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About Lakeland University Japan

About Lakeland University Japan

Lakeland University Japan (LUJ) is a Bachelor’s and Associate of Arts Degree-granting liberal arts institution with over 300+ students enrolled across 40+ countries. Established in 1991, LUJ has developed into a fully-accredited and nationally recognized institution in Japan. In addition to the core degree programs, LUJ also offers an English for Academic Purposes program for non-native English speakers, as well as non-degree continuing education programs on weekends and evenings.

LUJ is an Experiential Education institution. We believe the best way to learn is by combining knowledge with real-life practice. This includes professional work experience through more traditional internships as well as Lakeland’s award winning Cooperative Education program. Both options give students the advantage of expanding and deepening their understanding of various studies by applying new knowledge and concepts in real-world situations. Another unique aspect of LUJ’s experiential education is our Student Run Businesses (SRB’s), which are on-campus businesses that help students hone their business and entrepreneurship skills while earning course credit and employee wages.

Beyond the classroom and campus, LUJ takes pride in offering students the opportunity to use their skills and passion to help others. With a history of various environmental projects, social engagement, language and translation assistance and more, LUJ students have numerous opportunities to help make a difference in their community. For those with a passion for community service, the same opportunities are available for those studying abroad at either of our U.S. sister universities.

Why Lakeland Japan?

Authentic American Education

Get an authentic American education in the heart of downtown Tokyo. It’s the best of both worlds—experience life in Japan while receiving top-tier instruction alongside students from all over the world.

No matter your intended major or career, we are committed to preparing you for life after graduation through a variety of degree paths. A fully accredited four-year degree can be completed at the Tokyo campus or in the United States at Lakeland University in Wisconsin or Virginia Wesleyan University in Coastal Virginia.



Recognized as a “Foreign College in Japan” by MEXT


Student to teacher ratio

33 Years

as the only private, American Liberal Arts university in Japan


International student body

Accreditation & Recognition

LUJ is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in the United States. Since 2005, LUJ has also been recognized as a “foreign university in Japan'' by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). This recognition was expanded to include the Bachelor of Arts degree in 2021, which allows both Japanese and visa-sponsored students to complete their full 4-year degree at the Tokyo campus.

Mission & Values

Lakeland University educates individuals of diverse backgrounds, preparing them to think critically, to communicate effectively, to succeed professionally, and to lead ethical, purposeful and fulfilling lives. Rooted in the values of the United Church of Christ, Lakeland integrates the liberal arts and experiential learning to develop the whole person for success in a dynamic, multi-faceted world.

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LUJ-to-LUW Connection & Opportunities

Lakeland University

Students who study at LU Wisconsin will live and grow in a rural setting near the Lake Michigan shoreline. The university only an hour from Milwaukee and Green Bay, and just two hours from Chicago, allowing students to experience a mix of rural and urban life in America.

Lakeland was recently honored by U.S. News & World Report lists of Best Colleges for being among the top schools in the Midwest region in advancing social mobility for its students.

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Virginia Wesleyan University

LUJ-to-VWU Connection & Opportunities

Virginia Wesleyan University

Students who study at Virginia Wesleyan get to enjoy a beautiful east-coast campus with easy access to some of the major coastal cities in the U.S. - Washington D.C., New York, Philadelphia and Boston.

As one of Virginia’s largest cities, Virginia Beach is home to Fortune 500 companies, rich culture and history, varied recreational offerings, and spectacular natural beauty.

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