TOKYO: Meiji University

Tokyo, Japan

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  • Fall Semester - Mid-September-Early February
  • Spring Semester - Early April through End of August

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - *Please note earlier deadline.* Meiji and OISP Online Applications Due February 19th, Supporting materials must be sent to GEO by February 27th.
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Mike Miller (

Meiji is situated in the center of Tokyo's educational and cultural district, surrounded by Asia's largest area of used bookstores. Meiji which started as a Law School in 1881, currently has a population of 33,000 students, enrolled in the Schools of Law, Commerce, Political Science and Economics, Arts and Letters, Science and Technology, Agriculture, Business Administration, Information and Communication, and the Graduate School.

Each of the Undergraduate and Graduate Schools has its own educational philosophy and aims. Each School also has its own faculty and its own curriculum, independently organized. This enables the students to study the discipline of the school that they are enrolled in from the start of their education at Meiji. Meiji University has approximately 450,950 registered alumni and has been accepting international students since 1896. Famous graduate include former Prime Ministers such as Mr. Takeo Miki and Mr. Tomiichi Murayama. Currently there are approximately 650 international students studying various disciplines at Meiji University.


Please note that only the Political Science and Economics program allows students to depart Japan before January.

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. Students must have a level 3 of Japanese language to enroll at courses offered through the School of Global Japanese Studies at the Izumi Campus. Upon arrival, exchange students will have an interview with an advisory professor and an academic officer of the School enrolled. At this point, a final decision on course selection takes place. Students do not need to register for classes prior to arrival. The first week is a probationary period during which you attend the courses you 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 you must remember to ask the staff at your School office for the date of registration. Also please note that your Japanese language proficiency level, or regulations of the department or School concerning course registration may make your registration conditional. If you fail to complete proper registration, you will not be able to earn any credits. As explained before, all international exchange students get guidance from an advisory professor. You will take seminar courses taught by your advisory professor. Once you arrive in Japan, an interview will be given by the advisory professor, the academic administrator of the school you are enrolled in and the student exchange coordinator of the Center for International Programs. Course registration and other academic matters will be dealt with in this interview so there is no need to worry about course registration prior to arrival.

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. The program coordinator, who is also a professor of Japanese, will interview the student upon arrival and advise the student on which course to take. 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. Study abroad students enjoy all the rights, privileges and services of degree-seeking students, although priority in course registration is granted to full-time, degree-seeking candidates. Northeastern students may not take any business courses abroad.

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Tatsuo Kishimoto, Kozo Miyagi, and Misao Yashiro founded the Meiji Law School, the predecessor of Meiji University. All three were born in the Kaei era, between 1848 and 1853, to lower-class samurai families. Kishimoto was raised in Tottori, Miyagi in Tendo, and Yashiro in Sabae, all rural areas far away from the capital.

After the revolution ending the Tokugawa shogunate, they were selected to study in Tokyo at the behest of the newly formed Meiji Government. They met each other at the Meihoryo (the Meiji Law Residence, later to become the Ministry of Justice Law School), which had been established with the purpose of quickly developing judicial officers. At this school, the three young men studied French law under the supervision of the famous French jurist, Boissonade, and other foreign teachers, after which they each went their own way. Kishimoto and Miyagi went to study in France, the former becoming a justice and the latter a public prosecutor after returning to Japan. Yashiro secured a position in the House of Elders, the legislative branch of the government, and as such was in charge of the education and administration at such private law schools as the Kohogakusha (founded by Doryu Kitabatake).

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility
  • First-come, first-served basis.

Application Procedure

    • OISP online application
    • Completed Meiji application formPlease submit the following directly to OISP:
    • Statement of Intent
    • Health Report
    • Statement of Financial Responsibility
    • Housing form
    • Application for Certificate of Eligibility
    • Official transcript
    • 1 letter of recommendation written in Japanese or English
    • 5 passport-sized photos
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
    • Study Plan at Meiji University
    • Online Japanese Language Test
    • Resume
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). 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.


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.


Tokyo is Japan's capital and the country's largest city. Tokyo is also one of Japan's 47 prefectures, but is called a metropolis (to) rather than a prefecture (ken). 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. Prior to 1868, Tokyo was known as Edo. A small castle town in the 16th century, Edo became Japan's political center in 1603 when Tokugawa Ieyasu established his feudal government there. A few decades later, Edo had grown into one of the world's most populous cities.