Lakeland's Dual Accreditation
Solid Credit, Internationally
Lakeland University Japan (LUJ) is accredited by the Higher Learning Committee of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in the United States. The association sent investigative teams to the Japan campus in 1993 and 2008 to verify that the campus offered the same quality American education as the main campus in Wisconsin and with the same vigor. After both visits, the accrediting teams gave LUJ high marks and recommended its continued accreditation as a branch campus.
In December 2005, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, Sports and Technology (MEXT) recognized LUJ as an overseas campus of an American university. This recognition came as a result of negotiations between the American embassy and the Ministry of Education; resulting in LUJ obtaining the right to sponsor full time student visas. Between 2007-2011, the percentage of international students had risen to approximately 30 percent of the total student body. The current non-Japanese percentage as of 2015 remains at slightly over 30 percent. Student representatives from over 40 countries have now passed through the doors of LUJ; an accomplishment directly linked to the colleges consistent dedication to satisfying the requirements of both MEXT and our U.S. accrediting agency.
Both international and Japanese students have benefited from the recognition from MEXT by being eligible for student discounts on commuting passes; thus saving substantial money on bus and train commuting fares. They are also eligible for government loans to pay for their education.