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. Japanese language courses range in level from elementary to pre-advanced.
Students must complete a Transfer Course Authorization Form in order to receive credit for the courses taken and they must be pre-approved to receive major or GER credit. To search for classes that are available, look on the Waseda Course Registration Page.
All students are welcome to apply for this program, but preference will be given to students with evidence of independence, strong applications, competitive GPAs, and interviews. Recommendations come from professors in the Modern Languages and Asian Studies Departments.
Prior Japanese language coursework is NOT required for admission to the program.
MEALS AND ACCOMMODATION
Meals: Students are responsible for either purchasing a meal plan or providing their own food.
Accommodation: Students have the option to live in a residence hall, apartment, or homestay. After acceptance to the program, students will fill out a housing questionnaire and be placed in an assignment. If choosing an off-campus apartment, students are responsible for finding their housing.
Visa: Upon acceptance to Waseda, a Certificate of Enrollment will be mailed to the Office for Study Away and International Education on your behalf. If received in the summer, we will mail the COE to your home address on file.You will use the COE to apply for the visa to study in Japan for the year. Please see the Atlanta Embassy of Japan website here for details on required visa application materials. You are responsible for mailing your visa in a timely manner. Check embassy website for updated processing times.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Insurance: international students staying in Japan are required to enroll in the National Health Insurance Scheme (Kokumin Kenko Hoken). See information about this insurance plan here: https://www.waseda.jp/inst/cie/en/exchange/practical
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