Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies
Waseda University, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS) in Tokyo is one of Japan's top universities. It recruits 40% of its students from outside Japan, strengthening the international dialogue. GSAPS offers a wide range of courses on international affairs, development studies, and business, as well as area studies.
Curriculum and Registration: The Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS) at Waseda University offers a variety of courses in international affairs, development studies, and business, especially for students with an interest in Japan and East Asia. Course descriptions are available on-line under the heading "Curriculum".
In order to satisfy minimum requirements for Japanese immigration law, exchange students must take courses that have at least 10 hours of lectures per week, typically equivalent to taking seven courses per semester in the spring and fall. Students must pre-register for courses at the time of application in order to secure his/her eligibility to stay in Japan. Seven courses is considered a normal course load at Waseda.
Transfer of Credit: All exchange students from the Elliott School are required to be enrolled at Waseda as full-time students. Students must earn the equivalent of a B grade or higher in a given course to be eligible for transfer credit. Students may earn up to 10 transfer credits from the partner into the Elliott School M.A. program.
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Grade "70-79" at Waseda = Grade B at GW
2 credits at Waseda = 2 credits at GW
Spring term: April - late July.
Fall term: late September - early February.
(Summer and winter intensive terms are not open to exchange students.)
Classes are taught during the day and some courses meet on Saturday mornings.
Language of Instruction: Courses are offered in English and/or Japanese. The language of instruction for each course is indicated in the course catalog. Please note that although Elliott School students may take Japanese language classes, tuition and fees for Japanese language courses are payable directly to Waseda University. (n.b. Elliott School graduate students cannot earn transfer credit for language courses taken abroad.)
Internships:The Elliott School encourages its students to have professional development experiences abroad. The Graduate Student Career Development office offers International Internship Grants each semester to support students in low-paid or unpaid internships abroad. More information on this grant is available from GSCD or its Elliott School Career Connection database. ESCC also includes Outreach Reports that outline specific internship opportunities in targeted regions; these reports are located in the Document Library.
Some students find that it is challenging to balance the academic demands of the exchange program with the responsibilities of an internship. Students should carefully consider how to best manage these interests. Exchange partners do not generally have internship resources for visiting students.
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Housing: Waseda University offers international students housing in a short-term, private dormitory for up to one semester. Space is limited and applications are ranked based upon availability. Students may also seek to rent an apartment although this option is far more expensive. Another option is hoshien – private church-operated dormitories, which are moderately priced.
Location: Waseda University has four campuses; three are located in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo. GSAPS is located on the Nishi-Waseda campus and is easily accessible by subway and other means of public transportation.
Travel Information: Students are responsible for obtaining appropriate student visas for study at Waseda GSAPS; guidance will be provided by the host institution. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs compiles information on travel abroad, public announcements and warning. Please review the information about Japan and for any worldwide travel announcements.
All GW students who travel abroad for academic purposes are required to comply with the GW International Travel Approval Policy. Guidance on this policy will be provided to all exchange students by the Elliott School International Programs & Education office.
To Apply: Applications for exchange programs are submitted on-line. The on-line application and any hard copy supplementary materials are due by March 15 for fall enrollment abroad and October 15 for spring enrollment abroad. Once the application has been reviewed and endorsed by the Elliott School, the application will be forwarded to the exchange partner for a final decision.
Both applications and all supplementary materials are due to the Elliott School by March 15 for fall enrollment abroad and October 15 for spring enrollment abroad. Once the application has been reviewed and endorsed by the Elliott School review committee, the Elliott School will forward the application materials to the partner for final decision.