Waseda University is one of Japan’s largest institutions of higher education and advanced research, hosting students from more than 100 different countries and regions, making Waseda the number one institution in Japan in international student numbers and diversity. Exchange students from HLS will study at the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS), located in the heart of Waseda University’s historic Waseda Campus. Seminar and lectures courses are offered in English, and Japanese language classes, offered by the Center for Japanese Language (CJL), are a requirement for enrollment in SILS.
Please be advised that CJL courses are taught in Japanese, not in English, even at the beginner’s level. Without basic knowledge of Japanese, students may find it difficult to follow the classes. Waseda strongly recommends exchange students who want to enroll at SILS obtain at least reading and writing capabilities of hiragana and katakana before arriving in Japan.
Please note: The spring semester at Waseda runs from late March – early August, and the fall semester runs from early September – early February each year. Please strongly consider how this academic calendar can be coordinated with your ongoing studies at IU. It is up to students to make arrangements with IU faculty to miss the beginning weeks of the IU Spring semester if they study at Waseda for a Fall semester.