Semester in Tokyo
Meiji Gakuin University

Fall 2021
New Offering
Spring 2022

Study in serenity on the outskirts of Tokyo with clear views of Mt. Fuji

Looking for a quiet campus setting but with easy access to bustling Tokyo? Our Semester in Tokyo at Meiji Gakuin University program offers all this and more! Enjoy a learning setting with spa-like vibes, including wooded paths, views of Mt. Fuji, and free access to the full health center. But no cultural #FOMO for you! With a quick 1-hour train ride, you’ll be in Tokyo city center, with close access to all the excitement you desire. It’s also the most affordable Japan semester option we offer.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English and Japanese
  • Average Courseload: 12-18 U.S. credits
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5
  • Visa Requirements: YES - Pre-departure

Highlights:

  • Idyllic suburban setting with wooded paths on a green, sprawling campus
  • Take in crisp and clear views of Mt. Fuji while you cozy up & study in the campus library
  • Register for a “buddy” to get paired with a local student
  • Choose from both Japanese-style and Western-style cuisine in the campus cafeteria at a very reasonable price
  • Enjoy an accommodating library with silent floors for optimal studying practice

Program Details

Meiji Gakuin University

Established in 1863, Meiji Gakuin University is one of the oldest Christian universities in Japan. Over its history, Meiji Gakuin University has maintained a global perspective with a local focus, placing a strong emphasis on international education and exchanges. Based on its philosophy of “Do for Others,” Meiji Gakuin University supports a variety of student life clubs and societies, volunteer opportunities, and cultural exchanges.

Meiji Gakuin University encourages curiosity through social, cultural, and academic exploration. The university’s faculty consists of unique individuals who are ready to listen to your thoughts and doubts, encouraging an interactive learning-teaching exchange. Expect a supportive environment where you can learn and practice Japanese while also leaning on English when you may need it. With around 12,000 students across two campuses in Tokyo and Yokohama, Meiji Gakuin University provides a comfortable academic and social base. Want to get involved on campus? Choose from rugby, soccer, break dancing, judo, fencing, competitive dance, sailing, lacrosse, karate, aikido, figure skating, Red Cross Society, tsunami relief, UN-NGO academy, and more.

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Humanities

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • World Languages
  • Business

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Course Equivalency and Approval

In general, 4 credits at Meiji Gakuin University (MGU) is roughly equivalent to over 40 contact hours, or about 3 US credits. You should plan on taking a minimum of 12 MGU credits per semester, although based on US equivalency you would typically need 16 MGU credits to maintain full-time status in the US (12 US credit equivalency). The average course load for international students at MGU is 14 – 16 credits, but you could also aim for the 16 – 20 MGU credits range to transfer back 12 – 15 US credits.

Course Offerings

The International Student Program at Meiji Gakuin University (MGU) consists of:
1) A mandatory Intensive Japanese Language course divided into 5 levels (6 credits)
2) A selection of elective courses and seminars offered in English by various MGU faculties with a focus on Japanese social and cultural issues (2 credits per class)

Additionally, participants who are also holders of Level 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) are allowed to take courses instructed in Japanese at MGU with prior permission from the instructor.

Japanese Language Courses

Intensive Japanese Language Courses meet 6 times a week for 90 minutes each. There are also practical Japanese courses and Japanese literature courses.

Elective Courses Conducted in English

Course subjects offered in the past include:
Economics
Law
History
Politics and Society
Contemporary Global Issues
International Relations
Journalism
Gender and Society
Sociology
Cultural Studies
Regional Studies
Community Development

Here is a list of the most recent course offerings for the spring term: Spring 2019 courses

Here is a list of the most recent course offerings for the fall term: Fall 2019 Courses

You can use the courses from previous terms as a good indication of what to expect for your semester, as they don’t typically vary too much from year to year. Once the new courses have been finalized they will be updated here.

 

 

Why Life in Tokyo

Huge, stylish, exciting, bold, and incredibly fun, Tokyo is a one-of-a-kind city. The Tokyo metropolitan area is the most populous place in the entire world, and it’s home to absolutely everything. You can step from a bustling market into a quiet park, from a frenetic dance club to a serene temple. The best thing to do in Tokyo is to embrace it all, including the food, the festivals, and the karaoke. It would take several lifetimes to explore all that Tokyo has to offer, but CISabroad will show you some of the best sites during your time in Tokyo. Every day will be filled with unforgettable sights and scenes, Tokyo style.

You can spend your free time visiting world-famous markets, shrines, and museums. For a more low-key experience, ride a bike around a quiet neighborhood, where you can interact with street vendors, food cart owners, and friendly residents. Your time in Tokyo will fly by, and we guarantee you’ll always want to come back. The city is that special!

Live La Vida Local

  • Japanese Gardens in Tokyo

    The Imperial Palace Higashi (East) Gyoen (garden), Shinjuku Gyoen, Kiyosu Teien, Hamarikyu, Rikugien. Asianesque garden beauty is laid out and provides a serene feeling of Japan and Asia.

  • Mt. Fuji

    Ride the fastest Japanese train, the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) from Tokyo station to Shin Fuji station. At the station, you can see a dynamic view of Mt. Fuji. Climb up to the top of the mountain to see more amazing views of Japan. Take the Bullet train further to Kyoto city. Stay overnight in a Japanese inn, and walk around the ancient capital city.

  • Largest Fish Market in the World

    Be sure to go to Toyosu Fish Market in Tokyo. It is the largest fish market in the world. Try to get to the market early so you can watch the auction for freshly caught giant tuna fish. Enjoy the freshest sushi possible and/or the market's exceptional ramen!

  • Japanese “Onsen” (Hot Spring)

    Take a train to Hakone and Atami, less than one hour ride from Tokyo. In Hakone and Atami, there are a number of traditional Inns where you can enjoy hot springs and authentic Japanese cuisine. Tokyo has some good spots too.

  • Tokyo Sky Tree

    The world highest free-standing broadcasting tower. The height of the tower is 645m. Take the elevator up to the top “TEMBO DECK” (observatory deck) so you can have a complete panorama view of Tokyo.

Housing in Tokyo

Location

Students will stay in campus housing in Yokohama, within a 20-30 minute commute from their academic buildings. Rooms are single occupancy ensuite with shared dining/lounge hall and laundry facilities. Rooms come equipped with a desk, chair, closet, bed, linens, and internet access.

Meals

Included in the program is a meal plan at the dormitory cafeteria.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomEnsuite
  • Bed linens
  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • Desk
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Included
  • Single Room
  • Study Areas
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • Welcome dinner
  • Excursions, like visiting famous shrines and temples and a traditional Tea Ceremony
  • Housing
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Meiji Gakuin University Transcript
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site support
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival, get a lay of the land, touring apartments and visiting local convenient stores and markets for anything you may need. Shortly after you’ve settled in, explore nearby neighborhoods, familiarizing yourself with the subway and train systems. Orientation continues with an excursion and a welcome dinner the first week in the fun fashion district of Shibuya!

Farewell & Re-Entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system, especially after having lived in the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo! We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect when readjusting to whatever you’re going back to (if you can actually pry yourself away from Japan) and rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Experience and learn about the tradition of the tea ceremony with fellow University students where you can perform some of the traditions, enjoy the pure form of Japanese tea and sweets in the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony room on campus.

Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, & Shibuya

Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, & Shibuya

Shortly after your arrival, we’ll set out to get a lay of the land, enjoying a tour of some of the top sites in Tokyo and its surrounds. Accompanied by our Japanese university students, we’ll head to the Meiji Shrine, the largest and most famous shrine in Tokyo. Next, we’ll cruise through Harajuku, one of the most famous fashion districts in the world. We’ll get the night started in nearby Shibuya, enjoying a welcome Izakaya party and a sampling of a variety of Japanese food.

Asakusa

Asakusa

Together with local University students, this excursion will take us on a short subway ride to Asakusa, an area in Tokyo not far from the Tokyo Sky Tree where you will have free time for shopping, visit the famous Sensoji temple as well as the well known Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate) structure.

Site Director

Travel Tip:

When choosing places to travel, venture to locations with a culture entirely different than your own, where the language, food, behaviors, traditions, ways of thinking, and ways of working and living are totally foreign to you. The experience will be transformative in good ways and stay with you for a lifetime.

Travel Tip:

When choosing places to travel, venture to locations with a culture entirely different than your own, where the language, food, behaviors, traditions, ways of thinking, and ways of working and living are totally foreign to you. The experience will be transformative in good ways and stay with you for a lifetime.

About:

Originally from New Jersey, Jeff attended Rider University where he studied Business Administration. After graduation, he started working for a small college in northern New Jersey where he started the Office of International Programs, study abroad programs, language programs, and established international exchange programs. He was sent to tour Asia to establish international educational exchanges and continued expanding exchanges over the course of the next decade. He then moved to Tokyo, where he continues to develop programs and support systems for students studying in Japan.

Your Support Staff

CIS Abroad Advising & Support
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!

Global Advising

Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.

Program Enrollment

Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!

CIS Abroad's COVID-19 Plan

We want you to have the study abroad semester of a lifetime, and also know that Fall 2021 is a unique time to be having this experience. We want to provide useful information to you so you can make the best decision for your finances, academic career, and personal health and safety.

Our Financial Commitment

CIS Abroad is working with international partners to create refund and withdrawal policies that limit the financial impact on students and families should COVID-19 change a student’s plan to travel. See the refund policy page for more information.

To insure yourself from additional loss, such as the loss of airfare, or any other non-recoverable loss after your program begins, we recommend purchasing trip protection insurance, aka CFAR/IFAR insurance.

Our Academic Commitment

CIS Abroad has carefully selected programs where there is minimal to no academic risk*.

  • If a student must quarantine or miss classes due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e, live or recorded.
  • If a city or country goes on lockdown due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e. live or recorded.

*If a student cannot travel to their destination due to COVID-19 restrictions, remote academics are guaranteed on select programs and in certain courses. If accessing remote academics from the US is important to you, please contact our advising team to learn more about which program locations or courses are right for you.  

 

Our Health & Safety Commitment

CIS Abroad has developed a site-specific risk management plan for every location so that health and safety protocols are monitored, managed and communicated throughout the semester. We have developed a COVID Care Package included in our program fee for all Summer and Fall 2021 programming to make traveling and living in a host country easier on students, especially those first few weeks on-site:

  • COVID compliant airport pick-up and transfer to housing. 
  • Access to quarantine housing upon entry, if quarantine is required when entering the country; this housing may incur additional charges*
  • Information and assistance on meal delivery, if quarantine is required when entering the country
  • COVID-safe classrooms, campus facilities, and housing as well as access to masks, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies according to country and location specific standards 
  • Access to accommodation if isolation is necessary due to positive COVID test or exposure; this housing may incur additional charges.
  • Access to COVID testing; this testing may be an additional charge.
  • Medical and accident insurance that covers COVID-related illness (except for on programs operating in the USA).
  • La Vida Local cultural activities and reflection that emphasize safe, local exploration geared to the specific context of being abroad at this special time.

*if quarantine is required upon entry, we will let you know 60 days before a program starts, or as soon as the information is known to CIS Abroad. Your program coordinator will keep you updated as to any changes in dates, arrival, local restrictions and costs.  If it is required, this may entail an earlier departure date and an additional housing and meal cost. 

We recognize not every student, family, or university will allow travel this year, despite the risk mitigation outlined above.  Should students apply for 2021 programs, and then choose to defer to a future program, we would be happy to move that student’s application to a program with a later start date.  We are committed to providing our innovative virtual programs to meet your internationalization goals.

Quarantine

CIS Abroad is closely monitoring changing international regulations and will help you plan accordingly. We anticipate that as we get further in 2021 quarantine may not be required due to the use of vaccinations. If quarantine upon arrival is required when entering the country, it may incur an additional charge for housing and meals. 

Housing

All 2021 students will have COVID-19 compliant housing. 

Excursions

We plan to show you the best of what your location has to offer this term; great culture, great food, and interesting people. On the Excursions tab, you can see the day or overnight trips we usually offer. It is too soon to know if we can offer those same experiences or if we’ll stay a little closer to our program base. Just know that great experiences await you. 

Add-Ons

Price

$1,750

Teaching English and Professional Development in Japan

Extend your time in Japan, immerse more deeply in the culture, and learn the theory and practice of teaching the English language in Japan and other Asian countries!

Please note: This add-on is only available to summer in Japan participants in sessions 2 & 3 or sessions 1, 2, & 3 or for participants in spring programs in Japan.

Summary of Program:

  • 6 weeks
  • Training course in theory and practice of teaching the English language in Japan and other Asian countries
  • Three stages: series of lectures, group discussions, peer activities, real-world teaching observations, and teaching demonstrations’ 18 hours of instruction
  • 34 hours of practical teaching experience
  • One week of classroom teaching in Tokyo
  • Tokyo English Camp with included activities
  • PRE-TESOL Basic Certificate and letter of recommendation post-completion.

Get more information about this add on.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline:
    EXTENDED!Mar 24
    Mar 14
  • Arrival: September 14
  • Departure: December 27 | February 2
  • Price: $12,290
  • Application Deadline: Oct 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: March 21 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 30 (Estimated)
  • Price: $12,290 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: September 1 (Estimated)
  • Departure: January 23 (Estimated)
  • Price: $12,290 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.