International Student Program

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.

MGU opened the program to university students from non-partner universities to further nurture the notion of international exchange within its campus, to be shared by the international students, the exchange students, the four year regular students and faculty members.

・ISP Partner Institutions
・GPA Score and Language Requirements
・Academic Program
・Program Fees / Costs
・Estimated Personal Expenses


Meiji Gakuin University’s International Student Program (ISP) offers a wide range of opportunities and support so that international students can make the most of their time in Japan. A wealth of new encounters and experiences await you at Meiji Gakuin University.

Study in Meiji Gakuin University

Welcome Party and Campus Tour

The welcome party is your first step toward making new friends. Student buddies and faculty members welcome ISP exchange students. On the campus tour, student buddies show you around the campus, and tell you how to use the various facilities available here.

Everyday Life (Classes, Dormitory, Etc.)

- Shirokane Campus Edition

Find out what it is like to go to classes on the Shirokane campus and live in the Tokyo dormitory (Okusawa Dormitory). Take a look at this segment from the everyday life of exchange students. You can even take on the challenge of going with your buddies to shop for supplies.

- Yokohama Campus Edition

Check out what it is like to go to classes on the Yokohama campus and live in Yokohama. Relax in the communal spaces at the Meiji Gakuin International Student House (MISH), and concentrate on your studies in your private room. Take a look at this segment from the everyday life of exchange students.

Events For International Students

International Center hosts events to make the stay in Japan a more memorable and enjoyable one. Events such as “Japanese Cultural Activities” held in a Japanese garden and “International Bus Tour” are on offer once each semester.

ISP Partner Institutions

MGU receives students from the following institutions.

  • UK
    University of Manchester / University of East Anglia / Oxford Brookes University
  • Australia
    Monash University /Swinburne University of Technology
  • New Zealand
    Victoria University of Wellington
  • USA
    Hope College /  University of Rochester / Washington College / Texas State University - San Marcos / University of Kentucky / University of New Mexico / San Francisco State University / Hunter College / University of Central Arkansas / University of North Dakota / University of Hawaii Maui College
  • Canada
    Simon Fraser University / University of Regina / University of Prince Edward Island
  • Germany
    University of Hamburg / Trier University / Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin
  • Holland
    Maastricht University / Zuyd University of Applied Sciences
  • Spain
    University of Alcalá / Universidad de Málaga / Universidad San Jorge
  • Croatia
    Zagreb School of Economics and Management
  • Turkey
    Suleyman Sah University
  • France
    Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Aix-en-Provence / University of Rennes 2 / Universite Nice Sophia Antipolis
  • Philippines
    University of the Philippines, Diliman
  • Thailand
    Thammasat University
  • Vietnam
    National Economics University / University of Da Nang
  • Taiwan
    Soochow University / National Chengchi University
  • China
    Capital Normal University
  • Korea
    Yonsei University / University of Seoul / Soongsil University
  • Romania
    Romanian-American University
  • Sweden
    Södertörn University
  • Lithuania
    Vilnius University
  • Bulgaria
    University of National and World Economy
  • The Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia, Student Mobility Scheme (ACUCA SMS)

*The students from non partner universities should contact us ( first.


GPA Score and Language Requirements

GPA Score Requirements: The applicants must have GPA of 2.0 or above on 4.0 scale.

Language Requirements: The applicants must meet either 1) ENGLISH or 2) JAPANESE requirement below.
*The applicants from the partner universities in the countries where the official language is English are exempted from the language requirement. However, all the ISP applicants are required to master “hiragana” and “katakana” prior to their arrival.

1) ENGLISH: TOEFL iBT68, TOEFL ITP/PBT520, IELTS 6.0 or University of Cambridge First Certificate in English with no less than Grade B
2) JAPANESE: To have studied Japanese language for minimum of one year at the university course levels prior to arriving Japan*

Academic Program

The program follows the Japanese academic calendar of two semesters which constitute an academic year:

MGU Academic Calendar for the Exchange Students 2019 Spring/Fall   (PDF/36KB)

Students may enter the program in either semester for one or two semesters. The arrival dates (though subject to change depending on the year) are:
1) Spring Semester: late March (classes to commence in mid April)
2) Fall Semester: early September (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 90 minutes.

Course List Tokyo (Spring 2019)   (PDF/193KB)
Course List Tokyo (Fall 2019)   (PDF/194KB)
Course List Yokohama (Spring 2019)   (PDF/181MB)
Course List Yokohama (Fall 2019)   (PDF/221MB)

You can search the class syllabus from the following web site.
How to search class syllabus (PDF/97KB)※The class syllabus for the 2019 academic year will be released in the end of March, but the syllabus from 2018 may be used for reference until it is released.

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.


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

*Students from non-partner universities: 340,000yen per semester

Okusawa House for Shirokane-ISP students
50,000yen per month (no meal plan available)

MISH for Yokohama-ISP students
60,000yen per month(including mandatory meal plan)
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)
For Yokohama-ISP students only,mandatory meal plan(breakfast and dinner on week days and Saturdays) is included.
Rent payment for the entire semester must be settled in a lump sum by the designated deadline. MGU is not able to accept payment of rent on a monthly basis unless otherwise noted in the exchange agreement.


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


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.

*Interested students from non-partner universities should contact us by email ( first regarding the application procedure.

Application Procedure for ISP Partner Institutions
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(ACY2020)   (PDF/208KB)

Application Documents
ISP Checklist(ACY2020)   (PDF/88KB)
ISP Application Form(ACY2020)   (Word/32KB)
ISP Certificate of Health   (PDF/102KB)
ISP Japanese Language Form   (Word/34KB)
CoEApplicationForm(ACY2020)   (Excel/66KB)

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.