Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, abbreviated as TUFS is a small-sized specialized university situated in Fuchu, Tokyo.  Established in 1857 as a research institute and officially as a university in 1949, it is known to be one of the oldest institutions that are concentrated in international studies.  The university runs strong in its ranking in terms of research and employability as students here are equipped with language skills that help them stand out from other job candidates.

This leads to an attractive key point about TUFS: the wide range of languages that students can study and specialize in.  Currently, the university offers up to 26 languages across the world, including some that are rarely taught in Japan such as Burmese, Bengali, Urdu, Czech, and many more. Students can specialize in their own areas of interest and are open to many opportunities to study abroad in their country of focus.

Mission of TUFS
TUFS mission, sourced from

English Programs at TUFS

Although TUFS yet offers an undergraduate program offered solely in English, students can participate in an internal program which is taught in English. sity  Through entry, students first enter into one of the two main schools: The School of Language and Culture Studies and the School of International and Area Studies.  Within these two programs, international students study with Japanese students and can participate in two programs offered in English. It is separated mainly into categories: learning English as a language and studying subjects in English, students can freely take these classes as electives that will contribute to their credits towards graduation.  We will be introducing these two English programs below.

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Global Linkage Initiative Program(GLIP)

GLIP was established with the aim of training students to gain skills necessary for them to become active participants in the global society.  It is separated into main groups: English Language subjects and subjects in English. For subjects taught in English, there are Liberal Arts classes and Specialised courses corresponding to the two schools.

GLIP’s curriculum, source:

For further information, check out their course outline pages here:

Global Liberal Arts Program

The Global Liberal Arts Program is a syllabus that first and second-year students can take, regardless of what schools they belong to.  They are also part of the GLIP program which enables students to take classes from this program as well. There are five main categories:

  • Area Studies: Area Language Studies and Basic Area Studies
  • Academic Skills: Basic Seminars  and Academic Literacy
  • English
  • Foreign Languages
  • Global Liberal Arts

Moving towards the third and fourth year, students can begin to take more classes from the “Global Liberal Arts” category to equip them with knowledge and skills in the field of social science to supplement their area of study.

Graduate School English Program: Peace and Conflict Studies

In contrast to the undergraduate programs, English program in Peace and Conflict studies for Graduate school is slightly more separated, and most of the classes are taught in English. The program is heavily focused on interdisciplinary study, training both Japanese and international students in critically examining and designing effective responses in issues related to peace and conflict.  

This two-year program is designed to have both core courses through seminars, looking at theoretical perspectives and case study research, and can dive into their specializations in fields such as Peacebuilding, Conflict and Social Change, International Relations among others.  Through a mixture of lectures, readings, presentations, and discussions, student performance is evaluated. For more information, proceed to their webpage here:


TUFS is a unique specialist school which gathers many Japanese students with an international outlook.  Although the number of international students are still small and growing, TUFS offers a friendly and open-minded environment especially for those interested in International Studies.  Check out their main webpage for further information: