*If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, please meet with the OGE Regional Advisor for this program early in the process to discuss your options.
- Good academic and disciplinary standing
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Interview required
About the Program
Waseda University, founded in 1882,is one of Japan’s foremost private research institutions. The university established the Global Leadership Fellows Program
to promote the development of multicultural student leaders in a wide range of fields, including liberal arts, business & economics, international relations, science & engineering, education and public health. The program brings together a core group of approximately 15 U.S. students and 15 Japanese students for collaborative study at Waseda University on issues of academic relevance and global significance. Students have access to a wide variety of courses in multiple faculties, as well as the opportunity to pursue short-term internships and volunteer activities.
Waseda University is located in the bustling Shinjuku district of central Tokyo
, Japan’s capital city and the major commercial and administrative center of Japan. With over 13 million residents in a much larger metropolitan area of 38 million, Tokyo is a lively cosmopolitan city blending East and West, the ultramodern with the traditional, and offering the excitement of living in a major international city in Asia.
- Full year: early September to late July
Fields of Study
Language of instruction is English.
Fields of study include: Anthropology, Art/Art History, Asian Studies, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Studies, Government, Political Science, History, International Studies, Japanese, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, Public Policy, Religion/Theology, Sociology, Urban Studies
You are required to enroll in a full courseload and complete all exams and assignments associated with the course regardless of the credit you wish to receive on the program. Withdrawal from a course or failure to take/complete a final will be regarded as an unauthorized reduction in courseload and a violation of the academic policy.
A full courseload for this program is: 28-40 credits for the full year
The program's core curriculum revolves around the U.S.-Japan Zemi
, a unique Japanese-style collaborative seminar, and the Global Leadership Fellows Forum
, designed for students to tackle an issue of regional and global impact. The Zemi and Forum incorporate many integrated experiences, including a field trip in the region (previous trips have included Okinawa or China), guest lectures by diverse experts, and potential internships and volunteer activities. GU students take 14-20 Waseda credits per semester, for a total of 28-40 credits during the academic year. Students enroll each semester in one 3-credit Japanese language course, and select at least three disciplinary courses from a large selection of courses offered in English
by Waseda's schools of Political Science & Economics, Commerce, International Liberal Studies, Social Science, and Science & Engineering.
The minimum passing grade for this program is: C
You are required to live in program housing.
You will live in a dormitory close to Waseda's campus and eat meals in campus eateries or in local restaurants.
We are committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. We hope that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.
With over 200 approved-programs, we are confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with your OGE advisor to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.
To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website
. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website
Hoya Kevin Yuan takes us through Tokyo on @GUAbroad Snapchat.
Stories Beyond the Hilltop Blog
Learn more about Hoya experiences in Waseda's in Stories Beyond the Hilltop.