1. Meiji is situated in the center of Tokyo's educational and cultural district, and ranks strongly among the best universities in Japan. 

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2016
  • Deadline: March 1, 2016
  • Extension: April 1, 2016
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
  • Official Transcript
  • Housing Application: The housing application must be submitted along with all other application materials.
  • CV/Resume
  • 1 Letter(s) of recommendation
  • 5 Photo(s) (passport sized [1x2]): Student’s first and last name should be written on the back if hard copy.
  • Medical Statement
  • Financial Statement
  • Application for Certificate of Eligibility
  • Study Plan
  • Online Japanese Language Test
  • Study Abroad Advisor form
Submit to Host University
  • Host Application: Online Application
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
Update My Travel Plans on MyNEU
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

*Please note that students must enroll in the School of Political Science and Economics to leave before Christmas*

Depending on a student’s ability in Japanese, students can enroll in Japanese or English language courses. English language instruction courses are only offered in the School of Political Science and Economics and the Surugadai Campus and School of Political Science and Economics at the Izumi Campus. Students can also enroll in courses taught in Japanese at the School of Global Japanese Studies at the Izumi Campus. Upon arrival, exchange students will work with an advisor to make a final decision on course selections. The first week is a probationary period during which students attend the courses they are interested in registering for. (Some courses might not have such a probationary period and please confirm this upon arrival.)

The registration date depends on each department or School, so students must remember to ask the staff at their School office for the date of registration. If a student fails to complete proper registration, they will not be able to earn any credits.

Students can enroll in the Japanese language course that is offered at two or three levels, upper intermediate and lower intermediate. These accommodate the needs of the student at an appropriate Japanese language level. This course is divided into 2 parts, “General Japanese Language”, which focuses on acquiring general communicative competence in Japanese and “Japanese language for special purposes”, which focuses on skills of reading, speaking, and writing.

Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNeu under Services and Links labeled “Study Abroad Course Approval” . Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $24,280
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed 16 credits. If a student elects to transfer back more than four courses (or 16 credits), then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. 

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: July 1, 2016
  • Deadline: October 1, 2016
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
  • Official Transcript
  • Housing Application: The housing application must be submitted along with all other application materials.
  • CV/Resume
  • 1 Letter(s) of recommendation
  • 5 Photo(s) (passport sized [1x2]): Student’s first and last name should be written on the back if hard copy.
  • Medical Statement
  • Financial Statement
  • Application for Certificate of Eligibility
  • Study Plan
  • Online Japanese Language Test
  • Study Abroad Advisor form
Submit to Host University
  • Host Application: In addition to the GEO application, all applicants must complete the host institution or program’s application.
Update My Travel Plans on MyNEU
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

Credit Conversion for Courses Effective Spring 2018:

  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:1 (Meiji University: Northeastern)
  • Students should aim to take 16 credits total. Credits per course vary – typically 2 or 4 credits each
Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNeu under Services and Links labeled “Study Abroad Course Approval” . Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $24,280
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed 16 credits. If a student elects to transfer back more than four courses (or 16 credits), then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. 

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Destination

Tokyo is Japan’s capital and the country’s largest city. The metropolis of Tokyo consists of 23 city wards (ku), 26 cities, 5 towns and 8 villages, including the Izu and Ogasawara Islands, several small Pacific Islands in the south of Japan’s main island Honshu. The 23 city wards (ku) are the center of Tokyo and make up about one third of the metropolis’ area, while housing roughly eight of Tokyo’s approximately twelve million residents.

Accommodations

Please remember that Northeastern University does not arrange accommodations for you while you are abroad – this is your responsibility. You should follow all of your host institution’s or housing provider’s procedures and deadlines for obtaining housing. Failure to do so may mean you are not able to arrange housing through the program.

  • On-Campus: Meiji University has a dormitory, Izumi International House, for exchange students. International students can apply for the dormitory along with their application for admission. Each student can have their own private room and the room is equipped with bathroom, bed, desk, bookshelf and closet. 6 to 8 students will share kitchen and laundry facilities in a common area. To apply for the contracted apartment, please refer to the Housing Guide for International Exchange Students. The student is responsible for the housing payment directly to the Meiji University.

Host University or Organization

Meiji University is a private university in Tokyo and Kawasaki, founded in 1881 by three lawyers of the Meiji era, Kishimoto Tatsuo, Miyagi Kōzō, and Yashiro Misao. It is one of the largest and most prestigious Japanese universities in Tokyo, Japan. Meiji has around 30,000 on its 3 campuses, and is known for its selective application process.

Coordinators