Waseda University


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Waseda University  History                                                       

Waseda University was founded as Tokyo Senmon Gakko or Tokyo College in 1882. It was also known as Waseda School or Totsuka School.  The institution was formally renamed Waseda Daigaku or Waseda University upon acquiring university designation in 1902.

Waseda University Programs, courses and schools                                                                 

Waseda University is organized into 36 departments, 13 undergraduate schools and 23 graduate schools. As of May 2016, there were 42,860 undergraduate students and 8,269 graduate students.

Waseda Business School was established in April 2016 by merging the former Graduate School of Business and Graduate School of Finance. In addition to providing a two-year full-time MBA program, WBS also offers an intensive one-year full-time MBA program to candidates who have three or more years of experience in the finance sector. Moreover, in conjunction with the Nanyang Business School of Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU), WBS also offers the Waseda-Nanyang Double MBA Program which is a 14-month joint master’s degree program in business administration.

Waseda University Campuses             

The main university campus is located in the Nishi-Waseda district of Shinjuku. The nearest station is Waseda, although Waseda is generally associated with Takadanobaba on the Yamanote Line. Apart from the main campus in Shinjuku, there are other campuses around the country.

The Waseda University Library is one of the largest libraries in Japan and currently holds some 4.5 million volumes and 46,000 serials.

Waseda University Achievements

Waseda University has extremely high scores in brand surveys and rankings published in a range of both domestic and international media. Waseda Business School claimed first place in Japan in the Global MBA Ranking 2019 released by QS on September 25th. WBS is also ranked 15th in the Asia Pacific region, an improvement of four positions compared to last year. Waseda Business School and Waseda Graduate School of Economics obtained the highest rank, five PALMS, in a Universal Business Ranking in 2013. The acceptance rate is 11% for the undergraduate programs for Waseda University.

Waseda has graduated many distinguished alumni, including seven Prime Ministers of Japan, many significant figures of Japanese literature, including Haruki Murakami, and many CEOs

Waseda University USP

Waseda has proclaimed its research vision for 2032 as research that will contribute to real world peace and happiness in human society. The University’s original research aims to expand and organize the knowledge of human society and contribute to resolving global issues in relation to the environment, poverty, disasters, and conflicts.

Waseda is regarded as one of the most prestigious universities in Japan, consistently ranking among the top universities in Japanese university rankings. The university seeks to promote student and faculty exchange as well as collaborative research through memorandums of agreement signed with 432 partnership institutions in 79 countries.

Applicants who wish to be admitted into an undergraduate or graduate school of Waseda University are eligible to apply for a screening fee waiver if they reside in one of the countries designated by Waseda University and hold the nationality of one of those countries.

Waseda University Notable alumni

Among notable alumni of Waseda Univerity are Masaru Ibuka, co-founder of Sony, Shuntaro Furukawa, president of Nintendo,  Shuntaro Furukawa, president of Nintendo,  world-renowned novelist Haruki Murakami, Prime Ministers of Japan Tanzan Ishibashi, Noboru Takeshita, Toshiki Kaifu, Keiz? Obuchi, Yoshir Mori, Yasuo Fukuda, and Yoshihiko Noda.

Waseda University Programs

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Waseda University Application Requirements

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IELTS score requirements

A strong proficiency in the English language is essential for admission into universities in Japan. To be able to get a successful admission in Waseda University in Japan students need to complete IELTS with a minimum score of 6.

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Waseda University Cost of studies


Bachelors: 10,09,000 JPY

Masters: 9,00,000 JPY

Fees may vary for each program. Please visit the program page for specific fees.

Waseda University Deadlines

First Application: October 25

Second Application: February 26

Deadlines may vary for each program. Please visit the program page for specific deadlines.

Waseda University Rankings


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601 -700
801 -1000
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15 -17
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