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University of Tsukuba

4.3 out of 5 (10 ratings / 8 reviews) Tsukuba, Japan
The University of Tsukuba aims to be an open university in all aspects and we are a frontrunner in the university reform in Japan.

Bachelor's programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Medicine & Health (1)
Social Sciences (1)



Our university was established in October 1973, due to the relocation of its antecedent, the Tokyo University of Education, to the Tsukuba area. As the new concept comprehensive university in Japan to be established under a country-wide university reform plan, the University has featured "Openness" with "New Systems for Education and Research" under a "New University Administration."


The University of Tsukuba gives students the opportunity develop their individuality and skills through an education that is backed by cutting-edge research. Toward this end, we set the following goals.


We aim to actively expand interdisciplinary and integrative approaches to education research, further specialized expertise and produce distinguished research. We aim to provide an environment that allows future leaders to realize their potential in full and gives them the opportunity to develop their individuality and skills through education that is backed by cutting-edge research. Promotion of basic and applied researches with scientific and social values, and researches contributing to the inheritance of science and culture to the next generation.


Based on its founding principles, the University of Tsukuba is fostering human resources who have "internationality", "future vision", and "problem-solving" ability. Our graduates are highly appreciated in various fields such as private companies, government offices, education and other fields.

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Student services

The training facilities at the University of Tsukuba are established with the aim of facilitating various activities of students, staff, and faculty members of the university such as training, extracurricular activities, and recreation.

Housing services

There are plenty of welfare facilities in the University of Tsukuba so that the university students and faculty members can spend comfortable college life. In each area on campus, there are cafeterias, coffee shops, book stores, and commodity shops. In addition, there are electric goods store, beauty shop, parlor, public bath, and coin shower in Residence Hall Area.

Library services

The University of Tsukuba Library is dedicated to be the core of academic information through cooperation with the local community, research laboratories and educational organizations in Japan and overseas.

The Libray consists of the Central Library and four specialized libraries (Art and Physical Education Library, Medical Library, Library on Library and Information Science, and Otsuka Library).

ICT services

The University of Tsukuba offers unique world class facilities and resources in each academic field including a supercomputer, accelerator, plasma confinement device, biomass cultivation facility, sports science laboratory, partial radiation therapy equipment, and bio resources.

Medical services

University of Tsukuba Hospital is a major teaching hospital of the University of Tsukuba, School of Medicine and has led the country in providing innovative training programs in residencies and fellowships in various specialties. As a teacing hospital, the hospital provides multidisciplinary education to students in various areas of specialty.

Student Life

Campus life

"This is not Japan, its altogether a different country", this is what most of the visitors to the University of Tsukuba comment. The University of Tsukuba is well known for its beautiful campus, from where Mt. Tsukuba can be seen. The loop line fringed with green rows of trees and promenades stretching as far as the eye can see are a few of those features that steal the visitors' heart away.

The University of Tsukuba campus is located between Higashi Odori and Nishi Odori which run north to south and is divided into five areas.

Student clubs

The training facilities at the University of Tsukuba are established with the aim of facilitating various activities of students, staff, and faculty members of the university such as training, extracurricular activities, and recreation.

Kambara Hall is an on-campus memorial hall dedicated to the founding of the university. This unique building has Zen rooms, study rooms, and Japanese-style rooms connected by a corridor and surrounding an inner garden. It is the only Japanese-style building on campus. It is used for various purposes, including holding lectures, seminars, and study groups. Japanese-style extra curricular clubs such as Tea Ceremony, Rakugo, Noh, and Shamisen also make good use of this building.

Student Reviews

Japan at it's best
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The University of Tsukuba is one of the best in Japan. The rich culture of Japan is integrated at every level of academic life. Aside from academic work students get to appreciate a multicultural experience. Considering the work ethic of Japanese people, academic work is taken seriously especially attendance. A vast number of students are foreign that makes social life and...

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Through the Olympic and Paralympic Education and sport management courses in University of Tsukuba, I am confident to reach my dream. Skills and knowledge from here will help me to contribute in promoting Paralympic sports and Olympic Values Education. The University is well equipped with qualified international professors. I like Tsukuba University

My Personal Experience at the University of Tsukuba
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

What didn't work out for me the most was that I graduated essentially without "majoring" in anything. This English centered program lacked the "focus" for subjects as all classes only taught surface-level topics and lacked variety. Not having more internationalized based subjects were also problematic for this experience. Because of this, I always wondered what I had...

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