Yokohama City University – Yokohama, Japan

Yokohama City University (YCU) is a public university in Yokohama, Japan with approximately 5,000 students. YCU has been ranked 16th amongst the “worlds best small universities” (Times Higher Education, 2017) and is ranked 30th among universities in Japan (Times Higher Education Japan University Rankings 2019).

Founded in 1882, the university is located 18 minutes outside the vibrant and welcoming port city of Yokohama, and less than an hour away from Tokyo via public transport.

More information on YCU exchange programmes can be found here.

Programmes of study

YCU offers a range of programmes taught in English including Accounting & Finance, Business, Economics, History, Politics, International Relations, English Literature and Psychology. Furthermore, incoming exchange students are encouraged to study Japanese language, which is offered from beginner – to advanced level.

An overview of exchange programme can be found below…

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Travel & accommodation

Visas & insurance

  • Visas – To take part in this exchange you are responsible for ensuring that you meet Japanese entry requirements.
  • Insurance – DMU insurance is not sufficient for studying on exchange in Japan, and students are required to purchase emergency medical insurance while attending YCU and may be required to complete health assessments prior to arrival.


Living costs in Japan tend to be higher than those in the UK. We recommend that you do further independent research to gain a better understanding of the cost of your year abroad. To help you, we have a created a simple cost comparison between the UK and Japan: