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Meiji Gakuin University

Undergraduate Programs Information


Programs Class Commence
Department of Global and Transcultural Studies (GTS) 1st term: April 2017 / 2nd term: September 2017

Faculty of International Studies
Department of Global and Transcultural Studies (GTS)

The GTS Department brings together students with diverse backgrounds into an international learning environment. The program trains students to acquire the following qualities and abilities: strong multi-cultural communication skills based on their ability to use English; multi-disciplinary perspectives for a better understanding of modern social issues; and practical skills required for taking an active role in resolving modern problems.

【All Courses Taught Entirely in English】
Even thought a student’s first language may not be English, the Academic English Program (AEP) gives all students the skills they need for their academic training. They can then choose from an expanding range of courses in English as they progress through the program.

【A Thorough Implementation of Small-group Instruction Methods】
The GTS Department stresses small-group methods of instruction. Not only do the faculty and students study issues in depth, they are also able to utilize interactive teaching styles in a truly international environment. From the first year, this focus on the small-group format lays the foundation for interactive communication between teachers and students.

【An Emphasis on Career Development】
The GTS Department assigns academic advisers who help students to tailor a systematic and effective study program that meets their interests and needs. In addition, in the “Life and Career Design” course that is available in the first year, students are given ample opportunity to consider future career paths and goals.

Program Information
Subject - Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
- Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
- Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
- Education
- Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
- Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
- History
- Japanese Language and Literature/Letters
- Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
- Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
- Philosophy and Religious Studies
- Social Sciences (Economics, Political Science, etc.)
Duration 4 years
Degree Bachelor
Type of Degree Bachelor Degree in International Studies
Major International Studies
Classes Commence 1st term: April 2017 / 2nd term: September 2017
Entrance Fee 200,000 yen
Tuition Fees 981,000 (first year) (as of August 2016)
Other Expenses [April 2016 entrance students] 296,900 yen
(first year) (as of August 2016)
Location Meiji Gakuin University Yokohama Campus
1518 Kamikurata-cho, Totsuka-ku
Yokohama, Kanagawa 244-8539
Area Kanto Region (Tokyo, etc.)
Program Started April, 2011
No. of Students 242
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members 35
Additional Information In addition to Meiji Gakuin’s extensive program of exchange partnerships open all students, the Faculty of International Studies offers its students a several unique study abroad opportunities.

- The Double Degree Program with San Francisco State University (SFSU) gives Meiji Gakuin students the chance to earn two undergraduate degrees.
- The Hospitality & Tourism Management Certificate Program combines a term of study at the University of California Riverside and a practicum at the Walt Disney World Resort® in Florida.
- Another program with SFSU combines classroom-based studies and practical experience working with NPOs and educational organizations within San Francisco.
Application Type Open to everyone
Admission Capacity 55 per year
Application Period AO (A) 1st Application period: October 3 to November 4, 2016
AO (A) 2nd Application period: March 17 to April 3, 2017
General Entrance Exam (in Japanese): January 5 to January 23, 2017
Examination Date AO (A) 1st Application Interview date (Japan residents): November 20, 2016 (Shirokane Campus, Tokyo)
AO (A) 1st Application Interview dates (residents outside Japan): November 27 to November 29, 2016 (on Skype)
AO (A) 2nd Application Interview date (Japan residents): April 15, 2017 (Shirokane Campus, Tokyo)
AO (A) 2nd Application Interview dates (residents outside Japan): April 16 to April 18, 2017 (on Skype)
Results Announced AO (A) 1st Application Announcement of Results: December 2, 2016
AO (A) 2nd Application Announcement of Results: April 21, 2017
Enrollment Procedure Period AO (A) 1st Application Deadline for Entrance Procedures: January 20, 2017
AO (A) 2nd Application Deadline for Entrance Procedures: July 3, 2017
Eligibility For AO (A),
1. You should be 18 years of age or older by April 1st, 2017 (for September admission, by September 1st, 2017) .
2. You should have already graduated from high school or expect to graduate by March 2017 (for September admission, by August 2017) .
This requirement can be met in one of three ways:
3. You can demonstrate a satisfactory ability in English by one of the following:
a. You have received a TOEFL iBT® score of 70 points or higher (TOEFL PBT® score of 525 points or higher) .
b. You have received an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher (Academic Module only) .
c. You have received a TOEIC® score of 700 points or higher.
d. English is your primary language of communication.

For AO (B),
1. You meet one of the following requirements or will do so by March 2017 (for September admission, by August 2017) .
a. You have graduated from high school.
b. You are considered to have completed twelve years of a regular school curriculum.
c. You are considered to have attained an educational ability equal or superior to high-school graduates.
d. You have or are expected to graduate from a school in Japan with an accredited IB program, and you have or are expected to receive an IB Full Diploma for which you took either English A: Literature or English A: Language and Literature.(You must have be 18 years old by April 1, 2017.)
2. The Department of Global and Transcultural Studies should be your first choice. You are able to make a definite commitment to enter the department.
3. You can demonstrate a satisfactory ability in English by one of the following.(Applicants who fulfill requirement 1.d are exempt.)
a. You have passed pre-1 grade or higher in the EIKEN examination (実用英語技能検定試験 準1級以上) .
b. You have received a TOEIC® score of 600 points or higher.
c. You have received a “GTEC for STUDENTS(L&R&W)” score of 650 points or higher.
d. You have received a TOEFL iBT® score of 54 points or higher (TOEFL PBT® score of 480 points or higher) .
e. You have received a TEAP total score of 256 points or higher.
f. You were enrolled for four years or more without interruption in a middle school (junior high school) or high school where English was the medium of education.
For detailed explanation of eligibility requirements, see our site:
Application Process AO (A) - Spring & Fall: Special entrance examination (April & September admission)
US/UK style application package: information forms; student essay; two letters of recommendation; English language test scores, or evidence of very strong English language academic skills are required. Evaluation heavily weighs the applicant’s level of academic preparation; the quality of their essay; and the strength of the recommendations. Applicants who reside in Japan must undergo an interview in Japan. Applicants who reside outside Japan will be interviewed via Skype. We will conduct both interviews in English.

AO (B) - Spring & Fall: Domestic special entrance examination (April & September admission)
Two-part application process: 1. Applicants request an AO (B) application from the Meiji Gakuin Admissions Center, and submit the forms in October for evaluation; 2. Selected students have a written exam and interview on Meiji Gakuin’s Shirokane Campus in November. The application contains Japanese forms; applicants must be in Japan for the November examination. The written exam and interview may be done in English, but the directions at the test-site are given in Japanese.
Screening Process For detailed explanation of screening process, see our site:
Admission Fee AO (A):
Overseas - Non-Japanese: 22,500 yen
Overseas - Japanese: 37,500 yen
Japan - Regardless of nationality: 35,000 yen
AO (B):
Stage 1: 20,000 yen
Stage 2: 15,000 yen
Contact Addressee: Meiji Gakuin University, Admissions Center

As of September 7, 2016


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