University of Tsukuba

Area of Study Arts and Humanities, Biology, Environment and Geoscience, Languages, Politics, Science
Course Language(s) Japanese, English
Average Credit Load 15 Credits
Semester dates December - February
April - August

About the University

Founded in 1872 and established in 1973, The University of Tsukuba is ranked in the top 10 Japanese universities, with a history stretching back over 130 years. The University has produced three Nobel Laureates, and is home to 16,500 students; with approximately 2,000 international students from over 100 countries. The University of Tsukuba is located at the Ibaraki Prefecture and is home to 3-million residents, just 45 minutes from Central Tokyo.


Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

Tsukuba is a city in Japan’s Kantō region, on Honshu island. In the city center, Tsukuba Expo Center has interactive science displays and a planetarium. Tsukuba Space Center has a rocket engine and exhibits on space exploration. North, a funicular railway and cable car run to the twin peaks of Mount Tsukuba, known for its fall foliage. At the foot of the mountain, Tsukuba-san Shrine was founded in the 7th century.

Exchange information

Courses available

For more information on English taught courses available, visit the Tsukuba website.


Exchange students are given priority for residence halls, rent and the common service charge is between ¥23,800 and ¥44,000 per month. The rate varies according to the type of a room. You will need to pay utility charges separately. Off-campus housing varies from ¥30,000-60,000.

Cost of living

Cost of living varies depending on personal needs, the estimated cost of living for one month including accommodation, food, health insurance, transport, textbooks and supplies and spending is estimated at YEN 80,000.

See current exchange rates.

Visa requirements

Once you have received the Certificate of Eligibility you can submit the visa application to the Japanese consulate in Cairns. It takes around 4 working days to issue the visa. Once your visa has been issued, you have to enter Japan within three months, so make sure you don’t apply to early. For your visa to remain valid, you must attend classes at least 7 times (10 hours) in a week.

If you enter Japan with a visa status other than “College Student,” you WILL NOT be able to register at the University of Tsukuba.

Other information

The Japan Student Services Organisation Scholarship’s (JASSO) purpose is to provide support to international students in order to improve standards of education and research, as well as to promote mutual friendship and goodwill. Monthly stipend: 80,000 yen (up to 11 months).

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