YOKOHAMA Socrates Program

In April 2024, the YOKOHAMA Socrates Program (YNU Program for SOCially Resilient And susTainable EcoSystems) will be starting. The new program will be centered around the issues and methodologies in the humanities and social sciences related to the twin themes of social resilience and social sustainability. It is a bilingual global education program in the YNU College of Urban Sciences enabling students to obtain a bachelor’s degree with English and Japanese as common languages. In the first years after admission, students will take courses in English, in addition to Japanese language courses if their Japanese language proficiency is not native level. After they obtain the required level of Japanese language proficiency, students will later be able to join classes and seminars in Japanese together with students in the College of Urban Sciences. Students will participate in small classes, including seminars conducted through the dialogue-based Socratic method. Graduation theses will be co-supervised by two faculty members who will advise students with the aim of enabling them to utilize appropriate methodology for thinking deeply with their own minds about issues of our times in completing their works.

Undergraduate Student Admissions

Application procedures for April 2024 admission such as schedules or selection procedures might be changed due to the spread of the novel coronavirus disease. Hence, the information which will be provided on the Application Guidelines might differ from the one stated on this webpage. YNU will announce the updated information on its website ( necessary changes have been made. For the latest information, please refer to appropriate Application Guidelines or check the YNU website above.

At YNU, international students are admitted under “Yokohama Global Education Program (YGEP)” YGEP-N1 seeks international students with Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N1 level of Japanese by “Standard Admission” and “Pre-arrival Admission”. The students will study the standard curriculum with Japanese students in Japanese. The students are NOT required to take the JLPT prior to their application. You can find the fields of study that are available at YNU from here.

To promote the acceptance of academically excellent international students and provide financial support after their admission to YNU, a new tuition waiver program has been established for privately financed international students who enter YNU in or after April 2020. For details please refer here. The application period and procedures of the relevant undergraduate college is described in the application guidelines.

For those who wish to study solely in English, please refer to the Degree Programs Offered in English. For those wishing to apply for Scholarship Programs and Financial Aid, please click here.

The information below is the summary of the Application Outlines released in July 2023. For the latest and detailed information, please refer to the Application Guidelines of the appropriate college, which can be downloaded from here. (available only in Japanese).

Degrees Conferred and Number of Students Admitted

College Department Degrees Conferred Number of Students Admitted
EconomicsEconomics Bachelor of Economics8
(Standard Admission)
Business AdministrationBusiness Administration Bachelor of Business Administration8
(Standard Admission)
Engineering Science Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, and Ocean Engineering Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Science 2
(Standard/ Pre-arrival)
Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Life Science 2
(Standard Admission)
Mathematics, Physics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 2
(Standard Admission)
Urban Sciences Urban and Social Collaboration Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Engineering, or Bachelor of Environmental Science
Architecture and Building Science 2
(Standard/ Pre-arrival)
Civil Engineering 8
(Standard/ Pre-arrival)
Risk Management and Environmental Science 3
(Standard/ Pre-arrival)

The College of Education does not take international students.
・The number of students admitted may become less than the numbers specified above.
・The admission data, such as the number of applicants and of those who passed the examination, can be found on the university’s website (in Japanese)

Application guidelines and application forms

Application guidelines and application forms (available only in Japanese) can be downloaded from the university website.