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Waseda University Summer Session
Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Winter (Jun - Aug)
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Non-Exchange Short-Term
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Short-term Type:
Coursework, Cultural Experiences
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Short-term Duration:
4 weeks
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Waseda University Summer Session

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Program dates: 23 June - 19 July 2019           
Application deadline: 1 April 2019
Duration:  4 weeks
Type: Non-exchange

Japan - Waseda - campus
Program Description
University of Sydney students have the opportunity to spend four weeks of their winter holidays at Waseda University in Tokyo, where they can immerse themselves in Japanese history/culture while exploring “the world’s most fascinating city”. This program includes two different academic courses on Japanese language or culture, as well as a field trip to the historical town of Nikko. 

See full program details.

Academic Information

Level: Undergraduate
Language:  English / Japanese
Relevant subject areas: Japanese: Business,  Culture, Economics, History, Literature, Politics
Credit points: 2 Waseda credits per course
General conversion: 15 Waseda credits = 24 USyd credits
Courses available:
- Business I: Japanese Business and Management
- Business II: Case Studies in Japanese Marketing and Management
- Culture I: Japanese Culture and Society
- Culture II: Tourism and Japanese Culture
- Culture III: Japanese Popular Culture: Globalization, Cultural production / Consumption and Creative - Ecology
- Economics I: Encountering Tokyo: A Look at the History, Business, Politics, and Economics of the - World’s Most Fascinating City
- Economics II: The Changing Face of Japanese Retailing
- History I: The Contemporary History of Heisei Japan - An Area Studies Approach in Examining - Historical Transitions in Postwar and Contemporary Japan
- Literature and Art I: Tokyo on Page and Screen about modern fiction and cinema and the city
- Literature and Art II: Murakami Haruki and Miyazaki Hayao: the Politics of Japanese Culture from the - Bubble to the Present
- Politics I: Contemporary Japanese Politics
- Politics II: Global Issues and Political Controversies in Japan and Asia
- Sociology I: Exploring Queer and Crip Studies perspectives on sexuality and disability
- Interdisciplinary I: Working Japan: From comparative, global, and comprehensive perspectives
- Japanese Language Courses

View course descriptions on the Waseda website.

Applying for academic credit
This program is available on a non-exchange basis only. If you wish to receive academic credit towards your University of Sydney course you must have approval from your faculty prior to departure.
How to apply for academic credit. 

Useful Information 

Local Overview
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. 
Host institution
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.
All students are assigned a single room, with different options available for male and female students. View full accommodation details on the Waseda website.


Program fee: JPY 490,000 (approx. AUD$5,555)
Program fee includes: tuition for 2 courses, accommodation, airport pickup service, domestic insurance, field trip to Nikko, administrative fee,

Scholarships: Scholarships for this program are still being finalised. Check this page for updates in 2019.

Vice Chancellor's Mobility Award: The Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award valued at $2,500 will be available to students selected to participate in short-term mobility programs managed by Sydney Global Mobility which begin in late-November 2018 onwards. The awards are allocated to students who entered the University of Sydney on an E12 or equivalent pathway. Students nominated for this short-term mobility program will be automatically considered and successful award recipients will be notified by email. Recipients of the Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award may hold this award in conjunction with another travelling scholarship or grant.

Travel insurance: If you are approved by the University of Sydney to participate in this program you will be covered by the University's Student Travel Insurance Policy. This is a complementary policy to cover you for the duration of your University of Sydney mobility experience. Please refer to the Audit and Risk Management website for all travel insurance queries.
Other costs: Flights, visa, meals, other travel expenses.

Cost of living: Follow this link to find out more about the cost of living in Vienna.

OS-HELP loans may be available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place where the program is approved for credit prior to departure. Application required.

How to Apply

Planning early is the best way to ensure you will get the most out of your time abroad.

It is important that you understand the requirements and structure of your course (and major/s) to ensure that you select overseas programs that can transfer back to your degree. To help understand your course structure, you should consult the Faculty Handbook published in the year in which you commenced your course (eg. if you began a Bachelor of Commerce in 2016, you should look at the Business School Undergraduate Handbook from 2016). Pre-2017 Handbooks can be found in the handbook archive.

Example application timeline

1. Select your program > 2. Apply for academic credit > 3. Complete Sydney Abroad application > 4. Apply to host university > 5. Receive academic approval & host acceptance (April/May) > 6. Apply for OS HELP (if eligible), book flights & visa > 7. Fly safe!

Receiving your academic credit approval can take up to 8 weeks – so it’s very important that you submit your application for academic credit to your faculty as soon as soon as you have selected your program of choice.

Note: The Sydney Abroad application requires that you upload a copy of your current passport and the outcome of your academic credit request. If you do not have these available to you now you can save your application and upload them later.
If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact us at

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