Program Description: Meiji started as a Law School in 1881 and currently has a population of over 33,000 students. Meiji University is aiming to be one of the top universities in the global society by making great strides in innovating education and research at the University. Meiji University is considering the importance of university social responsibility, especially contributions to the international community.
Program Location: Meiji University is located in the heart of Tokyo, which is an international megalopolis that boasts a population of 13 million people and is the political, economic, commercial, academic, and cultural center of Japan. With its vast accumulation of goods and information, Tokyo is a city of constant, dynamic change. But it is also where culture and tradition live on from the pre-modern days when it was known as Edo. From Tokyo Station to Ochanomizu Station (the closest station to Meiji’s Surugadai Campus) takes just 5 minutes by train. The campus is a 3-minute walk from Ochanomizu Station. Akihabara—the mecca of Japanese pop culture, with 600 stores specializing in electronic goods—is a 15-minute walk from the campus. The other three campuses have direct train connections with Shinjuku (one of Tokyo’s major centers) and traveling time, 4 to 30 minutes. Meiji University thus offers outstandingly good access within the city.
Program Details: At Meiji University, Exchange Program nominees are required to have a certain level of Japanese language proficiency since most courses are offered in Japanese. An advisory professor within the student’s academic field will be assigned to each international exchange student. Each student has an interview with the advisory professor and decides their course plan at Meiji University. Exchange students are required to participate in their advisory professor’s seminar classes, which are intensive and interactive class consisting of about 10-20 students each. This enables the students to interact with Meiji professors and students in a similar study area.
Application Procedure: After meeting with a study abroad advisor, applicants must complete the UofM study abroad online application as well as the J.F. Oberlin application materials for exchange students found on the U of M online application. The J.F. Oberlin application will need to be turned in to the study abroad office. Students must have 2 semesters of Japanese Language to apply for this program.
Intensive Japanese language programs are offered at two or three levels. This enables the student to acquire the Japanese language skills necessary for university-level study. Other programs that aim to enhance the understanding of Japanese culture and society are also provided. Fieldworks are offered, which are designed especially for exchange students.
Courses Taught in English:
-School of Political Science and Economics
-School of Business Administration
-School of Global Japanese Studies
-Graduate School of Governance Studies
-Graduate School of Business Administration
-Graduate School of Global Business
-Graduate School of Global Governance
-Graduate School of Science and Technology, International Program in Architecture and Urban Design
Most classes at Meiji University are conducted in Japanese, and exchange students are generally required to have a certain level of Japanese language proficiency. However, those applying for the English Track of the school of Global Japanese Studies do not require a high level of Japanese language skills.
Exchange students are housed in the Izumi International House (Izumi IH). Exchange students can apply for this accommodation at the same time as they apply for a place on the Student Exchange Program. At Izumi IH, each student has their own room. Each room is equipped with a shower, toilet, desk, bed, bookshelf, and closet. There is also a communal space with a kitchen and washing machine for between 6 and 8 students.