Established in 1881, Meiji University now has four campuses spread across Tokyo, where 33,000 students contribute to the dynamic and academic character of the university. Having been selected for the 2014 Top Global University Project, designed to promote the globalization of Japanese universities, Meiji has been adapting an increasingly international approach to the education of its students. Part of this has meant the introduction of several English taught degree programs; six at graduate level and one at undergraduate level. Alongside this, it’s longstanding reputation and locations in some of the city’s most exciting districts, make it the ideal place for international students looking to study in Japan in English.

Meiji University building

Undergraduate English Language Program

The English taught undergraduate degree was introduced as part of the School of Global Japanese Studies (SGJS) in 2011. Founded with the intention of promoting an international education, students are given a deep understanding of Japan in the context of the global community. Reflecting the global perspectives at the core of the program, the course looks not just at traditional Japanese culture, but also focuses on contemporary Japanese studies. All subjects on the course are taught in English, and after four years of study at the university, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Global Japanese Studies Degree. Specializing in three main areas, students can select units from: Culture and Art, Business and Society, and Globalization. While freshman and sophomore years are spent studying the broader subjects of global Japanese studies, English classes and general studies, junior and senior years allow students to choose further specialized units such as peace studies, issues in immigration policy, performing arts, Japanese cinema, and many more.

Meiji University, campus

Japanese Language Opportunities

Although it is not required, students are strongly advised to enroll on one of the many Japanese language courses available. As no previous Japanese knowledge is necessary for the global Japanese studies course, levels start from beginner and progress up to upper-advanced. Each level consists of a general course, aimed to improve student’s comprehensive communicative skills, alongside a vocabulary and Kanji course necessary to develop their Japanese language ability. Not only will a language course aid students with life in Japan and maximizing their time here, but it will also ground the course content in a deeper, more appreciative, understanding of the language and culture they have dedicated their degree to. As well as the advantage of these credits counting towards graduation, once students have reached the appropriate language level they will be eligible for a vast number more of course units that are conducted in Japanese.


As the course is an English track program, prospective students are required to have either:

  • a score of 500 or above on critical writing and reading of SAT reasoning test, ACT 18 or above on the English section, or primary and secondary education in English
  • TOEFL IBT 80 or above, IELTS 6.0 or above, Cambridge ESOL examination CAE or above

As well as:


Meiji University, view of Tokyo

There is currently no housing designated for international students, and so prospective applicants should be prepared to find accommodation for themselves. Meiji University does however offer help and advice for this process, and are part of the institutional guarantor program for international students unable to find a guarantor in Japan.

In terms of fees, it is estimated at JPY 1,390,500 for a first year student enrolling on the Global Japanese Studies Course, including admission costs, tuition, miscellaneous etc. (breakdown available on website).


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