More about Yokohama National University

Yokohama National University (YNU) can trace its history back nearly 150 years to the founding of a school in Yokohama, Japan’s second city and principal port. In 1949 it became a Japanese National University after incorporating two local institutions as well as the Yokohama College of Economics and the Yokohama Institute of Technology.

Yokohama National University has, since then, also incorporated several other institutions and is now home to five graduate schools and four undergraduate faculties.

The university sprawls over a large, leafy campus in the heart of Yokohama city. Yokohama itself is a vibrant, bustling metropolis. Described as Japan’s "gateway to the world" it was the first port in Japan to open itself to outside trade and as a result Yokohama has always had an international, outward-looking feel.

YNU is proud to carry on this history of international exchange and cooperation via its collaborations with foreign institutions and its suite of international programs which currently host students from over 50 different countries around the world. 

International programmes are taught in English at the undergraduate and postgraduate level and offer students the chance to study at one of Japan’s foremost universities and experience life in a vibrant Japanese city which prides itself on its global perspective.

YNU offers a broad range of courses and it is rightly respected for the cutting edge research and technological innovation taking place at its Institute of Advanced Sciences. Topics of particular interest at YNU include hydrogen energy conversion, self-healing materials, next-generation urban habitats and marine structural safety. 

Key statistics

  • 9,880
    Number of Students
  • 16.3
    Student to Staff Ratio
  • 6.5
    Percentage of International Students
  • 28 : 72
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • ¥1,801
    Finance per Student (¥000s)
Collected during World University Rankings on 28th Sep 2016 and Japan University Rankings on 20th Mar 2017

Subjects offered at Yokohama National University

Where we are


79 - 1 Tokiwadai
Hodogaya Ward