The Department of Global and Transcultural Studies (GTS) offers several application methods. You should select the format and test timeframe that allows you to best display your academic abilities and potential for intellectual development.

AO (A) - Spring & Fall: Special entrance examination (April & September admission)
US/UK style application package: information forms; student essay; two letters of recommendation; English language test scores, or evidence of very strong English language academic skills are required. Evaluation heavily weighs the applicant’s level of academic preparation; the quality of their essay; and the strength of the recommendations. Applicants who reside in Japan must undergo an interview in Japan. Applicants who reside outside Japan will be interviewed via Skype. We will conduct both interviews in English.
* For the AO (A) Examination schedule, see the chart below.
* AO(A) applicants may not simultaneously apply for the AO(B) examination.
  • Guidelines for AO (A) [APRIL Admission] ← Under construction
  • Guidelines for AO (A) [SEPTEMBER Admission] ← Under construction
  • Application Form for AO (A) ← Under construction
AO (B) - Spring & Fall: Domestic special entrance examination (April & September admission)
Two-part application process: 1. Applicants request an AO (B) application from the Meiji Gakuin Admissions Center, and submit the forms in October for evaluation; 2. Selected students have a written exam and interview on Meiji Gakuin’s Shirokane Campus in November. The application contains Japanese forms; applicants must be in Japan for the November examination. The written exam and interview may be done in English, but the directions at the test-site are given in Japanese.
* For the AO (B) Examination schedule, see the chart below.
* AO(B) applicants may not simultaneously apply for the AO(A) examination.
The General Entrance Exam (in Japanese) Domestic entrance examination (April admission)
Students take a series of exams on Meiji Gakuin’s Shirokane Campus in February. One test covers English skills; other subject tests are administered in Japanese.
Transfer Student Admissions - Spring & Fall: International special entrance examination (April & September admission)
US/UK style application package: information forms; student essay; English language test scores, or evidence of very strong English language academic skills are required. Evaluation heavily weighs the applicant’s level of academic preparation; the quality of their essay. Applicants who reside in Japan must undergo an interview in Japan. Applicants who reside outside Japan will be interviewed via Skype. We will conduct both interviews in English.
* For the Transfer Student Admissions Examination schedule, see the chart below.
  • Guidelines for Transfer Student[APRIL Admission] ← Under construction
  • Guidelines for Transfer Student[SEPTEMBER Admission] ← Under construction
  • Application Form for Transfer Student ← Under construction

Schedule for Entrance Examination 2017, AO (A) & AO (B)

Type of ExamSemester of AdmissionDeadlinesPeriod
AO (A) Apr. ( Approx. 2 admit. )
Sept. ( See below*)
1st Application period Oct. 3 to Nov. 4, 2016
Interview date(Japan residents)
Interview location

Interview dates(residents outside Japan)
Nov. 20, 2016
Shirokane Campus,Tokyo

Nov.27 to Nov.29,2016(on Skype)
Announcement of Results Dec. 2, 2016
Deadline for Entrance Procedures Jan. 20, 2017
Sept.
(*Approx. total of 3 admit. from 1st and 2nd periods)
2nd Application period Mar. 17 to Apr. 3, 2017
Interview date(Japan residents)
Interview location

Interview dates(residents outside Japan)
Apr. 15, 2017
Shirokane Campus,Tokyo

Apr.16 to Apr.18,2017(on Skype)
Announcement of Results Apr. 21, 2017
Deadline for Entrance Procedures Jul. 3, 2017
AO (B) Apr. ( Approx. 10 admit. )
Sept. ( Approx. 3 admit. )
Application Period for Stage One Oct. 3 to 12, 2016
Application Period for Stage Two Oct. 28 to Nov. 4, 2016
Date of Examination
Examination Location
Nov. 20, 2016
Shirokane Campus, Tokyo
Date of Announcement of Results Dec. 2, 2016
Deadline for Entrance Procedures Dec. 12, 2016

Type of entrance examination: AO (Type A)

Requirements for Application
  1. 1.You should be 18 years of age or older by April 1st, 2017 (for September admission, by September 1st, 2017) . You should have already graduated from high school or expect to graduate by March 2017 (for September admission, by August 2017) . This requirement can be met in one of three ways:
    1. a.You have graduated from high school.
    2. b.You are considered to have completed twelve years of a regular school curriculum.
    3. c.You are considered to have attained an educational ability equal or superior to high-school graduates.
  2. 2.This department should be your first choice for further education. You are able to make a definite commitment to enter the department.
  3. 3.You can demonstrate a satisfactory ability in English by one of the following:
    1. a.You have received a TOEFL iBT® score of 70 points or higher (TOEFL PBT® score of 525 points or higher) .
    2. b.You have received an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher (Academic Module only) .
    3. c.You have received a TOEIC® score of 700 points or higher.
    4. d.English is your primary language of communication.
Application Documents
  1. 1. Application Form. (Under construction)
    You must complete the form designated by the university.
  2. 2.Documentation required as proof of high school education.
    As evidence of 1.a. to c. above in "Requirements for Application", submit a transcript of grades (educational certification) and a certificate of completion of studies (or certificate of anticipated completion of studies) .
    NOTE: Only official documents issued by your school or other educational authorities can be accepted. The documents should be originals in a sealed, unopened envelope. Photocopies are not acceptable. Documents must be issued within three months before the application date if you are expected to graduate from high school.
  3. 3.Educational certification
    Submit evidence of the following as educational certification:
    1. a.SAT Reasoning Test (SAT I) or SAT Subject Tests (SAT II)
    2. b.ACT
    3. c.Advanced level GCE or GCSE
    4. d.Baccalauréat
    5. e.IB Full Diploma
    6. f.Abitur
    7. g.Another form of educational certification equivalent to those listed above.
      NOTE: These certificates must be originals or certified true copies made by your school or embassy, or by a public notary in Japan.
      If you ask for your scores to be sent directly to Meiji Gakuin, we suggest you reconfirm this with the testing institution prior to the start of our application period.
  4. 4.Personal Statement.
    The personal statement should be written in English and 600-800 words long. There are no restrictions as to format.
  5. 5.Two Letters of Recommendation.
    A teacher who has taught you during your last two years of high school should write one of the letters. You may select any person to write the second letter of recommendation.(The letters can be written in English or Japanese. Letters in other languages should be accompanied by a translation into English or Japanese.)
  6. 6.English test results: Proof of ability in English
    See “Requirements for Application” 3.
    1. a.Submit the “Test Taker(Examinee) Score Report” or "Official Score Report" for TOEFL iBT® or TOEFL PBT®.
    2. b.Submit the “Test Report Form” for IELTS.
    3. c.Submit the “Official Score Certificate” for TOEIC® .
      NOTE: Only originals, not photocopies, are accepted in the case of IELTS “Test Report Form” and the TOEIC® “Official Score Certificates. A photocopy is acceptable in the case of the “Test Taker(Examinee) Score Report” for TOEFL iBT® or TOEFL PBT®.
    4. d.Applicants whose primary language is English should submit one of the documents listed above in "Educational Certification" in "Application Documents," section 3.
  7. 7.Passport copy
    The pages with your name and photo.
  8. 8.Two photos
    Attach one on the application form and enclose another in the envelope.
  9. 9.Copy of Application for Remittance
    Attach the copy of your Application of Remittance (gaikoku sokin iraisho ) to your application form with a paper clip.
Selection Process Applicants will be selected on the basis of their application materials and their interview. We will inform you of the details of your Skype interview schedule via email.
No matter what the reason (including issues with your internet service), you will be counted as absent from the interview if you do not take it at the appointed time.
  • There is no system for provisional enrollment.

Type of entrance examination: AO (Type B)

Requirements for Application
  1. 1.You meet one of the following requirements or will do so by March 2017 (for September admission, by August 2017) .
    1. a.You have graduated from high school.
    2. b.You are considered to have completed twelve years of a regular school curriculum.
    3. c.You are considered to have attained an educational ability equal or superior to high-school graduates.
    4. d.You have or are expected to graduate from a school in Japan with an accredited IB program, and you have or are expected to receive an IB Full Diploma for which you took either English A: Literature or English A: Language and Literature.(You must have be 18 years old by April 1, 2017.)
  2. 2.The Department of Global and Transcultural Studies should be your first choice. You are able to make a definite commitment to enter the department.
  3. 3.You can demonstrate a satisfactory ability in English by one of the following.(Applicants who fulfill requirement 1.d are exempt.)
    1. a.You have passed pre-1 grade or higher in the EIKEN examination (実用英語技能検定試験 準1級以上) .
    2. b.You have received a TOEIC® score of 600 points or higher.
    3. c.You have received a “GTEC for STUDENTS(L&R&W)” score of 650 points or higher.
    4. d.You have received a TOEFL iBT® score of 54 points or higher (TOEFL PBT® score of 480 points or higher) .
    5. e.You have received a TEAP total score of 256 points or higher.
    6. f.You were enrolled for four years or more without interruption in a middle school (junior high school) or high school where English was the medium of education.

NOTE: Applicants for the AO (B) examination must be able to take the examination in Tokyo on November 20, 2016. The application procedures must be completed in Japan, either by applicants themselves, or by a person acting for them. However, there is no requirement that examinees should be resident in Japan at the time of application. There is no restriction as to national origin or citizenship of those applying.

Application Documents
  1. 1.Application form. (Under construction)
    You must complete the form designated by the university (in Japanese).You may request the application form on this web page as from August.
  2. 2.Documentation required as proof of high school education.
    As evidence for 1.a. or 1.b. above in "Requirements for Application", submit a high school transcript. As evidence of 1.c., submit a transcript of grades (educational certification) and a certificate of completion of studies (or certificate of anticipated completion of studies) . As evidence of 1.d., submit “IB Full Diploma” or ”IB Predicted Grade”
    NOTE: Only official documents issued by your school or other educational authorities can be accepted. The documents should be originals in a sealed, unopened envelope. Photocopies are not acceptable. Documents must be issued within three months before the application date if you are expected to graduate from high school.
  3. 3.Educational certification.
    If possible, submit evidence of the following as educational certification:
    1. a.SAT Reasoning Test (SAT I) or SAT Subject Tests (SAT II)
    2. b.ACT
    3. c.Advanced level GCE or GCSE
    4. d.IB Full Diploma
    5. e.Abitur
    6. f.Another form of educational certification equivalent to those listed above.
      NOTE: These certificates must be originals or certified true copies made by your school or embassy, or by a public notary in Japan. If you ask for your scores to be sent directly to Meiji Gakuin, we suggest you reconfirm this with the testing institution prior to the start of our application period.
  4. 4.Personal Statement.
    The personal statement should be written in English and 600-800 words long. There are no restrictions as to format.
  5. 5.English test results: Proof of ability in English
    See “Requirements for Application” 3.
    1. a.Submit the certificate issued by the EIKEN testing authorities showing your EIKEN examination results. (A photocopy is not accepted.)
    2. b.Submit the original “Official Score Certificate” showing your TOEIC® score. (A photocopy is not accepted.)
    3. c.Submit the score report of the “GTEC for STUDENTS.” (A photocopy is acceptable.) ※Only OFFICIAL SCORES
    4. d.Submit the “Test Taker(Examinee) Score Report” (A photocopy is acceptable.) or "Official Score Report" of your TOEFL iBT® score.
    5. e.Submit the original "Official Score Report" showing your TEAP score.(A photocopy is not accepted.)
    6. f.Submit a graduation certificate or grade transcript that clearly indicates the period that you were enrolled in a middle school (junior high school) or high school where English was the medium of education. (Photocopies are not accepted.)
Selection Process: Stage Two (Examination)
  1. [1]Written Examination (2 hours) . The examination consists of three sections.
    1. 1.Read a passage in English. The passage is between 600-1000 words in length. Write a summary in English or Japanese of the main points in the passage. Your summary should be between 100 and 200 words in length. If writing in Japanese, your summary should be between 200 and 400 characters in length.
    2. 2.Respond to the issues in the passage in section (1) by giving your opinion in English. Your response should be between 300 and 500 words in length.
    3. 3.Select one essay topic from the three choices, and write your response to the question in the space provided for your answer.
  2. [2]Interview in English only.

  • There is no system for provisional enrollment.

Type of entrance examination: Transfer Student Admissions

[1st Period for April Admission & September Admission]
Application period: Oct. 24 to Nov. 8, 2016
Date of interview test (for applicants residing in Japan):Nov. 26, 2016 in Tokyo
Date of interview test (for applicants residing overseas):From Nov. 27 to Nov. 29, 2016 on Skype
Announcement of Results: Dec. 2, 2016
Deadline for Entrance Procedures: Jan. 20, 2017
[2nd Period for September Admission]
Application period: Mar. 17 to Apr. 3, 2017
Date of interview test (for applicants residing in Japan):Apr. 15, 2017 in Tokyo
Date of interview test (for applicants residing overseas):From Apr. 16 to Apr. 18, 2017 on Skype
Announcement of Results: Apr. 21, 2017
Deadline for Entrance Procedures: Jul. 3, 2017
Requirements for Application
  1. 1.You must meet one of the following requirements:
    1. a.You completed your second year at another university, and received the prescribed number of credits.
    2. b.You expect to complete your second year at another university and will receive the prescribed credits by March, 2017 ( for September admission, by August, 2017) .
    3. c.You have graduated or expect to graduate from another university, a two-year college, or a technical college.
    4. d.You have graduated or you expect to graduate from Meiji Gakuin University by March, 2017 ( for September admission, by August, 2017) .
  2. 2.You can demonstrate a satisfactory ability in English by one of the following:
    1. a.You have received a TOEFL iBT® score of 76 or higher (PBT score of 540 or higher) .
    2. b.You have received a TOEIC® score of 710 or higher.
    3. c.You have received an IELTS (Academic Module only) score of 5.5 or higher.
    4. d.English is your primary language of communication.

NOTE: If you have or expect to graduate from a university or two-year college outside Japan, your application documents will be reviewed to determine your eligibility. If you are deemed ineligible, your application fee will be returned.

Application Documents
  1. 1.Application Form. (Under construction)
    You must complete the form designated by the university.
  2. 2.Academic record.
    (If you have or expect to graduate from another university or program, you should also submit a certificate of graduation, or school document indicating you are planning on graduating.)
    NOTE: This must be issued within three months prior to the application except for the case of those who completed of graduated. Photocopies are not acceptable.
  3. 3.Personal Statement.
    The personal statement should be written in English and 600-800 words long. There are no restrictions as to format.
  4. 4.English test results: Proof of ability in English
    See “Requirements for Application” 2.
    1. a.Test Taker(Examinee) Score Report (photocopies are acceptable) or Official Score Report.
    2. b.Official Score Certificate (photocopies are not acceptable) .
    3. c.Test Report Form (photocopies are not acceptable) .
    4. d.No documentation is required.
  5. 5.Passport copy
    The pages with your name and photo.
  6. 6.Two photos
    Attach one on the application form and enclose another in the envelope.
  7. 7.Copy of Application for Remittance
    Attach the copy of your Application of Remittance (gaikoku sokin iraisho ) to your application form with a paper clip
Selection Process Applicants will be selected on the basis of their application materials and their interview. We will inform you of the details of your Skype interview schedule via email. No matter what the reason (including issues with your internet service), you will be counted as absent from the interview if you do not take it at the appointed time.