University of Oregon

Meiji Architecture Exchange

Program Overview

Study architecture in Tokyo, Japan at Meiji University, one of the most prominent private institutions in the Japan. Immerse yourself in the dynamic city of Tokyo as you study architecture and urban design. Up to four University of Oregon students may participate in this program per year.

Academic Details

Graduate students: You will enroll in courses in the International Program in Architecture and Urban Design at Meiji’s Nakano Campus. The program brings together students of a variety of nationalities, and all courses are taught in English. Courses include design studios, urban design, and architectural history. The design studios spotlight the global city of Tokyo, and investigate the various districts and neighborhoods that make up this diverse city. Students analyze and examine architecture in the 21st century and the nature of cities from various standpoints, including the social, economic, cultural, environmental, energy, and disaster prevention circumstances surrounding modern cities. Visit the International Program in Architecture and Urban Design for more information.

Undergraduate students: You will directly enroll in courses in the Department of Architecture within the Undergraduate School of Science and Technology at Meiji University’s Ikuta campus outside of Tokyo. Since all courses are taught in Japanese, a high level of Japanese proficiency is required. Coursework is offered in the following fields: planning/design, structure/materials/construction, and environment/utilities. Visit the Department of Architecture website for more information.

Actual credit awarded is determined by your department in consultation with the Global Education Oregon office. Please consult with your GEO advisor for more information. 

Housing Description

You will either live in one of the Meiji University dormitories or you may arrange your own housing in Tokyo. Meiji offers a number of different dormitories near campus. 

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 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

Graduate Students:

  • Some previous study of Japanese recommended
  • Graduate student in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Interior Architecture

Undergraduate Students:

  • 4 years of Japanese language required, or level N3 on JLPT exam
  • Major in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Interior Architecture

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall/Winter2018-1912/1/2017early Septemberearly February
Academic Year2018-1912/1/2017early Septemberlate July
Spring Quarter20185/15/2017late Marchlate July

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.