Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Waseda University

Waseda University

Selected the Institute students can take courses at one of the premier private universities in Japan. (Creative Commons Photo)

The Institute and Waseda University in Japan maintain an agreement allowing student exchanges between the two institutions on a very selective basis. Opportunities for higher-level language development and cultural immersion abound! 

We are currently seeking applications from current students interested in studying at Waseda University for the April 2015 semester. 


The Middlebury Institute of International Studies and Waseda University developed a student exchange agreement as part of a broader academic exchange and cooperation agreement between the two institutions. MIIS sent its first exchange student to Waseda’s Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS) in 2008-2009.

Waseda University is one of the most prestigious private universities in Tokyo. The university offers comprehensive degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as in professional schools. Click here for information on Waseda University’s international exchange programs.

    Program Description

    • The Institute can nominate up to two students to study at Waseda University per year, one per semester.
    • Upon acceptance into the program and before departure, the selected student(s) will have their planned courses approved for credit by their graduate school administrators. Academic credit will be granted after submission of proof of satisfactory completion of the course requirements, i.e., transcript, to MIIS.
    • MIIS students will pay tuition to MIIS prior to commencing study at Waseda. All other expenses, including transportation, living expenses, health and accident insurance, visa fee, etc. are the responsibilities of the exchange student.
    • Some courses at Waseda are held in English and others are held in Japanese (only for advanced speakers of Japanese). In addition to MIIS degree-related courses, students may take Japanese language courses at the Center for Japanese Language at Waseda.
    • Applicants are reminded of the current MIIS policy allowing students to transfer in up to 25% of their degree program. This limit does apply to this exchange program.


    Scholarship Application Opportunity

    • JASSO Short-Term Student Exchange Promotion Program Scholarship: The sponsoring organization, JASSO (Japan Student Service Organization), is a quasi-governmental organization and provides scholarships to qualified students who are admitted to a Japanese university for a period of up to one year of study in Japan under a student exchange program, such as the one between MIIS and Waseda. There is no requirement to apply to this scholarship separately, and the candidates for this scholarship will be notified separately. This may happen after your arrival in Japan.

    Application Procedure

    • Interested students should let exchanges coordinator Jen Holguin (jhamblet@miis.edu) know immediately. It would be helpful to sign up for an appointment in Zócalo to discuss this opportunity and ensure that it's the right fit for you;
    • Complete the application form available on the Waseda website (scroll down and click "Next Step" to begin).
    • The application form includes a two-page essay requirement, as well as a request for a recommendation letter. Please reach out to your recommenders immediately to ensure sufficient time for them to complete your recommendations.
    • Please also submit a copy of your resume.
    • All application materials must be submitted to Jen Holguin by email by no later than Wednesday, November 12
    • A MIIS faculty committee will select the nominee as soon as possible after this deadline. Applications must be submitted to Japan in hardcopy by no later than Thursday, November 20.
    • The nominee will be required to submit visa forms, including a copy of your passport, passport pictures and a statement of financial resources, as soon as possible after notification of nomination.
    • Note that the TOEFL or IELTS Score is not required of native speakers of English, but would be required of anyone for whom English is not a native language. A DLPT score for Japanese would be required for students at an advanced level in Japanese wishing to take courses in Japanese.
    • Our nominee will hear back from Waseda by January of 2015.