University of Tsukuba

Tsukuba
Japan

Language of instruction

English
Japanese

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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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

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

Study Options
Not applicable to this university. Refer to the Additional Academic Information section below for study planning suggestions.

Other Requirements

  • Continuous enrolment at UQ before starting the exchange semester at Tsukuba is required.
  • Exchange students cannot shorten or extend their enrolment period at Tsukuba after acceptance.

Note: Host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice.  

Find courses

Search the Tsukuba course catalogue.

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. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Architecture and Design
Postgraduate
Architecture and Design

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Accommodation

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.

Please be aware that exchange students cannot stay at the Student Residence Hall after their enrolment period. 

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.

Insurance

Students approved to participate in a Semester-based Exchange 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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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, experiences to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice, and sign up to receive updates for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)