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Waseda University

private university in Tokyo, Japan

Waseda University is a well known university in Japan. The main campus is in Shinjuku, Tokyo. It was founded in 1882. Waseda thirty-six departments: thirteen undergraduate schools and twenty-three graduate schools. As of May 2016, there were 42,860 undergraduate students and 8,269 graduate students. It is called 早稲田大学 (Waseda Daigaku) in Japanese.


Ōkuma Shigenobu started this school in 1882. It started with departments of political science and economics, law, and physical science. There was also an English language course where all students could learn English.[1]

Waseda University students in 1916

Much of the campus was destroyed in the fire bombings of Tokyo during World War II, but the university was rebuilt and reopened by 1949.


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Waseda University's main campus is in Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku. The nearest station is Waseda Station, but nearby Takadanobaba Station on the Yamanote Line is the main access to the university.

Waseda also has other campuses around the country:


Undergraduate Faculties and DepartmentsEdit

  • Political Science and Economics
  • Law
  • Culture, Media and Society
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Education
  • Commerce
  • Fundamental Science and Engineering
  • Creative Science and Engineering
  • Advanced Science and Engineering
  • Social Sciences
  • Human Sciences
  • Sports Sciences
  • International Liberal Studies

Graduate Faculties and DepartmentsEdit

  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Commerce
  • Fundamental Science and Engineering
  • Creative Science and Engineering
  • Advanced Science and Engineering
  • Education
  • Human Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Global Information and Telecommunication Studies
  • Japanese Applied Linguistics
  • Information, Production and Systems
  • Sports Sciences
  • Business School
  • The Okuma School of Public Management
  • Law School
  • Finance, Accounting and Law
  • Accountancy
  • Environment and Energy Engineering
  • Journalism

Research CentersEdit

  • Kagami Memorial Laboratory for Materials Science and Technology
  • Institute for Comparative Law
  • The Institute for Research in Business Administration
  • Institute for Research in Contemporary Political and Economic Affairs
  • Advanced Research Center for Human Sciences
  • Advanced Research Institute for Science and Engineering
  • Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Global Information and Telecommunication Institute
  • Institute for Advanced Studies in Education
  • Center for Japanese Language
  • Media Network Center
  • Environmental Research Institute
  • Environmental Safety Center
  • Center for Finance Research
  • Human Service Center
  • Comprehensive Research Organization (Project Research Institute)
  • Institute for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
  • Consolidated Research Institute for Advanced Science and Medical Care
  • Information Technology Research Organization
  • Organization for Asian Studies
  • Waseda Institute for Advanced Study

Other ProgramsEdit



This group of five universities in Tokyo started in 2001. Students from these universities may take courses at the other universities in the group. The members are:

International AssociationsEdit

Waseda is a member of:


Many famous and influential people have graduated from Waseda including:


  1. Kimura, pp. 74, 123

Other websitesEdit