‘To the World – Empower the Individual, Link to the World, and the Future’ – is a key tenet underpinning Meiji University’s philosophy. In looking towards a globalized future, Meiji is dedicated to transforming its education structure to make it more relevant for today’s and the future’s society. Consequently, as part of this reinvention, Meiji University offers seven English-based degree programs – one at the undergraduate level and six at the graduate level.

Meiji University Liberty Tower. By ニース [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons
Undergraduate – SGJS English Track Program

Meiji University’s only undergraduate English-based program is conducted under the School of Global Japanese Studies (SGJS). While SGJS also conducts classes in Japanese and has a Japanese Track Program, students with no Japanese language ability can opt for the SGJS English Track Program. Started in 2011, the English Track is a four-year program that focuses on contemporary Japanese studies, with its students graduating with a Bachelor of Global Japanese Studies.


The School of Global Japanese Studies is dedicated to Japanese studies through an international context. It covers both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture and society, as well as how those interact with the rest of the world. The curriculum of the program comprises a General Studies component, as well as a more advanced specialized course. All students will take General Studies, which includes subjects such as an introduction to Global Japanese Studies. In their subsequent years, students can pick a concentration to focus on. There are three concentrations under this program:

  1. Culture and Art
  2. Business and Society
  3. Globalization

For example, under ‘Culture and Art’, students can choose amongst subjects like Manga Culture, Modern Japanese Literary Arts, and Applied Linguistics.

Meiji University Izumi International House. By BANAME [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons
Japanese Language Program

While conducted in English, the SGJS program strongly encourages students to learn the Japanese language comprehensively, and therefore offers all levels of Japanese language classes (from beginning to advanced) to the students. There are eight levels in total, with each level comprising a ‘General Course’ and a ‘Vocabulary and Kanji Course’. Students can take Japanese language classes concurrently with their regular classes, so as to improve their Japanese language skills. Students who take these classes can even count the class credits towards their graduation requirements. Furthermore, as students’ Japanese language skills improve, they may also take classes that are conducted in Japanese.

Undergraduate admissions for the English-based degree program will be conducted entirely in English, and application guidelines can be found on the English Track webpage in detail.

Financial Support

While Meiji University does offer a few options for financial support, these are not guaranteed. Some of the scholarships and programs offered include the Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students, the Meiji University Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students, and the Tuition Assistance (Reduction) Program for Privately Financed International Students.

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Graduate English-based Programs

Meiji University offers English-based graduate level courses for both Master’s or Doctoral-seeking students. Master’s Courses can be found under two graduate schools – the Graduate School of Science and Technology (International Program in Architecture and Urban Design) as well as the Graduate School of Governance Studies, where students will graduate with a professional degree. Doctoral Courses can be found under three graduate schools – the Graduate School of Science and Technology, Graduate School of Advanced Mathematical Sciences, and the Graduate School of Global Governance.

As each course has their own admission requirements and scholarship opportunities, interested students should refer to the respective course webpages for more detailed information.

Featured image is Nakano Campus, Meiji University. By Kakidai [CC BY-SA 3.0], retrieved from Wikimedia Commons