Meio University

Nago,Okinawa Island, Japan

Important Information:

  • Semester Dates:
    •  Semester 1: Early April – end of September
    • Semester 2: Late September – mid-February
  • Language of Instruction:
    • ​ Courses are offered mostly in Japanese. Students need at least N2 level of the JLPT
  • ​Website: Click Here.
  • For further information, visit the International Centre for Students at the University of Lethbridge in SU060 or email us at

Japan's population is over 126 million. Most Japanese reside in densely populated urban areas. Japan's capital city is Tokyo. The population of the Tokyo Metropolitan Area including the city, some of its suburbs and the surrounding area is approximately 12 million.

Basic English is widely spoken throughout the country, particularly in major cities and tourist centers. Announcements on public transportation are frequently made in both Japanese and English, and signs generally include decipherable roman characters or an English explanation.

In Japan, there are many fascinating places that you can enjoy for free. These include such diverse attractions as beer museums, food galleries, hi-tech consumer electronics showrooms, cosmetics factories and television studios. With so many different places to visit there's bound to be something of interest for everyone.

Traditional cultural pursuits such as sado (Japanese tea ceremony) and ikebana (flower arrangement) are much more than simple pursuits in skills. They embody spiritual ways seeking the traditional values of wabi (elegant stillness) and sabi (antiquated elegance with calm).

Okinawa is a Japanese Prefecture comprising more than 150 islands in the East China Sea between Taiwan and Japan’s mainland. It’s known for its tropical climate, broad beaches, and coral reefs, as well as World War II sites. The culture in Okinawa is much different from mainland Japan. Nago is a city located in the northern part of Okinawa Island.  As of December 2012, the city has an estimated population of 61,659.  It is best known for being the first place in Japan to have cherry blossoms each year.  People also come to Nago for scenic landscapes, a 300-year-old Chinese banyan tree, resorts, and theme parks like Nago Pineapple Park, Nago paradise, and Neo Park. Nago epitomizes the slow, laid-back nature for which Okinawa is famous.

Number of students enrolled: 2168

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On campus accommodation (as of 2016):

  • 10,800 – 11,600 yen per month (includes Wi-Fi internet)*
  • Students will receive the accommodation form on orientation day and are required to pay the deposit for room hire (23,000 yen**) + deposit for gas contract (10,000 yen***) + 1 month rent in advance.

Note:  All payments must be paid in cash.  Students will receive all the deposits back on the day they move out.

*Utilities are not included

**Room hire deposit will be returned after subtracting the cost of cleaning/maintenance – cleaning/maintenance costs 10,500 yen


Students are responsible for the cost of airfare to and from Japan (approximately $1500 - $2000 return) but may be eligible for scholarships to help with the cost of travel.

***Gas contract deposit will be fully returned

Approximate expenses per month

               Food                                                                  30,000 yen

               Utilities                                                             7,000 yen

               Mobile phone (optional)                              5,000 yen

               Textbook                                                          4,000 yen

               Allowance/social/entertainment                10,000 yen

               Total expenses                                                56,000 yen + accommodation

Note:  this is only an estimate

Health Insurance

Students are recommended to have their own personal and travel insurance in their home country and also may need private medical insurance for emergency care – this is their responsibility to check with insurers.  Students are required to pay for National Insurance 1,000 yen per month and the first installment has to be paid upon arrival.

Canadian Citizens require a visa to study in Japan.

Visit the Embassy of Japan in Canada website for information about the criteria for visa issuance as well as the application process.