Studying in Tokyo, Japan

Study Master's Degrees in Tokyo


Tokyo at a glance

Tokyo, the capital of Japan and one of the most populous metropolises in the world is a place where amazement and record breaking are not uncommon. Examples include the world’s largest urban agglomeration economy and the world’s busiest rail station. Tokyo was top ranked on many occasions for its delicious food, clean streets, local public transport, nightlife, shopping, helpfulness of locals and much more. The metropolis is located at the base of Mount Fiji, which is visible for less than 180 days/year.  By the eighteenth century, the small fishing village of Edo became one of the largest cities in the world and the capital of Japan. It is also the seat of the emperor and it is also an “urban prefecture”. If you consider earning a degree abroad in Tokyo, there's plenty to choose from. Universities are as modern as the city itself and most of them have unique offers for international students who wish to study abroad.  


Studying in Tokyo

In Tokyo you can find a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree or even a PhD programme in nursing, medicine, IT, fine arts, technology, foreign studies, pharmacy, nutrition, and many other fields. If you seek an undergraduate degree, you will have the chance to either meet with science or research or get creative and develop.

Your special Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree programme in sustainability, public policy, international management and other specialized fields awaits. You can even find a PhD course taught in English and put your research intuition into practice.

During summer, you can enrol in one of the university short courses in sustainable urban management, international relations, and Japan or nanoscience, for example.


Career opportunities in Tokyo

Tokyo owns the largest metropolitan economy in the world and over 50 of the top 500 companies have headquarters here. It is one of the “command centres” of the global economy, together with London and New York. The local stock market is the third largest of its kind in the world. Tourism and fishing market are major contributors to the local economy.

While not all universities provide internships, you would not have trouble getting employed in flourishing Tokyo.


Tokyo city life

Tokyo could be considered, in the same time, the city of the young and the vertical city. The Tokyo Skytree is the world’s tallest tower of 634 meters and contains shops, restaurants and an observation deck. Skyscrapers became common buildings due to their large number. And if the fascination for them isn’t enough, you can experience Sundays in Harajuku, the fashion capital of the world for teenagers.

The overview of Tokyo is spectacular also because of the bridge that connects the city with Odaiba Island. The man-made island is popular among visitors for its shopping, dining and leisure spots. The green area completes modern structures, such as Fuji TV Building, Telecom Centre, Museum of Maritime Science, National Museum of Emerging Science or the immense Leisureland entertainment complex.

Nightlife in Tokyo is also one of its main points, since there are special areas for themed clubs, pubs and bars, such as the Kabuckicho area and the Shinjuku red-light street.

The city of noodles has internationally famous and awarded restaurants and you won’t miss the quality of meals. And if you want to take a walk and get to know Tokyo, you will also be surprised by the friendly bats that sometimes fly around.

International atmosphere in Tokyo

Tokyo is, indeed, a populous city. However, it was ranked by the international press for its helpful locals. Even though most of Tokyo's inhabitants speak Japanese, they are open to foreigners and kind. The young atmosphere this city has makes it an environment where you will receive plenty of help to fit in.

However, since the Japanese language uses a unique alphabet, you might need a tourist’s handbook to get by in Tokyo, or you will need to learn the basics of the language before arriving.

Weather Tokyo

The climate in Tokyo is balanced between hot summers and cool winters, but with a one-month seasonal lag. August is the warmest month and the average temperature then is 26.4°C (79.5°F). Sometimes, during winter, there are snowfalls. In January temperatures are around 5.2°C (41.4°F).


Accommodation costs in Tokyo

Accommodation is available for students on and off campus.

  • During their programme, students can stay in single or shared university dormitories. Single rooms might cost around 230 EUR, in the first month and 150 EUR/month.
  • Some universities offer assistance in finding accommodation if students decide to stay off-campus. A room in a shared apartment is around 600 EUR, while a three-bedroom apartment costs 1,500 – 3,110 EUR/month.
  • Apartments with a single bedroom are available at prices of 600 – 1,055 EUR/month.
Water and electricity are included in the rent, so a regular basic invoice costs 122 EUR/month.

Living costs in Tokyo

As impressive as it is, Tokyo is also among the cities where living costs might imply a bit of effort. For example, the total sum you might need is 870 – 1,030/month. A transport pass is 60 EUR/month and a three- courses meal out, at an average restaurant, might be 38 EUR.

Universities in Tokyo

Meiji University was founded in January 1881 as the Meiji Law School by a group of young lawyers barely in their 30's: Tatsuo Kishimoto, Kozo Miyagi, and Misao Yashiro. It was an era characterized by Japan's urgent need to develop as a modern independent nation. The three founded the Meiji Law School in their fervent hope to "foster bright capable youths who would lead a modern civil society in Japan".

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Tokyo Medical and Dental University is Japan’s only university with a graduate school of medical and dental sciences.

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The University of Tokyo, also known as "UTokyo", 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.

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Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT) has maintained “learning through practice” as the philosophy in education of engineers ever since Tokyo Higher School of Industry and Commerce, the predecessor to SIT, was established in 1927. In response to the recent progress in the globalization of the economy, SIT is providing a wide range of programmes that accommodate the needs of modern industry.

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