Founded in 1882, Waseda University now consists of 11 undergraduate schools, 17 graduate schools and various affiliated research institutes. It has about 2,500 full-time faculty members and about 50,000 students. Its history, tradition, the number and achievements of its graduates and the standard of its teaching and research make it one of the most prestigious and most respected private universities in Japan.
International education is a high priority of the university, with a very well established study abroad program, based at the Center for International Education. UNC students are well-supported by the CIE advising team, and the CIE arranges numerous activities for students to take part in, including cultural showcases, volunteer activities, local excursions, sporting events, and more.
UNC students will study at the main Shinjuku campus, which has a beautiful garden, extensive library, and museum on-site, along with campus cafes and shops. The scenic and peaceful Waseda campus is located centrally in downtown Tokyo, just minutes from the heart of the famous Shinjuku district. Waseda has a Tokyo metro stop right outside its main entrance, so students are ideally situated for exploring Tokyo, the political, cultural, and economic hub of Japan; as well as the rest of the country.
In addition to being academically elite, Waseda is known by undergraduates for its school spirit, its wide variety of active student organizations, and its typically strong baseball team.
Tokyo's climate has four distinct seasons and is similar to that of Chapel Hill, though slightly milder.
Carolina students on exchange at Waseda have two program options:
One is to study at the Waseda Intensive Japanese Language Center where students focus entirely on language study, offered at all levels.
The second option is at Waseda's School of International Liberal Studies (SILS), where students take one course in Japanese Language for 5-6 credit hours, offered at levels from true beginner to advanced, in addition to 2-4 content courses in English. In the SILS track, all courses are taught in English (aside from the language courses), so our students have a wide variety to choose from and are able to fully integrate into local student academic life. Courses are divided into the following thematic clusters: Life, Environment, Matter and Information; Philosophy, Religion and History; Economy and Business; Governance, Peace, Human Rights, and International Relations; Communication; Expression; and Culture, Mind and Body, Community. Within those clusters, there's a large selection of courses focusing on Asian Studies.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit. Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
The student dormitory Waseda International Student House, or “WISH“ is located at the Waseda University Nakano International Community Plaza. Local and international students with diverse perspectives gather at WISH from all corners of Japan and around the world. They are expected to become understanding of others and cultivate their communication ability so that they will be able to play an active role in the global society and nurture a wide range of human relationships while living and learning together in the dormitory.
Rooms are located from the 3rd to 11th floor. A unit for 4 residents includes a living room and 4 private rooms (with certain exceptions) designated for its residents to build up a global network by interacting with each other while ensuring their privacy at the same time. Each floor has a kitchen with common living spaces, a lounge, shower booths, toilets and laundry rooms.
There are also a number of off-campus apartments available. In some cases, students can also elect to stay in homestays, arranged by Waseda (usually within an hour's commute of campus).
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
NOTE: Please note that the dates for Waseda's semesters are quite different from the regular semesters of UNC-Chapel Hill's Academic Calendar. Please ask your Study Abroad Advisor if you have questions about whether this program is feasible for you.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.