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Example of a University Accepting Short-term Exchange Students [Waseda University]

Waseda University, a private university with a long history of more than 125 years, is the university in Japan with the most foreign students. There are currently 769 foreign students enrolled in the School of International Liberal Studies which was established in 2004 and where all classes are carried out in English. There are also several post graduate courses, such as the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, where all credits necessary for completing a master’s course can be acquired through classes conducted in English.

Name Waseda University
Location of Headquarters Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Founded In 1882 as Tokyo Senmon Gakko (College)
Renamed Waseda University in 1902 upon acquisition of university status
No. of Undergraduate and Graduate Schools 13 undergraduate and 22 graduate schools
See: http://www.waseda.jp/top/en/academics
No. of Students 44,893 undergraduate and 9,286 graduate students (as of May 1, 2010)
No. of Partner Institutions Inter-university agreements with 408 institutions in 77 countries
Departmental agreements with 260 institutions in 29 countries
No. of Foreign Students Total of 3,972 students (as of May 1, 2010)
395 Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship students
3,195 privately-financed students
382 exchange students
148 JASSO International Student Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan students
3 Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Program student
Academic Calendar http://www.waseda.jp/top/en/about/work/organizations/academic-affairs-division/academic-calendar
Website Waseda University: http://www.waseda.jp/top/en/
Foreign student related: http://www.cie-waseda.jp/en/

Student Exchange

A condition for studying as an exchange student at Waseda University is that the university where you are enrolled has an academic exchange agreement with Waseda. A certain level of Japanese proficiency is necessary but requirements differ depending on the undergraduate or graduate school. Please refer to Waseda University's Center for International Education website (http://www.cie-waseda.jp/en/) for details.
Note that no Japanese proficiency is required at the following undergraduate or graduate schools where it is possible to acquire a full degree through classes conducted in English.

School of International Liberal Studies

Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies
Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems
Waseda Business School

Special Short-term Study Programs for Foreign Students

One Year Study Abroad Program at the School of International Liberal Studies
(Classes can be taken in English)

Intensive Japanese Language Program

Studnt Dormitories

Waseda University has student dormitories that are the university's facility and occupied only by its students. They offer not only a comfortable living environment but also provide comprehensive support that is useful for character building, including educational programs and interaction with other foreign students.
See http://www.waseda.jp/wish/english/index.html

Suport for Foreign Students

The Waseda University Center for International Education holds orientations for foreign students upon arrival in Japan and prior to departure. Upon arrival, the objective is to enable foreign students to get used to life in Japan as quickly as possible. Prior to departure, the orientation is held to help students make smooth preparations for their return home. Topics covered include alien registration, university registration, health insurance and university extracurricular activities.
See http://www.cie-waseda.jp/en/

The Waseda University International Community Center provides various programs for the promotion of mutual exchange between foreign students and Japanese students, faculty and the regional community.
See http://www.waseda-icc.jp/eng/

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