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.

Overview

The International Student Program currently welcomes exchange students from partner universities and ACUCA SMS located in Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. MGU receives students from the following institutions:

University of Manchester, UK
University of East Anglia, UK
Oxford Brookes University, UK
Monash University, Australia
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Hope College, USA
University of Rochester, USA
Washington College, USA
Texas State University - San Marcos, USA
University of Kentucky, USA
University of New Mexico, USA
San Francisco State University, USA
Hunter College, USA
University of Central Arkansas, USA
Simon Fraser University, Canada
University of Hamburg, Germany
Trier University, Germany
Maastricht University, Holland
Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Holland
University of Alcalá, Spain
Universidad de Málaga, Spain
Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Croatia
Suleyman Sah University, Turkey
Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Aix-en-Provence, France
University of Rennes 2, France
Universite Nice Sophia Antipolis, France
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Philippines
Thammasat University, Thailand
National Economics University, Vietnam
Soochow University, Taiwan
National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Capital Normal University, China
Yonsei University, Korea
University of Seoul, Korea
Soongsil University, Korea
ACUCA SMS

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
JAPANESE: To have studied Japanese language for minimum of one year at the university course levels prior to arriving Japan*

*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.

Academic Program

The program follows the Japanese academic calendar of two semesters which constitute an academic year:
1) Spring Semester (April to July)
2) Fall Semester (September to January).

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:
1) Spring Semester: March 31 (classes to commence in mid April)
2) Fall Semester: September 8 (classes to commence in late September)

The International Student Program consists of:
1) A mandatory Intensive Japanese Language course divided into 5 levels (6 credits)
2) A selection of elective courses and seminars offered in English by various MGU faculties with a focus on Japanese social and cultural issues (2 credits per class)

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.

Course Schedule Tokyo(Sample)   (PDF / 96 KB)
Course Schedule Yokohama(Sample)   (PDF / 85 KB)
Course Description Tokyo(Sample)   (PDF / 66 MB)
Course Description Yokohama(Sample)   (PDF / 66 MB)

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.

Dormitory

Shirokane-ISP Students
MGU maintains an off campus co-ed dormitory located in Okusawa for its ISP participants. Located in a quiet residential district in central Tokyo, with easy access to both the Shirokane (approximately 30 minutes door to door) and Yokohama (approximately 60 minutes door to door) campuses, the dormitory offers an environment fit for academic pursuit. All students are required to stay in the Okusawa dormitory for admittance to the International Student Program.

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.

Yokohama-ISP Students
MGU maintains an off campus co-ed dormitory located in Totsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, for its ISP participants and the other MGU students. With easy access to both the Yokohama (approximately 20 minutes door to door) and Tokyo (approximately 60 minutes door to door) campuses, the dormitory offers an environment fit for academic pursuit as well as for making lifelong friends.  All program participants are required to stay in the Yokohama dormitory. 

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

Tuition:Exempt

Accommodation:
Shirokane-ISP Students
Single Room (Spring Semester) 200,000yen (for those staying for one semester: April-August)
Single Room (Spring Semester) 250,000yen (for those staying for two semesters: April-September)
Single Room (Fall Semester) 250,000yen (for those staying for one semester only: September-January)
Single Room (Fall Semester) 350,000yen (for those staying for two semesters: September-March)
Deposit 25,000yen (a one off payment valid for the duration of the student’s stay – to be returned upon checkout in cash minus any fees needed for repair/cleaning above those considered normal “wear and tear”)

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.

Yokohama-ISP Students
Single Room (Spring Semester) 240,000yen (for those applying for one semester only)
Single Room (Spring Semester) 360,000yen (for those applying for two semesters)
Single Room (Fall Semester) 300,000yen (for those applying for one semester only)
Single Room (Fall Semester) 420,000yen (for those applying for two semesters)
Deposit 25,000yen (a one off payment to be returned upon checkout in cash, minus any fees needed for repair/cleaning above those considered normal “wear and tear”)

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.  

Rent payment for the entire semester must be settled in a lump sum by the designated deadline soon after the students’ arrival to Japan.  MGU is not able to accept payment of rent on a monthly basis unless otherwise noted in the exchange agreement. 

Insurance

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
Allowance 20,000yen per month
Local Transportation 6,000yen per month

Application

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.

Application Procedure
Applicants from the partner universities and ACUCA SMS should follow the steps below;

1. Contact the International/Study Abroad Office at home institution first.
2. Apply to home institution.
3. Once nominated as an exchange student by home institution, the applicant should submit application materials through home institution. All the documents should be in English or Japanese.

Application Instructions
MGU ISP Instructions(ACY2017)   (PDF/199KB)
2016 MGU Term Dates    (PDF/62.5KB)

Application Documents
ISP Checklist(ACY2017)   (PDF/22.3KB)
ISP Application Form(ACY2017)    (Word/42.0KB)
ISP Recommendation Letter   (Word/28.0KB)
ISP Financial Certification Form    (Word/29.5KB)
ISP Health Information Form   (Word/26.5KB)
ISP Japanese Language Form   (Word/32.0KB)
CoEApplicationForm(ACY2017)   (Excel/65.2KB)

4. After Meiji Gakuin University receives the application forms from the partner universities, the forms will be deliberated upon. Please consult the home institution with any questions concerning the International Student Program.
5. The selection results will be announced by January for admission in the Spring semester and June for admission in the Fall semester.

Further information regarding pre-departure arrangements will be sent with the acceptance letter.

 


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