Shimane University is a national university that was established in 1947 and combined with Shimane Medical University in 2003. Shimane University has two campuses, in Matsue and Izumo.
The Matsue campus houses the Faculty of Law and Literature, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Human Sciences, the Interdisciplinary Faculty of Science and Engineering, and the Faculty of Life and Environmental Science while the Izumo campus is home to the Faculty of Medicine.
Shimane University has international exchange agreements with universities across the globe, including nine institutions in the United States and eighteen in China. Approximately 200 international students from around the world currently study Japanese as well as courses in their specialized fields. In addition to academic pursuits, students have ample opportunities to interact with Japanese students and explore the area’s rich culture and abundant nature. For example, each winter a skiing excursion takes international and Japanese students to the volcanic Mt. Daisen, a one hour drive from Matsue.
Matsue is located north of Hiroshima and faces the Sea of Japan. During the Edo period, Matsue flourished as a castle town of the Matsue clan, and as a result, the area is rich in cultural assets and historical sites. Tradition is preserved in the everyday life of the citizens, particularly in the historical district, where visitors can enjoy the moat tour, “Horikawa Yuran,” and visit the national treasure, “Matsue Castle.” Matsue is also known as one of the places that inspired the writer, Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, better known by his Japanese name, Koizumi Yakumo.
Izumo, located 40 km west of Matsue, used to be ruled by a powerful clan in pre-historic times, and the region plays a central role in Japan's creation mythology. Izumo Taisha, a national treasure, is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Japan. According to one myth, during the tenth month of the lunar calendar, the gods from across Japan congregate at Izumo Taisha for their annual meeting. The inner shrine is constructed in the “Taisha-zukuri” style and is an excellent example of the oldest form of Japanese shrine architecture.
Faculty of Law and Literature
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Human Sciences (will be launched in 2017 Spring)
Faculty of Medicine
Interdisciplinary Faculty of Science and Engineering
Faculty of Life and Environmental Science