September 2, 2014 2:00 pm JST

Japan's Meiji University to adopt quarter system in fiscal 2017

TOKYO -- Meiji University of Japan will introduce an academic quarter system across all departments in fiscal 2017 to give more opportunities for its students to study abroad.

     Currently, the school uses a two-term system: spring and autumn. The new arrangement will further divide those terms into eight-week halves.

     The first quarter will end in May, making it possible for students to participate in summer programs at U.S. and European universities. It will also free them up to attend overseas internship programs that start in June.

     In 2016, the university plans to set up an "international house" that will accommodate up to 200 Japanese and foreign students near its Izumi Campus in Tokyo's Suginami Ward. The lodging facility will offer affordable rents to better attract foreign students.

     Meiji University aims to roughly triple the number of foreign students to 4,000 by fiscal 2020 and quadruple the number of Japanese students it sends overseas to about 4,000 by fiscal 2024.

     Japan's Keio and Waseda universities have partially introduced academic quarters. The University of Tokyo plans to usher in the system across all departments in fiscal 2015, and Kobe University is scheduled to do so the following year.