Since its inception in Tsukuba Science City in 1973, the University of Tsukuba has offered a comprehensive curriculum of education, covering everything from literature and science to fine arts and physical education. Although the university’s roots stretch back much further than 40 years; its origins lie in the Normal School, the first of its kind in Japan, established in 1872.
The University of Tsukuba is a future-oriented institution, and we have always sought to be an open university offering interdisciplinary education aimed at fostering internationally minded people. With faculties covering humanities, sciences, sports, and art, we are a university in the true sense of the original Latin meaning “the whole,” and aim to nurture tomorrow’s global leaders through a broad-ranging pursuit of academic excellence. Indeed, we seek to leverage our position in center of Tsukuba, Japan’s world-leading research hub, to promote harmonious coexistence among all humankind.
What you can learn?
School of Humanities and Culture, School of Social and International Studies, School of Human Sciences, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, School of Science and Engineering, School of Informatics, School of Medicine and Medical Sciences, School of Health and Physical Education, School of Art and Design
Graduate School of Business Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences
Degree Programs in Humanities and Social Sciences, Degree Programs in Business Sciences, Law School Program, MBA Program in International Business
Graduate School of Science and Technology
Degree Programs in Pure and Applied Science, Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering, Degree Programs in Life and Earth Sciences, Joint Master’s Degree Program in Sustainability and Environmental Sciences
Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences
Degree Programs in Comprehensive Human Sciences, Joint Master’s Program in International Development and Peace through Sport, Joint Doctoral Program in Advanced Physical Education and Sports for Higher Education, International Joint Degree Master’s Program in Agro-Biomedical Science in Food and Health
Degree Programs in English
University of Tsukuba offers Degree Programs which clearly specify human resources to develop and competences to be acquired, depending on their specialties and the diploma levels, and provide systematic curricula to develop the required competences.
Currently, undergraduate degree programs conducted in English are as follows; Undergraduate Program of International Social Studies, Interdisciplinary Program of Life and Environmental Sciences, International Undergraduate-Education Program for Medical Scientists, Bachelor’s Program in Global Issues and Bachelor’s Program in Interdiciplinary Engineering.
In April 2020, all the graduate programs will be renovated to the Degree Programs to develop human resources linked more closely to social needs and issues. The current 85 programs under 8 Graduate Schools shall be united into 6 Degree Programs under 3 Graduate Schools and 6 Programs, which enables to develop transdisciplinal programs to develop more advanced and diversified human resources.
Exchange Student Programs
Our Junior Year at Tsukuba Program (JTP) has been hosting hundreds of international students who have been eager to study in Japan. It is not necessary for you to be fluent in Japanese to participate in the program, and yet you can take great advantage of various cultural and academic opportunities. The JTP offers a wide variety of courses in English from diverse disciplines such as international studies, social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and engineering. For students who are eager to enhance their communication and writing skills in Japanese, the JTP offers language courses that are regarded as leading programs in Japan. The topics of a number of JTP courses are closely related to Japanese issues, such as culture, law, economics, education, science, and technology.
Our exchange program is open for short-term international students from partner institutions. In principle, direct applications from individual students are not accepted. Please submit the application documents through your home institution’s exchange program office.
Short-Term Exchange Student Programs
As TSUKUBA Short-Term Study Program, University offers a range of short-term training programs aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, as well as teaching professionals. Please check the latest information, as programs offered and application condition may vary year by year.
Summer Research Program in Tsukuba
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Tsukuba Summer Institute
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Support Systems for Exchange Students
Based on our motto “Internationalized daily life”, University of Tsukuba offers internationalized campus environment where both international and Japanese students, faculty and staff enjoy their life.
Newly arrived international students may be assisted in their academic and daily life by Japanese students who are assigned as personal tutors. The role of tutors is mainly to aid foreign students in Japanese and everyday life “guidance” (campus guide, help with applications, shopping, and apartment searching). International students are encouraged to make constructive use of this system to get used to Japanese life at the university.
Student Residence Halls with about 4000 rooms have been established to offer its students excellent study environment along with the opportunity to experience autonomous civic life. For the other housing options, accommodation for short term student (Short Stay House) has been installed on 2016, and shared accommodations (Global Village), which focuses on international exchange, commenced its operation on 2017.
We offer Japanese language classes to international students from just beginner level. If you have never learnt Japanese, you don’t have to hesitate at all, let’s join!
In addition, we offer physical and mental health counseling in English and career support so that the international students may enjoy their life from entrance to graduation.