UC Program Overview
The UC-Meiji Gakuin exchange program began in 1989, and hundreds of students from both universities have academically and culturally benefited from this agreement over the years. Unlike many study abroad programs in Japan, Meiji Gakuin’s Global and International Studies is only a term-long, and it does not require prior knowledge in Japanese. This flexibility provides a unique study abroad opportunity to students whose busy schedules at their home institutions might preclude a longer program. The program begins in April (spring semester) and September (fall semester) each year. Approximately twenty-five students come each term.
While at Meiji Gakuin, UC students are encouraged to take courses in the following three broad categories: economics; international relations and politics; and culture. (More information is available under the “About Us” menu of this site.) They can also enroll in Japanese language classes, or take courses on the Tokyo campus. You are required, however, to take 12 units from the Global and International Studies courses (on the Yokohama campus), plus the Integrative seminar (See the “UC Course Information”).
Once enrolled at Meiji Gakuin, UC students can join on-campus student clubs, and go on extra-curricular field trips sponsored by International Center (IC).
In addition to the Global and International Program’s core classes, UC students also participate in several academic activities exclusive to the UC-Meiji Gakuin program. Please see the “Special Courses” page for more information.
Every year a full-time faculty member from one of the UC campuses oversees the program. Past directors have come from a variety of fields; thus, the program gives participants a chance to work with leading scholars outside their majors. The director for the 2016 academic year is Professor Luke Shepherd Roberts from UC Santa Barbara.
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