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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Restrictions: SUNY New Paltz applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Spring
Program Description:

 Meiji University

 Tokyo, Japan

 Discover your World at Meiji University 
meijiTokyo is the capital of Japan and a global financial center. It is the world’s most populous metropolitan area with 30 million people living in the greater Tokyo area.

You won't run out of things to do in Tokyo. The city boasts cultural centers, fine dining with both Asian and Western cuisines, shopping ranging from high fashion to electronics, and one of the world’s busiest yet punctual public transportation networks.

Imagine yourself exploring Tokyo's premier attractions such as:
  • Asakusa and the major Buddhist temple Senso-ji
  • Meiji-Jingu and its tranquil wooded grounds 
  • The fashion Mecca of Harajuku
  • Tsukiji fish market
  • Shinjuku and Shibuya and their neon-saturated atmospheres
  • Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Sea, historic Kamakura, Yokohama with Japan’s largest China Town, and the World Heritage Site shrines and temples of Nikko are just a train journey away from Tokyo.

gardenStudent Experience
Check out Sampson Bui's blog. Sampson spent spring semester 2013 having an amazing experience at Meiji. In addition, Sampon got a Gilman Scholarship which made the program more affordable!

Meiji University was founded in January 1881 and bears the name of the era in Japanese history in which the institution was founded.
  • The University has become one of the most prominent private universities in Japan and is one of 13 institutions of higher education in Japan selected as part of the government’s GLOBAL 30 Project to promote the internationalization of higher education in Japan.
Meiji has four campuses with Surugadai situated in central Tokyo and the remaining campuses located in the city's extreme suburbs.  You'll soon become an expert of the Tokyo transportation network!
 Program Costs



Academic Year 

 Fact Sheet

Language of Instruction:

English, Japanese

Housing Options: 

Off Campus



Level of Study:




Class Eligibility:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Program open to:

SUNY New Paltz students only

Foreign Language Requirement:


Credit Type:


Program type:

Academic Year, Spring



Commute to Class: 

20 - 40 minutes

Meal Plan:

Not available   
 Program Dates

Spring 2021

Academic Year 2020-21













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 Additional Information

Your Classes
  • You can enroll in classes taught in English at the following schools at Meiji:
  • School of Global Japanese Studies offering Japan studies courses with a global perspective (Nakano campus)
  • School of Political Science and Economics (Surugadai and Izumi campus)
    School of Business Administration (Surugadai campus)
  • You may enroll in classes at more than one school, but you should be aware that this will entail more commuting. Be sure to consult with CIP staff about this.
  • You can also take Japanese language courses with your level determined by placement test upon arrival in Japan.
  • Meiji will assign you an academic advisor with whom you'll generally take one course during your semester in Tokyo.
  • For more information regarding courses, please consult the Fact Sheet.pdf for exchange students. The document contains a lot of useful information and links to further information on the Meiji University website.
Your Home Away From Home
  • You will most likely stay at Izumi House near Meiji's Izumi campus and Meidaimae station on the Keio Line. You'll need to budget for transportation/commuting costs. See the program budget sheet for more details.
  • At Izumi House you'll have your own room and share common living space (kitchen/dining area and coin-operated laundry facility) with 5 to 7 other students.
  • Your room will be equipped with a bed, bedding, desk and chair, curtains, air conditioner, wired internet access, and modular bath (bathtub and/or shower, toilet). There is no wireless internet access, so be sure to bring a LAN cable with you.
  • You'll share the following with your suitemates: refrigerator, microwave, toaster, rice cooker, TV, cooking supplies (pot, frying pan, knife, cutting board, etc.).
  • Before you go to Japan, you'll need to send your housing fees to Meiji via wire transfer. Please see the budget sheet for more details.
  • You'll also need to budget about 10,000 ($100) per month for utilities.
  • Upon arrival, you'll need to travel to your accommodation from the airport. There is no airport pick-up service provided. CIP staff will provide you with full instructions on how to get to Izumi House from Narita International Airport.
The following scholarships are available to students attending the Meiji University study abroad program:

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Award amount up to $5,000
Offers awards for study abroad to U.S. citizen students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a 2 year or 4 year college or university. Selected by competition, recipients are awarded up to $5000 to defray the costs associated with studying abroad. In the past New Paltz student have been very successful with obtaining this scholarship! Application deadline is first Tuesday of March for summer, fall and academic year and the first Tuesday in October for Spring and Summer (early application).?

The Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship
Award amount up to $10,000
Offers scholarships for US citizens planning to study abroad for at least four weeks between September and August. Awards for this scholarship are given to up to ten students planning to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. FEA scholarship recipients can receive up to $10,000 provided by both corporate and private donors committed to increasing study abroad opportunities for dedicated American Students. Application deadline is typically mid-January. 

Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan
Award amount up to $4,000
Offers a scholarship for undergraduates majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident and be enrolled as an undergraduate in a college or university in the US. . Application deadline is Early October for spring and early April for fall.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)
Award amount up to $7,000
Offers scholarships for US undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-base funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books etc. Application deadline is typically mid-April.

Roger Bowen Scholarship 
Award amount $1,000
Application deadline occurs once a year in the spring semester.

Tamah Weignang Scholarship
Award amount varies
Application deadline occurs once a year in mid-March.

Golin Karlin Scholarship
Award amount varies
Application deadline occurs once a year in mid-March.

Click here for more information on applying to scholarships for study abroad. 
Visa & Immigration 

Visa requirements frequently change, and you are ultimately responsible for correctly completing any immigration requirements. Please do not apply for a visa or purchase airplane tickets until you have received information and supporting documentation from the SUNY New Paltz Center for International Programs.
More to Discover
  • It would be very difficult for you to run out of things to do in Tokyo. The extensive transportation network will give you access to all that Tokyo has to offer. If you want something a little of the beaten path, take the train to the end of the Keio Line to visit Mt. Takao.
  • You can meet Japanese students at the International Lounges at each of the Meiji campuses, and you can get assistance with your Japanese through the Teaching Assistant program.  The TAs are available to meet you at the International Lounges.
  • You can meet Japanese and other international students through the Campus Mate program.
 Program Advisor

BiancaBianca Sylvain
Preferred pronouns: She, Her, Hers

For any additional questions, please email Bianca Sylvain
To schedule an advising session with Bianca, please visit her Calendly.   
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