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Global & International Studies, Meiji Gakuin Univ.

Study Abroad Program Overview

Study at Meiji Gakuin University (MGU) and gain new perspectives of Japan today in a program which offers courses taught in English, project-based learning, and internships.

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 students integrate with the local community. Internships offer the opportunity to explore career interests and make new connections.

A UC Visiting Professor teaches an MGU course and facilitates your immersion into the community of MGU. The program includes a multi-day excursion to Hiroshima and an integrative lecture 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 available at beginning and intermediate levels, but is not required.​​


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 an dormitory complex with other students and local workers within a bus drive or longer walking distance of campus. A few students may have the opportunity to be placed in homestays with Japanese families. More information on housing

Extracurricular Activities

A multi-day excursion to Hiroshima is part of the program curriculum.  Other excursions include Otsuchi, a community affected by the Fukushima earthquake.  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.

On-site Support

​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.

Course Opportunities

​The Global and Transcultural Studies Program and Faculty of International Studies serve as the host departments at MGU.  The program feature 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.
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

The UC Visiting Faculty teaches both a required integrative seminar on Contemporary Japan and a second elective course.  Click here to see the syllabus for the 2014 spring elective.

 Limited additional coursework taught in Japanese is also available, for those with advanced Japanese language ability. 
Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
​What was unique about MGU?  "Internship and field trips to various places with guided tours -- I learned a lot from those opportunities."  -- UCEAP Participant Spring 2014


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

Research and Independent Study

​Meiji Gakuin University offers service learning courses for academic credit that provide the opportunity to volunteer in the local community. 
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. 

Meiji Gakuin University, Yokohama

Meiji Gakuin University
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 take classes at Meiji Gakuin’s small, inviting Yokohama campus, located on a hilltop in a residential area of the greater Tokyo metropolitan area.

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.


  • Teaching internship course in English
Please note-Current internship offerings may vary; you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.

Setting Up Your Internship

  • Upon arrival, staff at Meiji Gakuin University will help arrange a teaching internship in English on campus. 
  • You will TA for a course with MGU faculty.

Student Experiences

“In my internship, I was given the opportunity to teach a lesson, and this was the determining factor for my career that I have today. I applied to Teach For America upon my return, and am now working in Las Vegas as an elementary school teacher.”  Yuko Okano UCI
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 *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional 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 2014-15. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2014-15 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: 
  • 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


Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

The US-Japan Bridging Foundation awards 50 scholarships annually to US undergraduate students to study for one semester or academic year in Japan. The scholarships provide up to $4,000 for travel and living expenses. Find out more.

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships

Several different kinds of scholarships are offered by the Japanese government for international students studying in Japan. Students holding Japanese passports are not eligible for these scholarships. 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. Find out more.


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate

Language Prerequisites:



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 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: