English Undergraduate Programmes

Selection of undergraduate courses offered in English at major Japanese universities.

All undergraduate courses are four years.

For the full catalog of courses, click here.

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University of Tokyo

Tokyo

National University

Japan in East Asia | Environmental Sciences

Starting with two years of liberal arts education in the University of Tokyo, the PEAK programme aims to instil students with a broad knowledge base on which to build up their foundation.

Subsequently, students would choose to build up their specialisation in either the Japan in East Asia or Environmental Sciences specialisations.

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Waseda University

Tokyo

Private University

International Liberal Studies

Waseda's SILS Programme starts students off with two years of liberal arts education. Focusing on honing their English academic skills while learning Japanese concurrently.

For the third year, students are encouraged to study abroad in order to widen their perspectives. This is year-long exchange to an overseas university is an optional component.

For their final year, students are encouraged to identify their specialisation in order to carry out in-depth research on the topic. Including the formulation of a thesis.

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National University of Singapore - Waseda Double Degree Programme

Singapore & Tokyo

National & Private University (Tuition Fees are NUS Fees)

Social Science | Science | International Liberal Studies

The NUS-Waseda Double Degree Programme (DDP) is a five year programme that sees students spend three years in NUS (Year 1, 2, & 4) and two years in Waseda University (Year 3 & 5).

Students who successfully complete the DDP receive a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from NUS and a Bachelor of Arts from Waseda University.

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Keio University

Tokyo & Yokohama

Private University

Economics | Global Information and Governance

Keio offers two programmes in English: PEARL and GIGA.

PEARL is an interdisciplinary Economics programme, offering both a solid foundation in Economics while exploring how it interacts with other disciplines.

GIGA is an interdisciplinary Information Technology and Governance programme. Combining a liberal arts approach with a hands on approach for the technological aspect. Students will be attached to a research lab and work on a graduation project in their senior years

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Tokyo Institute of Technology

Greater Tokyo

National University

Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering

Titech's GSEP is an engineering course that focuses on transdisciplinary studies. It focuses on solving practical real-world issues while also inculcating leadership values.

Many courses are utilise problem-based learning and cover various fields of science and engineering.

Ultimately, students would pick a research area to focus on, and learn about in-depth.

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Nagoya University

Nagoya

National University

Automotive Engineering | Physics | Chemistry | Biological Science | Social Science | Law | Economics | Japan in Asia Cultural Studies

Nagoya University's G30 Programme starts students off with a year of liberal arts and science education.

As students progress up in years, the classes progressively change from broad-based liberal arts education to specialized courses for their major.

Eventually building up through laboratory courses and culminating in their thesis research.

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Kyoto University

Kyoto

National University

Liberal Arts | Integrated Human Studies | Psychology | Sociology | Law | Politics | Economics | Physics | Chemistry | Biological Sciences | Engineering

Kyoto University's iUP is a hybrid course that allows students to study in both English and Japanese.

The programme is a 4.5 year course, with the first six months being a preparatory Japanese language course. Following that, students would undertake two years of liberal arts education while continuing their Japanese language education.

The final two years would then see students engaging in specialized courses for their majors in Japanese, the culmination of 2.5 years of Japanese language education.

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Osaka University

Osaka

National University

Human Sciences | Political and Global Studies | Diversity and Inclusion Studies | Japan Studies

Osaka University's Human Sciences International Undergraduate Degree Program hones students in research skills both qualitatively and quantitatively.

Students start with 1.5 years of general education courses across a broad range of topics. They would subsequently pick their focus area: Political and Global Studies, Diversity and Inclusion Studies, or Japan Studies.

Following that they would engage in field work, independent study projects and a graduation thesis in order to fully immerse themselves in their focus area.

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Ritsumeikan University

Osaka & Kyoto

Private University

Information Systems Science and Engineering
| International Relations | Global Studies | Community and Regional Policy Studies | Sustainable Urban Policy Program

Ritsumeikan offers four English courses in Information Systems Science and Engineering (ISEE), International Relations, Global Studies, Community and Regional Policy Studies, in their campuses in Kansai.

The ISEE course focuses on problem-based learning, beginning with technical electives from the very first year. Students are eventually encourage to develop their own projects and ideas as research by their final year.

For the humanities courses, generally they encourage students to take up general studies for their first two years before specialising in their major. Additionally they provide a wide array of study abroad opportunities for students.

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Australia National University - Ritsumeikan Dual Degree Programme

Canberra, Australia & Osaka

Private University

Global Liberal Arts | Asia-Pacific Affairs

The ANU-Ritsumeikan Dual Degree Programme is a four year programme that grants a Bachelor of Global Liberal Arts from Ritsumeikan and a Bachelor of Asia Pacific Affairs from ANU.

Students would spend first, second, and fourth years in Ritsumeikan's Osaka campus and their third year in ANU's Canberra campus. The programme focuses on interdisciplinary learning, and a better understanding of culture and societies in Asia.

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American University - Ritsumeikan University Joint Degree Program

Washington D.C., USA & Kyoto

Private University

Global International Relations

The Joint Degree Programme is a four year degree programme that grants students a Bachelor of Arts in Global International Relations. Students will spend two years in Ritsumeikan's Kyoto campus and two years in American University's Washington D.C. campus.

The JDP focuses on developing cohort classes so as to provide students with a wide swath of perspectives from around the world. It offers three focus areas: Peace, Global Security and Conflict Resolution, Identity, Race, Gender and Culture, and Global Comparative Governance (GCG).

The programme also offers an array of internship opportunities in both Japan and the US

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Tohoku University

Sendai

National University

Advanced Molecular Chemistry | International Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | Applied Marine Biology

Tohoku University's Future Global Leadership programme focuses on providing highly specialised science curriculum to its students.

The three courses offered are: Advanced Molecular Chemistry, International Mechanical and
Aerospace Engineering, and Applied Marine Biology. Students will be trained to specialise in their various areas from the start, engaging in in-depth research and studies about their area.

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Kyushu University

Fukuoka

National University

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | Applied Chemistry | Civil Engineering | Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | Bioresource | Bioenvironment

Kyushu University offers two programmes: an Engineering course, and a Bioresource and Bioenvironment course.

Students would engage in a "Kikan Education" for their first two years, an active learning pedagogy that gives students a foundation in topics across the humanities, sciences, and language courses.

They would then spend their last two years engaging in in-depth research, including being attached to research labs and partaking in field work.

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Hiroshima University

Hiroshima

National University

Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences | Culture and Tourism | Peace and Communication | Environment and Society

Students on Hiroshima University's Integrated Global Studies programme graduate with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences. The programme aims to provide students an interdisciplinary education through the integration of the arts and the sciences.

Students take part in a liberal arts core curriculum for their first year before picking one of three specialisations: Culture and Tourism, Peace and Communication, Environment and Society

They tend spend the next two years taking core courses in their specialisations. Their final year is dedicated to their thesis, while also taking part in seminars in collaboration with external companies.

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Meiji University

Tokyo

Private University

Global Japanese Studies | Culture and Art | Business and Society | Globalization

Meiji University's SGJS English programme focuses on contemporary Japanese studies with three areas of specialization: Culture and Art, Business and Society, and Globalization

Their Japanese studies courses include topics on Manga and Anime culture, Urbanism and Design, Gender Studies, Tourism Management, History of Film, Japanese cultural studies, Performing Arts Studies, and Religious Studies

Alongside taking their core Japanese studies courses, students will also learn the Japanese language throughout the four years to prepare students to take the JLPT N1/2 by the end of the four years.

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Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Beppu

Private University

Asia Pacific Studies | International Management | Environment and Development | Hospitality and Tourism | International Relations and Peace Studies | Culture, Society and Media | Accounting and Finance | Marketing | Strategic Management and Organization | Innovation and Economics

Students at APU will enrol in one of two colleges: College of Asia Pacific Studies and College of International Management. Each college has four different areas of studies.

They will spend their first year engaging in general studies in a common curriculum, before spending their next two years taking specialised courses in their area of study. The final year will be dedicated mainly to thesis writing.

For students who want to graduate in three years, APU offers an Accelerated Graduation Program if they complete all the graduation requirements within that time period, including thesis.

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Sophia University

Tokyo

Private University

Liberal Arts | Comparative Culture | International Business and Economics | Social Studies | Green Science | Green Engineering | Education, Sociology, Economics | International Relations & Area Studies | Journalism | Management

Sophia University offers students the opportunity to engage in a liberal arts programme, a technical course, or a cross-disciplinary programme.

In the Liberal Arts programme, students spend their first 1.5 years doing a common curriculum. They then engage in a specialised curriculum for their focus area over the remaining time period. Students are encouraged to take advantage of study abroad opportunities and to also pick up a new language including Arabic, French, Latin, Korean, Tagalog, etc.

In the Technical Course, students focus on climate change and the environment. Spending their first semester doing a common curriculum, and then two and a half years doing specialised classes in their research area. The final year would be dedicated to thesis, and advanced courses.

In the Program for Sustainable Futures students take on a combination of specialised courses from their major and common curriculum classes from the first semester onwards. Students have a common theme class on "Sustainable Futures" in their first and third year, and are also encouraged to learn a new language during the course of their four years.

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Hokkaido University

Sapporo

National University

Agriculture | Engineering | Science | Chemical and Material Science | Life Science | Veterinary Science | Environmental Science | Integrated Science Program | Modern Japanese Studies

Hokkaido University offers two main courses in English: Modern Japanese Studies and the Integrated Science Programme.

The Modern Japanese Studies Programme is a 4.5 year course including a semester of intensive Japanese studies that aims for students to be fluent in Japanese upon graduation. Students will study Japan's culture, political economy, history and sociology, alongside other Japanese students and peers.

The Integrated Science Programme focuses on cross-disciplinary courses across the natural sciences. Students will also be equipped with skills on management, business and leadership. This programme also offers a wide range of scholarships to support students. (See Scholarships page)