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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Binghamton applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Housing Options: Dormitory
Language of Study: English, Japanese Class Level: Undergraduates: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Program Type: Direct Enrollment, Exchange Student Type: Binghamton University Students Only
Flight Arrangements: Self-Arranged Flight Program Advisor: Allison Nyamuame:
Program Description:

Waseda University

Waseda campus       Waseda Campus

**Students may only participate in this program for the spring semester or academic year. Fall only participation is not permitted.
This program is for Binghamton Students Only**

Academic Features
Student Life
Estimate of Costs
Application Process
More Information


The cosmopolitan city of Tokyo is the location of one of  Binghamton University's international exchange program in Japan where students can study the Japanese language while taking other courses at Waseda University in English. 

Waseda University is a highly ranked and well-known university in Japan, with a large student population of both Japanese and international students. Binghamton students on the program live near campus will live in international student residences arranged by Waseda.

With the largest metropolitan area in the world, Tokyo, ancient traditions are alive in this modern metropolis. It is the center of government, home to the Japanese imperial family, a world center of business and finance, and the heart of Japan's' contemporary culture. Students will enjoy exploring this city with its shrines and temples, modern skyscrapers, green spaces, museums, and wide array of performance venues and shopping districts. Tokyo is also an educational center for Japan, the home of many of the country's best universities. An excellent public transportation system makes exploring this city easy. From Tokyo, travel to other parts of Japan and East Asia can be readily arranged. Waseda University is located in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo, which has a population itself of around 337,000 people. Famous for being of of Tokyo's primary commercial and administrative centers, Shinjuku is also known having the busiest metro stop and crosswalk in the world. The area has several universities, and there is never a lack of things to do in this bustling ward of Tokyo. 


The Japanese academic calendar consists of two semesters, with the spring term starting in early April and ending in Early August with students arriving in Mid-March for orientation and move-in. The fall semester starts in September and ends in February. See the Academic Features for information on which types of classes and programs exchange students are able to participate in for a given semester.


 Shinjuku Street       Asakusa

Academic Features

Founded in the late 19th century, Waseda University is consistently ranked as a top institution in Japan. The University enrolls over 40,000 undergraduate students who study in variety of disciplines including political science, international studies, commerce, engineering, and more. Through our exchange program at Waseda University, Binghamton students have several options, which are listed below. Students are only able to apply to one program and are only able to take classes that are open to their program. 

**Because there is limited space available on this exchange program we do recommend that applicants apply to 1-2 other programs as backup options**

School of International Liberal Studies (SILS): This program allows students to take Japanese language courses along with other liberal arts/social science courses in English. Students will take a Japanese language proficiency test in order to be placed in the correct level and number of credits for Japanese. Students will then be able to select other SILS lecture classes with Japanese and other international students who are part of the SILS degree program. Information about SILS program for exchange students (called SP3 students) can be found HERE. Students can see lists of courses offered in spring and fall terms for SP3 students HERE. The SILS program is available for either the Spring or Academic Year. 

Japanese Language Program (JLP): This program is primarily for students wishing to have a more intensive Japanese language and culture experience, focusing on developing their Japanese language skills. Students will select Japanese language classes when at Waseda after taking a proficiency exam. Information on the classes in the JLP program can be found on the Waseda Center for Japanese Learning HEREStudents are able to participate in this program for either the Spring term or the Academic Year. 

Contemporary Japanese Studies Program (CJSP): Offered through Waseda's School of Social Sciences, this program in English allows students to develop a rich understanding of current Japanese thought and society through interdisciplinary classes. Students would take a combination of both Japanese language and English CJSP courses with Japanese and other international students who are enrolled in the School of Social Sciences. A list of the classes available in English that are part of the CJSP program can be found HERE. This program is only available for a full Academic Year, and has an earlier deadline than the other options at Waseda, in January. Interested students should contact the program advisor during the fall in the year prior to going of their interest. 

Student Life

Waseda University offers housing in their International Student dorms for exchange students. Due to the academic culture where most Japanese students live at home while at university, exchange students from Binghamton will live with other international exchange students. There will still be opportunities to meet Japanese and other students in classes and school clubs. Students will live in single rooms with access to a shared common area which includes a kitchen where students can cook their own meals. Information about the dorms at Waseda can be found HERE

Waseda University's International Community Center, created for and by students, offers plenty of activities to meet other students and learn more about Japanese culture. There are language partner programs, opportunities to participate in outreach programs to the community, and then cultural events (ex. Ikebana lesson, Koto music performance, Japanese dance class). To learn more about the ICC, click HERE

Meiji Jinja       Shinjuku Eki

Estimate of Costs 

Please download this cost sheet for details on the estimate of costs for Spring 2018: Exch Waseda Sp18.pdf
As a reference, the estimated cost of attendance at Binghamton University during the 2017/2018 year is $26,100. Cost for one semester at BU is $13,050.

Financial Aid
Students who are eligible for financial aid may apply it to their study abroad program. The amount of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive is of an individual nature. All students should print out this Estimate of Costs Sheet, bring it to the Financial Aid office, and consult with a counselor there about what the implications of this cost would be for them individually. Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Financial Aid Services Office is able to consider only the application of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study.

Binghamton, SUNY, and National Scholarships
Students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for:

  • The Dr. Israel J. Rosefsky Language and Culture Scholarship if eligible ($3,000)
  • The Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas Scholarship ($1,000-$3,000 for summer or spring programs)
  • The Evelio Figueroa Memorial Scholarship (up to $1,000, not applicable for Spring)
  • The Myers Family Scholarship if eligible ($1,500)

Other scholarships may be applicable to you. For more information about scholarships through Binghamton, click here.  For more information about scholarships through departments and SUNY, click here. And, for information on nationwide scholarships, click here.

SIT Scholarships
SIT awards nearly $1.3 million in needs-based scholarships and grants annually. Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. Additionally, any Binghamton/SUNY student who is accepted to an SIT program that is approved by Binghamton University for a fall or spring semester will automatically be granted a $1,500 reduction in program cost! This reduction is already reflected in the cost sheet above. 

Withdrawal Policy: 
When a student commits to an education abroad program in their Terra Dotta online program application, the Office of International Programs (IEGI) mirrors the Binghamton University Student Accounts refund policy for tuition, tuition differentials, and all program fees.

Application Process

Students must be in their Sophomore, Junior, or Senior year at the time of application. The GPA requirement is a minimum 3.0 GPA. 

Contact if you have any questions about the application. 

**Because there is limited space available on this exchange program we do recommend that applicants apply to 1-2 other programs as backup options**



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 03/18/2019 07/30/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.