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University of Meiji Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Calendar Year, Academic Year


- Tokyo, Japan


- Transfer


- Minimum 2.85 GPA

- Level of Japanese depends on program

Application Due:

- Admittance to:

• First Semester (Apr-July): 9/29

• Second Semester (Sept-Dec): 2/15

Program Cost:

- Standard UI Tuition and Fees

- Click the Application tab for more details

nice modern campus building. compact and all windows.

Main Campus Building

A reciprocal exchange program between the University of Iowa and Meiji University allows UI students a unique chance to experience Japan. Unlike the other Japanese programs that the University of Iowa offers, which are mostly focused on language acquisition within an intensive language program, students at Meiji will not have an intensive language learning option - but can take supplementary Japanese courses if desired.

Instead, students will have two options. The first option is for students who possess a superior command of the Japanese language (extremely strong fourth year students or above) and are ready to take normal courses at Meiji, taught in Japanese. If this sounds like you, then Meiji could be a good fit. You will study alongside regular, degree-seeking Japanese students as a visiting foreign student in one of the Departments at Meiji. Depending on your language abilities, you might also be placed in a short, intensive language program to get you up to the level of being able to take normal courses.

Students who do not possess superior Japanese language abilities but are not interested in an intensive Japanese language program may want to consider the second option for studying at Meiji. Meiji has around 1,000 courses taught in English and a few degree programs and degree tracks that are completely taught in English. Courses taught in English that are open to exchange students can be found in the School of Political Science and Economics, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Global Japanese Studies (English Track). The choice depends on the student’s level of Japanese language proficiency. Also, students with minimal Japanese proficiency can study in one of Meiji’s divisions that offers classes taught in English, namely the School of Business Administration and the School of Global Japanese Studies for undergraduates, or the Graduate School of Governance Studies.

Academic Program

students in traditional Japanese room with tatami mats, having a cultural lesson

Learning culture

Regardless of whether you will be admitted to regular courses as a superior language speaker of Japanese, or in an English track, students need to be received into a particular department at Meiji and must indicate this department on their application. For options requiring language proficiency, once screened and recommended for exchange, students will be required to take the Meiji University Japanese Language Test to be included in their application and scored by Meiji.

Regular courses in Japanese

Information about departments and courses at Meiji is found on Meiji's Undergraduate Schools Website. Check out the various schools and see what might be of interest to you. Unlike studying at the University of Iowa, you will be required to apply for admission both to Meiji as an exchange student and to a specific school, in which you will take the majority of your courses.

As a side note, it is important to note that Meiji's "campus" is very different than an American campus. The different schools have different locations around Tokyo, so it really makes it near impossible to take various courses from various schools. This, however, really gives students the opportunity to focus on their discipline and be in a setting that supports that.

It is also important to note that students seeking admittance to regular courses, must take Meiji's language assessment tests. Access to regular classes in the host department will be determined by your language assessment. Students will receive guidance on course selection from the Language Programs coordinator, as well as an academic adviser in their School of choice. Students, therefore, won’t register for classes until after arrival and assessment, and will be advised on choice of classes available to them based on their interview with the Japanese Language Programs Coordinator.

English Options

Global Japanese Studies

The School of Global Japanese Studies defines Japanese culture as the focus of its educational research. With the outside world craving ever more information on modern-day Japan, this Japanese studies-based program targets not only traditional Japanese culture, but also Japanese culture as it exists today. This broad definition of Japan’s culture and its social systems also includes the corporations, industries, and communities that drive the global spread of information about Japan. At the same time, the School of Global Japanese Studies provides an internationally minded education complete with intensive English study and accurate portrayals of other cultures, with the aim of developing truly international citizens who can actively communicate ideas to the world based on an awareness of Japan in the context of the wider international community.

An English Track allows Meiji students to complete their four year program entirely in courses taught in English, which also provides a special opportunity for foreign exchange students not proficient in Japanese. Please check out the Curriculum Chart for a listing of classes. Please note that classes marked A or B cover different material, and are offered spring semester (A) or fall semester (B). In some cases, that B course requires the A course as a prerequisite.

Business Administration

The School of Business Administration consists of three different departments. The Department of Business Administration trains students to become members of the professional community with the ability to understand diversity and change while constantly seeking out the best way to run a business. The Department of Accounting trains students to be certified public accountants or other accounting professionals as well as experts on the accounting and financial activities of corporations and other organizations. In the Department of Public Management, students become specialists who are ready to take on organizational management in administrative organizations, NPOs, or other institutions.

There is a variety of courses taught in English for any given session. The decision of which classes will be offered in English is not made until the end of the fiscal year; students will be making final choices after they arrive. To see the range of English-taught classes in the business school check here for the Current Listing. You can also check the Curriculum Chart for a broader overview.

Political Science and Economics

The School of Political Science and Economics organically links politics, economics, administration, society, and culture with the aim of turning out exceptional leaders who can make their mark in politics, administration, industry, or their local community. Students will gain an understanding of how modern society is structured, the skills to identify the major trends affecting our present, and the insight to determine how our current social conditions may have historical consequences for our future. Armed with the ability to envision concrete policies based on this knowledge, graduates of the School of Political Science and Economics are well equipped to make their mark in the international arena.

Please see the Curriculum Chart for more information on the variety of courses potentially available.


Meiji operates on the traditional Japanese academic calendar which starts its academic year in the spring (not the fall) and goes through the fall. This follows for the typical calendar year, as opposed to the American system. Therefore, please note that these are the dates for the first and second semesters of Meiji's Academic Year:

First Semesters (Spring) are typically from early April through late July.

Second Semesters (Fall) are typically from late September through late December.

***Please note that because many courses operate on a full year cycle, that it can be very difficult to only go on their second semester (Fall).

For More Info

If you have questions or are ready to apply to this program, please make an appointment with the program advisor by calling the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 (M-F, 8-5). The Study Abroad receptionists can help you schedule an advising appointment.

Meiji University

In the spirit of the Meiji Restoration, Meiji University was founded in 1881 around a core of French law studies in the hopes of eventually bringing individual and human rights to the common people. It began as a Law School in the home of one of its three founders, all lower-ranking samurai. Through reforms and additions over the years, including the first School of Business Administration established in Japan, today it comprises seven four-year colleges with related graduate courses. The university has produced leaders in all areas, and is especially proud of its accomplishments in the fields of law and politics. Excellence has also been attained in sports, where Meiji athletes have brought home gold medals from the Olympic Games.

The Center for International Programs addresses the needs of foreign students at Meiji. In addition to a comprehensive orientation program, advising and tutorial programs, Japanese language support classes, and one-day excursions, the Center sponsors intercultural activities given by the International Student Association.


With a population of 11,384,000, Tokyo is one of the three largest cities in the world. The development of Tokyo, a city much newer than most Japanese cities, began in 1603 when it was selected as military headquarters for the first Tokugawa Shogun. While the nominal capital remained in Kyoto, home of the Emperors, Edo functioned as the nation's administrative center, and was renamed Tokyo upon becoming the official capital with the Meiji Restoration of 1868. Devastated in World War II, it was quickly rebuilt and is today an ultramodern city spread over an area of 230 square miles, two to four times larger than New York, Chicago or Los Angeles.

Living Arrangements

Meiji University has multiple dormitories, located close to the various campuses locations around Tokyo. The placement of housing will greatly depend on which school one is accepted in to, so that students will be close to correct campus location. The dorms are fully equipped and are within commuting distance from the required locations. Students will complete a "Housing Request" form during the application process, and will be contacted by Meiji with further details about housing options if they are accepted in to the program.

Travel Arrangements

Students are advised NOT to purchase airline tickets until they receive acceptance confirmation from both UI and Meiji. If you have questions and/or concerns about this, please contact the study abroad advisor at 319-335-0353.

Students are expected to find their own flights to Tokyo, though Study Abroad can assist by providing advice on airfare. Meiji will provide accepted students with more information on arrival details closer to the date of departure.


This program is open to all UI students who are in both good academic and also disciplinary standing. Applicants must also meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.85

Students applying to regular or classes for international students must have a superior level of Japanese (minimum of exemplary fourth year, or a the fifth year level). Students applying to English-taught classes should have completed one semester of Japanese prior to arrival.

The number of participants is limited by reciprocity in the numbers to be exchanged and meeting the minimum requirement for eligibility does not guarantee acceptance into the program. The final decision on admissions rests with Meiji University.

Eligibility Policy

It is the University of Iowa’s policy that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and also good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad.

In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will NOT be allowed to study abroad. Any student that must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.

Program Costs


University of Iowa students pay their regular University of Iowa tuition and mandatory student fees and then study at our partner university without further tuition payment.

Study Abroad Administrative Fees

University of Iowa study abroad administrative fees are charged for all participants. They are based on tuition set by the Iowa Board of Regents. Please check the Costs of Study Abroad page for more information on these administrative fees.

Cost Sheets

Cost sheets are documents that outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. They include fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet by calling 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Fall, Spring, and Academic Year Cost Sheets

Cost Sheet for Meiji Exchange, Spring 2017PDF

Cost Sheet for Meiji Exchange, Spring 2016PDF

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Between confirmation and 45 days before program start date $500
Between 44 and 30 days before the program start date $1000
Between 29 and 15 days before the program start date $2000
Less than 14 days before the program start date 100% of Study Abroad Administrative Fees ($400)
100% of UI Tuition and Fees

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Application Deadline

The online application for the First Semester (April-July) and Calendar Year Programs Program will be available from 8/25 to 9/29.

The online application for the Second Semester (Sept-Dec) will be available from 1/1 to 2/15.

***If interested in these programs, please call 319-335-0353 to make an appointment with the Japan advisor to discuss your plans. Your UI online application will not be considered until you have met with the study abroad advisor.

How to Apply

Click here for UI's online study abroad application.

It is important to note that students MUST make an appointment with the Study Abroad advisor for this program. Your UI online application will not be approved until you have met with the Study Abroad advisor. Please call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Confirmation of Participation - Academic Year 2017-18

Once you have been accepted as a nominee by University of Iowa, you must confirm your participation. Please print and complete the Confirmation of Participation form included below. The completed Confirmation of Participation form must be turned in to UI Study Abroad, 1111 UCC by March 15, 2017. Please carefully read the Withdrawal Policy information included on the Confirmation of Participation before signing the form.

PDFMeiji University Confirmation of Participation and Withdrawal Policy - Academic Year 2017-18

In addition, students should review the following:

Iowa Regents CISI Health Insurance Information

UI Financial Aid Information

Students are also encouraged to fill out the Medical Self-AssessmentPDF form and use it to determine if a follow-up visit to your physician or to Student Health & Wellness would be beneficial to help you prepare for this trip. This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad. Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.

Important: Students who are studying abroad in Japan should apply early for a Yakkan Shoumei certificate to be able to bring a supply of medication into Japan. For more information and instructions, please visit the website of the U.S. Embassy & Consultates in Japan.


In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email

Program-Specific Orientation

This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.


Any students who will need to apply for a Japanese visa will need to wait until receiving their official admission letter from Meiji before they can begin applying for a visa. UI Study Abroad staff can provide some assistance and advising on the Japanese visa application process, but ultimately the individual traveler (the student) is the person who is responsible for providing correct information on the visa application and securing the visa and all other required documentation prior to travel.