University of Oregon

Meiji University Exchange

Program Overview

Engage in a total immersion experience at a Japanese university. Live in the dynamic city of Tokyo and take upper-division coursework in your major or minor. You must have very strong Japanese language skills and be prepared to take all coursework in Japanese from your choice of disciplines at Meiji University. The University of Oregon sends one or two students per year. Scholarship opportunities may be provided by the host institution.

Stretching from the shores of Tokyo Bay inland to the mountainous regions accessible only on foot, Tokyo is a vast sweep of land containing approximately eighteen million people. Although Tokyo is crowded, it also offers a calm respite in its beautiful parks and gardens, quiet residential streets, and tranquil temples and shrines.

Academic Details

You must have a high level of Japanese language proficiency and must be prepared to study within the Japanese educational system. All lectures, readings, and examinations are conducted in Japanese. You will enroll in regular university classes with Japanese students. An intensive Japanese language course, offered during the first semester, is available if you require additional language training. Assistance with advising and course enrollments is provided by the Center for International Programs at Meiji University.

You may choose courses from the Schools of Law, Commerce, Political Science and Economics, Arts and Letters, and Business, in addition to coursework in Japanese language at intermediate and advanced levels.

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Housing Description

There are several types of housing available including the Izumi International House, Komae International House, and Tokyo Girls Student House (Women only). Meiji University usually determines your housing placement.

Application Process

Early application is advised. Selection for the program is based on a review of the student's essays, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process. You will be required to take a Japanese language proficiency examination and complete the Meiji University exchange application in a timely manner.

Student Life

This is a student exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at one of the University of Oregon’s partner universities.  Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and do not necessarily include significant on-site student support services, such as academic advising, health & counselling services, planned excursions or social events.  Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

Additional Requirements

  • A minimum of four years of college-level Japanese, or equivalent level of proficiency
  • 3.25 GPA or above required for graduate students

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineExtended DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Spring Semester20181/1/2017N/ALate MarchLate July
Fall-Winter Semester2017-181/1/2017N/AEarly SeptemberEarly February
Japanese Academic Year2018-191/1/2017N/ALate MarchEarly February

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.