The Open University Japan

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The Open University Japan

The Open University Japan, The Open University of Japan (放送大学 Hōsō Daigaku, formerly The University of the Air, the English name of the university was changed on 1 October 2007) is a distance learning university which has students all over Japan; it accepted its first students in 1985.

The Open University of Japan (OUJ) was founded in 1983 by the Open University of Japan Foundation, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

It is an accredited educational institution open to all the people in Japan. OUJ utilizes broadcasting media and other means for new and effective ways to meet the needs for lifelong learning. The objectives of the Open University of Japan are to provide a wide range of people with opportunities for obtaining higher education and to promote broadcasting media and other innovative means of education for universities and other higher education institutions.

OUJ has grown to become the largest distance education institution in Japan. Taking advantages of terrestrial digital broadcasting and satellite broadcasting, OUJ provides effective broadcast lectures using vivid visuals in high-definition and information content developed by experts in the field.

Faculty of Liberal Arts

The Faculty of Liberal Arts at OUJ offers courses in a wide range of academic fields to meet the diverse needs of students and the general public, so as to broaden their education and deepen their knowledge in specialized fields that are related to their real lives.

The following six areas of study are being offered. The students enrolled to acquire a bachelor’s degree must select one area of study and earn more than 124 credits including the minimum of 20 credits earned through schooling.

The six areas of study are:

  • Living and Welfare
  • Psychology and Education
  • Society and Industry
  • Humanities and Culture
  • Informatics
  • Nature and Environment

School of Graduate Studies

OUJ established the School of Graduate Studies Master’s Program in the 2001 academic year and has since instructed adult students tackling programs in many workplaces and local communities and achieve a measure of results. In April 2014, the Ph.D. Program of the School of Graduate Studies was established, with OUJ starting to accept students from October of the same year.

The following seven / five areas of study are being offered for Master’s Program / Ph.D. Program. The students enrolled to acquire a degree must select one area of study and earn more than 30 credits for Master’s Program and 18 credits for Ph.D. Program.

The six areas of study are:

Master’s Program

  • Human Life and Health Sciences
  • Sciences of Human Development and Education
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Governance
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Informatics
  • Natural and Environmental Sciences

Ph.D. Program

  • Human Life and Health Sciences
  • Human Sciences
  • Social Governance
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Natural Sciences

Basic Requirements to Enroll in Courses Offered at OUJ:

  • * Non-Japanese nationals can apply to the University only if they are currently living in Japan AND have a valid visa which will allow them to stay in Japan for the entire duration of their study. Student visas cannot be issued by the University as the University does not have an authorization to issue such a visa due to its status as an correspondence education institution in Japan.
  • * All students who wish to enroll must also have a high level of competency in Japanese as all the courses are conducted in Japanese.

CONTACT US

The Open University of Japan
2-11 Wakaba, Mihama-ku, Chiba 261- 8586 Japan
PHONE: +81-43-276-5111 FAX: +81-43-297-2781
kokusai@ouj.ac.jp