Messages from the Faculty

Program Leader

Welcome to the Japan-Expert Program
Prof. Chizuru Mori (Program Leader/School of Medicine and Medical Sciences)

The Japan-Expert (Bachelor Degree) Program of our university provides 4 courses so that international students who aspire after an active career in Japanese-affiliated business in Japan and their home country in the future, may pursue a field of specialization after understanding Japanese culture and society. These are new courses receiving the 3rd batch of students in this academic year and have not produced graduates yet but those who will complete the courses are expected to be globally active including in Japanese-affiliated companies in Japan and their country. The Japan-Expert (Bachelor Degree) Program of our university is characterized by a small group of students for the fall semester after admission who learn Japanese intensively, in contrast to other international student programs. Japanese language ability is enhanced and students are divided into each course from the spring semester in the following year to take specialized classes in Japanese and deepen their learning. Japanese culture, society, and technology are acquired in 4 years and skills are further explored through internships in Japanese firms and establishments. Aside from exchanges with Japanese students through studying during the 4 years, there are interactions with classmates in the Japan-Expert (Bachelor Degree) Program, and contact with other international students. We believe it is possible to thoroughly enjoy Japan while fully enjoying campus life. Would you like to join us at the University of Tsukuba?

Agricultural Science Course

With an eye toward agronomists who conduct activities across the world
Prof. Ryuichi Shigeno
(Director of Agricultural Science course/School of Life and Environmental Sciences)

Modern agriculture is supported by advanced technologies. From here on, technologies that are going to make breed improvement using life science, diagnostic imaging-based soil analysis from satellites, and agricultural production such as automatic tractor operation more efficient and be instrumental in solving the food question are increasingly advancing. Incoming agronomists are required to absorb these new technologies and have the ability to be involved in their further development. For this Agricultural Science Course, students can learn necessary basic knowledge to acquire the latest in science and technology by studying academic fields that cover a broad range of topics from natural sciences to social sciences related to agriculture and forestry. It also cultivates human resources with practical skills and communication ability through a lot of training and lab experiments and domestic and international internships. We look forward to applications from those aspiring to become agronomists who will make the world their stage.

Healthcare Course

Training international leaders in the field of healthcare
Prof. Chizuru Mori(Director of Healthcare course/School of Medicine and Medical Sciences)


Japan’s health, medical and welfare programs are highly rated internationally and its corresponding education is also extensive. This course focuses on training healthcare providers to acquire basic healthcare expertise through lectures and seminars established within this comprehensive university, centered on nursing sciences, equipping them to play roles internationally in the society of the future. The reasoning behind studying nursing sciences is that they are based on a philosophy focused on primary healthcare principles. This way of thinking recognizes health as a basic human right and guarantees the resident’s independent participation and the right to self-determination in the process of achieving this. This course involves studying methodologies and approaches for local residents to take the lead in responding to people’s most urgent healthcare needs, and comprehensively and equitably resolving problems using their own abilities. We provide generous educational support and strive for the day in which students who take this course play roles as global leaders in the health, medical care and welfare sectors, not only in Japan but worldwide.

Art and Design Course

Study art and design at a Japanese university
Prof. Katsutoshi Nonaka(Director of Art and Design course/School of Art and Design)

You are doubtless aware that Japan’s traditional culture and arts are highly admired around the world. The Art and Design Course focusing on classes offered at our School of Art and Design puts the university’s advantages to good use in specialized studies of Japan’s distinctive art and design. Our goal is to ensure that teachers, artists and designers gain a deep understanding of Japanese art and design, and practice and disseminate it worldwide by spreading the message about how wonderful it is in other countries. The University of Tsukuba is located just over an hour away by train from Tokyo, which has a high concentration of art museums and galleries. In arts studies, it is essential not only to accumulate knowledge and forge observational and technical abilities, but also to view outstanding works up close and be moved by them. In that sense as well, one great benefit of studying at this university is the ability to easily travel to Tokyo and regularly see invaluable works of art. We are seeking people who have the enthusiasm to pursue art and wish to contribute to modern society through the arts.

Japanese Language Teacher Training Course

Study the Japanese language, culture and Japanese-language teaching through a degree program at a Japanese university
Prof. Kosuke Taniguchi
(Director of Japanese-Language Teacher Training course/School of Humanities and Culture)

Even though there were students from overseas who aim to be a Japanese language teacher in the past, there was no undergraduate degree program in Japanese universities who will admit these students. This Japanese Language Teacher Training Course of the Japan-Expert Program is a one of a kind undergraduate level course designed for non-native speakers (international students). After admission, the students have an intensive Japanese language training for half a year, then they learn mainly about the Japanese language and Japanese culture in Japanese with Japanese students. The course offers a curriculum where they can gain expert knowledge and techniques as a Japanese Language teacher. Upon graduation, a whole range of possibilities opens up, not only a career as Japanese language teachers in education institutions in their country but also job offers from relevant companies and organizations searching for persons with knowledge in the Japanese language, Japanese culture, and Japanese education in this multicultural world, further education in graduate school, etc. We look to ambitious students to open the way to their future and the future of their country and Japan through the Japanese language for applications.


Keiko Sugimoto, Assis. Prof. (Program Coordinator/School of Medicine and Medical Sciences)


As a Japan-Expert Program coordinator, I support each Japan-Expert student’s dream to be a Japan-Expert to play an active role in the international workforce. The Japan-Expert class is held in a small but friendly and warm atmosphere, located at the University Hall in the center of the campus. At Tsukuba, students enjoy a safe and comfortable academic life. You can easily get around the campus by bicycle and Japan-Expert students have priority to move into a brand-new dormitory for international students. In an unfamiliar environment, it might be not easy for international students to master Japanese and study Japan-specific fields in Japanese, but all of the students in this program improved their Japanese ability remarkably. With the strong bonds of friendship gained through learning together—bonds that transcend cultural boundaries—I believe that Japan-Expert graduates will be uniquely equipped to be globally active in their respective specialized fields.

Miho Iriyama, Assis. Prof.
(Japanese Language Training Coordinator/School of Humanities and Culture)


Students in the Japan-Expert Program can take intensive Japanese language classes at the Center for Education of Global Communication (CEGLOC) of the University of Tsukuba for 15 weeks in the first six months after enrollment before taking classes in their specializations. I am the Japanese language training coordinator in charge of supporting Japan-Expert students during the intensive language classes. Our objective is for students with N2 or N3 Japanese language proficiency levels to acquire comprehensive Japanese language skills for academic purposes in order to study for either of the major courses in Agricultural Science, Healthcare, Art and Design, or Japanese Language Teacher Training. In the intensive Japanese language classes, students take eight subjects according to their own level: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, Grammar, Kanji, Comprehensive Japanese, and Japanese for Special Purposes. They acquire the Japanese language skills needed to take general foundation subjects and the foundation subjects for majors by attending lectures, participating in question-and-answer sessions, active discussions, giving oral reports, reading and summarizing papers in their majors, debates, making presentations, writing reports or essays, among others. In particular, “Japanese for Special Purposes” is for students to acquire the basic knowledge and technical vocabulary in Japanese before they advance to their majors. You want to study in Japan, but you are concerned your Japanese language skills are insufficient for taking classes in your majors immediately after enrollment. Thus, I suggest that applying to the Japan-Expert Program is a good choice. Japanese language instructors will be supporting students’ self-managed learning. I am looking forward to meeting students who want to work as mediators between their home countries and Japan.