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Welcome to Yamagata University!

The Main Entrance to our University Our Tree-lined Campus has many Ginkgo Trees

Striving to Be a Truly Student-Centered University

As one of the best national comprehensive universities in northern Japan, Yamagata University fosters human resources who can solve the problems and innovate new technologies for local and global societies. Offering the variety of courses, we are dedicated to create high-quality environments that meet their learning needs and interests.

History and Tradition

Yamagata University has produced many distinguished graduates, carrying on the tradition treasured since back in the time of the five predecessor schools.
Please click here for more detailed history of Yamagata University.

6 Faculties in 4 Campuses

Yamagata University has four campuses spread throughout Yamagata Prefecture. By networking and enhancing collaboration among these campuses, YU offers educational programs and research projects making full use of each region's characteristics.

  • Kojirakawa Campus (Yamagata City) – Literature and Social Sciences, Education, Art and Science, Science
  • Iida Campus (Yamagata City) – Medicine
  • Yonezawa Campus (Yonezawa City) – Engineering
  • Tsuruoka Campus (Tsuruoka City) - Agriculture

Commitment to General Education

YU named its general education programs as "Arts and Sciences Education" (Kiban Kyoiku in Japanese) in 2010. The purpose of Arts and Sciences Education at YU is to have students expand their views, think critically and make sound judgments in the rapidly changing society, as well as to acquire the fundamental academic skills necessary for advanced study.
Faculties at YU teach students the well-selected themes of their own scpecialities, using the various teaching methods. Students can aquire the basic and necessary skills needed to succeed in their future careers through small-sized seminars, information-processing education and practical language education.
As a comprehensive university, YU proudly offers students the wide variety of Arts and Sciences Education curriculums to choose freely. Sudents evaluation for each class are conducted, and both faculties and students make continuous efforts to improve the quality of classes.

Rich Natural Environment

Yamagata is surely one of the greatest places in Japan to experience the beauty of four distinct seasons. Throughout the year, there are various fieldworks to join in the rich natural environment of Yamagata. Students enjoy their campus life each and every season: Seeing cherry blossoms and hiking in the fresh green of the mountains in spring, fishing and marine sports in the Sea of Japan in summer, beautiful foliage and delicious "Imoni-kai" (taro and beef stew party) in autumn, and skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports in winter.