Nagasaki University

Nagasaki, Japan

Important Information:

  • Semester Dates:
  • Language of Instruction:
    • ​ Japanese or English. Exchange students have to reach a level of at least the JLPT Level 2 or equivalent in order to take classes conducted in Japanese.
  • ​Website: Main Page and exchange page
  • For further information, visit the International Centre for Students at the University of Lethbridge in SU060 or email us at

Japan's population is over 126 million. Most Japanese reside in densely populated urban areas. Japan's capital city is Tokyo. The population of the Tokyo Metropolitan Area including the city, some of its suburbs and the surrounding area is approximately 12 million.

Basic English is widely spoken throughout the country, particularly in major cities and tourist centers. Announcements on public transportation are frequently made in both Japanese and English, and signs generally include decipherable roman characters or an English explanation.

In Japan, there are many fascinating places that you can enjoy for free. These include such diverse attractions as beer museums, food galleries, hi-tech consumer electronics showrooms, cosmetics factories and television studios. With so many different places to visit there's bound to be something of interest for everyone.

Traditional cultural pursuits such as sado (Japanese tea ceremony) and ikebana (flower arrangement) are much more than simple pursuits in skills. They embody spiritual ways seeking the traditional values of wabi (elegant stillness) and sabi (antiquated elegance with calm).

Nagasaki is an attractively situated port city on the island of Kyushu and the capital of Nagasaki Prefecture. As one of Japan’s closest port cities to the Asian mainland, Nagasaki has played a prominent role in foreign trade relations for many centuries and was the most important of only a very few ports open to restricted numbers of foreign traders during Japan’s period of isolation. In more recent history, Nagasaki became the second city after Hiroshima to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the end of World War II.

Nagasaki has the typical humid subtropical climate of Kyushu and Honshu, characterized by mild winters and long, hot and humid summers. Apart from Kanazawa and Shizuoka it is the wettest sizeable city in Japan and indeed all of temperate Eurasia.

On November 12, 1857, Dutch army surgeon Pompe van Meerdervoort initiated medical lectures in the Dutch language to government doctor Ryojyun Matsumoto and 11 other persons. This medical school called Igaku Denshusho is the origin of today’s School of Medicine as well as Nagasaki University. As one of the oldest national universities in Japan, Nagasaki University has long been committed to achieving international standards of academic excellence by selecting the most able and dedicated staff and students from around the world and challenging them to reach their full potential.

Presently, Nagasaki University comprises 9 faculties and schools, 6 graduate schools, one research institute, and 11 joint-use facilities. Nagasaki University has research centers abroad, and is participating in academic exchanges with 121 overseas universities and research institutes.

Information on the School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences (SGHSS)

In the current globalized world, the demand for multicultural coexistence and cooperation has been increasing. To meet the challenges of the modern world, Nagasaki University has established the School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences. The SGHSS’s primary aim is to develop students who can succeed in the ever-changing global world we now live in. The SGHSS uses innovative and forward-thinking methods to educate students to actively participate in the international community. One of the distinguishing features of undergraduate education introduced by the SGHSS is the organization of its system of education into Modules (i.e. a collection of courses organized according to their common educational goal). The SGHSS is organized into the following four programmes:

  • The Global Society Program
  • The Social Dynamics Program
  • The Culture and Communication Program
  • The Dutch Studies Program

Number of Students Enrolled

Nagasaki University currently has 9265 students (including 403 international students).

Courses Offered

The Liaison Center for International Education offers classes that are particularly suited for newcomers to Japan. These include Japanese language classes for beginners and intermediate-level students and also a range of introductory courses related to Japan and Japanese culture. Eligible persons should apply at the Liaison Center for International Education Administration Office during the application period. Applicants will be required to take a placement test to determine the appropriate class.

For a list of all the Japanese courses, click here.

To get more information about the Nagasaki University Liaison Center for Education, click here

Useful Links and Contacts

  • The SGHSS has established an extensive support system that involves administrative, academic and office staff. One group of this support system called “Coaching Fellows” (whose primary duties are to advise students and assist teachers in the SGHSS) will serve at the forefront in providing assistance to foreign students in the SGHSS in every aspect of life here at Nagasaki University. Additional support is provided at the Liaison Center for International Education or volunteer networks introduced by the municipal and prefectural governments.
  • The tutorship system is to help international students of Nagasaki University lead a comfortable life in Nagasaki and carry out productive study or research. Tutors meet international students on a daily basis and, under the instruction of their supervisors, settle international students’ problems associated with study or research and daily life. Exchange students will be provided with a tutor for one semester or one year. Some tutors live in the International House and support residents there regarding all sorts of matters.
  • During the 16th to 19th century, Nagasaki was influenced by Portuguese and European countries. Therefore, the Christian sites and churches in the city are subject to be enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • In 1945, Japanese radar operators detected a small number of incoming US planes (one of which carried the nuclear bombs to be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki), but decided not to intercept them as the small number of planes were not seen as a threat.
  • The original target of the second nuclear bomb actually was Kokura.  It was replaced by Nagasaki as the target due to the obscured clouds in Kokura.
  • The Japanese constitution includes an article completely renouncing war and aggression.
  • Mt. Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan, is an active volcano.
  • Japan consists of approximately 6,800 islands.
  • Over 90% of the Japanese population buys a comic-magazine daily. Manga (Japanese animation) is more than 80% Of Japan’s Book sales
  • Sumo is the national sport in Japan. Most Rikishi (Sumo professional wrestlers) weigh an average of 160 kg, and up to 250 kg.
  1. Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum: The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum covers the history of this event in the accessible form of a story. It begins with the disastrous scene of the attack and includes the events leading up to the dropping of the atomic bomb, the reconstruction of Nagasaki up to the present day, the history of nuclear weapons development, and the hope for a peaceful world free of nuclear weapons.
  2. Mt. Inasa: Mount Inasa (Inasayama) is a 333 meter high mountain in close distance to Nagasaki's city center. The summit can be reached by ropeway, bus or car and offers great views over the city. In fact, the night views from Mount Inasa are ranked among Japan's three best night views besides the views from Mount Hakodate and Mount Rokko.
  3. Nagasaki Kunchi Festival: The Nagasaki Kunchi is the festival of Suwa Shrine, held annually in Nagasaki on October 7-9. The festival has been celebrated for about 400 years and incorporates different aspects of Chinese and Dutch cultures, which have played a role in the city's history. The festival's name is believed to come from ku-nichi ("9th day"), the ninth day of the ninth month of the lunar calendar. The festival's highlight are dance and show performances by groups representing Nagasaki's various city districts. Each district (odori-cho), participates only once every seven years, so this festival remains fresh to even the regular viewer.
  4. Nagasaki Peace Park: The Nagasaki Peace Park commemorates the atomic bombing of Nagasaki of August 9, 1945, which destroyed wide parts of the city and killed ten thousands of inhabitants. The park is home to the massive Peace Statue as well as various other memorials. A monument around a black pillar marks the atomic explosion's epicenter in the nearby Hypocenter Park and stores the name list of bomb victims.
  5. Gunkanjima: Gunkanjima is a small island located about 20 kilometers from Nagasaki Port. Until 1974, the island served as a coal mine, and more than 5000 residents called the 480 meter long, 150 meter wide island home, resulting in the highest population density in history recorded worldwide. To accommodate so many people in such a small area, every piece of land was built up so that the island came to resemble a massive battleship. In fact, "Gunkanjima" is a nickname that means "battleship island" in Japanese. The island's formal name is Hashima.

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Foreign students have the opportunity to stay in one of our university dormitories. Nagasaki University currently has two international dormitories, Nishimachi International House and Sakamoto International House, with a combined capacity of approximately 160 international students and researchers. The Nishimachi International House is located about 10~15 minutes on foot from the Bunkyo Campus and is conveniently situated close to the Sumiyoshi and Coco-walk shopping areas. The Sakamoto Campus, which comprises the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, is located about 20-30 minutes on foot from the Bunkyo Campus. Presently, Nagasaki University is building a third dormitory near Nishimachi International House.

Foreign students also have opportunity to stay in private quarters if they wish. Information regarding private apartments for students is available at the University co-op store for a few months around the turn of the school year, and is also available at real estate agencies in close vicinity to Nagasaki University. Rentals for off-campus, single-room apartments usually fall within 30,000 Yen (ca. 372 CAD) to 50,000 Yen (ca. 620 CAD) per month.

In principle, the selection process for international students is conducted twice a year, and is for newly enrolling students only. The selection process for students enrolling in April is held in January of the same year, and that for students enrolling in October is held in July of the same year. Students who wish to apply for a room in an International House should submit an application form during the relevant application period. Where there are more applicants than rooms, rooms will be allocated on the basis of a random draw. Students cannot choose their dormitory or room type.


Room Type



Monthly Rent

Restoration Fee

Nishimachi Main Building

room share (2 people)





room share (2 people)





single room (A)





single room (B)





Nishimachi Building A

room share (4 people)





Nishimachi Building B

room share (4 people)






single room





The restoration fee is a fee payable for returning the room to its original state by an external cleaning service after the resident has left, and is only payable once, when the resident moves in.

In addition to the fees shown above, the resident will be liable for utilities (gas, electricity and water). Internet is available in all private rooms by LAN cable at Nishimachi Main Building and Sakamoto, and also is available by Wi-Fi at Nishimachi Building A and B. It costs ¥1,080 to use Internet service at Nishimachi Main Building, ¥972 at Nishimachi Building A and B, and ¥1,296 at Sakamoto (all tax-charge is included and is the rate of the monthly basis).

All rooms are equipped with an air conditioner, bed, desk, etc. Additionally, all apartments have a refrigerator, microwave, vacuum cleaner, washing machine, dryer, etc. If residents wish to rent bedding, it is available at 5,000 yen for 6 months.

For further information, click here.


Students are responsible for the cost of airfare to and from Japan (Approximately $1500.00 - $2000.00 return)

The nearest airport is Nagasaki Airport. From there, take the prefectural bus at Nagasaki Airport No. 4 stop with destination “Nagasaki via Showa-machi/Urakami” and get off at Chodaiuramonmae. From there it is only a short walk to your new university.

Each international student needs to obtain a student visa issued by the Japanese Embassy or Consulate in his/her country of residence. Nagasaki University will apply to the regional Immigration Office for Certificate of Eligibility on behalf of the accepted student. Once the applications have been processed, Certificate of Eligibility will be sent to the accepted student’s home university with Letter of Acceptance. You must submit it along with Letter of Acceptance and your passport to the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate to apply for student visa.

Please download the Application Form for Certificate of Eligibility on the following website:

Health Insurance

International students staying in Japan for one semester or a year are required to enroll in the Japanese National Health Insurance Program. Members of this insurance program will be required to pay 30% of medical costs incurred in case of receiving medical treatments at medical institutions outside the university. Non-Japanese students with a Visa are allowed to become members of the National Health Insurance system while they reside in Japan and are strongly advised to do so. After you have joined the system, initial charges for treatment and medication will be reduced to 30% of the amount due at the clinic or pharmacy after you have presented your proof of coverage. Monthly premiums are about 1,000 yen. (ca. 12.5 CAD)

Please note: The insurance incidental to the International Student Card is not widely known in Japan and will not be accepted at hospitals in Japan.

For a detailed description of the Japanese Health Care System, please click here.

Summary of Approximate Expenses


CAD 1,500-2,000


U of L Tuition

CAD 2,045.67

per semester, for three courses



per month

Restoration Fee






Canadian Citizens require a visa to study in Japan.

Visit the Embassy of Japan in Canada website for information about the criteria for visa issuance as well as the application process.