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Waseda University EXC
Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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Minimum Mark:
65%; Credit
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Postgraduate coursework, Undergraduate
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English, Japanese
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Exchange Semester/Year
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Waseda University
Location: Tokyo
Year Established: 1882
Student population: 53,100 (4,100 international students)

Located in the heart of Tokyo, Waseda University is one of Japan’s leading universities. It is committee to upholding tradition while pursuing a “Global Campus”, which means it’s engaged in joint research and exchanges with more than 530 institutions around the world.

The University is working hard to globalise and as part of its strategic plan has established a Global Education Centre promote an international perspective among students. It offers comfortable accommodation and good support services, as well as more than 700 clubs. It’s traditionally been a leader in Japanese collegiate sports. Waseda has five libraries and two museums.

Unique characteristics
Waseda offers a wide range of courses in English as well as customised study programs in Japanese language.

Tokyo is a world famous city that is dazzling in its modernity but still manages to retain its traditional culture along with a passion for everything new. The city may seem overwhelming and incomprehensible at first, but gradually most people who spend any amount of time there grow to love it. It is full of bars, neon, nightlife and friendly people.

Japan - Waseda - campus 

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university.

Subject Area/s:

Arts and Social Sciences






Visual Arts

Health Sciences


Social Work



Exclusions apply

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Spring Semester: April-August
Autumn Semester: September-February

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University


14 credits

The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
A – 80-100
B – 70-79
C – 60-69
F – Fail 0-59.9

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period.


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in Japanese and English. Pre-semester and semester language classes are available.
Language Requirement
To enrol in regular units of study taught in Japanese, students must have passed the N1 level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.


What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city.

Housing options are offered by the host university.
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

New Colombo Plan Mobility Program student grants available: 2x $7,000

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university (in Japanese and English).
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar.
A mandatory orientation will be held prior to the start of semester.

Support Services 
A range of support services are available to students at the host university. 

Information from the host university.
Information from the Consulate-General of Japan, Sydney.

Student Experiences

Jayden Tsoi
Bachelor of Arts, Semester 2, 2015
Host City Highlights
Life in Tokyo
Uni Life
Joining clubs as a foreign student is a bit difficult as you are only there for one semester/one year instead of your whole university life. Some clubs, like the international circles are easier to join.
For Japanese language, everything is in Japanese, numbers ranging from 15-30 with a variety of subjects focusing in on the major language skills, i.e., speaking, grammar, etc.
Many places to eat, including off campus restaurants/ convenience stores. Since lunch time is the same for everyone, eating on campus at the cafeteria could potentially be difficult.
International dorm, was very good however there weren't any Japanese students living there.

Money Matters
Didn't really have a budget, however working whilst studying is a bit difficult because the credit system is much different than Sydney's, meaning you have to take many courses as most courses are only 1-2 credits and you need 13 for a semester. Thus, study and homework piles up fast.
Getting Around
Great as long as you avoid peak hour.
As there are highway buses and Shinkansen, domestic travel is really easy and affordable. So many prefectures you can visit.
Top Tips
I would recommend studying the international school of liberties course rather than the Japanese course to be honest. I took the Japanese course, and all my classes were Japanese and I did improve a lot however you really don't meet many Japanese people as everyone in your classes are other exchange students. However in the other course, Japanese people can also be in the same class, depending on their English level obviously.

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