Study Abroad in Yokohama City University

Yokohama is a vibrant port city loved by its citizens, open and welcoming to visitors, and famous for its easy-going atmosphere. The largest municipality in Japan, Yokohama is conveniently located in the center of the country — with easy access to other major cities in Japan by bullet train and less than 30 minutes from Haneda Airport for direct international flights to most areas. It is also a key venue for world-level sports competitions as well as international conventions.

As the first port in Japan to open to the world in 1859, Yokohama is a place where the new and the old come together in harmony. While the city is at the cutting edge of technology, it also cherishes its many historic assets. It offers the dynamism and diversity of city life, but also havens of serenity with more quiet locales such as its traditional Japanese garden. In addition, Yokohama is dedicated to preserving urban green spaces and is a pioneer of citywide eco-friendly efforts.

YCU Global News

  • Ten Years of Exceptional France-Japan Partnership: Lessons and Perspectives
    As a part of the activities in commemoration of the 160th anniversary of Japan-German relationship, and the 10th anniversary of partnership between the cities of Yokohama and Frankfurt, Dr. Clemens von Goetze, Ambassador of Germany to Japan, was invited on December 16, 2021 to give an online lecture titled “Germany and Japan: Partners in Overcoming the Challenges of the 21st Century”.
  • Special lecture by Mr. Ronald Thomas Hartman, IFAD
    A special lecture by Mr. Ronald Thomas Hartman, Director of Global Engagement, Partnership and Resource Mobilization Division of IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) took place in YCU Kanazawa Hakkei Campus on 22nd July.
  • The 2nd Online PBL Session with the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
    Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the face-to-face meetings are delayed to an unknown date. However, the YCU School of Medicine deems international education essential for our students. As a solution to this issue, the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) kindly offered us an opportunity to hold an online “PBL Hawaii Style Workshop” on March 22nd and 24th, for the second time after the outbreak of COVID-19.
  • The 23rd Comparative Glycome Research Meeting in Yokohama: Glycome Meets Synthetic Biology and Frontiers
    On Saturday, August 21, 2021, the 23rd Comparative Glycomics Research Meeting was held at the Training Center of Sail Training Ship NIPPON MARU (Yokohama, Japan). A total of 50 participants onsite and online, including participants from Japan, the United States of America, Belgium, and China, were connected for eight presentations and discussions.

International Affairs Office

The International Affairs Office is international students’ first point of contact with YCU. It also provides study abroad opportunities to local students.

Global Cooperation Institute for Sustainable Cities

The Global Cooperation Institute for Sustainable Cities (GCI) was founded in 2011 within YCU for three purposes: (i) to promote the IACSC activities as its Secretariat, (ii) to enhance the cooperation among universities as well as city-to-city collaboration, and (iii) to contribute to nurturing students who can be competitive with leadership roles in the international arena. Students at YCU and other member universities participate in the IACSC activities and interact with each other actively in group work and field studies, where they acquire the abilities to express their opinions, lead discussions, and take necessary actions.

The following are links that you may find helpful in regards to planning your studies with YCU. For more information, please contact us at the International Affairs Office.

Exchange Student Profiles


Alric Françon

Exchange Student, France

As an exchange student, I wanted to continue playing sports. I have been practicing judo since my childhood, and therefore, when I arrived at YCU, I immediately looked for the judo club. The Judo club members welcomed me, and they seemed to be very happy to share their activities with an exchange student. I could also explain how I learned judo in France. By joining the club, I could easily make friends. Furthermore, it became really interesting to improve my Japanese language skills. For those reasons, I recommend every exchange student to join a club or a circle.

Kim Ji-Yun

Exchange Student, South Korea

In the Japanese language classes, we did not just learn Japanese, but also participated in activities such as making videos and presenting them to our Japanese peers, or reading and discussing current issues in Japan. Besides, the Japanese teachers are always ready to answer our questions, and teach us in detail, so we don’t have to worry about our Japanese language abilities.

Carla Harold

Exchange Student, Austria

YCU offers a number of courses in English. Most of them are for Global and Asian Studies, but some courses in other subject areas can be found too. The university is relatively small in size, but this also brings advantages. Class sizes are small with a low student-teacher ratio. This also makes it easy to connect with Japanese students, which is also a great encouragement to learn some Japanese during the exchange.