The University of Tokyo was established in 1877 as the first national university in Japan. As a leading research university, UTokyo offers courses in essentially all academic disciplines at both undergraduate and graduate levels and conducts research across the full spectrum of academic activity. The University aims to provide its students with a rich and varied academic environment that ensures opportunities for both intellectual development and the acquisition of professional knowledge and skills.

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#1 National

#11 Asia

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#2 National

#6 Asia

#39 Worldwide


  • College of Arts and Science (all freshmen and sophomores)
  • College of Arts and Science (Juniors and seniors who select)
    • Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Department of Interdisciplinary Sciences
    • Department of Integrated Sciences
    • Cross-disciplinary programs
  • Faculty of Agriculture
    • Applied Life Science Course
    • Environmental Life Science Course
    • Veterinary Medical science Course
  • Faculty of Economics
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Management
    • Department of Finance
  • Faculty of Education
    • Department of Integrated Educational Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering
    • Department of Civil Engineering
    • Department of Architecture
    • Department of Urban Engineering
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering
    • Department of Mechano-Informatics
    • Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    • Department of Precision Engineering
    • Department of Information and Communication Engineering
    • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Department of Applied Physics
    • Department of Mathematical Engineering and Information Physics
    • Department of Materials Engineering
    • Department of Applied Chemistry
    • Department of Chemical System Engineering
    • Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology
    • Department of Systems Innovation
  • Faculty of Law
    • General Legal Studies Course
    • Legal Profession Course
    • Political Science Course
  • Faculty of Letters
  • Faculty of Medicine
    • School of Medicine
    • School of Integrated Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • Department of Pharmaceutical Science
    • Department of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Science
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Information Science
    • Department of Physics
    • Department of Astronomy
    • Department of Earth and Planetary Physics
    • Department of Earth and Planetary Environmental Science
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry
    • Department of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology and Department of Biological Sciences

Number of International Students

According to the figure, about 2% of undergraduates, 25% of master’s students, and 30% of doctoral students are from other countries. We would like to encourage more study abroad among undergraduates.

Standout Features

 1. State-of-the-art research facilities

The University of Tokyo has the best research facilities with cutting-edge technologies, creating an ideal environment for advanced research and innovation in fields such as science, engineering, medicine, humanities, and social science.

 2.  Exceptional top students

The University of Tokyo is far the most difficult to get into in Japan. It attracts top students from all around Japan, creating a vibrant community of passionate learners. Interacting with motivated peers offers a unique opportunity to broaden horizons, exchange ideas, and excel. The competitive academic environment encourages critical thinking, analytical skills, and intellectual growth. Its curriculum provides a solid foundation for academic and personal development, preparing students for future success.

 3. Significant social impacts

The university’s graduates excel in various fields, including industry, politics, and academia, driving social change and innovation. Especially, they hold influential positions in political field. Also, many of its graduates have founded successful startups and innovative ventures. Their entrepreneurial endeavors have contributed to the development of new industries, creation of jobs, and advancement of society as a whole.

Exchange Programs

UTokyo accepts exchange students from partner universities with which the University has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding concerning student exchange. Exchange students can choose between the Type U and Type G programs.

Most Popular Classes

  • Gender Studies (by Kaku Sechiyama)

This course is one of the most well-known classes at the university. Despite being held in one of the largest classrooms at Komaba Campus, it is still overflowing with students, with some even standing at the back. The popularity of this course may be due to the fact that gender issues are frequently discussed in contemporary society. Regardless, this course is incredibly interesting, and taking it is definitely worth it!

  • Theory of Evolution (by Mariko Hasegawa)

You learn about ongoing experiments comparing the abilities of humans and monkeys. While monkeys can use tools, they struggle to work together to achieve a common goal, unlike humans who can collaborate. This course covers the differences between humans and monkeys and explores what makes human unique.

  • Cognitive Science of Information (by Hiroaki Suzuki)

This course is highly popular and attracts a large number of students. Grading is relatively easy as it only involves three in-class quizzes, making it straightforward to earn credits. Learning cognitive science is crucial in the age of artificial intelligence as it provides valuable insights into how the human mind works, how people learn and process information. It can also help them understand the limitations and capabilities of AI systems.

  • UN and Culture

This course is taught by a UN staff member who emphasizes the importance of appealing to people’s hearts in the international community. During the class, students learn about international education and how UN staff members use culture as powerful tool. Some students have the opportunity to visit the UN headquarter in New York city during the summer break.

  • MIT-UT International Joint Symposium

This course offered by the University of Tokyo and MIT called “Introduction to Material Engineering” provides students with the chance to attend lectures by MIT professors, visit the visit the MIT campus, and interact with MIT students. Students from both universities work together on group projects and present their findings at a symposium. This course is an excellent opportunity for students to broaden their perspective and learn from top universities worldwide.

Campus Life


There are a wide variety of cubs and circles for students to join, ranging from sports clubs to anime clubs. One of the annual traditions on campus is that various clubs set up tents along the pathway from the lecture hall to the school gates after freshman orientation, in order to get new members.

Some of the clubs available at the university include:

  • Sports: soccer, rugby, basketball, tennis, and even archery
  • Cultural: tea ceremony, calligraphy, flower arrangement, K-pop
  • Academic: economics, physics, quiz


The Komaba campus, used by first and second year students, is conveniently located near Shibuya for leisure. The entrance to Shibuya Mark City, know as “Mark’s Lower Entrance,” is a popoular meeting spot for many students to gather. Also, it is close to Shimokutazawa, where many clothes stores are.

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Useful Website

There is an official website for international students in the University of Tokyo.

カテゴリー: Study Abroad




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