All about IUJ
Admission information and tips for prospective students
Financing your IUJ education
Items required for Admissions, and suggested scores. University codes
Campus Dorms and other housing options
Students discount for transportation
Support for Internships and job hunting, career development
How to choose an academic program right for you
Summer English Program
Course Reserve, Inter Library Loan
Other helpful information
Q. What is IUJ?
IUJ is a graduate school located in Japan. All course work is in ENGLISH. We have about 380 students from about 50 countries/territories, who live, study and play together on our beautiful residential campus.
IUJ’s MBA program is world ranked by the Economist.
We offer only master’s level and a small PhD programs meaning your faculty is highly dedicated just to you!
Our faculty are nearly all PhD holders from US and UK programs, which is very unique in Japan.
IUJ has on-campus dorm facilities, also rather unique in Japan!
IUJ is a mini-UN with high level professionals spanning all industries and sectors: diversity is our middle name.
IUJ: Where the World Gathers!
Q. What degrees does IUJ offer?
IUJ offers 7 program with 8 Master’s Degree programs, with all course work in English.
- International Relations Program (MA in International Relations, MA in International Peace Studies)
- International Development Program (MA in International Development, MA in Economics)
- Public Management and Policy Analysis Program (MA in Public Management)
- Public Policy Program (1 year, Masters of Public Policy)
GSIM – Business School
- MBA program (Master of Business Administration)
- IMBA program (1 year, Master of Business Administration)Special track program for corporate sponsored and endorsed students
- E-business Management program (1 year, Master of E-Business Management)
IUJ allows cross-registration between our programs so you can customize your IUJ experience for your professional development.
Q. What is required to apply to IUJ?
As a graduate school, IUJ requires you to have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 16 years prior formal education, in principle (for those with less than 16 years see the Admissions Guidelines, or ask the Admissions staff) to apply. English language skills are a must to handle course work at the graduate level all in English.
The following items are needed to apply to IUJ:
1. Completed online Application Form (including the checklist**) filled out in English
2. Four Photographs
3. Personal Statement
4. Research Interest description
5. College Certificates from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended
b. Certificates of graduation/degrees
6. Support Letters and Forms
a. Recommendation Letters
b. Endorsement Form (1-year MBA and Domestic Special Screening applicants only)
7. Signed Pledge
8. English Test Score: TOEFL, IELTS or TOEIC Score Report (See exemption policy below)
9. GMAT score or alternative test score (MBA applicants only). See below
10. Application Fee & Application Fee Form
11. Application for Scholarship (for those requiring financial support only)
12. Copy of the Residents Report (Non-Japanese Domestic Applicants only)
13. Letter Attesting to Academic Research Experience (for those with less than 16 years of schooling only)
14. Copy of your Passport (those already holding an internationally recognized passport)
For explanations and details please see http://www.iuj.ac.jp/admis/
To start your application, please go to http://www.iuj.ac.jp/admis/online/
Applications open in mid September through the last deadline each year.
Q. What language does IUJ teach in?
English. All course work, papers, thesis, presentations are delivered in English.
IUJ has a summer English Intensive Program to help you get ready to study here, and supports your English skills throughout your first year of study.
IUJ does offer Business Japanese courses as an elective (course credit is given in GSIM). Those considering to work in Japan, or with a Japanese company back home are HIGHLY encouraged to take these courses.
Q. Do you have an undergraduate program? Do you have a Ph.D program?
No undergraduate program is offered at IUJ.
In Fall 2015, IUJ welcomed our first PhD candidates to a 3-year program under GSIR: Economics, Public Management and International Relations clusters are now available for qualified applicatns.
Q. Do you have a 1-year MBA program? (GSIM only)
IUJ’s main MBA program is a two-year (21 month) course. You must study for the two years (6 terms) at IUJ.
IUJ does have a 1-year fast track MBA. Students will have a minimum of 5-years of work experience, will be sponsored and endorsed by their company, and will return to their sponsoring company to help that company internationalize.
IUJ also offers a one-year degree in E-Business Management. Those not needing the full MBA qualifications may find this a good alternative. Be sure it matches your career goals.
Q. How do I apply to IUJ academic programs? How do I apply for a scholarship?
The IUJ Application process is online at http://www.iuj.ac.jp/admis/. You will find an Application Guidelines to help with each section, and Admissions One-Pointe-Advice series to support you. All applications are taken online. If it is impossible for you to apply online, contact the Admissions staff as early as you can.
To apply for a scholarship, you MUST apply to an IUJ degree program. If you need a scholarship, you will be guided to a special and supplemental application form online. Submit that for consideration by the application deadlines.
Q. May I apply without work experience?
A. Yes, you can apply. There are many students who have entered IUJ without work experience.
That said, especially for GSIM programs, you may find the course work more rewarding after you have had work experience. Work experience before IUJ is also recommended by the Career Counselor to help your job hunt for after IUJ. The 1-year Intensive MBA program, however, requires a minimum 5-years of experience.
Q. Where is the IUJ campus located?
A. IUJ is located about 230 kilometers northwest of Tokyo, and 100 Kilometers south of Niigata city, in the city Minami Uonuma. The nearest station is Urasa (location map). It takes about 90 minutes to get to Urasa from Tokyo by the Joetsu-Shinkansen or Bullet train (directions). The Joetsu-Shinkansen and the Kan’etsu Expressway provide easy access to Tokyo and Niigata City. Free shuttle-bus service connects IUJ with the town and the Urasa JR railway station. A special IUJ Saturday bus takes students to shopping in Muikamachi.
Q. May I visit the IUJ Campus?
We would be happy to welcome you to campus. Please contact the Office of Student Recruitment (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make arrangements.
If possible, please come during the regular academic term so we are able to arrange a class visit. Please give at least 1 week’s notice so we can make your visit excellent, including an opportunity to talk with students and faculty. You are also encouraged to attend our Open Campus events held several times throughout the year. Please refer to the Events from the IUJ Top Page.
Q. Can I enroll in the spring term (starting in April)?
A. No, all students must* enroll in the Fall term to start their IUJ academic life.
September offers orientations, workshops and Japanese language training before classes begin the first week of October.
*For very special reasons, GSIR students may be able to start in Spring Term. Check with the Admissions team to see if you qualify.
Exchange students may be able to come in Winter or Spring Term based on the agreement with IUJ and your home institution.
Q. Is IUJ a Japanese university or a foreign university in Japan? Does the Ministry of Education accredit IUJ?
IUJ is a fully accredited Japanese private university under the Ministry of Education, now called the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports Science and Technology (Mombukagakusho). GSIR was officially founded with this accreditation on January 16, 1982. GSIM was officially founded under such accreditation on March 23, 1988.
Q. I would like to receive general information on studies in Japan for foreigners.
Please contact Japan Student Servicdes Organization, known as JASSO.
Information Center for International Education (Tokyo)
Japan Student Servicdes Organization
2-79 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8630 JAPAN