Curious about Studying at TMU, Tokyo? Here’s What You Need to Know

Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU) is a leading university in the heart of the greater Tokyo area. Established in 1949, it’s a research-focused institution imparting education in liberal arts, humanities, law, business, science, and engineering. In addition, TMU is a university with strong international ties known for its cutting-edge research. 

Table of Contents

  1. About Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU)
  2. Why Study Abroad at TMU?
  3. TMU Programs & Courses
  4. TMU Fees and Scholarship
  5. Conclusion

About Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU)

TMU's main campus Minami-Osawa

TMU comprises seven faculties, more than 20 departments, and seven graduate schools. It has its roots dating back to 1929. After the educational reform in 2005, the university was merged with three metropolitan institutions and one junior college and today offers over 30 majors in arts, humanities, science, and business studies. It is one of only 2 public universities in Tokyo and is deemed as a world-class institution of Japan. It consists of three main campuses:

  1. Minami-Osawa: TMU’s biggest campus housing majority of the faculties like departments of humanities, law, economics and business administration, science, system design, and health. 

  2. Hino Campus: This campus offers courses in system design for junior and senior students.

  3. Arakawa Campus: The Faculty of Health Science is located here offering programs in physical therapy, nursing, radiological sciences, and more. 

The other two campuses, Harumi and Marunouchi Satellite Campus, are dedicated to law and business administration, respectively. 

Tokyo Metropolitan University is ranked in the top 20 in Japan, while its global ranks put it in the top 600. 

Research and quality education has been the founding stones of TMU. Accordingly, the university offers numerous research-oriented courses in a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. Furthermore, one of the institution’s particular objectives is to retain relatively sized classrooms; the current student and staff ratio is 9:1 with an acceptance rate of 15%. 

※ Center for World University Rankings, “Tokyo Metropolitan University Ranking 2019-2020

Why Study Abroad at TMU?

TMU offers various programs to foreign students eager to study abroad in Japan. Experience Japan’s most vibrant city with the Tokyo Metropolitan University exchange program. The programs last for six months or a year, commencing in either the spring or autumn season. 

TMU has a global partnership spanning five continents with more than 150 premier institutions. The university also offers a short-term study abroad program, where students spend a semester at the TMU campus. Students take courses primarily in English, which is excellent for non-native speakers! 

The exchange students can choose among more than 100 courses taught in English and Japanese. 

Courses offered in English are Japanese Studies, Urban Studies, and Biological Sciences. The Japanese language programs consist of roughly 80 courses, ranging from beginner to advanced (N5-N1). The TMU also offers tutorials in English for the specific area of research. Therefore, it is ideal for students to propose their research interest to a concerned professor before applying. 

The student exchange program is available via your respective university. Students can contact their university about how to apply at TMU. To check whether your university is affiliated with this program, check some of these lists

※ TMU, “Study Abroad at TMU

TMU Programs & Courses

TMU has more than 37 departments under seven faculties as follows:

Faculty of

Popular Courses

Humanities & Social Sciences



Language Sciences


History and Archaeology 

English Studies



Political Science

Economics & Business Administration 


Business Administration





Biological Sciences

Urban Environmental Sciences


Civil Engineering 

Tourism Science

Systems Design

Computer Science 


Industrial Art

Health Sciences


Occupational and Physical Therapy

Noted Professors:

  • Takaya Ohashi: Professor Ohashi is a renowned researcher in space science, who previously served as a Director of the Astronomical Society of Japan, as well as the project scientist of ASTRO-H. He is the current president of the university.

  • Koichiro Tamura: A noted scientist in life sciences research, professor Tamura is working on cutting-edge DNA analysis and genome sequencing projects at the Department of Biological Sciences.

  • Masatake Haruta: Professor Haruta is one of the foremost authorities on “gold chemistry.” He received Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate in 2012 for his unique and essential breakthroughs in gold catalysis and a nomination for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. 

Student Facilities 

TMU also offers excellent student facilities at its campuses, including: 

  • Accommodation: Students can choose between university accommodation and off-campus housing. The university provides single occupancy as well dormitory for national and international students. The International Student House is well-equipped with modern facilities and kitchenware; a move-in facility is available on the same day for international students. 

  • Transportation: All the TMU campuses are relatively accessible from nearby stations and city bus services. It takes less than three hours from Narita Airport to reach the main campus. Minami-Osawa Campus is very close to the Minami-Osawa Station on the Keio Line. Similarly, Hino Campus is a 20-mins walk from Toyoda Station on the JR Chuo Line. There is also a campus shuttle bus service for students to conveniently get around or transfer to another campus.

  • Sports: For students to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and hangout with friends, various sports facilities are available at the university. This is especially so for the 3 main campuses with the Minami-Osawa campus boasting the most facilities. From gymnasiums to basketball courts, a 25-m indoor pool to tennis courts, running tracks to golf courses, and more. There are also facilities for traditional Japanese sports like Judo, Kendo, and Kyudo (archery). 

  • Dining: Each of the main campuses has a cafeteria offering both local and international cuisine for affordable prices. There are also co-ops that operate as convenience stores for students to buy food, books, stationery, and other useful items. 

※ TMU, “Student Facilities” “International Student House” “Access

TMU Fees and Scholarship 

Admission fees and tuition fees are the same for undergraduate and graduate programs.

For international students, admission fees for undergraduate and graduate programs are 282,000 yen.

Annual tuition fees are 520,800 yen, except for law subjects. Tuition fees are paid per semester at 260,400 yen (half of the annual price). 

※ TMU, “Study Abroad at TMU: Tuition Fee

Scholarships for International students at TMU

International students can avail themselves of scholarships in two ways, either through the university or directly to scholarship foundations. 

The first one is known as Scholarships Requiring University Recommendation. The university recommends a selected list of candidates to the concerned foundation. There are 20 scholarship foundations under this category. In addition, the International Student Promotion Program is a viable option for privately-financed international students.

Another is scholarships that don’t require pre-registration of applicants. For instance, the Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship provides financial assistance to international applicants via two windows: Embassy Recommendation and University Recommendation. Thus, students wishing to study in Japan can contact Japanese embassies in their home countries to know more about the scholarship program. 

For information about scholarship programs in Japan, check this article:

Scholarship Programs Tailored to Help International Students in Japan


Cherry blossom season as seen from TMU

TMU, Tokyo is the perfect destination for studying abroad and global academic experience. Its faculty and students collaborate with universities around the world on research projects and study abroad programs. In addition, the International Center of TMU facilitates academic collaborations with overseas higher education institutions to facilitate international research exchanges. It also provides specialized support for international students and Japanese university students seeking to study abroad. 

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