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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences

The Faculty of International Studies and Global and Transcultural Studies Program serve as the host departments of UCEAP at Meiji Gakuin University. This program features undergraduate courses in global studies, history, international relations, political science, Asian studies, cultural studies, and other social science and humanities topics, all taught in English.

Unique study opportunities

  • Attend a weekly seminar that includes guest lectures moderated by a visiting UC faculty member and a research project.
  • Explore the destruction and rebirth of Hiroshima during a study trip to the modern Japanese industrial city.
  • Take an internship for credit that focuses on how you can teach English to speakers of other languages. You'll get hands-on experience under the supervision of a faculty internship advisor.
  • Propose a university independent study project that focuses on study and research beyond standard coursework. You'll set up the study project after you arrive.
  • Create a UCEAP special study course with the visiting UC faculty member and a Meiji Gakuin professor. You'll set up the special study course after you arrive.


Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: Optional

Japanese language study is optional, but highly recommended. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes are offered.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Six to seven courses for a total of 21 quarter/14 semester UC units​​.

Current Program Courses

A required core course on Contemporary Japan as well as an optional elective course is taught by a visiting UC faculty member.

Limited coursework taught in Japanese is available for those with advanced Japanese language ability. These courses are taught at the Shirokane campus, which is approximately a one-hour train ride from Yokohama.

Catalogs and resources

  • Meiji Gakuin University: This website is usually updated with new course information about a month before the program begins. See the previous terms to get an idea of what each semester offers.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic culture

Japan is a country where courtesy and behavioral propriety are extremely important in social interactions. As a representative of UC, your respect toward teachers and sensitivity to the cultural styles and ethics of Japanese society will make a difference.

Most locals and Japanese professors will avoid correcting offensive or unacceptable behavior. If you have questions about acceptable behavior in Japan, talk to the study center director and staff.

Students are generally self-motivated and actively engage in related readings, research projects, and other out-of-class endeavors to complement classroom activities. For a successful academic experience, be willing to adapt to Japanese educational traditions and methods of communicating with Japanese instructors.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Fall grades are usually available in late January. Spring grades are usually available in early to mid-August.

It is not the Japanese custom for instructors to give detailed comments on written work and final papers, and exams are not usually returned. Rather, the grade itself is generally considered appropriate and adequate feedback. You may ask about your progress in a class, but do not discuss grades with your professors unless invited to do so. Otherwise, it may appear you're trying to negotiate your grade, which is frowned upon. Discuss questions related to grades or other classroom matters and plans for handling them with the UCEAP study center.