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Acceptance of Foreign Students

Other than the universities which Tokyo Metropolitan University Faculty of System Design/Graduate School has exchange agreements, TMU welcomes foreign students from all countries, focusing on the Asian continent, and many foreign students are engaged in educational and research activities at TMU. TMU is, through expanding this student exchange, making efforts to understand the cultural differences of foreign students, and to create an environment which promotes global perspectives and a sense of internationalization.

Other than the special selection examination for foreign students who are studying at their own expense (faculty students and graduate school students), we are actively accepting government-sponsored foreign students.

TMU Information

General Education Center

The General Education Center (GEC) is the department responsible for the prerequisite courses that help students start their university life. It offers the courses such as Language Learning, Computer (or Information) Literacy, Urban Arts and Sciences Program, and Preliminary Seminar, all of which encourage students to be a positive learner with creative thinking.

*Besides, GCE is responsible for entrance examination and provides various kinds of Faculty Development programs to improve the quality of education of the university.

Library and Information Center

Documented information provided in the form of books and journals is crucial for research and education at universities. Recently, however, there has also been an increasing need for electronic materials such as online databases and electronic journals. The Library and Information Center was created to provide the traditional functions of collecting, storing and supplying printed documents, as well as to support a diverse range of electronic media, improve information search services, and to communicate the results of research.

The library's collection of approximately 1.6 million volumes can be searched on campus or externally using OPAC(Online Public Access Catalog). Also, cooperation with other university libraries means that the diverse needs of library users are better served. Furthermore, librarians providing reference services are located throughout the library to give advice and guidance on ways to approach problems and on ways to search for information on solving problems.

Student Support Center

The Student Support Center supports campus life. The Student Support Center consists of the Student Affairs Section, the Student Counseling Section and the Career Development Section. The Student Affairs Section conducts services ranging from club activities and other extracurricular activities to information on available scholarships. There are approximately 40 private organizations offering scholarships to international students. Outstanding students can apply for full/half exemption of tuition at each term. The Student Affairs Section also holds orientation sessions and seminars for incoming international students. There are also Counselors for Academic and Personal Development who provide counseling services from the perspective of career development. The counseling covers interpersonal relations, academic problems, career planning and other issues relating to campus life.

The Career Development Support Section provides support for employment, through detailed employment consultation services and various other types of guidance. Information about the latest job offers is also available at the Employment Support Section.

Student Counseling Center

While studying at Tokyo Metropolitan University, you may sometimes feel uneasy or you may encounter difficulties.

The Student Counseling Center in the Student Counseling Section has counselors on hand to provide guidance at such times.

Consultations are held in strict confidence, enabling students to seek advice without hesitation and without having to worry on their own.


A healthy body and a healthy mind are extremely important in pursuing one's studies. The infirmary provides support so that students can enjoy a meaningful campus life in good mental and physical health. The services include examinations by the university doctor, regular health checks based on the School Health Law, first-aid treatment and health counseling. Please feel free to drop into the Infirmary.

International House

International House is located at the Minami-Osawa campus and provides accommodation for international researchers and graduate students. Graduate students can apply to the International House each October for accommodation starting the following April. There are three kinds of rooms catering for families, married couples and single people. Students can stay at International House for at most two years.

To facilitate exchange between students, International House also has two conference rooms, seminar rooms, a tea lounge, ten study rooms, and a Japanese tea ceremony house.

Computer Center and Information Processing Facilities

Tokyo Metropolitan University's campuses boast Gigabit Ethernet backbone networks, and they are also connected via an intercampus network. Various services (email, WWW, etc.) are provided through this network environment.

The Computer Center has an IBM System p5 590 (32CPU) and a research system comprised of 16 IBM eServer Blade Center HS21s, and they are used for high performance computing in various research fields. The Computer Center also houses various administrative systems, including for academic affairs, personnel and accounting.

Each of the campuses has computer classrooms and UNIX classrooms, where basic education and professional education classes are taught. Students can also use these classrooms for their own private study when classes are not in progress, thereby increasing their own computer literacy.

Student Dormitory

Tokyo Metropolitan University has student dormitories (Kishukusha and Ryo) at the Minami-Osawa campus designed for the character-building of students. The members of the Ryo plan seminars and other activities for the boarding students to participate in.


Common facilities in each room: heater, telephone, bed, desk, desk lamp
Kishukusha: 150 single rooms (targeted at students living far from home)
Application: February for freshmen, January for enrolled students
Ryo: 84 single rooms
Application: February for freshmen
In general, approved students can live in a student dormitory for a maximum of two years. Since the number of rooms available is limited, there is a possibility that Tokyo Metropolitan University will not be able to accept all international students who apply. For application details, check the Tokyo Metropolitan University website at

Student Refectory

There is a dining hall at each of the Minami-Osawa, Hino and Arakawa campuses. Students can choose from various dishes made with seasonal ingredients at very reasonable prices.

Campus Store

There is a campus store called the Co-op at each of the Minami-Osawa, Hino and Arakawa campuses. Students are able to purchase food and books, and can even make travel arrangements. Co-op members are also eligible for special discounts. At the Minami-Osawa campus, there is also a convenience store where students can purchase snacks.