificate of the period of registration proving that you are indeed studying at university.
Exchange Students (Admission of Exchange Students)
Q1. I would like to participate in a Waseda University's exchange program. What are the first steps?
First of all, please make sure whether your home institution has a student exchange agreement with Waseda or not with the student exchange coordinator at your home institution, then follow the instructions given by the coordinator. You are required to apply via your institution's international office. We are not able to accept applications directly from the students.
Q2. Where can I find out whether or not my home institution has a student exchange agreement with Waseda University?
You may refer to the Waseda Global Network as your reference.
Q3. What kind of exchange programs does Waseda University offer?
Please refer to our web page for exchange programs.
Q4. What level of Japanese proficiency is required to participate in Waseda University's exchange program?
Language ability requirements vary from program to program. Detailed information is obtainable at our web page for exchange programs.
Q5. Is there any exchange program in which I can study using English as the medium of instruction?
Please refer to our web page for exchange programs.
Q6. What are the approximate costs for one year of academic study in Japan?
It varies with the individual, but we recommend you to prepare at least 1,000,000 JPY for one year of academic study and for living costs in Japan.
Q7. Are any scholarships available for the exchange students?
Receiving a scholarship is a competitive process. At Waseda University, there are two kinds of scholarships that only exchange student can apply for. One is theJASSO scholarship, and the other is the Monbukagakusho Scholarship which requires the university's nomination. Please check for requirements and detailed information on our web page for exchange programs.
Q8. Can I transfer my credits that I earn at Waseda University back to my home institution?
Consult with your home institution's student exchange coordinator or academic advisor.
Q9. What are the GPA requirements?
It varies depending on the programs. Please refer to our web page for exchange programsfor detailed information.
Q10. When is the deadline?
There are two admission opportunities, April or September. The deadline for the next academic year has not been fixed yet, please confirm at our web page for exchange programs in Autumn.
Q11. Can I live in a Waseda University dorm?
Presently, Waseda University provides dorms upon request of the exchange student. ( as of April 2005 ) We will send detailed information on matters such as rent, addresses after your application is officially approved.
Q12. My home institution does not have a student exchange agreement with Waseda. Am I still able to study at Waseda University? What are the necessary steps?
We suggest that you contact your home institution's international office for the most recent information on this matter. If you wish to apply to Waseda as a non-exchange(private) student, see Q13 below.
Q13. Can I apply to Waseda privately as a non-exchange student?
You may apply privately for the SILS one-year study abroad program and the Intensive Japanese Language Program. For detailed information, please visit the following web pages.
(1)The SILS one-year study abroad program (School of International Liberal Studies)
(2)The Intensive Japanese Language Program (Center for Japanese Language)
Please note that applying privately is totally different from participating in the exchange program, applicants are responsible for all costs regarding studying in Japan including full tuition.
Q14. I would like study at Waseda just for one semester. Is it possible?
We are sorry but our exchange programs are designed as a year-long program, therefore exchange students are required to attend for one academic year
Q15. I would like to study Japanese language intensively? Are there any programs?
As an exchange student, you can choose the program called the "Intensive Japanese Language Program".
In addition, there is also an intensive Japanese program held during the summer vacation.
Summer Japanese Program:
 1. With Dormitory/Homestay: 4,950 USD. Please click here.
 2. Without Dormitory/Homestay: 250,000 JPY: Please click here.
(* As of March 2006)
Q16. What kind of extra curricular activities are available at Center for International Education?
We are offering various extra curricular activities such as short-term homestay experience, seminar tour, appreciation of traditional Japanese entertainment and so on. Recruitment advertising will be posted on the bulletin board of Center for International Education (located 4th floor, Bldg#22) and on the web page "Life at Waseda"located on our website.
Q17. I would like to join international clubs/groups during my stay in Japan. Where should I go? What should I do?
At Waseda, there are two main, large international clubs called "Waseda International Club(WIC)" and the "Rainbow Club(Nijinokai)". These groups provide a stage in which international students and Japanese students at Waseda interact through activities such as studying Japanese, hiking etc. If you find it difficult to adapt Japanese life during the beginning of your life in Japan, you can find Japanese friends in these kinds of groups. In case you would like to know about other clubs/groups, please refer to the list available here
Q18. What kind of facilities are available for the exchange students?
You will have access to Librariesthe gym(fitness facility)Swimming pool and other facilities. For more information, please refer to the pages from 86 to 98 ("About Waseda University & Guide to the Campus") of the International Students' Handbook
Admissions Information
FAQs
International Student Data
Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students(EJU)
Japanese Language Proficiency Test
Schools conduct their own exams
School of International Liberal Studies
Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems
Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies
Waseda Law School
Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies
Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law
Graduate School of Japanese Applied Linguistics
Graduate School of Accountancy
The Okuma School of Public Management
Graduate School of Environment and Energy Engineering
Waseda Business School
Graduate School of Teacher Education
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