Spring, Academic Year
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Academic Year: Feb. 15
Spring: Sept. 20
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Study at Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan. Sessions offered include Spring Semester or an Academic Year. The purpose of this student exchange is to facilitate an educational experience in an unfamiliar environment. To that end, students are not eligible to return to their home country to study through this exchange program.
Select from two options:
1. Japanese Coursework - take regular Meiji University coursework taught in Japanese alongside local students
2. English Coursework - take courses in English in one of the three Undergraduate Schools
Regardless of which option they choose, all exchange participants must apply to and be accepted by both the university and the Meiji Undergraduate School of their choice. The various Undergraduate Schools have different locations around Tokyo, so students must select one school and focus on a preferred discipline.
Important note: Student support services at Meiji are limited to regular office hours. Thus, students who wish to study at Meiji should possess flexibility, independence, and strong problem-solving skills.
12 - 18 s.h.
Most courses at Meiji are 2 s.h. each and therefore cannot be used to satisfy General Education requirements within the the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students should speak with their Academic Advisor before applying to this program if they are interested in fulfilling UI major, minor, or certificate requirements.
Students wishing to take classes in Japanese must possess a superior command of the Japanese language (extremely strong fourth year students and above) and demonstrate their language skills via an online placement test. Access to regular classes is determined by the results of the language assessment. If accepted, students would study alongside regular, degree-seeking Japanese students in one of Meiji’s 11 Undergraduate Schools.
View information and courses on Meiji's Undergraduate Schools website.
Students wishing to take classes in English must select one of the following Undergraduate Schools: 1.) School of Political Science and Economics; 2. School of Business Administration; 3.) School of Global Japanese Studies. Students taking their coursework in English can also opt to take a Japanese language learning course
The School of Political Science and Economics links politics, economics, administration, society, and culture. Students will gain an understanding of how modern society is structured, the skills to identify the major trends affecting society, and the insight to determine how current social conditions may impact the future.
View the Curriculum Chart for potential courses available.
The School of Business Administration consists of three different departments:
View the Curriculum Chart for potential courses available. The decision of which classes will be offered is not made until the end of the fiscal year; students will be making final course selections after they arrive to Meiji. To see the range of English-taught classes in the business school, refer to the Course List.
The School of Global Japanes Studies focuses primarily on Japanese culture, both traditional and as it exists today. This includes studying corporations, industries, and communities that drive the global spread of information about Japan. The School of Global Japanese Studies provides an internationally minded education with the aim of developing international citizens who have a greater awareness of Japan in the contexts of the wider international community.
View the Curriculum Chart for potential courses available. Classes marked A or B cover different material and are offered Spring Semester (A) or Fall Semester (B). In some cases, the B course requires the corresponding A course as a prerequisite.
Meiji operates on the traditional Japanese academic calendar, which begins in the spring and goes through the fall, aligning with the calendar year
1st Semester (Spring) - typically from early April through late July.
2nd Semester (Fall) - typically from early September through early February. Because the Spring Semester is already underway at UI in February, UI students cannot choose to study at Meiji for only the Fall Semester.
If you have questions or are ready to apply to this program, please make an appointment with program advisor by calling the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 (M-F, 8-5).
Study Abroad Advisor & Program Coordinator
Tel: +1 319-335-0353
Meiji University was founded in 1811 and began as a law school in the home of one of its three founders, all lower-ranking samurai. Through reforms and additions, including the first School of Business Administration in established in Japan, today it comprises several four-year Undergraduate Schools with related Graduate Schools. The University has produced leaders in all areas, and is especially proud of its accomplishments in the fields of law and politics.
Watch the following two videos where students introduce various topics, including the features of the four campuses, the history of Meiji University, student life, and programs for studying abroad!
The Center for International Programs addresses the needs of foreign students at Meiji. In addition to orientation, advising and tutorial programs, and Japanese language support classes, the Center sponsors intercultural activities organized by the International Student Association.
Important note: Student support services at Meiji University are limited to regular office hours. Staff in the Center for International Programs Students are not available to provide assistance of any type on evenings, weekends, or holidays. Students who wish to study at Meiji should possess flexibility, independence, and strong problem-solving skills.
With a population of 13 million, Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world. The development of Tokyo, a city much newer than most Japanese cities, began in 1603 when it was selected as military headquarters for the first Tokugawa Shogun. While the nominal capital remained in Kyoto, Edo functioned as the nation's administrative center and was renamed Tokyo upon becoming the official capital with the Meiji Restoration of 1868. Devastated in World War II, it was quickly rebuilt and is today an ultramodern city spread over an area of 230 square miles, two to four times larger than New York, Chicago or Los Angeles.
Population: 13 million
Religion: Shintoism, Buddhism
Four main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu (where Tokyo is located), Shikoku, and Kyushu
To learn more about Tokyo, check out the Go Tokyo Official Travel Guide
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Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.
Incoming exchange students are assigned to one of five dormitories located close to the various campuses locations around Tokyo. The specific housnig placement depends on which school one is attending so that students will be close to appropriate campus location. The dorms are within commuting distance from campus.
The dorms are typically single occupancy; each room includes a bed, study desk and chair, and A/C. Many rooms have private bathrooms, although certain dorms have shared bathrooms. The dorms also have communal kitchen and laundry facilities. Wired internet is available, but students must provide their own LAN cable. Students will complete a "Housing Request" form during the application process and will be contacted by Meiji with further details about housing options if they are accepted in to the program.
Cost information and photos of these housing options are available in the Fact Sheet for the current academic term. Please note that student must pay Meiji directly for their housing costs each semester.
Students are advised NOT to purchase airline tickets until they receive acceptance confirmation from both UI and Meiji University. If you have questions and/or concerns, please contact the UI Study Abroad Advisor at 319-335-0353.
Students are expected to find their own flights to Japan, though UI Study Abroad can assist by providing advice regarding airline booking options. Meiji will provide accepted students with more information on arrival details closer to the date of departure.
The Meiji University Exchange is open to UI students of all majors who fulfill the following requirements:
University of Iowa students pay their regular University of Iowa tuition and mandatory student fees and study at our partner university without further tuition payment. However, students should be prepared to pay the host university directly for certain expenses, such as housing. These expenses are included in the program cost sheet (more information below).
University of Iowa study abroad administrative fees are charged for all participants. They are based on tuition set by the Iowa Board of Regents. Please check the Costs of Study Abroad page for more information on these administrative fees.
Cost sheets are documents that outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. They include fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.
The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. Please contact your UI Study Abroad Advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet by calling 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.
Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the UI Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.
After applying for a UI Study Abroad program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.
|Date of Withdrawal||Student Financial Responsibility|
|Between confirmation and 45 days before program start date||$500|
|Between 44 and 30 days before the program start date||$1000|
|Between 29 and 15 days before the program start date||$2000|
|Less than 14 days before the program start date||100% of Study Abroad Administrative Fees ($400)
100% of UI Tuition and Fees
Consult with your UI Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.
The online application for the Spring Semester will be available from Aug. 1 to Sept. 20.
The online application for the Academic Year Programs will be available from Jan. 12 to Feb. 15.
Any supplemental materials are due to the UI Study Abroad office one week after the application deadline.
Interested students should make an appointment with the designated UI Study Abroad Advisor to discuss the program and the application process. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 319-335-0353. During the appointment, the advisor will provide full application instructions. Note: Application materials will not be reviewed unless a student has already met with the advisor to discuss the program.
The application process consists of three major steps:
Once you receive notification that you have been nominated by UI to participate in the Meiji University Exchange, download and carefully review the Confirmation of Participation Formincluding the Withdrawal Policy. By signing and submitting this form to our office, you agree to accept the program’s Withdrawal Policy, which outlines the financial commitments you would have in the event of withdrawing your participation from the program. Please return this form to UI Study Abroad (1111 UCC) by November 19, 2019. Students who do not submit this form to our office by this date will be automatically withdrawn from the program.
In addition to submitting their Confirmation of Participation form, students should review the following:UI Financial Aid Information Students are also encouraged to complete the Health Preparation Guide for International Travel form with their medical practitioner. This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad. Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.
Important: Students who are studying abroad in Japan should apply early for a Yakkan Shoumei certificate to be able to bring a supply of medication into Japan. For more information and instructions, please visit the website of the U.S. Embassy & Consultates in Japan. The site contains the application for a Yakkan Shoumei certificate.
In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by the host university. See below for more information.
You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions, you can email email@example.com.
This orientation will be facilitated by your UI Study Abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.
Any students who will need to apply for a Japanese visa will need to wait until receiving their official admission letter from Meiji before they can begin applying for a visa. UI Study Abroad staff can provide some assistance and advising on the Japanese visa application process, but ultimately the individual traveler (the student) is the person who is responsible for providing correct information on the visa application and securing the visa and all other required documentation prior to travel.