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Meiji University

Meiji University was founded in January 1881 as the Meiji Law School by a group of young lawyers barely in their 30's: Tatsuo Kishimoto, Kozo Miyagi, and Misao Yashiro. It was an era characterized by Japan's urgent need to develop as a modern independent nation.

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Tatsuo Kishimoto, Kozo Miyagi, and Misao Yashiro founded the Meiji Law School, the predecessor of Meiji University. All three were born in the Kaei era, between 1848 and 1853, to lower-class samurai families. Kishimoto was raised in Tottori, Miyagi in Tendo, and Yashiro in Sabae, all rural areas far away from the capital.


With the rapid progression of globalization, the way nations position themselves is changing, and with this as a backdrop it is plain to see that Japan’s universities are also changing. Ways of thinking are changing as things are seen through an international light, and it is now seen as a matter of urgency to produce graduates who can be active on the world stage. Here at Meiji University, we are aiming to be one of the top universities in this global society, and we are making great strides in innovating education and research at the University.


    • MIGA: Meiji Institute for Global Affairs

    • MUIIBR: Meiji University International Institute for Bio-Resource Research

    • MIMS: Meiji Institute for the Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences


How foreign students go about finding employment is basically the same as for Japanese students during the early period. First, it is important to gather information. It is possible to do this using many websites and services. Some of these are listed below.

  • Employment Services Center for ForeignersThis is a public service with centers in Tokyo and Osaka set up to serve foreigners such as international students who wish to find work in specialist skilled areas.
  • Gakusei Shokugyo CenterThis is an outpost agency of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s Hello Work agency which has one office in each prefecture to help students find work.

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Student services

Meiji University strives to create an academic environment that promotes diversity, acceptance and unity. Meiji University has created the following programs to facilitate interaction between Japanese and international students and promote international awareness.

International Student Offices (Surugadai, Izumi, Ikuta, Nakano)

The International Student Center maintains branch offices in Izumi, Ikuta and Nakano campuses that are staffed as indicated below. Study abroad information and consultation as well as services and information for international students are available. Students are encouraged to visit often.

Housing services

There are several housing facilities for exchange students at Meiji University. The university determines the housing assignments for international students.

The facility is divided into nine units, and there are 61 dorm rooms in total.

Library services

The Central Library at the Surugadai Campus was designed as an urban library offering a variety of services as well as distinctive materials and activities. In addition to being open on holidays, the main library features open-access shelves, reading rooms designed for specific purposes, galleries, multipurpose halls, and lounge areas.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Surugadai Campus
  • Izumi Campus
  • Ikuta Campus
  • Nakano Campus

Student clubs

Organization of the Alumni AssociationThe Meiji University Alumni Association was reborn as a new alumni association based on new association rules from April 2003. The new Alumni Association is composed of branches in each administrative division in Japan and abroad, and under the new association rules, all alumni are Alumni Association members of any one of the 54 branches nationwide (on the prefectural level) where they live. Joining a regional branch under these branches is optional, but this serves as the foundation for activities of the alumni association as a subordinate organization to the branches.


Meiji University is accredited by the Japan University Accreditation Association (JUAA) and its accreditation was recently reaffirmed in March 2008. This certification is effective until academic year 2014 (March 2015).

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