University of Tsukuba


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The University of Tsukuba was established in 1973 as the new concept comprehensive university in Japan under a country-wide university reform plan. The University of Tsukuba endeavours to contribute to the progress of science and culture.

The campus is located in Tsukuba Science City, less than an hour by train from Tokyo. Tsukuba Science City was developed in the 60s and houses approximately 30 per cent of all national research institutes in Japan. A pedestrian and bike-way connects Tsukuba, the station, the national institutes and huge greenery parks in the centre of the city.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester April–August
Semester 2 Autumn Semester October–February

View the University of Tsukuba's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

The University of Tsukuba has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

10.5 credits per semester at Tsukuba is equivalent to 8 UQ units (from sem 1, 2019 onwards).

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at Tsukuba.

Find courses

Search the Tsukuba course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English


Course restrictions

Japanese language proficiency is required to complete the undergraduate studies offered at College of Engineering Systems.

Additional academic information

Architecture students need to discuss course selection with Dr Andrew Wilson at the School of Architecture. Students are recommended to go on exchange in UQ Semester 1 (April - July). 

Undergraduate course offering for exchange students. 

English program students are encouraged to take Japanese langauge training courses

Tsukuba has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


The University of Tsukuba offers exchange students accommodation in their on-campus student residence halls. Students can choose between this on-campus housing or find their own private accommodation off-campus.

Cost of living

The University of Tsukuba has provided examples of various average expenses for Tsukuba students to assist with budgeting for your exchange.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

There are a number of scholarships for which students applying for an exchange at Tsukuba may be eligible.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Every international student who lives in Japan for over 3 months is required to enrol in the National Health Insurance (NHI) system.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Tsukuba provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Consulate General of Japan for more visa information. 

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.