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Waseda University
Tokyo, Japan (Exchange Program) (Outgoing w/Side Trips Program)
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Year 2019-2020 02/01/2019
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Language of Country: Japanese Target Language: English
Lodging Options: Dormitory
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Department / Program: Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages
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Program Overview

Waseda CoverThe Waseda Global Leadership Fellows Program is an exchange program quite unlike any of Dartmouth’s off-campus options. Global Leadership Fellows selected from Dartmouth, Columbia, Berkeley, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, University of Washington, and Waseda University participate in a nine month program comprised of a seminar and a student-led forum focusing on issues related to the Asia Pacific region such as international relations, security, health, and environmental degradation.

The program includes a two-week field trip to Beijing where Global Leadership Fellows acquire China’s perspective on the issues addressed in the seminar and forum. Global Leadership fellows have priority access to a range of internships and volunteer activities to further enhance the experiential learning aspects of the student-led forum.

In addition to the Global Leadership seminar and forum, students continue progress toward completion of their Dartmouth majors or minors by selecting courses from Waseda’s curriculum. Waseda offers more than three hundred courses covering a wide array of disciplines and subjects in the social sciences and humanities all of which are taught in English.

Founded in 1882, Waseda University is considered one of Japan’s most prestigious universities. Waseda is a private institution that consistently ranks among Japan’s top national universities. With decades of experience and partnerships with universities around the world, Waseda’s exchange programs are recognized for their innovative excellence. Waseda is located in the heart of Tokyo, giving students access to one of the world’s most compelling urban environments.

For a thorough overview of the program including video interviews with students participating in the current iteration of the program, click here.


Associated Faculty:
Professor Allen Hockley
Professor James Dorsey

Whereas students in most of Dartmouth's exchange programs may transfer a maximum of four course credits toward the thirty-five required for the Dartmouth degree, the Waseda Exchange program allows students to transfer nine credits toward their Dartmouth degree.  Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 scale.

Waseda offers excellent Japanese language instruction ranging from beginner to advanced levels. Students are strongly encouraged to study Japanese while in the Global Leadership Program, as this will significantly enhance their social and cultural life while in Japan. Language courses completed at Waseda also receive Dartmouth credit.

Program Timetable (exact dates TBA):
1st semester: late September to late January
-includes two-week Christmas and New Years holiday

Spring Holiday: early February to late March
-includes Beijing Field trip

2nd semester: early April to late July

Student Life

Housing: Students are assigned single rooms in Waseda’s international students dormitory. Waseda covers the cost of housing for students participating in the Global Leadership Program. Students are responsible for their utilities costs (electricity).
Food: Students are responsible for their meal costs. Japanese universities do not have cafeterias and meal plans. Students generally eat at commercial establishments on or near campus. Dorms have shared kitchen facilities for students who prefer to cook.

Financial Information

Tuition: As with all exchange programs, tuition and service fees are paid to Dartmouth. The Global Leadership Program is the equivalent of three Dartmouth terms (nine credits).
Beijing Field Trip: Waseda covers all travel and accommodations costs for the field trip.

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