About Nagoya University 

Nagoya University had its origin in 1871 as a medical school, then it officially became Nagoya Imperial University in 1939. It was the last Imperial University in Japan, one of the Designated National Universities and selected as a Top Type university of Top Global University Project by the Japanese government. In 2011, Nagoya University started to offer the G30 International Program which consists of undergraduate and graduate courses conducted in English. 

Undergraduate Programs 

Automotive Engineering Program

  • Mechanical Engineering 

Students will first learn the fundamentals of automotive engineering and mechanical engineering before taking up advanced automotive engineering concepts related to the materials, structures, mechanisms, motions, which will enable them to gain the skills in order to design and manufacture high-quality cars in the future. Students can also gain first-hand experience through interning at large automobile companies. 

Alumni of the program in the past have proceeded to undertake their graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University, University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, etc. or start their first jobs at well-known automobile corporations, such as Mercedes-Benz Japan or UD Trucks. 

  • Electrical, Electronic Information Engineering 

Students will first gain their foundational knowledge by taking classes in fundamental engineering topics, core electrical, electronic/information engineering topics, and automotive engineering. Then, students will be able to proceed to study advanced automotive engineering concepts. As the name of the program suggests, different from the Mechanical Engineering path, students in the Electrical Engineering program have a chance to learn more about the car’s electrical systems, such as motor control, sensors, and telematics.

Physics Program

Students will first take classes in foundational physics, liberal arts, and Japanese. Then, they can choose to take more specialized classes in quantum mechanics, statistical physics, analytical mechanics, etc., and participate in advanced seminars and research in physics. 

Halfway through their third year, students will then join a research laboratory out of 27 laboratories in order to focus on a specialization, including but not limited to superconductivity, spintronics, solid state physics, nonequilibrium physics.

Chemistry Program

  • Engineering 

At the School of Engineering, students will concentrate on the scientific applications of biotechnology as a whole. Within the program, students can choose to specialize in either applied chemistry or biotechnology. In applied chemistry, students will participate in conducting advanced research in order to seek solutions to complicated issues in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and material chemistry. In the biotechnology course, however, students will look at research from the combined perspective of biochemistry and bioengineering in order to deal with different problems from the applied chemistry track, such as in bioorganic chemistry, agricultural biology, and fermentation engineering.

  • Science

The goal of the program is to equip students with the concepts and issues in Chemistry. Students will acquire an understanding of nature at the atomic and molecular levels. In addition to chemistry, students will also be able to take both compulsory and elective classes in inorganic and organic chemistry, physical chemistry, quantum chemistry, etc. 

Biological Science Program

  • Science

In the Division of Biological Science, there are eight laboratories: the Marine Biological Laboratory, the Center for Gene Research, the Bioscience and Biotechnology Center, and the Structural Biology Center.

Throughout the program, students will learn about fundamental biological processes in terms of the movement of molecules, which consist of subjects such as genome information and evolution, gene expression, cell division, cell structure and control of organelles, biomembranes, motility and energy transduction among many others. 

  • Agricultural Science

In the Division of Applied Biosciences, students will get to learn about advanced life sciences and biotechnology in multifaceted aspects of life and the complex relationship between the environment, human health and food system. Studies are conducted at the level of atoms and molecules to the level of cells, tissues, organs or the whole-body of animals and plants.

Alumni of the program typically enter graduate school to pursue further research, or they join private companies in the fields of the food industry, biotechnology, agroindustry, or health and pharmaceutical industries.

Program in Social Sciences

  • Law

At the School of Law at Nagoya University, students can thrive under the supervision of experienced faculty members who are experts in both Japanese and international legal systems. 

Law subjects cover general legal principles, Japanese constitutional and legal systems, comparative law, and essential features of international business law.

Students who graduate from this program opt for working at national and local governments, non-governmental organizations, international institutions and think tanks, private corporations in Japan and abroad. In order to gain professional qualifications, students need to pursue an L.L.M degree at the postgraduate level.

  • Economics

In this program, students will learn about the theoretical framework and the applications of economics and management from introductory to advanced levels. In addition to specialized classes in the economics major, students can also take classes in the history of social thought, political science in the context of Japan and the world, as well as international economic law in order to deepen their understanding of economics.

In order to give students a holistic understanding, the program requires students to take more than 48 credits in liberal arts and sciences and more than 84 credits in specialized subjects. 

Japan in Asia Cultural Studies Program

In this program, students can dive deep into studying the complex and fascinating Japanese culture in the context of Asia and how Japan relates to its East Asian neighboring nations. Students are expected to acquire cultural literacy from taking classes in cultural history, cinema and visual culture, and literature.

After graduation, students can choose from acquiring a higher degree (Master’s and/or Ph.D.), which will pave their way in research, or they can choose to work in culture or media companies, engage in translation and interpretation work, or become teachers among different career choices.


As a research-intensive university that receives the most government grants among Japanese universities, Nagoya University will be a perfect match for students who are interested in solving complex problems and thriving in a robust academic environment. Check out scholarships to increase your chances of realizing your dream at Nagoya University!