Waseda University


Waseda's traditions and culture have progressed over time since 1882, but its establishing principles remain firm. The Waseda spirit lives in over 600,000 alums. Waseda University holds its founding principles: promoting the practical application of scholarship, preserving the independence of scholarship, and fostering good individuals. Independence of Scholarship is firmly connected with a critical mind and the outsider's spirit. This institute has promoted scientific research and education bending to temporal or fashion to produce self-governing modern citizens.

The university honours its mission to produce leaders; it has educated countless business leaders, diplomats, inventors, scientists, writers, actors, and artists, including 7 prime ministers of the country. Since its founding as a leading university in Japan, Waseda University proudly protects its heritage and tradition of advocating innovation and progress and determinedly challenging convention.

It is committed to protecting the independence of academia, advancing and utilizing knowledge practically and promoting engaged citizenship. Waseda guards the freedom of investigation and research and contributes to knowledge development by supportive creative and original studies.


There are 47,900 students at Waseda University, of which almost 39,000 are undergraduate students, while the rest are postgraduate or doctorate students.

Waseda University has numerous clubs and societies covering various social, political, and academic interests. Sports in the university are highly promoted. Waseda's Baseball team has a long history of success in various leagues, including the Tokoyo Big6 Baseball league and Sokeisen series. This team has won 43 championships and has the highest winning percentage.

Several sports teams of Waseda University participate and perform well in various national tournaments. The football team won Emperor's Cup in 1964 and 1967. The rugby team has reached finals 31 times and won 15 times in All-Japan Rugby Championship. Founded in 1931 under the direction of Gichin Funakoshi, the Karate Club of Waseda University is one of the oldest in Japan.


Residence Life Center (RLC) has a university dormitory option to offer exchange students who are studying at Waseda University. They have three dormitories for exchange students; Waseda University International Student House, Waseda Hoshien, and Nishi-Waseda International Student House. All those dormitories are within walking distance from Waseda Campus, Toyama Campus, and Nishi-Waseda Campus.

RAs (Resident Assistants) are senior students who help and assist the resident and make them feel at home in pleasant hostel life. These Resident Assistants broaden their international outlook and share their experiences with other students. If there is any problem with the university's housing, students can count on RAs.


  • By Q.S. World Ranking, Waseda University ranks 205.
  • According to Times Higher Education Ranking, Waseda University ranks 801-1000.
  • U.S. News and World Report rank Waseda University at 520.


Waseda University
1 Chome-104 Totsukamachi, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 169-8050, Japan

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