Waseda University is one of the most prestigious private universities in Japan. Its main campuses are located in the northern part of Shinjuku, Tokyo. Founded in 1882 as Tokyo Senmon Gakko, the institution was renamed "Waseda University" in 1902. It is known for its liberal climate symbolized by the motto "independence of learning." Especially, the School of Political Science and Economics has significant influence on Japanese society. The alumni of Waseda University include six post-war prime ministers and prominent corporate leaders.
Jeremy Davison, 4th year Major in Political Studies, participated in an exchange at Waseda University. Here is what he has to say about his experiences there:
At Waseda University, depending on one's Japanese proficiency, courses are taught either in Japanese or English. Since I had only studied Japanese for one year prior to my departure I took all of my courses in English through the School of International Liberal Studies.
I stayed with a Japanese family, and because of that my Japanese improved much quicker than my peers who stayed in residence. Furthermore, my homestay father took me to museums, art galleries, parks, and historical sites, and in this way I was able to learn a great deal about the history and culture of Japan in general, and of Tokyo in particular.
I would recommend anyone who is interested in Japanese culture, and who is studying the Japanese language, to go on exchange in Japan. Given my personal experiences I would recommend Waseda University in Tokyo in particular. It has a welcoming atmosphere, a great reputation, interesting courses, and student clubs which are helpful in the process of making Japanese friends.
Katie Wootton (MED in English Language and Literature and History), also went to Waseda University on an exchange:
In my third year I was chosen as the first Queen's representative at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. It was easily the most exciting year of my life. There was such a wide range of courses offered, and I was able to get an entirely new perspective on my majors, English and History.
While I was there, I won the Dean's List Scholarship, and as one of the top students in my program I was asked to represent Waseda to prospective exchange partners. Outside of class, I made many wonderful friends and had lots of opportunity to travel and have adventures. Tokyo was great, and Waseda became my second home. I recommend it to anyone wanting a perfect exchange experience!