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Nagoya University

In 1871, after the Meiji Restoration, Nagoya Prefecture (formerly the Nagoya Domain), under the guidance of Keisuke Ito and other pioneers from the Nagoya Domain's Smallpox Vaccination Clinic, established the Temporary Hospital and School, which is said to have been the forerunner of today's Nagoya University, to spread Western medicine and cultivate medical practitioners.

Bachelor's programmes

Engineering & Technology (2)
Social Sciences (2)
Business & Management (1)



Nagoya University has a 144-year history, dating from when the Temporary Medical School/Public Hospital -- the forerunner of today's Nagoya University -- was established in 1871. The University became the last Imperial University of Japan in 1939, and the educational reforms in 1949 led to the beginning of Nagoya University under the new education system.

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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

Nagoya University has established the Center for Student Counseling to strengthen its counseling system for Japanese and international students, by providing general consultation as well as mental health and career counseling, and to ensure that students have a rewarding university life.

Housing services

There are six Nagoya University residences available to international research fellows: International Residence Higashiyama, Researchers Village HIGASHIYAMA, Noyori Conference Hall, Idaka-cho Residence, Researchers Village DAIKO, and Researchers Village YAKUMO.

Library services

The University Libraries, consisting of the Central Library, Medical Library, and libraries in each school/graduate school, provide services as centers for academic information with the objective of supporting education and research activities.

In recent years, to keep up with globalization and the evolution of information, the University Libraries have started providing a variety of academic information in digital formats, including e-books, databases and electronic journals.

Student Life

Student clubs

  • A Cappella Circle "JP-act"
  • Amateur Radio Club
  • Art Club
  • Astro Study Association
  • Bible Study Circle
  • Bluegrass (Country Music) Circle
  • Brass Band "Nagoya University Wind Orchestra"
  • Child Culture Society "Hokiboshi"
  • Child Welfare Volunteer Society "Fukushiken"
  • Chorus Club "Chor Glanze"

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My advice is to make as much local friends as possible. Japanese people are usually shy and, although they love to meet foreigners and they are quite curious about different countries, they would not make the first step. If I could do it over, I would spend more time with local students. The courses were interesting, also because teachers wanted students to interact...

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The obvious answer is :"I would avoid the other international and French students". But to be honest, being in that "exchange year bubble" for a year was amazing, so I would not do anything differently. Even for the cultural misteps: it leads to awkward situations sometimes, but it would have been so boring if I knew everything before even going!

Studying and Living in Japan
Anastasia Audrey rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have been undertaking an international undergraduate program for 3 years at Nagoya University. Studying in Japan is definitely one of the best experience I've had so far. Especially with the commencement of this international program, not only do I get to improve my English skill, but I also get the chance to master Japanese language. Most Japanese universities are...

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