Location: Tokyo, Japan, Asia

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program

Language of Instruction: English and/or Japanese

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Academic Year: mid September to early August

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements.  

Application Deadline:

  • Academic Year: January 16 (final)

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The University: In the year 2012, Waseda University celebrated the 130th anniversary of its founding by Shigenobu Okuma, scholar and government leader. Waseda is one of Japan's top private, co-educational institutions of higher learning. Founded as a college with three departments under the old Japanese system of higher education, it has since grown to become a comprehensive university with two senior high schools and a School of Art and Architecture. Waseda University has approximately 45,000 students and 4,000 international students.

Academics: UMSL students take courses within the School of International Liberal Studies. Some courses are taught in English with other offerings in Japanese. The majority of SILS courses deal with topics in Asian culture, history, society, politics, economy, geography, arts, and literature. With the exception of Japanese language classes, all courses are conducted in English.

Housing: Exchange students can stay in university dorms. Please note, there are limited numbers of rooms. The housing application form will be sent together with the Certificate of admission. Waseda University provides a housing environment in which an ample number of student dormitory rooms, either operated directly by the University or by private organizations, is readily available for international students upon their arrival in Japan. These dormitories provide shared living with Japanese students, enhancing international exchange opportunities through day-to-day living.

Activities and Programs: There is another aspect of Waseda's curriculum in which the university takes great pride: its clubs. Numbering over 700, Waseda's clubs are grouped into five officially recognized types: athletic clubs (44 clubs), student associations (159 clubs), hobby clubs (347 clubs), regional student associations (22 clubs), and clubs recognized by individual schools (more than 100 clubs). It is said that if unofficial organizations are included, the number of university clubs exceeds 2,000. In fact, there are so many clubs that it is said that there is no topic for which a club has not been formed. All of these organizations offer ample opportunities for anyone with enthusiasm to shine.

Location: 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. The Waseda University campus is located in the city center of Tokyo.

International Office Website: http://www.waseda.jp/cie/welcome/timeline.html

Course Offerings: https://www.wsl.waseda.jp/syllabus/JAA101.php?pLng=en 

Cost Estimates for 2013-14*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
Books and course materials $200.00
Mandatory HTH insurance $175.00
Accommodations  $4200.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $5175.00
Airfare $1450.00
Local Transportation $
Other $1000.00
Total $15989.60*


Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2013/14 rate - 2014/15 tuition rate TBA April 2014. Non-resident fees may apply. 
* Costs are based off a five month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Students should have a minimum budget of 150,000JPY/per month for living expenses.