Studyportals placeholder

The University of Tokyo

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. 

Short Courses



The University of Tokyo was established in 1877 as the first national university in Japan. As a leading research university.From these beginnings, the University of Tokyo continued to merge with many different schools specializing in various fields, such as the Imperial College of Engineering and Tokyo School of Agriculture and Forestry, thereby growing into a comprehensive research university. 


The University of Tokyo’s greatest strength lies in its educational and research excellence.The new discoveries made on its campuses today become excellent research that benefits society tomorrow. The University is a place where outstanding students and researchers cultivate each other’s skills while working together.


The University of Tokyo strives to carry out world-class research in pursuit of academic excellence and to contribute to the accumulation and diversity of human knowledge. By active translation of research result to society, the University of Tokyo aims to support deeper and broader understanding of our research activities within society in general, and to contribute to the realization of peaceful and fair international and local society.


Once students complete their studies in their respective Faculties, they depart full of great desires and hopes to open new doors and begin walking along their own paths. Many of those who specialized in the humanities decide to seek employment, putting the knowledge and abilities they had cultivated at the University to use in society. The majority of students in science fields, on the other hand, choose to pursue the path of further education in graduate schools in order to prepare for their future research activities as well as employment. Meanwhile, students in the Faculty of Medicine’s School of Medicine take the first steps towards their careers by participating in residency programs. 

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
22 2
24 -4
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
23 5
28 6
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
42 4
46 355
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
62 -5
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

  • Division for Global Campus Initiatives 
  • Division for Environment, Health and Safety 
  • Campus Planning Office 
  • Division for Strategic Public Relations 
  • Disability Services Office 
  • Division for Information and Communication Systems 
  • Division of University Corporate Relations 
  • Office for Gender Equality 
  • Division for Counseling and Support 
  • Executive Management Program Office 
  • Office for Life Science Research Ethics and Safety 
  • Division for Health Service Promotion 
  • Undergraduate Admission Office for Global 30 Programs 
  • Office of Export Control 
  • Office for Advancement of Research Administrators 
  • Division for Engineers Network Promotion 
  • Global Leadership Education Program Advancement Office 
  • Harassment Counseling Office 

Housing services

The University of Tokyo offers accommodations for international students and researchers as part of our efforts to promote international exchanges in the education and research fields.

Residences operated by the University are available at lower rents than equivalent private accommodations and furnished to the minimum level needed for new residents on arrival. Each residence is highly motivated to promote international exchanges and pursue activities to encourage communication among residents.

Private accommodation, on the other hand, enables you to secure housing at locations close to your campus that are convenient for shopping and amenities. However, you would have to bear a higher rent for such housing.

Library services

The University of Tokyo Library System consists of the General Library on the Hongo Campus, the Komaba Library on the Komaba Campus, the Kashiwa Library on the Kashiwa Campus, and 32 departmental libraries at the University’s Graduate Schools, Faculties, and Institutes. 

Medical services

The University Hospitals have contributed to the progress of medicine through clinical research and the education of medical students. They have provided people from all over the country with advanced medical care. Until 2000, there were three hospitals in The University of Tokyo.

Student Life

Campus life

In 1995 and later in 1998, the University of Tokyo acquired the land surrounding Kashiwanoha Park and other nearby areas in the northern part of Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture to use as the site of a new campus. The Institute for Cosmic Ray Research and the Institute for Solid State Physics were moved to this new campus, called the Kashiwa Campus, in 2000.

Sports facilities

The Gotenshita Memorial Arena is a comprehensive sports facility established on the Hongo Campus. The Arena was constructed as a part of the University of Tokyo 100th Anniversary Project for the purpose of promoting the health of students and faculty members.   This Arena is equipped with a number of athletic facilities, including an all-weather artificial sports field that is lit up at night,a warm-water swimming pool filled with water made exceptionally clear due to the use of an advanced antibacterial system and a multipurpose gymnasium for a large variety of sports. In addition, the Arena holds a wide array of athletic programs, such as classes for aerobics, tai chi chuan, yoga.

Other programmes from this university