I want to learn about something that I cannot learn in my own country.
I want to go to Japan and get in touch with its culture and history.
I want to have a deeper exchange with people from other countries.
I want to work in Japan.
Everyone has a different beginning in their dreams to study in Japan.
Ochanomizu University will support your dream.
Would you like to realize your dream by studying at Ochanomizu University?
Ochanomizu University can trace its roots back to 1875 when it was first founded as Tokyo Women’s Normal School (later to be Tokyo Women’s Higher Normal School) in Tokyo’s Ochanomizu (now Yushima, Bunkyo-ku) as an institution specializing in the development of female faculties. The origin of the name Ochanomizu University comes from the location of Ochanomizu.
Tokyo Women’s Higher Normal School was known as an educational institution holding the highest standard in women’s education at the time, and women from all over Japan who were interested in scholarly pursuits held the institution in very high regard. Graduates from the School were sent all over Japan as teachers to educate the next generation of women.
In 1932, the School moves to the present location of Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku. The Auditorium and the Main Building are from the same architecture of that time and they bring out the atmosphere of the former days.
In 1949, Tokyo Women’s Higher Normal School changes to Ochanomizu University under the National University Establishment Law. It is established as a comprehensive women’s university with the three faculties of Faculty of Letters and Education, Faculty of Science, and Home Economics (the present Faculty of Human Life and Environmental Sciences).
The reason why it was able to take off as one of the only two women’s universities at that time was because of our strong mission for women’s education and our long tradition and history.
Ochanomizu University defines its mission as being a place where all women who are motivated to learn can realize their earnest dreams. We practice an educational curriculum that is aligned with women’s lifestyle and we develop female leaders who are highly educated and who possess an expertise in their own field that are necessary for the society of 21st century. The leadership images we envision for in women are those who possess the three fundamental qualities of “intelligence,” “courtesy,” and “flexibility,” and those who are willing to break new ground.
For those who strongly identify with the leadership that we aspire to, please study at Ochanomizu University.
Due to its long-sounding name of Ochanomizu University in Japanese, students call it by the abbreviated form of “Ochadai” with affection.
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The characteristics of Ochanomizu University’s courses are in its small class sizes and its highly specialized curriculum. The University offers a thorough and courteous guidance on seminars, experiments and practicums by honoring each student’s uniqueness.
The educational system is based on a liberal arts system that goes beyond the framework of Humanities and Sciences. Each student will comprehensively learn Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences in order to obtain a high level of fundamental skills that are required as a professional, and an expertise to develop a type of women with intellectual freedom.
Furthermore, we are equipped with a variety of career support programs such as information education that is necessary in order to be successful in the global arena as well as foreign language education, developmental programs for female leaders and internship programs where students can get hands-on experience in the field of business.
In addition, we have a unique, year-long intensive Japanese language and cultural immersion program for international students.
At Ochanomizu University, we offer a variety of support for the students to lead a seamless student life on campus.
We similarly offer a robust support system for international students. For international students, graduate students of the University act as a tutor and provide advice on academic life as well as research. In addition, our Consultation Room not only offers advice on academic matters, but on life in general in Japan too. For housing, international students are able to take advantage of our International Student House, the Ochadai SCC (students Community Commons). We hope you have a fulfilling student life at Ochanomizu University by interacting with many students from around the world including Japanese students.
We are also equipped with the Health Care Center where licensed doctors and nurses are regularly present. Furthermore we have the Student and Career Support Office where we offer support in the two areas of mind and body.
The library of Ochanomizu University boasts 680,000 collections of books and journals with 12,000 titles. In the library, there is an academic space called the “Learning Commons” that is fully equipped with computers, and “Career Café” that serves as a space for studying and communication. There are also various Internet access points within the campus, allowing Internet access from many places on the campus.
Since Ochanomizu University is located in the middle of Tokyo, everyone can easily take advantage of the well-developed transportation system. As the University is located in the midst of educational facilities, cultural facilities and residential area, it creates a suitable environment for the pursuit of academic life evidenced by its quite setting that is coupled with convenience. Its surrounding is dotted by places that conjure Japanese history and culture, starting with Koishikawa Botanical Garden, the Japanese garden of Rikugien where one can enjoy the change of seasons such as cherry blossoms and the foliage, and the Zoshigaya Cemetery where many historical writers and cultural figures rest in peace.
The University campus is full of seasonal nature, for example, the campus is lined by gingko trees which serve as the symbol of Ochanomizu University. Furthermore, starting with the main gate that has been designated as one of Japan’s tangible cultural properties, we offer a setting that is best suited as a place to study for female university students through historical buildings such as the Main Building and the Auditorium.