HLS Waseda Exchange

Eligibility

In order to be eligible to participate in this exchange, students must:

  • Be an undergraduate student with a major or minor in the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies.
  • Have completed a minimum of one year of full-time study at IU prior to enrolling at Waseda.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Submit a personal statement.
  • Arrange for an HLS faculty member to nominate you for the exchange program using the linked form below.
  • Have a valid passport by the time applications are due to Waseda.

Deadline

Student applications must be submitted by 11.59 pm on Friday, January 6th, 2023 for Fall 2023 enrollment or the entire 2023-2024 academic year. Applications will be reviewed by the HLS selection committee and the student will be nominated to the host university after an in-person interview and selection process. The host university (Waseda) will notify accepted students to complete an online application.

Procedures

Students interested in the Waseda Exchange Program should do the following:

  1. Carefully read the information here and on the referenced websites before submitting an application. Students should NOT contact Waseda directly until after they are nominated by HLS.
  2. Please ask an HLS professor or someone who can speak to your academic qualifications, maturity, and preparedness for an international exchange, as well as any other qualities regarding your suitability and interest in the Waseda program, to fill out this nomination form.
  3. Write a personal statement that is no longer than two pages explaining why you would like to take part in the exchange at Waseda. Be persuasive. The statement should include information about your academic studies thus far at IU and what you plan to study at Waseda. The statement should also address why you would like to study in Japan, such as any interest in the language, culture, or other opportunities there. Be sure your name is at the top of the personal statement.
  4. Complete this online application for the Waseda exchange, attaching your personal statement to the application.
  5. Finalists will then be contacted to schedule an in-person interview. The Hamilton Lugar School will be in touch after the interview process to notify students whether they have been selected, so please check your IU email regularly.

Additional Information

  • Students are encouraged to submit application materials before the deadline. The deadline is firm.
  • The School will review applications, assessing each one on the academic suitability for the program as well as an indicated ability to adapt to living and studying abroad.
  • Students who are nominated will be instructed to consult with their Academic Advisor(s) to make further program arrangements.
  • Students selected for the exchange will pay their regular IU tuition and fees, and will be given information about estimated costs for housing, meals, and other expenses in Tokyo, Japan.
  • The School will select one to two students for this exchange each academic year. Students should be prepared to travel by themselves.
  • Students may also review the list of course offerings for Waseda's School of International Liberal Studies (SILS).
  • Students will be expected to arrive in Tokyo, Japan by early September to attend orientation and be ready to begin classes in late September. Classes for the Fall semester will conclude at the beginning of February.
  • Students accepted to participate in this exchange program will be eligible to apply for an HLS Study Abroad Scholarship. Please visit the scholarships webpage on the HLS website for additional details on how to apply.

For more information about the exchange, you may visit SILS's website.