- Location and Housing
- Pricing and Dates
- Application Instructions
- Additional Information
Waseda University is a private university located in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Japan. With roots dating back to 1992, Waseda became the second private university to be established in Japan. The university consist of 13 undergraduate schools and 23 graduate schools. Waseda enrolls over 50,000 students each year with about 40,000 at the undergraduate level and 10,000 at the graduate level. Of the total population, about 4,800 are international students coming from 100 different countries. This program is university-wide, meaning any undergraduate Pitt student regardless of major may participate.
As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:
- the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment.
- non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path.
- a global network of peer in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in Japan.
Tokyo, the bustling capital of Japan, is the most populous metropolitan area in the world, with an estimated 35 million people. Officially Tokyo refers to the metropolitan area that consists of 23 special wards or districts. Historically known as Edo, the area was not formally renamed Tokyo until 1868 when the political capital was moved from Kyoto. Tokyo not only acts as the political heart of Japan, as the seat of government, but also the financial center. There are over 50 companies whose headquarters are based in the city.
Waseda offers options for university-affiliated housing or private accommodations. Pitt students are not guaranteed spots within university-affiliated housing, but Waseda will provide instructions on when and how to apply for housing. See Waseda’s general housing website for exchange students.
At Waseda, courses are mainly taught in Japanese, with a select few in English. Areas where Pitt students may take courses in English are the Japanese Language Program, the One-Year Study Abroad Program at the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS), and the Undergraduate Studies Program.
Japanese Language Program: The Japanese Language Program offered by the Center for Japanese Language at Waseda University was established to provide incoming international students wishing to major in Japanese studies and/or Japanese Language Teaching or those who are currently engaged in those areas, with intensive courses to improve their Japanese.
SILS: The One Year Study Abroad Program at School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) is aimed at undergraduate international students who take courses in the Japanese language and in Asian and Japanese Studies. Students are placed in small language classes according to their level while courses in Japanese and Asian culture, society, politics, and economics are conducted in English. The academic year is divided into 2 (Fall and Spring) semesters according to the semester system, beginning in late September and ending in July.
Undergraduate Studies Program: The following schools at Waseda offer courses in English for incoming exchange students:
- School of Political Science and Economics
- School of Advanced Science and Engineering
- School of Fundamental Science and Engineering
- School of Creative Science and Engineering
Credits taken at Waseda are equivalent to credits received at Pitt according to a 1:1 ratio. For example, 3 credits at Kobe will transfer as 3 Pitt credits.
All credits taken at Waseda require approval by both your academic advisor(s) and study abroad program manager. Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status here at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours. Courses taken at Waseda will be treated as transfer credits and will be marked as pass/fail (S/NC) on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, transfer credits will not affect your Pitt GPA. Actual grades earned will appear on the transcript from the exchange university.
|A+ (90-100%)||A (4.0)|
|A (80-89%)||B+ (3.5)|
|B (70-79%)||B (3.0)|
|C (60-69%)||C (2.0)|
|F (below 59%)||Not Passing|
For Pitt transfer credit, in order to earn a grade of “S,” (satisfactory) at Pitt, you must make an equivalent to a grade of “C” or higher. An equivalent to a “C-” or lower will result in a grade of “NC” (no credit) at Pitt.
Pitt students may utilize the following online resource to understand the grading scale within this host country.
Items Billed by Pitt
|Study Abroad Fee||$400||$400|
|Total Billed by Pitt*||$10,259||$17,273|
Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs
|Travel Expenses: Airfare, Passport, Visa, Resident Permit||$2,000|
|Room & Board||$5,390|
Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates. However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the exchange university you will attend requires purchase of a specific health insurance coverage per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.
Pitt students enroll at Waseda for either a full semester (spring) or a full academic year (two full semesters). Waseda's academic calendars may differ from Pitt's normal fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the exchange university. Unlike Pitt, Waseda’s academic calendar follows a Spring-Fall progression, meaning Spring is the first semester followed by the Fall semester as the second. Because Waseda’s academic calendar varies significantly from Pitt’s, exchanging for only the fall semester is not possible. However, if a single semester at Waseda is desired, then the Spring (or second) semester is the only option. The dates listed above are estimated and therefore subject to change according to the host university’s schedule.
Pitt sends a limited number of students per semester to Waseda. In addition to applying to the Pitt Study Abroad application above, be sure to review Waseda's website regarding their application requirements for incoming exchange students. A formal nomination from Pitt Study Abroad is required for Pitt students to be recognized as an exchange student at Waseda. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt Study Abroad steps in addition to Waseda's requirements. In other words, acceptance by Pitt Study Abroad does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university.
The exchange university may require the following to be submitted through an online application. Requirements may include but are not limited to the following:
- Application Form
- Copy of Valid Passport
- Official Pitt Transcript
- Official Pitt Verification of Enrollment
- Statement of Intent or Purpose
- Resume or CV
- Official Language Evaluation
- Up to 2 instructor letters of recommendations
- Up to 2 passport photos
Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers will be required to show evidence of English proficiency either through the IELTS or the TOELF. In order to take courses in Japanese at Waseda, Pitt students will be required to submit evidence of N1 level Japanese proficiency through the JLPT. Please check with Waseda regarding these requirements.
Scholarships: Pitt students will be considered for the JASSO. For details, see Waseda's website under "Scholarship."
Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates. However, Japan requires Pitt students to purchase additional coverage through their national health plans. See the details here.
In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival.
For those without Japanese nationality, students must obtain a student visa to study in Japan. For an overview regarding the visa process, please review Waseda's website. Also, check the Japanese Embassy or consulate closest to you for additional information. Waseda will provide general direction after formal admission on for how to apply for either the visa and/or residency permit. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website. In general visa and/or permit application requirements include but are not limited to the following requirements:
- Visa application
- Valid Passport
- Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university)
- Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.
- Passport photos
- Application fee
- Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly)