FAQ

Eligibility

QI do not belong to a Waseda exchange-partner school. Can I still apply for the program?
AYes. As long as you meet the eligibility requirements, all students can apply for the program.
QI am a high school student at the time of application, but will be enrolled in an accredited university from this September. Can I apply for the program this year?
AUnfortunately no, you need to wait until you are enrolled in a university.
QI am a graduate student. Can I apply for the program?
AAs long as you recognize that all academic courses are set on an undergraduate introductory level, you are able to join the program.
QI am a student with Japanese nationality. Can I apply for the summer session?
AWe accept students with Japanese nationality as long as you are enrolled in a non-Japanese university.
QI am currently in my final year of University and will graduate in the summer. Am I eligible to apply?
AIf you are still enrolled at your home institution on the first day of the program, you are eligible to apply.
QI am currently attending a Community College. Am I eligible to apply?
AUnfortunately Community College students are not eligible to apply.

Application

QIs there an application fee?
ANo, there is no application fee.
QI have made a mistake on my application. How do I fix it?
APlease contact us at summersession@list.waseda.jp explaining the mistake you made. Depending on the mistake, we may be able to fix it on our end.
QI am a first year student so my grades have not been released yet and I cannot submit a transcript. What should I do?
APlease submit an official list of courses you are currently taking, and a letter of recommendation from one of your professors.
QMy university doesn't use a GPA scale, what should I do?
AWe will review your academic achievements by your transcript and the grading scale issued by your university, so please submit these.
QDo I need to submit any English proficiency scores such as TOEFL, IELTS or TOEIC?
ANo, you do not need to submit a score sheet to us when you apply. However, you will need to have high level of English proficiency in order to keep up with the lectures and to join in class discussions.

VISA

QI am an international student at my home university. Should I apply for my visa at my home country, or at the country of my home institution?
ASince visa issues are beyond our control and varies according to the applicant, please talk to your nearest Japanese Embassy/Consulate General.
QWhat type of visa should I apply for?
ASince visa issues are beyond our control and varies according to the applicant, please talk to your nearest Japanese Embassy/Consulate General.

Accomodation

QDoes this program provide an accommodation?
AYes, all the students need to stay at the accommodation provided by Waseda Summer Session Office.
QHow do you assign accommodations?
AWaseda Summer Session Office will assign rooms to students on a first-come, first-serve basis after payment is received.
QCan I extend my stay in Tokyo after the session ends?
AYes, you may extend your stay in Tokyo. However, you need to check out from the assigned accommodation on the next day of the end of the session. The accommodation after the summer session must be arranged on your own.
QIs food expense included? (Are meals provided at where I am staying? Are there lunch coupons (such as meal plans offered in the university) available?
AThey provide breakfast and dinner at Wakeijuku, but other accommodations do not.
QMay I invite friends to my room?
ANon residents are not allowed.

Courses

QWhat course levels are offered?
AIn most cases, Summer Session courses are designed as introductory level courses for undergraduate students and do not go beyond intermediate level.
QWhen do I find out which classes I will be taking?
AThe classes you will take are the classes you chose at the time of application. If this is not the case, we will contact you in advance.
QI have changed my mind about the classes I want to take. Can I change them?
AIn general, your classes you chose at the time of application are fixed, so unfortunately you will not be able to change them.
QWill I be able to transfer the credits I have taken at Waseda University to my home institution?
AIt is up to your home institution whether or not you will be able to transfer your credits. Please discuss with your advisor. You can find details of the course in the course syllabus.
QCan I take other courses offered at Waseda University other than Summer Session courses?
ANo, you can not.
QDo I need to submit my English test score?
AIt is not necessary. However, classes are held on the premise that you already have the following English ability.
http://waseda-summer.com/application/#sec2
QCan regular international students of Waseda University participate? If so, can credits earned during summer session be transferred to my regular program at Waseda University?
APlease refer to the following website concerning requirements for Waseda University regular students participating in the summer session.
http://waseda-summer.com/waseda-students/
QDo I need to buy textbooks in advance?
ABasically, you do not need to. However, depending on the classes you are taking, you may need to buy textbooks in advance to take to your class. Please carefully read the syllabus.

Others

QCan I receive my admission result earlier than the fixed date?
AUnfortunately, due to the screening schedule we cannot inform you of the result earlier.
QCan I pay a program fee by bank transfer?
AUnfortunately no, we can only accept payments by credit card. For those of you who pay the fee through your home institution, please consult with your contact person.
QI cannot be sure whether I have successfully made the payment with my credit card. There was an error message.
AAs we will be able to confirm your payment status, please email us at summersession@list.waseda.jp. Please be careful as if you mistakenly make payments multiple times, we will have to charge you some fee to process your refunds.
QAre there any scholarships available for Waseda Summer Session?
AScholarship information will be uploaded here as soon as it determined.
QCan I arrive later than the program start date and leave before the program end date?
AEveryone must attend all classes, as well as the orientation and the wrap up session.