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Global & International Studies, Meiji Gakuin Univ.

Study Abroad Program Overview

Study at Meiji Gakuin University (Meigaku) at its Yokohama campus and gain new understanding of Japan today in a program which offers courses taught in English, project-based learning, and excursions.

Enroll in social science and humanities courses related to global studies, international relations, history, cultural studies, economic development, Asian studies, and sociology taught by local and international faculty. Japanese language study and local "buddies" help you integrate with the local community. 

A UC Visiting Professor teaches two courses and facilitates your immersion into the Meigaku community. The program includes a multi-day excursion to Hiroshima and an integrative seminar that provides lectures by experts and professionals, and involves independent research. ​

Students attend classes with UC and host country students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study

 language study is optional, but highly recommended. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes are offered.


Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Fall :  
​early September to mid-December

Spring :  
​early April to late July








You will live in a dormitory complex with other students and local workers within bus or walking distance of campus. You can also request a short-term homestay with a Japanese family.
More information on housing...

Extracurricular Activities

A multi-day excursion to Hiroshima is part of the program curriculum. Meigaku also offers service learning and volunteer trips to a Tohoku community affected by the Fukushima earthquake. Cultural activities are offered throughout the term. 
In addition, Meigaku offers a rich variety of student club activities such as martial arts, sports, and clubs for tea ceremony, drama, music, dance, flower arranging, and much more​. Clubs are an excellent way to meet local students and practice Japanese.

On-site Support

​As a UCEAP student, you are supported by UC’s network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. UC faculty and local staff abroad will help you integrate into Japanese culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
​See the UCEAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.

Course Opportunities

The Faculty of International Studies and Global and Transcultural Studies Program serve as the host departments of UCEAP at Meigaku. This program features undergraduate courses in global studies, history, international relations, political science, Asian studies, cultural studies, and other social science and humanities topics, all taught in English.
The UC Visiting Faculty teaches a required UC integrative seminar on Contemporary Japan and an optional second elective course. 
Limited coursework taught in Japanese is available for those with advanced Japanese language ability. These courses are taught at the Shirokane campus which is approximately a one-hour train ride from Yokahama.
Use the following resources to learn more:


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 21 quarter/14 semester UC units minimum required. Most UC students take 24 to 27 quarter/16 to 18 semester UC units (six or seven courses).​​

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

​Meiji Gakuin University offers service learning and teaching internship courses for academic credit that provide the opportunity to volunteer in the local community and learn about education in Japan. 

UCEAP special study internships beyond the teaching internship are allowed; however, past UCEAP students have not done these. Students would be responsible for finding their own internships.
It is possible to do an in-depth independent study for academic credit, called a Special Study Project, on a topic of special interest to you. Arrangements are made with the UC Visiting Professor after arrival.

Meiji Gakuin University, Yokohama

Meiji Gakuin University 
Meiji Gakuin University (Meigaku) has a student body of about 10,600 and a tenured faculty of about 250. Meigaku has faculties of Art History, Economics, General Education, International Studies, Law, Literature, Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work, spread across two campuses, one in Tokyo and one in Yokohama.
UCEAP is hosted at Meigaku by the Departments of International Studies and of Global and Transcultural Studies. EAP students take classes at Meiji Gakuin’s small, inviting Yokohama campus, located on a hilltop in a residential area of the greater Tokyo metropolitan area.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

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These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate: 
  • Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at Meiji Gakuin University
  • Mandatory Host Country Health Insurance
  • On-site orientation
  • Room and board
  • Program excursions
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​

Study abroad scholarships for Japan

There are dedicated scholarships for students studying in Japan.  See the information below and refer to this article: Top 10 Study Abroad Scholarships for Japan

Freeman-Asia Scholarship

Need-based funding up to $3,000 for summer, $5,000 for single term, and $7,000 for academic year. Find out more.​​

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

The US-Japan Bridging Foundation awards 100 scholarships annually to US undergraduate students for study in Japan. The scholarships provide $2,500 for one semester or $4,000 for the academic year to cover travel and living expenses. In 2017, two UC students were awarded.  Applications are due in April for fall/year programs and October for spring programs.  Requirements include an application, transcript, short essay, and letter of recommendation.  Find out more.
The U.S.-Japan Council Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship
Awards financial assistance to undergraduates/graduate students for a semester or year-long study abroad program. The scholarship will support up to the full cost of attendance to the study abroad program of the applicant’s choice. The scholarship program grants awards to recipients in amounts determined by financial need and other qualifications.  Find out more.​ 

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarships

JASSO offers scholarships for international students who are accepted by a Japanese university, junior college or college of technology. Find out more.

Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan

Morgan Stanley Japan offers two $7,500 scholarships to US students with an interest in policy, economics, or international finance who will study abroad in Japan. The scholarships are co-sponsored by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese.  Applications are due in April.  Find out more.

American Association of Japanese University Women (AAJUW)
AAJUW was founded in 1970 to promote the education of women, as well as to contribute to the better U.S.-Japan relations, cultural exchanges, and development of leadership.  AAJUW's scholarship award $2,000 and the deadline is in October.

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Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by Meiji Gakuin University.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: