International Student Program(Exchange)
The Meiji Gakuin University International Student Program (MGU-ISP) provides an opportunity for English-speaking students from our exchange partners to learn about, and personally experience Japan for a period of one or two semesters.
The aim of this program is to provide a creative academic environment for studies pertaining to Japan and the Japanese language for international students wishing to further broaden their views at the heart of Tokyo.
The International Student Program currently welcomes exchange students from partner universities and ACUCA SMS located in Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. As of 2016, MGU receives students from the following institutions:
University of Manchester, UK
The program follows the Japanese academic calendar of two semesters which constitute an academic year: 1) Spring Semester (April to July) and 2) Fall Semester (September to January). Students may enter the program in either semester.
Language Requirements and GPA Score Requirements
Language Requirements: The applicants are required to meet either ENGLISH requirement or JAPANESE requirement below.
ENGLISH: TOEFL iBT68 (ITP/PBT520) or IELTS 6.0
*The language requirements are exempted for the applicants from the partner universities in the countries where the official language is English, however, all the ISP applicants are required to master “hiragana” and “katakana” prior to their arrival.
GPA score requirements: The applicants must have GPA of 2.0 or above on 4.0 scale.
The program follows the Japanese academic calendar of two semesters which constitute an academic year:
Students may enter the program in either semester for one or two semesters. The designated arrival dates (though subject to change depending on the year) are:
The International Student Program consists of:
Students participating in the International Student Program are allowed to register for a maximum of 24 credits per semester, including the mandatory Intensive Japanese Language course.
Though registration to the Intensive Japanese Language course is limited to exchange students and fee-based international students only, the elective courses offered in English are also open to full time MGU students, allowing for a truly international and integrated academic atmosphere rarely seen in Japanese Universities.
ISP students are required to take the Intensive Japanese Language course at their base campus. However, they may also register for ISP courses offered at the other campus should their daily class schedule allow for the commute between the Shirokane and Yokohama campuses. Program participants should note that the trip between the two campuses roughly takes 1 hour.
Confirmed course schedules are sent out to applicants once ready.
Participants to this program who are also holders of Level 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) are allowed to take all courses offered at MGU upon prior permission from the instructor. Students should be aware that some courses require prerequisites apart from the abovementioned language requirement. Submittal of the relevant documents, upon arrival to Japan, proving that the student holds the required prerequisites remains to be the incoming students’ responsibility.
The dorm offers single rooms with shared kitchen, shower, bathroom, laundry facilities and lounge area. Rooms come equipped with a desk, chair, closet, bed, linen and internet access.
The dormitory offers single occupancy en suite rooms with shared dining/lounge hall and laundry facilities. Rooms come equipped with a desk, chair, closet, bed, linen and internet access.
Program Fees / Costs
The rent is inclusive of all utility costs (electricity, gas, water, internet), but does not include a meal plan. Students are requested to make use of the shared kitchen to cook their own meals at the dorm.
Rent payment is due at the beginning of each semester. Further details are provided to accepted applicants prior to their arrival. Please note that MGU is not able to accept payment of rent on a monthly basis unless otherwise noted in the partnership agreement.
The rent is inclusive of all utility costs (electricity, gas, water, internet) and mandatory meal plan. The meal plan consists of breakfast and dinner on week days.
Participants to the International Student Program must join the Japanese National Health Insurance Scheme, which automatically covers 70% of most medical/dental expenses incurred in Japan. The premium depends on an individual's income and place of residence, but the figure for students living in Tokyo is normally set around 14,400 yen per year. Arrangements for National Health Insurance, along with the mandatory “Resident Registration”, will be made shortly after arrival as part of overall orientations.
Estimated Personal Expenses
Participants to the International Student Program are strongly urged to bring adequate funds to support themselves for the duration of their stay in Japan. Though personal expenses naturally vary depending on one’s lifestyle, the following is a rough breakdown of minimum expenses. The expenses quoted below assume a relatively frugal lifestyle.
Food 30,000yen per month
Interested students from our partner universities should contact their International/Study Abroad Office for further details regarding the application procedure. MGU can only accept applicants from officially nominated candidates.