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University of Tsukuba

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Spring Semester & Academic Year


The University of Tsukuba is one of Japan’s leading comprehensive universities with 9 undergraduate schools and 9 graduate schools, 26 research centers, a state-of-the-art university hospital, the Central Library and four specialized libraries, and many other facilities. Three Nobel Prize laureates have served as either president or faculty in our university. There are over 1,600 academic staff, 16,500 full time students, and approximately 2,200 international students from over 100 countries. The university has a long and distinguished history in the Japanese university system dating back more than 140 years. It was founded in 1872 as the Normal School (which later became the Tokyo Higher Normal School), the first teachers college in Japan. Its successor, the Tokyo University of Education, founded in 1949, moved to the Tsukuba area, which is about 60 km northeast of Tokyo, in 1973. The university has been a forerunner in university reform in Japan. Located at the center of Tsukuba Science City, the university grew simultaneously with the development of the city. This science city is well known internationally for its large concentration of major research institutes and has attained high international esteem for its multitude of research accomplishments. The main Tsukuba campus covers an area of 258 hectares, making it the largest single campus in Japan. Both the campus and the city are surrounded by beautiful nature but are not far from the metropolitan district. The Tsukuba Express now connects downtown Tsukuba with Akihabara, Tokyo, in 45 minutes. (Source: University of Tsukuba Website)

Academic Details:

Classes for degree courses taught in Japanese, which you can take together with Japanese students, begin in April. Degree programs taught in English start in October. The programs taught in English are attended by international students from a variety of countries. The number of international coeducational classes open to all students is also being increased, allowing you to take programs taught in English alongside Japanese students and providing many chances for you to study Japanese. Undergraduate fields of study include Agricultural Science, Arts in International Social Sciences, Bio-resource Science, International Medical Science, Biology, Geoscience, and Global Issues. A full list of course offerings is listed on the university’s website. (Source: University of Tsukuba Website)

Housing Details:

The University of Tsukuba student residence halls were established to offer students an excellent study environment along with the opportunity to experience autonomous civic life. A total of 65 residences with 4,000 rooms are located in Ichinoya, Hirasuna, Oikoshi, and Kasuga Campus. Every room is furnished with a bed, a table, a washbasin, a dormitory telephone, and other amenities. One can afford to stay in the dormitory if things of personal use are arranged. Furthermore, every building has a laundry room, a communal kitchen, and shower room. Each campus (excluding Kasuga campus) has a community center that has the Administrative Office (In Kasuga Area, it is established in the 1F, Building 1), a beauty and hair salon, and an electric goods store. In addition, Hirasuna Community Center has cafeterias and bath house, and Ichinoya Community Center has convenience stores.

Also, Global Village, shared accommodations for both Japanese and international students studying at the University of Tsukuba, commenced its operations on April 1, 2017. It has been established as a part of the Global Residence Development Project that aims to promote internationalization on campus. Each unit is equipped with a kitchen and a shower room, and residents are allowed to use the laundry room and the Community Station on premises.

The university makes sure the rooms are available to undergraduate freshmen on a priority basis. When the number of new applicants exceeds the available number of rooms, students coming to Tsukuba from different districts/states are given priority over those local students who can possibly commute to the university from nearby areas. Monthly rent for a single room is 12,580 yen per month (a non-renovated room is 8,550 yen per month); common service fee costs 6,830 yen, and electricity expense will be billed at cost. (Source: University of Tsukuba Website)


  • Sophomore standing
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA

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