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  • Locations: Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Housing Option: Apartment, Dormitory Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: East Asian Languages and Literatures, Economics, Political Science, Sociology
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Credit Evaluation Required, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Japanese Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Elizabeth Angerman
Click here for a definition of this term International Component: In-person
Program Description:




This international exchange program is based on an agreement between The Ohio State University and Waseda University in Japan. The number of exchange students selected each year to participate in this program varies based on a mutual agreement between the two universities. Students may register for any course offered in the School of International Liberal Studies. Students are placed in small language classes according to their level, while courses in Japanese and Asian culture, society, politics, and economics are conducted in English.


Waseda University is a private, coeducational and nonsectarian institution of higher learning, which was founded in 1882 by Shigenobu Okuma, one of the greatest statesmen of the Meiji Era. The university's mission is to uphold the independence of learning, promote the practical utilization of knowledge, and create good citizenship. Waseda University is located in Tokyo. At present there exist nine undergraduate schools, twelve graduate schools, and ten research institutes. The total university enrollment is approximately 50,000 comprised of 44,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students. The number of international students in any given year is about 1,300.


Students have the option of applying for one of the university's residence halls, although space in on-campus housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The Center for International Affairs provides information about off-campus housing, however, students are expected to secure their own housing. The majority of students at Waseda University live in apartments outside the campus. Interested students can explore their options here

Ohio State Program Contact

Elizabeth Angerman
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click on the coordinator link above to request one.



Courses and Credit

Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Specific registration instructions will be provided in the nomination letter. 

An overview of Waseda University's academics, including a searchable database of courses available In English, can be found on the Center for International Education's website. Nominated students will apply to Waseda University's School for International Liberal Studies (SILS), and are reminded that exchange students generally must select their courses from those offered by the school they will be affiliated with at Waseda. In some cases, students may be permitted to take courses offered to all students or courses offered by other schools as well. Please note that the course list for the following year will be made available in March. 

Students are strongly encouraged to review the credit transfer process in full and to discuss their overall academic goals with their academic advisor(s) beforehand.



Application Requirement

Complete applications will include two letters of recommendation from recent instructors; the strong preference is for referees who can comment on an applicant's Japanese language abilities. The selection committee reserves the right to place applicants at the Japanese university that it feels is the most appropriate match for them. Nominated students will need to fill out additional documents for the host institution, by whom the final acceptance decision is made. Acceptance decisions generally follow in June or July.

To be eligible to apply for this program, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have Junior rank, have completed two years of college-level Japanese at Ohio State at the time of application, complete Japanese 2231 before departure, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.



Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months before departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to



Program Costs

Ohio State students nominated to participate on an exchange will pay their regular tuition and fees to Ohio State. A fee for the required supplemental health insurance will also be included.  In addition, these students are also responsible for arranging and paying for international airfare, room and board, and all other living or personal expenses. Students are advised that payments for room and board will be in the local currency.

Living costs differ depending on individual lifestyles, but the Center for International Education estimates the average monthly cost as 80,000 yen for housing and 80,000 yen for living expenses (food, transportation, and daily necessities).

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.



Information Sessions

  • The annual information session was recorded this year (2020). You can listen here. The 2021 information session will be scheduled for late September / early October - stay tuned! 


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice, or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program before departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2021-2022 11/01/2020
12/15/2020 08/30/2021 07/31/2022
NOTE: These dates are tentative. Applicants are instructed to wait until they have been formally accepted by the partner to move forward with their pre-departure planning.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.