Kyushu University


Kyushu University is among 7 former Imperial Universities established in the Meiji period. The university is the leading research institute in the Kyushu region, in addition to research centres in 11 different academic faculties, including the social sciences, humanities, science and medicine.

The university's history can be traced to Fukuoka Domain's medical school, founded in 1867. Kyushu University Hospital is associated with the Faculty of Dental Science and Medical Sciences. It is one of the most selective academies in Japan. Its admission criteria are complex and considered one of Japan's toughest.

According to Thomson Reuters, this institute is the 6th best university in Japan based on research work. It is among the leading research universities in Japan. Kyushu University's research excellence is particularly distinguishing in Chemistry (6th in Japan, 41st in the world), Materials Science (6th in Japan, 49th in the world), Immunology (4th in Japan, 68th in the world), Pharmacology & Toxicology (4th in Japan, 76th in the world), and Biology & Biochemistry (4th in Japan, 95th in the world).


The university is well known for its students actively engaging in extracurricular activities and sports. The university has 18,600+ students enrolled. Each campus has facilities available for student extracurricular athletic activities. Sporting equipment and mountain climbing gear are also loaned out at the information desks to students.

Special Counseling and Assistance Services are provided to international students regarding campus and everyday life in the university. If students are unable to adjust to the lifestyle in Fukuoka or unable to make a connection and socialize, as well as if students are worrying about work-study in Japan, Kyushu provides counselling regarding all these issues.

SCIKyu is an organization which was initiated in 2011. The purpose of this organization was to foster the internationalization drive of the university from several perspectives. Its members comprise local and international students and non-teaching and teaching staff.

KUFSA is Foreign Students Association that represents all international students enrolled in the university. It promotes a healthy environment and daily life balance and organizes various activities to ensure students' happiness. This organization has students representing up to 98 countries, thus fusing customs and cultures from worldwide.


The residences at the Ito Campus are for international students where students from different nations live together. A distinct mixture of students, from new to graduate school students (doctoral courses and master's candidates), live together in university housing.


  • By Q.S. World Ranking, Kyushu University ranks 135.
  • According to Times Higher Education Ranking, Kyushu University ranks 501-600.
  • U.S. News and World Report rank Kyushu University at 336.


Kyushu University
744 Motooka, Nishi Ward, Fukuoka, 819-0382, Japan

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