Program Overview

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 the most affordable Japan semester option we offer.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
Spring: October 1
Fall: March 1
Avg Course Load
12-18 credit hours
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Japanese
VISA REQUIREMENTS
YES - Pre-departure
Highlights
  • Register for a “buddy” to get paired with a local student
  • 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
  • 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
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Academics

WHY THIS 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.


HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR COURSES

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

COURSE APPROVAL

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

GPA REQUIREMENT

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

8+ CLASSES IN

Business
World Languages

3-7 CLASSES IN

Humanities
Social Sciences

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Choose Your Courses

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet in your portal.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad 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

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

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

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.


Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Julia Sementilli
Program Enrollment Coordinator - Asia, Africa, and the Pacific

Travel Tip: Be open to meeting new people! Some of my favorite memories while traveling include meeting people in hostels, or by getting involved at my school abroad. You never know who will be a lifelong friend! Try all of the local foods, even if you don’t think you will like it. Write everything down in a journal- you will appreciate those stories later!

Learn more about Julia

Jeff Sinding
Site Director in Japan

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.

Learn more about Jeff

Student Feedback

CIS Abroad was the first program that was recommended to me and I have never regretted taking that first choice. In fact, I was beyond ecstatic that I did because I got to go see and explore a new part of the world I never thought I would get the chance to. The staff was helpful in preparing activities for the students and helped us get to know each other since not everyone knew each other at the start. Additionally, learning Japanese was not that difficult since the staff was knowledgeable and had an easy-to-understand curriculum. I have so many fond and wonderful memories and will not soon forget them.

Jorge Hernandez

Program Fees & Dates

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

  • Spring 2020
    Application Deadline
    October 1
    Arrival
    March 27 (Estimated)
    Departure
    July 31 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $11,990
  • Fall 2020
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    Arrival
    September 9 (Estimated)
    Departure
    January 27, 2021 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $11,990 (Estimated)

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

ADD-ON

Optional Elective Course: Teaching English and Professional Development in Japan
(Currently offered during summer only. Consider extending your stay!)
Summary of Program:

  • Semester-long, plus one extra week at the end
  • 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
  • PRE-TESOL Basic Certificate and letter of recommendation post-completion

Learn more here!

Program Inclusions

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

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