Waseda Global Leadership Fellows Program

Year-long direct exchange in Tokyo, Japan

Waseda Global Leadership Fellows Program


About Waseda

University of Washington Honors Program students are invited to apply for this interdisciplinary leadership program which runs autumn 2024-early summer 2025 in Tokyo, Japan.

Students will receive UW credit (Honors or other credits per pre-approval). Dorm housing is provided by Waseda. Accepted students will cover tuition (equivalent to UW tuition), airfare, food, and personal expenses.

Students accepted to this “integrated study abroad” program will engage with a small cohort of GLP Waseda exchange students who are spending the current academic year at the UW. In addition, during the year long program at Waseda University, UW students will work with a cohort of students from US universities who are part of the GLP cohort (Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California at Berkeley, University of California Los Angeles, University of Chicago, and University of Washington).

Current sophomores and juniors from all majors are encouraged to apply (to see a list of course offerings click here.)

Current Waseda University students are also invited to apply for the Global Leadership Program. Waseda students accepted to the program will participate in Honors Program courses and be part of the Honors community at the UW. Waseda GLP students will take Honors classes and also classes in their majors. Other classes taken at the UW would be specific to the student’s majors or elective credits. Students will benefit from personalized advising through the UW Honors Program and UW Study Abroad.

UW and Waseda students attending a lecture on global food security in Japan

UW and Waseda students attending a lecture on global food security in Japan, 2018


Outbound Students

Application coming soon!

Eligibility Requirements

The Waseda Global Leadership Program is open to all UW students, though priority is given to students in the Honors Program. This exchange program is best suited for juniors and seniors with prior international experience. Priority will also be given to students who have some proficiency in Japanese, or who are planning to study Japanese prior to their departure. Students participating in the program will receive UW credit (Honors credits and other UW credits per pre-approval).

Students accepted to this “integrated study year” program are encouraged to complete a basic level Japanese language requirement. UW students will engage with a small cohort of Japanese students participating in the Global Leadership Program currently attending UW.

UW student Delaney Lake and Waseda student Yuki Shibamiya with Ambassador Caroline Bouvier Kennedy in Tokyo, March 2015.

UW student Delaney Lake and Waseda student Yuki Shibamiya with Ambassador Caroline Bouvier Kennedy in Tokyo, March 2015.

Program Fees

  • Students will be exempted from paying Waseda tuition and fees.
    • Outbound UW students pay exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition through the Home Tuition Program for Reciprocal Exchange
      • 3.0 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges
    • Students billed via MyUW on regular UW tuition billing schedule
  • Program includes accommodation in University dormitories, as well as program travel excursion
  • Costs NOT covered by the program include:
    • Round-trip airfare to and from Japan
    • Local transportation in the U.S. (round-trip between home and nearest international airport)
    • Local transportation in Japan between Narita or Haneda Airport and Waseda University
    • Meals and other living expenses during the program
    • Books and other study materials
    • Study abroad insurance covering the period of stay in Japan
  • Tuition waivers cannot be used toward study abroad or any direct exchange program, as tuition waivers cannot be used to pay study abroad program fees or exchange tuition equivalent fees

Housing costs are fully covered in Tokyo!

GLFP American students will be accommodated in a university dormitory in the heart of Tokyo without monthly room charge during their stay at Waseda, generously provided.

The dormitory, Waseda Houshien International House, is located 5 minutes by foot from the Waseda campus. Information regarding the dormitory can be found here.

Application Process to WASEDA (for outbound UW students).  Application coming soon!

Fast Facts for Waseda

  • Most Waseda classes are taught in English.
  • Most classes are 2 credits and meet once per week for 1.5 hours.
  • Most students take eight to ten courses per semester.
  • 45-54 credits per year is an average course load. Most students take up to five classes per semester, and some take up to seven.
  • The Waseda academic structure is based on the “Zemi” model. A Zemi is a unique Japanese academic experience that is a cross between a seminar, lab, and social network/club.
  • Academic calendar:
    • Autumn semester: September 20 – February 4
    • Spring semester: March 31 – August 1

Quick Links

For more information about the Global Leadership Program visit:

Inbound Students

Waseda students in Seattle 2015

Eligibility Requirements

The Waseda Global Leadership Program is open to all WASEDA students. This exchange program is best suited for sophomores and juniors with prior international experience and strong English proficiency.

Program Fees

Students do not pay UW tuition, but are responsible for covering the cost of Waseda tuition and fees.

Additional UW exchange fees for inbound students, as well as housing and insurance may be found on the UW’s Study Abroad site. 


Waseda Global Leadership Exchange students are eligible to live in university residence halls. Housing costs are the responsibility of the student. For more information visit the UW visiting student housing website.

Application Process to UW (for inbound WASEDA students)

After you have been nominated through GLFP Waseda complete and submit the Honors Program online form.

Once you have submitted this form, the Honors Program will confirm your eligibility to take the next steps in applying to the UW. You will then receive an application link with details and requirements for inbound exchange students. The application will open on Jan. 1.

You may read more about this process on the UW Study Abroad website.

Deadline to apply

February 1

Fast Facts

The International Programs and Exchanges Office at the UW provides an informational portal for visiting exchange students.

For general information about the University of Washington, visit:

For information about the UW Honors Program, visit:

International Student Services Office webpage:

Contact Info

Global Leadership Program Team in Waseda

More Information

For more information about the Global Leadership Program visit:


Waseda statue of Shigenobu Okuma

Statue of Shigenobu Okuma, founder of WASEDA University