Kyushu University

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Kyushu University (jap. 九州大学, Kyūshū daigaku, abbreviated Kyūdai) is a university that dates back to the Imperial period and is one of the most prestigious universities in Japan.

About the University

Originally founded as a medical school, it became an imperial university in 1911, initially with only two faculties: Medicine and Engineering. This was followed in 1924 by the Faculty of Law and Humanities. Now the university has 13 faculties and is known for opening up and internationalizing its students at an early stage. Today, approximately 18,500 students attend Kyushu University.

Language of study:

The language of study is English.

About the place

Kyushu University is located on the outskirts of the western suburb of Nishi-ku in the city of Fukuoka on the island of Kyūshū.

Fukuoka is the largest city on Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu and the eighth largest city in Japan with a population of 1.49 million. It is located on the 33rd parallel and thus on a level with Los Angeles or Shanghai, which is why the climate in the city is also similar to that in southern Europe, except for the months of June and July, when it is mostly rainy due to the summer monsoon. The north of the island of Kyushu, where Fukuoka is located, has been inhabited since the 4th century BC, as evidenced by findings.

Fukuoka offers numerous sights of history and modernity, such as the 234-meter high Fukuoka Tower, which is the tallest coastal tower in Japan, or Ohori Park, one of the most famous parks in Japan, which adjoins a large pond and offers opportunities for jogging and boating. In addition, you can find many other shrines, temples or ruins in Fukuoka, for example the Fukuoka Castle Ruins, located right next to Ohori Park, which informs about the way of life in the 16th century. The Marine World museum is another highlight, after all, it houses over 7000 underwater creatures and is therefore worth a visit for anyone interested. The northern part of the city also offers some leisure activities for students. There are many bars, restaurants, discos and shopping centers. The city's high quality of life is also reflected in the fact that Fukuoka was ranked 14th in the list of the 25 most livable cities in 2010.

Semester dates

Winter semester

Beginning of October until the end of March

Summer semester

Beginning of April until the end of September