Waseda University, one of the most prestigious in the country as well as among the most popular among international students wishing to persue undergraduate & graduate education, has a history of over 130 years, originally founded in October of 1882 as Tokyo College and formally renamed Waseda Daigaku in 1902 with its designation as a university.
Waseda University has founding principles, which remain at its core to this day. Namely, to preserve the independence of scholarship, to promote the practical application of scholarship, and to foster good citizens of the world. Accordingly, it regards freedom of research as essential and devotes itself to original research, pursues practical research for its own sake despite outside pressures, and cultivates people of character who can respect individuality, develop themselves & their families, benefit the nation & society, and be active in the world, respectively. Waseda University aims to transform itself into a leading university that shines on the world stage and to achieve its original goals in the areas of research, education and social contribution.
Center for Japanese Language (CJL)
Waseda University was one of the first universities in Japan to open its doors to international students. According to the records, it accepted its first international exchange student in 1884. Since then, Waseda University has accepted the largest number of international students of any Japanese university, and there are now more than 5,000. Accepting international students is one of the University’s most important challenges; as part of our university-wide medium to long-term plan “Waseda Vision 150,” it has set the target of reaching 10,000 international exchange students by 2032.
Currently, the Center holds approximately 650 hours of classes each week for this diverse range of Japanese language students, with a teaching staff of nearly 200 involved in educational activities at the CJL.
Permanent programs at the CJL include the Japanese Language Program (“JLP”) and the Short-term Japanese Program. The JLP has a study period of a half-year or full year, and lessons are held for 15 weeks in both the Spring Semester and Fall Semester. On the Short-term Japanese Program, 2 courses are held each year, in the summer and winter. Each course lasts for six weeks or three weeks, allowing students to study Japanese intensively. Furthermore, Japanese language courses are classified into 2 groups—Comprehensive Japanese Courses, which offer a systematically arranged general Japanese curriculum for beginner to upper intermmediate students, and Theme Courses, which offer creative and unique content for beginner to highly advanced students. There is a diverse range of themed courses, ranging from highly creative courses focusing on haiku and drama, through to courses that meet practical needs, such as getting a job in a Japanese company. In addition to studying the Japanese language, Theme Courses make it possible for students to learn in the Japanese language..
Research Centers at Waseda University
Of the 5000 International students at Waseda University, approximately half are undertaking Japanese language courses at CJL, where the other half are enrolled in programs among the faculties, undergraduate schools, online degree programs at the university, which include:
Political Science & Economics
Letters, Arts & Sciences
Education and Integrated Arts & Sciences
Science and Engineering
Humanities & Social Sciences
Human Sciences (also offered online)
International Research & Education
Culture, Media, and Society
International Liberal Studies
The University has additional Graduate schools as well as Affiliated Schools, as well as various Centers.