General information 

'Japan is an island country forming an arc in the Pacific Ocean to the east of the Asian continent. The land comprises four large islands named (in decreasing order of size) Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku, together with many smaller islands. Japan’s total land area is about 378,000 square kilometers. It is approximately the same size as Germany, Finland, Vietnam, or Malaysia.' (Source: Web Japan)

'Anyone who’s ever eaten sushi, read manga, or sipped sake may feel they know something about this slinky archipelago of some 6800 volcanic islands. And yet, from the moment of arrival in Japan, it’s almost as if you’ve touched down on another planet. Prepare to be pleasantly disorientated as you negotiate this fascinating land where ancient gods, customs and craftsmanship are mixed up with cutting edge modern technology, futuristic fashions and up-to-the-second style.' (Source: Rough Guides) 

Please note that some partners may not be available for exchange for a particular academic year, if this is the case it is stated below.


  Partner universities
Tokyo, Waseda University 

Waseda University website

Fast facts

  • Language of instruction: English and Japanese
  • Number of students enrolled: 53,000
  • Number of campuses: 7
  • Academic year: September - August
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: September - February
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: April - August


Studying at Waseda offers the opportunity to live in Tokyo, Japan's capital city, home to the most extensive mass transit system in the world. Waseda University's main campus is located in the Nishi-Waseda district of Shinjuku, Tokyo.

Exchange students from Nottingham normally study in the School for International Liberal Studies (SILS) where classes are taught in English. The majority of SILS courses deal with topics in Asian culture, history, society, politics, economy, geography, arts and literature. Waseda also provides the opportunity for students to learn Japanese at regular language classes which run from elementary level. However other academic disciplines are increasingly teaching in English.

Things to do

According to Lonely Planet, Tokyo is one of the best destinations in the world for food, nighlife and shopping. Top Attractions: Tsukiji Central Fish Market, Akihabara Electric Town (Denki-Gai), Golden Gai and Ueno Zoo (Ueno Dōbutsu-en).

Travel opportunities

Tokyo has two large airports: Narita for international flights and Haneda for mostly domestic flights including shuttle services to and from Seoul, Shanghai and Hong Kong. The capital offers an excellent base for exploring Japan including cities such as Osaka. Mount Fuji, an iconic snow-topped volcano and the highest peak in Japan, is a popular tourist destination and is located to the west of Tokyo.


The average annual temperature in Tokyo is 16°C, August being the hottest month and January the coldest. There is about a 20°C difference between summer and winter.

Finance 2018/19

Bursaries available for those accepted to study abroad at Waseda University:

  • Means-tested Global Travel Bursary of £750 dependent on household income for students starting their studies in 2016 or after. Students who started their studies before 2016 should see the finance webpage, as the award criteria differs (available to students classed as Home Students for fees purposes and accepted to study abroad as part of the University-wide exchange programme)

  • The  JASSO scholarship  may provide generous funding to one student from the University of Nottingham each year. One undergradate student per cohort is nominated for the scholarship depending on academic performance.

Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 12 hours): £550-1000
  • Visa costs: £50-100
  • Medical Insurance (compulsory): £150-200
  • Accommodation: £1800-2550

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and partner university website.

Waseda University recommend that you prepare at least 1,000,000 JPY (£8200) for one year of academic study to cover all living costs.

Deflation and market pressures have helped to make costs in Tokyo comparable to most other large cities around the world.


Most students are allocated a room in one of the dormitories for international students located near campus. Students apply for housing once they have been accepted to study at Waseda and allocations will be made on arrival.

Some students choose to live in apartments, which must be arranged independently. Students who wish to live in private accommodation should be very aware of accommodation costs

More about accommodation

Application success rate

Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice).

2016/17 = 25%
2017/18 = 40%

Module catalogue

More about the Waseda Exchange Programme

Waseda disability support


International Office

C Floor, YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

t: +44 (0) 115 951 5247
f: +44 (0) 115 951 5155
e: Email the Study Abroad team


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