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Education Abroad Office

Waseda University

Area: International Business Exchange
Location: Tokyo
Country: Japan
Term: Spring

UofSC's exchange program at Waseda University is designed to expose UofSC students to Japanese life and culture. Waseda is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in Japan, and its MBA program is ranked 2nd in Japan. The Waseda University School of Commerce is the oldest faculty of business or commercial studies in a Japanese private university. The program is located in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo, part of Japan's capital city. Shinjuku is known for its combination of creative and artistic areas with high-profile business areas. Students can explore the Golden Gai, home to Japan's beatnik community, or walk around Nishi-Shinjuku, home to several of Tokyo's tallest skyscrapers and known to be the largest concentration of skyscrapers in Tokyo.

Category: 1, no foreign language proficiency requirement, all courses taught in English

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: junior standing; International Business major

Students on exchange pay in-state tuition directly to USC and do not pay tuition to Waseda. All housing, food, and personal expenses are paid by the student in Tokyo. Waseda suggests that students budget at least JPY154,000 per month for living expenses. Visit page 6 of their Pre-Departure Handbook for more information. To get an idea of ​​life on site, you will find on the numbeo website indications on the cost of living in Japan compared to other countries in the world.

Students typically enroll in 10-12 classes, each of which are worth two credits. Students can take a maximum of 24 Waseda credits. To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

Student-run activities are very popular at Waseda University, and there are a number of organizations that cater to exchange/international students. Offerings include cultural excursions, volunteer organizations, conversation partnerships, and cultural festivals

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

Waseda offers a university dormitory stay option for exchange students in three of their student dorms: Waseda University International Student House, Waseda Hoshien, and Nishi-Waseda International Student House. Students can apply to stay in these residence halls or may apply to live in a home-stay or apartments through Waseda University International Corporation

Spring semester at Waseda starts in early-April and runs through August and the Fall semester starts in September and runs through February. IB students will attend Waseda during the Spring semester.

Waseda University provides exchange students with an on-site orientation approximately one week before classes begin for the semester. Students will receive a handbook that outlines important details and resources for living and studying in Japan.

For programs longer than 90 days, students will need to apply for a Student Visa. All USC students are typically eligible to go through the Atlanta, GA consulate by using their university residence/Carolina Card. If your permanent address in NOT in the jurisdiction for Atlanta, GA, you may also go through the Consulate or Embassy in accordance with your permanent residence. Click here to find your jurisdiction. 


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