Meiji Gakuin University

Meiji Gakuin University, a private institution first established by Protestant missionaries in 1877, with campuses in Tokyo and Yokohama, is continuing a long tradition of welcoming overseas students that began before World War II. It has exchange agreements with a dozen universities around the world, including four in North America: Simon Fraser University, the University of California, Long Island University, and Hope College (Michigan). The International Student Program offers Japanese language courses at several levels as well as a variety of courses taught in English on Japanese and Asian culture, literature, politics, and economics; students with sufficient language background may also take classes taught in Japanese on Japan's history, technology, and science. Classes are held on both the Yokohama and Tokyo campuses, to give students access to both libraries and to faculty members in both locations. International students normally register for a minimum of 12 credits per semester, of which 4 are in Japanese language study. The Spring semester runs from April to July; the Fall semester, from September to January.

Application deadlines for the International Student Program are April 1 for the Fall semester and November 15 for the Spring semester. Application materials and further information on courses to be offered during the 1999 academic year can be obtained from the Bridging Project Clearinghouse or from the Center for International Cooperation in Education, Meiji Gakuin University, 1-2-37 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108, Japan. Students enrolled in institutions with which Meiji Gakuin has an exchange program should submit application materials to the study-abroad office on their campus; other students should send them directly to Meiji Gakuin at the above address.

For more information, please see the Meiji Gakuin web site: http://www.meijigakuin.ac.jp/english/inform.htm.