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Niigata University

Featuring nine faculties, five graduate schools, two professional schools, two research institutes and a university hospital, Niigata University is a large-scale university covering a comprehensive range of academic fields-including humanities and social sciences, natural sciences, medical and dental sciences and much more. Niigata University endeavors to promote distinctive, world-class research within each of these various fields.

Master's Programmes




  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Engineering
Graduate schools:
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Graduate School of Modern Society and Culture
  • Graduate School of Science and Technology
  • Graduate School of Health Sciences
  • Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences
  • Law School (Professional School)
  • Graduate School for Management of Technology (Professional School)


One of the aims of Niigata University is "to contribute to the further development of the region by co-operating with local communities and applying the results of its research to them". In order to meet accountability requirements demanded to universities in recent years, and as a part of industrial-academic co-operation and contribution to local communities, NUAR (Niigata University Academic Repository) was introduced.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
541 60
601 50
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
801 -100
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
965 -67
898 -72
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

The Program for Exchange Students at Niigata University admits international students from partner universities with an exchange agreement. The program offers courses for Japanese language and society as well as courses covering various specialties. The program aims to help students acquire knowledge and deepen their understanding of our country. It also aims to strengthen cooperation and partnership between Niigata University and its partner universities.

Housing services

International House, located on Niigata University's Ikarashi Campus, is a residence for international students and researchers. It is for housing those new to Japan, and in particular those students who have come to Niigata University through an inter-university exchange arrangement. Numbers are limited, and the period for residence is one year. After leaving International House, residence options include private apartments or similar in the vicinity of the university. Most of the enrolled international students live in these apartments.

Student Life

  • Niigata University is located in Niigata city, which is situated 300 km north of Tokyo, a distance of about a 2-hour ride on the shinkansen (bullet train).With its infrastructure of expressways, airports, and harbors, the city acts as a transportational hub on the western coast of Japans main island. With a population of 800,000, it is the largest city on the western coast, and has a variety of cultural and commercial facilities. The environs of the campus, on the other hand, abound in nature, providing a quiet environment for research and study.
  • Niigata is known as Japans foremost producer of rice. Niigatas sake (made from rice) is well known and has a large following around the world.
  • In Niigata city, which faces sea, one can enjoy beautiful scenes of sunset and fresh seafood.


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