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Waseda University

Graduate School of International Culture and Communication Studies

Master's Program

As globalization gathers speed in society today, there is a pressing need to cultivate talented people with international awareness and communication skills of high level. In response to this need, Waseda University has established the Graduate School of International Culture and Communication Studies (GSICCS) as a new graduate school, linked to the highly successful undergraduate School of International Liberal Studies (SILS), and aiming in a similar way to foster graduate professionals capable of playing an active role in the international community.
The fact of the movement of human resources across national borders now becoming routine has led to significant changes in patterns of language, culture and society that challenge the common understanding of such processed prevailing hitherto. So far, language, culture and society have typically been studied separately as independent entities, but in the changed current circumstances, these three have become intimately connected and mutually influence each other. This means that, in order to analyze these developments in terms of both specific details and general patterns, we need to develop a new intellectual framework.
We intend to respond to these academic challenges in this graduate school, where both the educational structure and the research environment are designed to fruitfully combine insights from the humanities and the social sciences in the study of communication alike from linguistic, cultural and social perspectives. The research focus will thus be on interactions both among individuals and between the individual and society, as well as on social and political communication within different communities and between different nations. With this new understanding of language, culture and society as a network of information transfer, we thus aim to encourage research original in both theory and practice.
In addition, GSICCS will promote research in English education. As Japan plays an increasingly important role in an international community displaying great cultural diversity, there is a need to foster talented individuals with superior skills not only in the English language but also in intercultural understanding. The mission of the new graduate school is thus to send out into society global citizens who can communicate comfortably with those from other backgrounds.

Degree Information
Degree Master's
Type of Degree Master of Arts in International Culture and Communication Studies
Subject - Humanities (History, Linguistics, etc.)
- Social Sciences (Business, Economics, Law, etc.)
Major International Culture and Communication Studies
Duration 2 years
Entry Date Spring Semester: April 1, 2018
Fall Semester: September 21, 2018
Location 1-6-1 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-8050, JAPAN
Area Kanto Region (Tokyo, etc.)
Postgraduate Program Started April, 2013
No. of Students 140
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members 56
Tuition Fees 2018 Academic year
April Entry: 953,000 yen
September Entry: 953,000 yen
Additional Information As regards future career paths, we anticipate that many of those completing the master's program at the school will go on to engage in cutting-edge research combining theoretical innovations and empirical precision.
At the same time, We believe that many others will become invaluable human resources capable of working beyond borders for the international community, and thus enter a wide range of multinational corporations such as finance, media, trading and IT, and international organization such as NGOs and NPOs, as well as the various bodies belonging to the United Nations.
Contact Addressee: Graduate School of International Culture and Communication Studies, Waseda University
Phone: +81-3-5286-1716
Fax: +81-3-3208-8401
Admission Information
Admission Capacity 50
Application Type Open to everyone
Eligibility 1. Those who have graduated or are scheduled to graduate from a university by the entrance period when applicants wish to matriculate.
2. Those who have completed 16 years of standard school education outside Japan or are scheduled to complete such education by the entrance period when applicants wish to matriculate.
3. Those who have been enrolled at a university for more than three years (or have completed 15 years of school education overseas or are scheduled to complete such education by the entrance period when applicants wish to matriculate.) and have been recognized by the Graduate School Program as having earned a specified number of credits with an excellent academic record.
4. Those who have been recognized by the Graduate School Program as possessing academic credentials superior to those of university graduates through an individual entrance requirements screening process and are scheduled to reach 22 years of age by the entrance period that applicants wish to matriculate.
※Prospective applicants, who are unsure if they can fulfill the requirements mentioned in items No.3 and No.4 above, must confirm their eligibility with GSICCS [Tel: +81-3-5286-1716, E-mail:] prior to the application.
*Regardless of having completed 16 years of school education overseas, if the education curriculum undertaken by the applicant is not regarded as equivalent to an undergraduate level course in a Japanese university, the application cannot be accepted.
Application Period 2018 Academic year
April Entry
(Overseas and Domestic Application): September 11, 2017 to September 21, 2017
(Only Domestic Application): January 6, 2018 to January 12, 2018
September Entry
(Overseas and Domestic Application): April 2, 2018 to April 10, 2018
Examination Type & Date The decision whether to accept or reject will be based on the results of evaluation of all the required documents submitted.
For some applicants, telephone or E-mail interviews will be required. Candidates will be contacted individually by the GSICCS Admissions Office
Presence in Japan Required for Screening Process No
Admission Fee Overseas applicants: 5,000 yen
Domestic applicants: 30,000 yen

As of January 23, 2018


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