Waseda University

Waseda University, founded in 1882, is a large private research university located in the Shinjuku neighborhood of central Tokyo. The university is comprised of 36 undergraduate and graduate schools. It often ranks among the most prestigious universities in Japan and is the alma mater of several high-profile Japanese politicians and business leaders.

UF students from all majors are welcome to apply. Exchange students select one of Waseda’s 13 undergraduate schools where they complete all their coursework. The only exception is Japanese language courses, which are available to all exchange students. The School of Culture, Media and Society (journalism and communications), School of International Liberal Studies (humanities), School of Political Science and Economics, and School of Social Science offer an especially large set of English-taught courses.

Because UF and Waseda’s academic calendars do not align, this program is only available for the Spring semester (April-July) or entire academic year (September-July).



Waseda University Central Library
Waseda University Central Library
  • Open to all UF majors
  • Languages of Instruction: English
  • Required GPA: 2.5
  • Students must have completed 12 hours of coursework at the University of Florida
  • Official Transcript
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Interview with Dr. Thomas Knight, Economics Department Chair


Waseda University offers a large number of English-taught courses across several of its undergraduate schools, including International Liberal Studies, Political Science and Economics, and Social Sciences. Students should meet with Maria Selezneva or Dr. Thomas Knight, as well as their major’s undergraduate coordinator, to identify appropriate courses.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition at Waseda University is waived for exchange students. Students participating in an exchange pay tuition directly to the University of Florida at their usual tuition rate. All financial aid, scholarships, and fellowships are applicable. Students incur no additional tuition cost while they are on an exchange.

Financial Aid

University of Florida students needing financial aid should apply through UF Student Financial Affairs. Normal eligibility for aid may be used while studying abroad as an exchange student. This includes using the Bright Futures scholarship and the Florida Pre-Paid College Plan.


For fall, spring, and academic-year scholarships administered by the University of Florida International Center, the deadlines for application are: early March for programs starting in fall; and early October for programs starting in spring. Applications forms are available on the UF International Center website.

Health Insurance

Students will be billed for mandatory international health insurance which includes emergency medical assistance.


A $400 non-refundable service charge is assessed for students participating in single semester or Academic Year programs. (The $400 fee is refundable if student is not accepted to the program). This charge is due within 7 days of the application. Students will be charged regular UF tuition while participating in the program.

Application Deadlines

See the application deadline and dates on the International Center website.

Contact Information

UFIC Study Abroad Advisor
Maria Selezneva
Study Abroad Advisor
University of Florida International Center
1765 Stadium Rd. Suite 170 Hub | PO Box 113225 | Gainesville, FL 32611
p: (352) 273-1508 | f: (352) 392-5575

UF Academic Manager
Dr. Thomas Knight
(352) 392-0151

Additional Information

Waseda University Flyer (PDF, 468 KB)