The Open University of Japan


Higher Education for All

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
    Create a high sustainable quality of life by cultivating a deep understanding of Food, clothing and shelter, Family, Health and Welfare
  • Psychology and Education
    Through the relationship with the society, understand various issues related to mental development. Acquire knowledge and methods necessary to support or educate mental development with the aim to actualize a sustainable society.
  • Society and Industry
    Acquire the knowledge and skill to live in the sustainable and rich society by understanding the basic system of fluctuating society and industry.
  • Humanities and Culture
    Deepen understanding of the existence of thought, literature and arts. Quest the history of characteristics and development of modern civilization and domestic culture.
  • Informatics
    Master the concept and knowledge of the existence of information and information- technology that are essentials for people living in the highly information-oriented society.
  • Nature and Environment
    Cultivate the competency of practice and access for pertaining a sustainable future by scientifically understanding the intrinsic value of the nature aspects and recognize the relationship between human activities and nature.

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.
  • * For further information, please go through our web site for admissions (Japanese Only).
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