Attend Waseda University for spring term or an academic year by studying through the Waseda University School of International Liberal Studies or Global Leadership Program (GLP). You are welcome to live on campus to connect with fellow international students and local students.
Students attending Waseda University are welcome to either attend the exchange program through the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) or the Global Leadership Program (GLP). SILS is open to applications for the academic year or spring term. The GLP program only provides options to study at Waseda University for the entire academic year.
SILS has a range of coursework options in English or Japanese.
The GLP is a unique exchange program with Waseda University that is designed to cultivate leaders among advanced undergraduates interested in Asia. It is a year-long program taught in English with special curricular elements that allow students to explore topics related to leadership, Asia-American relations, as well as courses in students’ academic discipline. As a GLP Fellow, you live in an international student dormitory located near campus. Housing costs are part of this unique exchange program and thus, you only need to pay for travel, meals, utilities, facilities fee and incidentals.
The special curriculum of the GLP includes the U.S.-Japan Zemi and the Global Leadership Fellows Forum. The “Zemi” is a unique Japanese collaborative seminar focused on group projects, field studies, and public presentations. It consists of GLP exchange students from U.S. institutions and Waseda students who have spent the previous year at one of Waseda’s exchange partner institutions in the U.S. The Global Leadership Fellows Forum is a student-led academic community that aims to foster leadership among its cohort and includes group research projects and a field trip. As a Fellow, you also have the option to take the remaining courses in the disciplines of your choosing, including Japanese language at the appropriate level.
The academic calendar for either the SILS exchange program or the GLP runs from April - August (Spring term) and September - late March (Fall term). There is no flexibility in this academic calendar, given the local university experience.
As an option during spring break, you have the chance to participate in a one-month internship experience.
For more information on the program, be sure to watch the videos that provide a glimpse into the academics and student life experience for GLP students.
Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.
Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.
To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below:
- To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
- Clearance applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis or reviewed soon after the application deadline. If eligible, you will be nominated as an exchange student. If nominated, you will be provided further information about next steps in the nomination process. You will be required to submit additional materials to be formally admitted to the university.
Nomination Deadline: February 1 for the following academic year and September 1 for the spring term.