Get new perspectives in your studies in this jointly designed program which offers courses taught in English, project-based learning, and internships.
The program includes social science and humanities courses in global studies, international relations, history, cultural studies, economic development, Asian studies, and sociology taught by local and international faculty. The opportunity for Japanese language study helps students integrate with the local community.
A Visiting Professor from a UC campus facilitates your immersion at MGU and provides courses for UC enrollment. The program includes a multi-day excursion to Hiroshima and an integrative lecture seminar that involves independent student research.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
Japanese language study is available at the beginning and intermediate levels, but is not required.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
early September to late December
early April to late July
You may live in a single-occupancy dorm with other UC students within walking distance of campus. A few students have the opportunity to be placed in homestays with Japanese families.
A multi-day excursion to Hiroshima is part of the program curriculum. Cultural activities are offered throughout the term.
In addition, MGU offers a rich variety of student club activities such as martial arts, sports, and clubs for tea ceremony, drama, music, dance, flower arranging, etc. Clubs are an excellent way to meet local students and practice Japanese.
As a UCEAP student, you are supported by UC’s network of 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.
Meiji Gakuin University, Yokohama
Meiji Gakuin University (MGU) has a student body of about 10,600 and a tenured faculty of about 250. MGU 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 MGU by the Departments of International Studies and of Global and Transcultural Studies. EAP students live and take classes at Meiji Gakuin’s small, inviting Yokohama campus, located on a hilltop in a residential area of the greater Tokyo metropolitan area.
This program features global studies, history, international relations, political science, Asian studies, cultural studies, and other social science and humanities topics. Graduate students take the same course work as undergraduates.
Program courses vary each semester but typically include:
- Seminar in Global Studies
- Economic Development in East Asia
- Theories of Peace and Conflict
- Politics and Society in Japan
- Japanese Economy
- Minority Issues
- Gender and Society
- The International Court and Conflict
Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
- EAP Program Search provides information on available subject areas, requirements, and language of instruction.
- Host institution online catalogs or course listings:
- Meiji Gakuin University
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered.
See the Academic Information section of the Meiji Gakuin Program Guide for additional information.
Minimum 21 UC quarter/14 UC semester units required. Most UC students take 24 to 27 UC quarter/16 to 18 UC semester units (six or seven courses).
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Meiji Gakuin University offers Service Learning courses for academic credit that provide the opportunity to volunteer in the local community. There is also a new Teaching Internship course available for academic credit. These course are listed in the MyEAP Course Catalog (link above).
It may be possible to do an in-depth independent study for academic credit, called a Special Study Project, on a topic of special interest to you.
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.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2013-14. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2013-14 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. 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:
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.
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at Meiji Gakuin University
- Accident and medical insurance
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Open to social sciences majors with interest in the program’s primary themes.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental predeparture 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 EAP Office for more information: