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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
  • Restrictions: CSUF applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year
  • Courses Offered
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 10/01/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: CSU International Programs Click here for a definition of this term Financial Aid: CSU IP Scholarship, Federal Aid (Pell/EOP/FSEOG/Direct Loans), Guardian Scholars, President's Scholars, Private Student Loans, State Aid (Cal Grants/SUG)
Housing Options: Host Family, Residence Halls Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Communications, Economics, Ethnic Studies, History, Japanese, Liberal Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics, Political Science, Sociology
Language Prerequisite: 2+semesters college-level Japanese Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
GPA requirement: 3.0 (CUM. & CSUF) Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Special Notes: Applicants must be enrolled at CSUF no later than the fall term prior to departure., GPA cannot be waived, Students who completed secondary school in Japan are not eligible to apply Click here for a definition of this term Internship Opportunity: Yes
Employment Abroad Permitted: Yes Unit Type Earned On Program: Resident Units
Program Description:



Academic Year Deadlines
January 15: Final Deadline


GPA Requirement
PSE 3.0 GPA required; SILS 3.0 GPA required; CJL 2.75 GPA required 
CSU Class Standing
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
Students are responsible for verifying that they meet individual course pre-requisites prior to registration with the overseas institution.
Students who completed secondary school in Japan are not eligible to apply.
Applicants must be enrolled at a CSU campus no later than fall term prior to departure.
CSU IP recommends that applicants take a Japanese language and/or Japanese culture course if applying to this program.


Subjects Available by School
Asian Studies Communications Japanese
Economics History  
International Relations Liberal Studies  
International/Global Studies Linguistics  
Japanese Literature  
Political Science Mathematics  

CLICK HERE to view the online course catalog. 

Academic Credit
Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.

CLICK HERE to view the Academic Bulletin for this program for further details regarding course credits and academic policies.  

Students pay the same tuition for Japan: Waseda University as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Estimates at the top of the brochure page.

Program Dates
CSU IP students spend an Academic Year abroad on this program.

Academic Year: September to August


The Japan: Waseda University program is affiliated with Waseda University, a private research university in Tokyo. Waseda currently enrolls 54,000 students, including almost 4,700 international students from 90 countries. A  CSU IP Program Coordinator oversees the program on the ground in Tokyo. They are a full-time local staff member with an office located on the Waseda University campus. The CSU IP Program Coordinator organizes excursions and provides assistance to all CSU students studying in Japan (Waseda and Tsukuba). 

Japan - WasedaCenter for Japanese Language (CJL)
CSU students enroll in the one-year Japanese Language Program (JLP) at the Center for Japanese Language (CJL) at Waseda University. This program is designed for students who want to focus primarily on studying Japanese language. 

School of International and Liberal Studies (SILS)
CSU students enroll in the One-Year Study Abroad Program at the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) of Waseda University. Each semester, students take 6 credits of Japanese language plus SILS courses (in English) from a wide variety of subject areas such as history, politics, economics, culture and society.  A list of the previous year’s elective courses offered in English by SILS can be found here.

School of Political Science and Economics (PSE)
CSU students enroll in the One-Year Study Abroad Program at the School of Political Science and Economics (PSE) of Waseda University. Students take courses through PSE and also have the option to enroll in Japanese language courses. Courses at PSE are designed specifically for Political Science, International Relations, and Economics majors.
For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study. 


The Japan: Waseda University program is located in Japan’s capital city of Tokyo. With a population of over 12 million, Tokyo is one of the world’s largest cities. Waseda University is located in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo, which is famous for history, fashion, and food. As would be expected of a city of its size, Tokyo is on the cutting edge of everything from architecture, technology, and fashion, to food, and pop culture. Explore centuries-old temples, gardens, and castles that are only minutes from ultra-modern skyscrapers, electronics stores, and haute couture fashion centers. 


Housing is arranged prior to arrival in Japan in coordination with Waseda University. CSU IP students have the opportunity to live with Japanese host families through homestay arrangements. Off-campus temple dorms (located 5-15 minutes from campus) are available, but very limited.


Applicants must complete and submit two applications for this program: the CSUF online application and the CSU IP online application*Note: The CSU IP application will require an official transcript for the host university, and it must be a hard copy sent to CSU IP.

Applicants must be enrolled at CSUF no later than fall term prior to departure. Additionally, students who completed secondary school in Japan are not eligible to apply. 

According to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin for Waseda University, Tokyo, JapanCSU IP participants select one of the Schools (Programs) below and take courses as one-year exchange students: All CSU students are required to take courses in Japanese language and other academic areas of study for a minimum total of 15 Waseda/CSU semester credits/units. Students can take up to 19 units of Japanese language and lecture courses per semester without CSU IP Office approval.