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Autumn Issue (Nov.)

SPECIAL REPORT

The world is our campus
"Study Abroad" starts from Waseda

One mission of universities is to cultivate international professionals who are capable of performing on a global scale. Waseda University seeks to establish a "global campus" which enables study in any part of the world. This report introduces a variety of overseas study programs and the support system of our university.

*A portion of short-term programs at the Extension Center were transferred to the Center for International Education from the 2009 academic year.

Part.2 Introduction of overseas study programs

Various overseas study programs offered by Waseda

Beginning with the establishment of the School of International Liberal Studies in 2005, our university has placed even greater focus on overseas study. We offer a variety of overseas study programs including foreign study, language acquisition programs and experience-based study programs. This report introduces the features of each program, as well as messages from students who have experienced overseas study.

1Study/Experience-Based Programs (Open Education Center)

*Excerpted portion.

Language and experienced based programs through Open Courses
An academic minor system which enable overseas experience regardless of undergraduate school or academic year

Waseda University opened the Open Education Center in order to realize comprehensive education that exceeds the boundaries of undergraduate schools. The center provides a variety of theme studies (academic minors shared throughout the university). Students can freely select a theme which sparks their interest regardless of undergraduate school or academic year. Theme studies contain courses featuring practical exercises conducted overseas. Through these courses, it is possible to study and experience local language and culture at overseas universities.

 
Experience Note from Tai

Field Study
Thailand: Thammasat University
August 22nd to September 1st, 2010 (11 days)

I made valuable friends who exceed international boundaries

Mika Takahashi (4th year student at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

Upon hearing that I would share a room with a student a Thailand's Thammasat University, I was initially worried if I would be able to communicate effectively. However, I was saved by the high-level language ability and kindness of local students, and I made valuable friends who exceed international boundaries. We students stayed in the Rangsit Campus of Thammasat University. The campus offered a pleasant environment surrounded by nature. I was surprised that the campus contained water buffalo, crocodiles and other animals which would never be seen at a university in Japan. Additionally, I was able to acquire an in-depth study of Thailand by visiting slum towns and other places which I would have never gone during ordinary travel.

 
2Full-scale foreign study programs (Center for International Education)

*Excerpted portion. Partnerships are also formed with approximately 250 universities in more than 70 different countries and regions.

Foreign Exchange Program
Facing challenges together with local students at overseas locations

Foreign exchange study is a traditional program which has been implemented for many years. Students from Waseda University and students from the affiliated overseas college are exchanged in overseas study. Our university has partnerships with approximately 250 universities in more than 70 countries and regions including America, China, Europe and Africa. When selecting universities for overseas study, Waseda offers a much richer variety of options when compared to other domestic universities.

At affiliated overseas universities, exchange students enroll in official credits and take classes together with local students. This includes some programs which include discussions from the first day of class, and a relatively high level of language ability is required. For this reason, foreign exchange tends to be selected by independent students who are eager to study abroad. Additionally, the number of exchange students assigned to one school is very small at approximately 1 to 3 students. The foreign exchange program fulfills the needs of students who want the challenge of taking normal courses together with local students at the overseas university.

 
Experience Note from Italia

Foreign Exchange Program
Italy: Venice International University
September 2008 to June 2009

Linking unique experiences in Italy to my personal growth

Shoko Makino (4th year student at the School of International Liberal Studies)

I participated in the foreign exchange program at an international university on a small Italian island where professors and students gather from throughout the world. The special environment offered unique experiences, encounters with people and scenery. I feel that I acquired the habit of actively trying to link all these experiences to my personal growth. In addition to classes, field work and travel, I also left the dormitory and tried a room share with Italian students. My ability to blend into the local lifestyle allowed me to experience the perspective that "something valuable can always be gained by taking the initiative and acting."

 
Experience Note from America (OG)

Foreign Exchange Program
America: University of Pennsylvania
August 2006 to May 2007

Unique school time experiences that expanded my perspective and future potential

Keiko Okazaki (graduate of the School of International Liberal Studies; currently employed at a foreign financial institution)

For me, foreign study broadened my existing perspective and expanded my future potential. In addition to improved language ability, foreign study also has the appeal of creating confidence. While studying at university, I hope that students will take on many new challenges and will engage in foreign study which is only possible during time as a student. Also, relationships formed while studying abroad are treasures which will last a lifetime. In the future, I hope that many Waseda students will broaden their perspective and potential by spending time abroad. Doing so will improve the quality of students at both Waseda University and throughout Japan.

 
Experience Note from Korea (OB)

Foreign Exchange Program
Korea: Hanyang University
From March 2005 to February 2006

Since the time I decided on studying abroad, everything has caused me to grow.

Kenichi Yanaka (graduate of the School of Social Sciences; currently employed at a foreign trading institution)

The idea of foreign study is enough to make even the most rambunctious Waseda student feel uneasy. Unlike simple overseas travel, foreign study is a major event in which a student's daily life is shifted to a different country. Personally, I hadn't thought of studying abroad when I first entered university. Therefore, I was full of expectations and uneasiness regarding my study abroad. I still remember how, despite my uneasiness, I used the Center for International Education in order to gather information and how I left to study abroad. Living in a foreign country instilled me with mental strength, adaptability and stimulating memories that I will never forget. However, reflecting back, I now realize that the time from when I decided upon foreign study until I actually left Japan was just as precious as the time I spent abroad. I realize that every process of studying abroad helped me to grow as a person. Foreign study was important part of my life and I will never regret my decision to go abroad.

 
Double Degree Program
An advanced system for cultivating global professionals

*Excerpt taken from Waseda information for recruiting foreign study students in the 2nd term of the 2010 academic year.

This program enables students to obtain degrees from both Waseda University and from the affiliated overseas university. In the EU (European Union), the development of networks such as exchange agreements between universities allows for this kind of system to be actively implemented. However, in Japan, there are still only a few universities which implement such a system. The Double Degree Program can be described as an advanced system of a university that is responsible for cultivating global professionals.

This program contains the goal of "gcooperating to create knowledge in the Asia-Pacific Region". This goal is based on the philosophy of "gharmony between Easter and Western culture" as espoused by Shigenobu Okuma. Through the exchange of personnel and knowledge rooted in the Asia-Pacific Region, this program seeks to create new understanding, ways of thinking and international currents.

Waseda has formed partnerships with 4 universities in the Asia Region and has established 5 programs in order to broadly open our university to students with a high level of consciousness. Although we currently have partnerships with only 4 universities, we are looking towards the future by considering agreements with universities in America and the EU.

In order to obtain a degree at affiliated overseas universities, a high level of reading comprehension, listening ability and conversational ability is required in the local language.

Localized Agreement Program

A portion of undergraduate schools and graduate schools have established independent partnerships with foreign universities and provide educational programs which support the expertise of students. For more information on such programs, please refer to each undergraduate school and graduate school.

Foreign study program which enables study according to language ability
TSA (Thematic Studies Abroad) Program
Taking the first step by studying language onsite

TSA is a unique foreign study program of Waseda University that enables students to study foreign languages in overseas locations. The program started from 2005 and sends approximately 400 students to about 30 universities every year. The program consists of a half-year of study at the affiliated overseas university, after which it is possible to take the same classes as local students. Programs are also offered which have established special classes for language acquisition open only to Waseda students. This program makes comfortable foreign study possible even for students who lack confidence in their language abilities.

ISA (Individualized Studies Abroad) Program
Students can study at appealing universities famous throughout the world

This program enables foreign study even at universities that do not participate in agreements for the exchange of foreign students. Waseda has formed agreements with approximately 30 universities and sent roughly 120 students abroad in the 2009 academic year. The program makes it possible to receive highly specialized education through agreements with famous universities such as the University of Pennsylvania and Oxford University. Under the guidance of a local coordinator, foreign students take the same classes as local students. For that reason, this program requires a relatively high level of language ability.

 
Experience Note from Singapore

Double Degree Program
National University of Singapore
August 2008 to May 2010 (2 years)

I learned the importance of focusing on academics and refining specialized knowledge

Takuma Tanaka (5th year student at the School of International Liberal Studies)

At the National University of Singapore (hereinafter referred to as "NUS"), foreign students participating in the Double Degree Program must complete a study workload that equals or exceeds that of NUS students, all while maintaining an outstanding academic record. No amount of advance preparation could have prepared me for studying abroad, and I was overwhelmed by the passion which NUS students showed towards their studies. However, I learned the importance of focusing on academics and refining specialized knowledge during my time as a university student. Although it was very difficult to balance my schoolwork with extracurricular activities such as school clubs, I firmly believe that the effort I made while studying abroad will be a positive for me in the future.
*A 5th year student from this September. (Graduation was delayed by 1 year due to a 2-year period of foreign study.)

 
Experience Note from China (OB)

Double Degree Program
China: Beijing University
September 2007 to August 2008

The importance of the multifaceted way of thinking that I learned in China

Koichi Murata (graduate of the School of Commerce; currently employed at a trading company)

My first encounter with China came in the spring of my first year at university. I visited Beijing University through a short-term program operated by the Center for International Education. I was overwhelmed by the completely different government system, culture and people that I discovered in China, and I felt the desire to study further in the country.

2 years later, I studied abroad at Beijing University as part of the Double Degree Program. "There is no one single answer." - This was the strongest feeling that I had at the time. I was fascinated by the different perspectives held by Japan and China regarding international relations. Neither of these perspectives can be proclaimed as correct. I learned the importance of implementing a multifaceted way of thinking instead of thinking in only one direction.

 
3Other Programs
Short-Term Programs
Starting from short-term programs which are an introduction to foreign study

This program enables students to enroll in courses for language acquisition and cultural experience. Courses are focused mainly in the spring and summer. The course period is short and it is relatively easy to participate in the program. Therefore, many students use the program as an introduction to long-term foreign study.

Students can chose from various programs such as an unusual course where language acquisition studies are followed by leadership study through a survival course held in the mountains. Another example is a course in which students actually work as a member of an onsite laboratory, which is a perfect option for students studying science.

*Excerpted portion from the short-term foreign study program. Number of students studying abroad in the 2009 academic year.

Ultra Short-Term Foreign Study

A specific example of ultra short-term foreign study was the group of students who visited Korea University (Korea) for 4 nights and 5 days in 2010. The visit was a project to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Alumni Association. Visiting students participated in a variety of cultural experiences such as homestays, interaction with local students and participation in a mock lesson. In the future, we plan to provide similar short-term programs that students can use to prepare for full-scale study abroad.

 
Experience Note from England

Short-Term Foreign Study Program
England: University College London (English Training)
February 21st to March 14th 2010 (22 days)

A first-hand look and personal experience of foreign culture

Hasumi Anzai (3rd year student at the School of Sports Science)

For me, studying abroad was a long-awaited experience. I learned the importance experiencing new things through a first-hand perspective. For 3 weeks, I was able to travel abroad, have encounters with local people, and obtain a personal experience of foreign culture. This experience was a positive opportunity that allowed me to broaden my perspectives. In addition to language study, the opportunity to encounter the history and art of London was an irreplaceable and precious experience. I am certain that the experience will be a great asset during my life in the future. I am very grateful to everyone who was involved in my study abroad.

 
Experience Note from Hong Kong

Ultra Short-Term Foreign Study
Hong Kong Budding Scholarship Program
February 15th to February 21st
March 22nd to March 28th

My time at university was stimulated through encounters with university students from throughout the world

Yasushi Ibata (3rd year student at the School of Political Science and Economics)

The strongest sensation that I gained from my experience studying abroad is that Japanese university students are exposed to the fierce competition taking place between university students throughout the world. Stated simply, simply maintaining the status quo will result in a loss for Japanese students. Although I was able to make a great number of foreign friends through this foreign study program, I also experienced a sense of restlessness and crisis. These feelings will have major influence on my attitude toward studying in the future. On a different note, statistical data provided by the Center for International Education was extremely useful in understanding the history of this university.

 
Working Experience at International Institutions
Seeking truly global professionals through the accumulation of real experience

Waseda University has formed internship agreements with the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) and has created opportunities for graduate students to engage in authentic overseas work experiences. In addition to language skills, participants must also possess specialized knowledge.

For undergraduate students, the TSA Program provides an option (Beijing University and University of Bonn only) for placement at overseas offices of Japanese corporations such as Mitsui & Company and Mizuho Bank. This program is conducted through cooperation from the Wa-Mon Association, a friendship association composed of Waseda University graduates. Participants in the program can study the local work and lifestyle at overseas offices where Waseda graduates are employed. This unique program of Waseda University is intended for students who are considering working overseas in the future.

Additionally, the Career Center offers programs with a record of placement at the overseas offices of JETRO and JICA. There are also graduate schools and undergraduate schools with independent programs.

Overseas Seminars
Receiving stimuli from foreign students through the globalization of seminars

Students travel overseas in seminar groups to conduct overnight programs and workshops. This program was instituted to response to the trend of globalization and is implemented in a variety of undergraduate schools. In particular, a great number of overseas seminars are conducted in the School of Political Science and Economics, the School of Social Sciences, the School of Fundamental Science and Engineering, the School of Creative Science and Engineering, the School of Advanced Science and Engineering, the School of Human Sciences, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies. We are constructing a support system which seeks further expansion through initiatives such as support for faculty who apply to the university.

International Volunteer Experience (WAVOC)
Contributing to international society through student-led projects

WAVOC (Waseda University Hirayama Ikuo Volunteer Center) offers a variety of courses and projects related to volunteer activities. The center has established experience-based study courses for the cultivation of professionals who will contribute to international society, and also offers students the opportunity to experience actual volunteer activities at onsite locations both within Japan and overseas (refer to list below). Furthermore, the center conducts more than 30 volunteer projects both domestically and overseas. Students play a proactive role in these projects and are responsible for the majority of planning and operation.

●WAVOC URL
http://www.waseda.jp/wavoc/

International Communication Center (ICC)
Cross-cultural communication for students and led by students

The International Communication Center (ICC) was established to realize cross-cultural exchange on our campuses by utilizing the unique characteristics of Waseda's rich international environment. Students play a leading role in organizing a variety of events such as sporting events, academic events and events for introducing Japanese culture. Exchange which exceeds national and cultural boundaries will lead to the creation of new values and culture.

"Study Abroad Fair" held in spring and autumn

Waseda holds a "Study Abroad Fair" for students who are interested in foreign study. The fair features an explanation related to applications for foreign study in the next academic year. The fair also introduces the appeal of foreign study through events such as panel discussions held by student foreign study advisors. Total support is provided at booths for personal consultation.

 
Experience Note from Philippines

Utilizing experience as a foreign exchange student by working at the International Communication Center
Foreign exchange student at the University of the Philippines
June 2008 to March 2009

I felt that people can achieve mutual understanding despite national and cultural differences

Mariko Kato (4th year student at the School of International Liberal Studies)

The majority of my foreign study in the Philippines was spent working as an intern at an NGO. It was a difficult experience to work with people who were different from me in every way, including economically and culturally. However, when it was time for me to return to Japan, I found myself crying as I hugged my coworkers. I acquired a first-hand experiences that people can achieve mutual understanding despite significant national and cultural differences. Currently, I work as a student staff member at the International Communication Center (ICC). My experience in the Philippines serves as a driving force when planning cross-cultural exchange events.