Meiji Architecture Exchange

Language Requirement: Varies
Academic Standing by Program Start: Junior or above
Location: Asia, Japan
GPA: 3.0
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.

The most populous city in the world, Tokyo has a global influence on par with cities such as New York, London, and Paris. Despite being a modern metropolis, Tokyo remains rich in culture; one is just as likely to see temples and shrines throughout the city as major skyscrapers.

Graduate students: Graduate students participate in the International Program in Architecture and Urban Design (I-AUD), in which all classes are taught in English. This program has a focus on urban architecture and urban design. Download a complete syllabi for review and see a list of faculty for this program. Students in this graduate program will be based at Meiji University’s Nakano campus, which is a modern high-rise building centrally located in Tokyo.
Undergraduate students: Undergraduate students will enroll in the Department of Architecture within the Undergraduate School of Science and Technology. All classes are taught in Japanese, and thus this program requires a high level of Japanese proficiency for undergraduate students. Note: undergraduate students may be able to audit graduate level I-AUD classes with instructor permission. Students in the undergraduate program will take classes at Meiji University’s Ikuta Campus, which is a vast area situated in the Tama Hills on the outskirts of Tokyo. The campus has several advanced research facilities such as The High-Tech Research Center and Ikuta Structural Test Building to greenhouses and fields.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Fall/Winter Semester 2022-23 01/01/2022 Early September Early February
Academic Year 2022-23 01/01/2022 Early September Late July
Spring Quarter 2023 01/01/2022 Late March Late July
Japanese Academic Year 2023-24 06/15/2021 Late March Early February

Course Equivalencies

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

Non-UO students: 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.

Additional requirements

Graduate Students:

  • There is no language requirement, but some previous study of Japanese is recommended in order to facilitate daily life in Tokyo and navigating a Japanese university
  • Graduate student in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Interior Architecture. Graduate students from the UO campus in Eugene or Portland are eligible.

Undergraduate Students:

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

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcripts, recommendations, and completion of the interview process. After the initial application is complete, GEO will review your application and select successful candidates for nomination to Meiji. Nominations are made in February for the fall semester and in September for the spring semester of the following year. Students will then need to complete a secondary application for Meiji, which typically consists of an additional online application, an online language test, an official UO transcript, passport copy, bank statement or scholarship statement, study plan, visa paperwork, etc. Please note: the Meiji secondary application is fairly complex and lengthy, and you will need to pay close attention to all deadlines and instructions. The final decision regarding acceptance is made by Meiji. Notification about final acceptance will happen in June for fall students, and in late January for spring students. 

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. For more information, scroll down to the Housing Service section on this page.

Travel Advisories

GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel. All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.

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