Tokai University

  • Tokyo/Kanagawa/Shizuoka/Kumamoto/Hokkaido
  • Private institution
  • Address
  • 4-1-1 Kitakaname, Hiratsuka-shi, Kanagawa, 259-1292
  • Contact
  • OASIS(Office of Admission Services for International Students)
  • TEL: 0463-58-1211
  • FAX: 0463-50-2479
  • E-mail:
  • Opening
  • 1942
  • Total number of students
  • 28,675 (691 from overseas) as of 2017
  • Fee
  • Admission fee: ¥200,000 - ¥1,000,000 for 2017
  • Tuition fee: ¥600,000 - ¥2,148,000 for 2017
  • Other: ¥409,200 - ¥3,325,200 for 2017

Facilities and support programs for international students

  • Scholarships
  • 1. Honors Scholarship for International Students (100% tuition)
    2. Scholarship for International Students (¥150,000/semester)
    3. Work Study Scholarship (¥25,000/month)
    * Students must work (part-time) at the university for a certain number of hours.
  • Supplemental Programs for international students
  • Supplemental Programs are offered for international students where they can obtain the knowledge necessary for studying at the university such as: Japanese society, how to write a resume/report/letter, and how to make a presentation/speech in Japanese. Students who compete each program can obtain credits.
  • Tutoring for international students
  • For the 1st and 2nd year international undergraduate students, academic tutoring (and general support) is provided by students enrolled in the master's course in the same field of study.
  • Academic support for international students
  • Teachers of the International Education Center and other teachers offer academic support for international students, including class registration and academic consultation.
  • Prayer rooms & meal
  • Separate prayer rooms for men and women are located on Shonan campus. All students are welcome to use these facilities at any time. Cafeterias at Shonan campus offer halal-compliant dishes. A full list of ingredients is provided for every dish served in the cafeteria, halal or otherwise.

Education for a Renewed Civilization

Tokai University is a private university established by Dr. Shigeyoshi Matsumae in 1942. "Tokai" of "Tokai University" refers to the sea to the east of Asia, namely the Pacific Ocean, and symbolizes the desire to foster a rich spirit and broad perspectives. Tokai University consists of eight campuses in Sapporo, Takanawa, Yoyogi, Shonan, Isehara, Shimizu, Kumamoto, and Aso, which are comprised of 19 schools made up of 75 departments, It has 31 courses in 17 graduate schools. The total student population is approximately 30,000. The founding spirit and objectives of Tokai University are to contribute to human society, to foster active, talented people and to arouse interest in our earth and a sense of responsibility for the future of mankind. Tokai University's educational guidelines ground these objectives by offering a sound and reliable way of thinking as a basis for living and cultivating the richness of humanity. The core of such education at Tokai University is the "Lecture on Modern Civilization." Since its establishment, Tokai University has prioritized this lecture, based on its belief that a university should not only provide knowledge and technology, but also be a place where the richness of humanity and creativity in each individual is cultivated. One recent initiative that we have been directing our energies toward is fostering of student-initiated projects to nurture our students' ability to apply the knowledge that they have acquired in the classroom to the betterment of society.

The projects that we have supported range from the creation of the world's-fastest solar car "Tokai Challenger," to volunteer activities that assist in recovery efforts in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Tokai University maintains academic exchange agreements with 131 universities/organizations in 40 countries. A wide range of international exchange activities are being actively pursued, from those on the academic front involving students, researchers, joint-research projects, and the exchange of academic resources, to cultural and athletic exchanges. There are about 900 international students on campus. Tokai University has five offices abroad (Denmark, Vienna, Hawaii, South Korea and Thailand.)

Qinglu Ii
School of Tourism 3rd Year

Q: Tell us the reasons you chose Tokai University.

A: Tokai University has a Japanese Language Course for International Students, and its support for international students is more robust than that of other universities. You can easily get information on tuition reductions and exemptions and scholarships for international students, and if there is anything you don't understand you can easily go to the International Education Center office and get advice. So you can lead your life as a student with peace of mind. There are lots of schools and departments on the Shonan Campus, therefore you can take classes outside your own specialty and gain a lot of knowledge. I study French and studied in France taking advantage of the university's study abroad program. It is attractive to me that I can study not only Japanese and English, but also study to become a potential employee who speaks many languages.

Q: Please tell us about the subject/classes you are taking now.

A: The School of Tourism in which I am enrolled involves in various fields and in it you can encounter a variety of knowledge. In the field of cultural tourism I am researching the movements of tourists at such events as festivals. In the service management field I am studying the management of travel companies, airline companies and the like. In the field of leisure and recreation, I am studying nature conservation in the ocean and the mountains, the structure of utilization methods, recreations and events, and in the field of regional design, I am researching urban planning. In the School of Tourism, we don't simply listen to lectures in the classroom, we also have many opportunities to go out into the field with professors and people from the community.

Departments and Faculties

  • School of Letters
  • Department of Civilization
  • Department of History, Course of Japanese History
  • Department of History, Course of Occidental History
  • Department of History, Course of Archaeology
  • Department of Japanese Literature
  • Department of English
  • Key features
    1. Explores the fundamental question of what it is to be human from a variety of different angles such as civilization, history, language and literature, and contemporary society
    2. Examines contemporary society in the context of the accumulated wisdom of humankind to identify knowledge that is useful and/or valuable
    3. Practical program that explores knowledge through a combination of training, practicums and lectures
    Web site:

  • School of Cultural and Social Studies
  • Department of Asian Studies
  • Department of European and American Studies
  • Department of Nordic Studies
  • Department of Creative Writing
  • Department of Media Studies
  • Department of Psychological and Sociological Studies
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  • School of Political Science and Economics
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Business Administration
  • Key features
    1. Classroom study complemented by real-world placements within industry, local government and NPOs
    2. Comprehensive career support and guidance including seminars and presentations tailored to year level
    3. Notebook computer provided for duration of four-year course to encourage development of IT skills and computer literacy
    Web site:

  • School of Law
  • Department of Law
  • Key features
    1.Choose from an expansive range of subjects to design a curriculum to suit your interests and aspirations
    2.Coordinated learning support programs in first year, such as Planning Your Career in Law
    3.Wide range of specialized subjects designed to prepare students for a variety of careers, from practicing law to working in private industry
    Web site:

  • School of Humanities and Culture
  • Department of Human Development, Course of Environment and Resources
  • Department of Human Development, Course of Human Welfare Environment
  • Department of Arts, course of Music
  • Department of Arts, course of Fine Arts
  • Department of Arts, course of Design
  • Department of International Studies
  • Key features
    1. Cultivating a broad-minded outlook and comprehensive judgment skills in the three distinct fields of the environment, the arts and international society
    2. Exploring the correlations between humans and human society and specialized fields, and developing "human power" useful in modern society
    3. Excellent support for personal development initiatives such as helping students obtain qualifications and providing SPI courses
    Web site:

  • School of Physical Education
  • Department of Physical Education
  • Department of Competitive Sports
  • Department of Judo and Kendo
  • Department of Physical Recreation
  • Department of Sport and Leisure Management
  • Key features
    1. Developing humans capable of displaying leadership in all areas, including education, research and society
    2. Excellent array of world class level sporting equipment and facilities, producing top athletes on the world stage
    3. Wide-ranging study of physical education and sport complemented by overseas exercises designed to inculcate a cosmopolitan outlook
    Web site:

  • School of Health Studies
  • Department of Health Management
  • Study Focus
    A multi faceted health study built on specialized knowledge and skills in food and nutrition, physical activities, mental health, and community welfare. Our aim is to develop talented people for a wide range of fields.
    Web site:

  • School of Science
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Key features
    1. Flexible curriculum designed to encourage efficient comprehension of the fundamentals of the natural sciences in a range of areas
    2. Strong emphasis on experiments and practical subjects to promote flexible and innovative thinking
    3. The School of Science has basic education and research rooms for pursuing research and applying cutting-edge technology in teaching settings
    Web site:

  • School of Information Science and Technology
  • Department of Human and Information Science
  • Department of Applied Computer Engineering
  • Key features
    1. Training IT engineers with a strong sense of humanity and a broad-minded outlook, based on "humans" as the keyword
    2. Curriculum includes extensive testing and exercises designed to develop useful applied skills for society
    3. Choice of dedicated subjects geared towards external qualifications, to translate university studies into a career path
    Web site:

  • School of Engineering
  • Department of Applied Biochemistry
  • Department of Applied Chemistry
  • Department of Optical and Imaging Science and Technology
  • Department of Nuclear Engineering
  • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Department of Materials Science
  • Department of Architecture and Building Engineering
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Department of Precision Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Prime Mover Engineering
  • Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, course of Aerospace
  • Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, course of Aviation
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Key features
    1. Department structure covers the full spectrum of engineering fields and all aspects of manufacturing and production
    2. Opportunities to study subjects from other departments and cultivate a perspective for applying specialized knowledge to people and society
    3. Acquiring specialized knowledge and skills that will be useful in actual society, being aware of the link to society
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  • School of Tourism
  • Department of Tourism
  • Key features
    1. Comprehensive curriculum covering the four main fields of tourism, such as Service Management
    2. Acquire key skills and competencies for careers in the tourism sector and help shape the future of tourism
    3. Develop real-world English skills and study a second language (choice of six languages)
    Web site:

  • School of Information and Telecommunication Engineering
  • Department of Information Media Technology
  • Department of Embedded Technology
  • Department of Management Systems Engineering
  • Department of Communication and Network Engineering
  • Producing software development engineers immediately useful for the demands of the industry sector.
    Web site:

  • School of Marine Science and Technology
  • Department of Maritime Civilizations
  • Department of Environmental and Societal Affairs
  • Department of Marine and Earth Science
  • Department of Fisheries, course of Applied Biological Science
  • Department of Fisheries, course of Food Science
  • Department of Marine Biology
  • Department of Navigation and Ocean Engineering, course of Navigation
  • Department of Navigation and Ocean Engineering, course of Ocean Engineering
  • Key features
    1. Learn about the importance of nature from the oceans, cultivate a sense of ethics and obligation, and develop the ability to lead society
    2. Curriculum combines humanities and science subjects, providing knowledge and skills in both areas as the basis for further studies in specialized fields
    3. Practical components such as exercises at sea on Tokai University's dedicated marine research and training ship
    Web site:

  • School of Medicine
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Nursing
  • Key features
    1. Master knowledge that is produced in an advanced medical field
    2. Develop well-rounded medical practitioners
    3. Nurture the development of human personnel who can succeed in advanced medical teams
    Web site:
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  • School of Business Administration
  • Department of Business Administration
  • Department of Tourism Management
  • Key features
    1. Producing leaders in society, such as those capable of launching local companies and new businesses taking advantage of the location in Kyushu
    2. Curriculum includes many work experience opportunities including internships and in-house training programs
    3. Learn languages such as English, Korean and Chinese required in the global community
    Web site:

  • School of Industrial and Welfare Engineering
  • Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Department of Medical Care and Welfare Engineering
  • Key features
    1. Study the social infrastructure that underpins engineering, namely, society, information and industry, from the basics to the cutting edge
    2. The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science produces people who manage next-generation social infrastructure like "green energy"
    3. The Department of Medical Care and Welfare Engineering produces people who help to uphold the health care industry and who are aiming for qualifications as clinical engineers
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  • School of Agriculture
  • Department of Plant Science
  • Department of Animal Science
  • Department of Bioscience
  • Key features
    1. Three departments teaching theory and technique for creating a genuinely better life for people
    2. Pursuing safe and secure food with initiatives to tackle global food issues that transcend fields
    3. Study the full range of processes on campus, from production to processing, including crop farms, livestock farms and primary produce processors
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  • School of International Cultural Relations
  • Department of Community Development
  • Department of International Communications
  • Department of Design and Culture
  • Key features
    1. Strong emphasis on providing real-world learning opportunities through fieldwork activities in Japan and overseas.
    2. Develop personnel with skill sets needed in regional communities, using those communities as training sites.
    3. Comprehensive support for obtaining qualifications in areas such as sports training, English and architecture.
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  • School of Biological Sciences
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Marine Biology and Sciences
  • Key features
    1. Equipped with the latest research facilities and equipment to support high-level research into marine and terrestrial life forms.
    2. Substantial fieldwork component in locations throughout Japan, from the vast expanses of Hokkaido in the north to the tiny island of Iriomotejima in southern Okinawa.
    3. Limited to small group sizes for effective learning.
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