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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Derek Shepard Program type: Exchange
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Open to Non-UNC students: No Graduate courses available: Yes
Housing options: Residence Hall Language prerequisite: No
Language of instruction: English, Japanese Click here for a definition of this term Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship Eligible: Yes
Program Description:
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Waseda University

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.  

Courses & Credits

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.

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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).

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Program Costs

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. 

Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
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Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  2. The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
  3. Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 09/19/2021
10/05/2021 03/15/2022 08/03/2022
Academic Year 2022-2023 02/10/2022
03/05/2022 09/21/2022 08/01/2023

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Apps for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1