Approx. Time Difference
Apr - Nov: + 16 hrs
Dec – Mar: + 17 hrs
This guide was created to help you navigate the different aspects of travelling abroad as a UCEAP student. All important aspects of attending university in your host country are addressed here, including academic information, extension of UCEAP participation, cultural awareness, orientation, transportation, finances and much more.
Remember to also visit the Participants
section of the UCEAP website for important information and deadlines.
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- Summer ILP: 3 to 12 UC quarter/2 to 8 UC semester units; letter grade only
- 18 UC quarter/12 UC semester minimum units per semester required; 30 UC quarter/20 UC semester units maximum allowed.
- Japanese language study each term
UC quarter units are calculated by multiplying Waseda units by 1.5. (2.0 Waseda units equal 3.0 UC quarter units).
Registration procedures for both Waseda University and MyEAP will be covered during your onsite orientation in Japan.
You will take courses taught in English through the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) and the School of Political Science and Economics. Coursework taught in Japanese is not open to exchange (UCEAP) students.
You will take a language placement exam at the beginning of the program. Japanese language study from upper-beginning to advanced levels is required, but limited to a maximum of 8 Waseda units (12 UC quarter units).
Open Education Center courses are offered by various schools and institutions at Waseda University and are open to all Waseda students including exchange students. This includes many physical activity courses.
Waseda University Syllabus Search
- Enter the course title or keyword
- Select SILS or School of Political Science and Economics in the school field. If you do not enter one of these, you will get a list of courses that are not open to exchange students.
- Click Search
- You will get a list of courses. The number of courses, will depend on your search criteria. Click on the choose button to get the course description.
Reading the course description:
- Category: for upper-division credit, you should look for courses listed as advanced subjects. Most intermediate courses will also be upper division. Expression and beginning categories are usually lower division.
- Credits: multiply the credits by 1.5 to calculate UC quarter units.
Internships & Volunteer Opportunities
Discuss questions related to grades or other classroom matters and appropriate plans for handling them with the UCEAP Study Center. It is not the Japanese custom for instructors to give detailed comments on written work and final papers, and exams are not usually returned; the grade itself is generally considered appropriate and adequate feedback. You may inquire about your progress in a class, but do not discuss grades with your professors unless invited to do so; otherwise, it may appear that you are trying to negotiate your grade, which is frowned upon.
Beware of rumors about lenient grading at Japanese institutions. Some universities are similar to UC in their standards and grading system. Language courses in particular can be more demanding than at UC and the grading is often rigorous. In many cases, poor grades are the result of excessive absences, tardiness, missing assignments, and lack of communication between UC students and instructors. Grading is typically conducted by detracting points for errors, rather than rewarding points for correct work. If you experience difficulties with your language courses, inquire with the Study Center for tutoring assistance. Also beware of being influenced by the rigor—or lack thereof—with which Japanese students appear to be engaged in their studies. In contrast to UC students, Japanese students often place less emphasis on letter grades and more on merely passing their courses.
To avoid a failing grade for a dropped course:
- Keep the Study Center informed of any changes in course selection at the host university.
- Follow UCEAP procedures for dropping a course.
Final grades for this program were available in mid September for the first year. We expect the grades to be available about the same time each year.
For more information about grades, see the Academic Information chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad.
Extending UCEAP Participation
Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking
Official Start Date & Mandatory Orientation
Travel to Your Host Country
Insurance for Personal Possessions
Understanding Your Finances
Your MyEAP Account & Budget
Scholarships and Fellowships
Intensive Language Program (ILP) Housing
Waseda University Housing
You will live in a dormitory with Japanese and international students. There are three dorms that UC students can be placed into and all are near the campus. There is a doctor that comes once a week to the dorm to see students. Graduate students act as the RA’s and come for 2 hours a night. Students are free to ask them anything (classes, Tokyo, etc). The dorm is equipped with a guitar and keyboard in the common room, so students can practice as they please. They also have access to PCs and a printer from 7:30am to 1am. Each room comes with AC, internet, individual bathrooms and a fridge, while the showers are shared in common space. There is no curfew in the dorm, but no guests are allowed in. There is also Japanese language practice in the dorms. Housing applications are included with the acceptance letter and housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. A homestay option is also available. For more information on housing options at Waseda, visit their website
Waseda University is a 5 minute walk from the nearest subway station and a 15 minute walk to the nearest train station. From the train station it is only about 5 minutes from Ikebukuro and Shinjuku, which are both major hubs in Tokyo. While the university does have a campus, it has an urban vibe to it and you can feel the energy of the city while you are on campus.
Students with Disabilities
Mandatory Japanese National Health Insurance
Traffic & Transportation Safety
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