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Waseda University

Tokyo, Japan

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Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages


The 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 typically 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 to 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.


Enrollment Information

The application process for this program is competitive, every year about 2 students are selected for this program. Students first apply through the Guarini Institute by the February 1st application deadline. After February 1st, faculty from the Department of Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages will review applications and make acceptance decisions. Students will be notified of their acceptance decisions on March 1st.

Successful applicants who are accepted and commit to the program will receive a nomination from the Guarini Institute. Applying for an exchange program involves two steps: if you receive a nomination from the Guarini Institute you will also need to complete the host institution's application, which is administered and reviewed by the host institution. The host institution makes the final acceptance decision. The Guarini Institute will provide further instructions on this second step to students after they are accepted and commit to a program.

For more information about applying for this program, see our webpage on How to Apply & our FAQs under section 2 (How to Apply: Application), or contact the Guarini Institute.




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Participants on this exchange enroll as full time students and choose from available courses they are qualified for at Waseda through either the Global Leadership Fellows Program (GLFP) or the regular exchange option.  Students can transfer back courses to count toward their Dartmouth diploma. 

Click here for information on GLFP course options

Click here for information on regular exchange course options

Click here for transfer credit information


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General Info

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 yearlong Global Leadership Fellows Program at Waseda University allows students to transfer nine credits toward their Dartmouth degree.

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



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 generally 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.

Beijing Field Trip: Waseda covers all travel and accommodations costs for the field trip.


Tuition and Fees

Dartmouth students pay tuition and service fees to Dartmouth; room and board fees as well as transportation to and from the program site are the responsibility of the student.  Because the exchange is an official program sponsored by the College, Dartmouth students do not need to pay the transfer term fee that the College charges to students who study on outside programs during leave terms.


Financial Aid

In order that all qualified Dartmouth undergraduate students may have the opportunity to take part in off-campus programs, the College endeavors to adjust its normal financial aid awards for students already receiving aid. Tuition and expected family contribution for Dartmouth's off-campus programs are the same as for an on-campus term.

All costs, including airfare and spending money, are considered when determining the cost of an off-campus program. Any costs in excess of a typical term in Hanover are met with additional Dartmouth Scholarship Funds.  If you have a work expectation for the term, this will be replaced by scholarship funding.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own plane ticket and, in many cases, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition. For help sorting out who pays what and how, contacting the Financial Aid office is often advisable.

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