FAQ

Eligibility

Q1. I do not belong to a Waseda exchange-partner school. Can I still apply for the program?

A. Yes. As long as you meet the eligibility requirements, all students can apply for the program.

Q2. I 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 summer session this year?

A. No, you need to wait until you are enrolled in university.

Q3. Can graduate students join Waseda Summer Session?

A. As long as you recognize that all academic courses are set on an undergraduate introductory level, you are able to join classes.

Q4. I'm a student with Japanese nationality. Can I apply for the summer session?

A. We accept students with Japanese nationality as long as they are enrolled in a non-Japanese university.

Q5. I am currently in my final year of University and will graduate in the summer. Am I eligible to apply?

A. If you are still enrolled at your home institution on the first day of the summer session, you are eligible to apply.

Q6. I am currently attending a Community College. Am I eligible to apply?

A. Unfortunately Community College students are not eligible to apply.

Application

Q5. Is there an application fee?

A. No, there is no application fee.

Q6. I have made a mistake on my application. How do I fix it?

A. Please 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.

Q7. I am a first year student so my grades have not been released yet and I cannot submit a transcript. What should I do?

A. Please submit an official list of courses you are currently taking, and a letter of recommendation from one of your professors.

Q8. My university doesn't use a GPA scale, what should I do?

A. We will review your academic achievements by your transcript and the grading scale issued by your university, so please submit these.

Q9. Do I need to submit any English proficiency scores such as TOEFL, IELTS or TOEIC?

A. No, 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

Q10. I 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?

A. Since visa issues are beyond our control and varies according to the applicant, please talk to your nearest Japanese Embassy/Consulate.

Q11. What type of visa should I apply for?

A. Since visa issues are beyond our control and varies according to the applicant, please talk to your nearest Japanese Embassy/Consulate.

Accomodation

Q12. Does this program provide an accommodation?

A. Yes, all the students need to stay at the accommodation provided by Waseda Summer Session Office.

Q13. How do you assign accommodations?

A. Waseda Summer Session Office will assign rooms to students on a first-come, first-serve basis after payment is received.

Q14. Can I extend my stay in Tokyo after the session ends?

A. Yes, 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.

Courses

Q15. What course levels are offered?

A. In most cases, Summer Session courses are designed as introductory level courses for undergraduate students and do not go beyond intermediate level.

Q16. When do I find out which classes I will be taking?

A. The 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.

Q17. I have changed my mind about the classes I want to take. Can I change them?

A. In general, your classes you chose at the time of application are fixed, so unfortunately you will not be able to change them.

Q18. Can I change the level of my Japanese course?

A. Since the level of your Japanese course has been set according to the placement test you took, you cannot change your level before arrival. However, if after the first class you feel it is too difficult/easy, you will have a chance to talk to your teachers about it.

Q19. Will I be able to transfer the credits I have taken at Waseda University to my home institution?

A. It 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.

Others

Q20. Can I receive my admission result earlier than the fixed date?

A. Unfortunately, due to the screening schedule we cannot inform you of the result earlier.

Q21. Can I pay a program fee by bank transfer?

A. No, we can only accept payments by a credit card. For those of you who pay the fee through your home institution, please consult with your contact person.

Q22. I cannot be sure whether I have successfully made the payment with my credit card. There was an error message.

A. As 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.

Q23. Are there any scholarships available for Waseda Summer Session?

A. Scholarship information will be uploaded here as soon as it determined.

Q24. Can I arrive later than the program start date and leave before the program end date?

A. Everyone must attend all classes, as well as the orientation and the wrap up session.

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