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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Minimum GPA: 3.0
Areas of Study: Asian Studies, Japanese Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Emily Grubbe - Study Away, Shusuke Yagi - Asian Studies
Applicable Financial Aid: Federal Aid, Furman Institutional Aid, Furman Merit Based Scholarships, State Aid, Study Away Scholarship Foreign Language Immersion: Yes
Prerequisites: Yes Type of Course Credit: Transfer credit
Credit Hours Per Term: 12 credits, 13 credits, 14 credits, 15 credits, 16 credits, 17 credits, 18 credits Housing: Apartment, Dormitory/ Residence Hall, Host Family/ Home Stay
Program Features: Language Immersion
Program Description:


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Waseda University Exchange Program
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Waseda is a private university which was founded in 1882 with the purpose of preparing Japanese leaders. Now, a school with more than 50,000 students, it takes pride in being one of the top universities in Japan. The School of International Studies (SILS) at Waseda is designed to be a one-year liberal arts exchange program to educate future leaders of the world.

Based in Tokyo, Japan, students will experience the big city life; quite a change in pace from Furman.

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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.



Semester Expenses Waseda Semester
Tuition Pay to FU
Room Pay to Waseda
Board Pay to Waseda
Required Japanese health insurance ~$16 per month
Flight ~$1200 each way

Additional Info


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.

Please note that Waseda University requires at least one year of Japanese language study prior to acceptance into the exchange program.


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.


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:


Inbound program coordinator:


Emily Grubbe
Program Coordinator


This program is currently not accepting applications.