• TUJ was established in Shiba-Koen, Minato-ku, drawing public attention as the first campus of an American university in Japan. TUJ started by offering the Intensive English Language Program (IELP) and the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in TESOL program
  • Started the M.Ed. program in Osaka


Photo: A June 1982 letter from U.S. President Ronald Reagan congratulating TUJ on its establishment (June 1, 1982)


  • Launched the Undergraduate Program, enabling students to obtain American B.A. and A.A. degrees without leaving Japan


Photo: The entrance of the first campus at Shiba-Koen and the TUJ sign


  • Moved to Shibuya
  • Held commencement of the class of 1984 (the first A.A. degree graduates)


Photo: The Shibuya campus entrance


  • Held commencement of the class of 1986 (the first B.A. graduates)


Photo: A commencement ceremony in TUJ's early days


  • Moved to Shimo-Ochiai, Shinjuku-ku
  • Launched IELP in Osaka


Photo: The new nine-story TUJ campus in Shimo-Ochiai


  • Began offering a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in TESOL program


Photo: The Shimo-Ochiai campus cafeteria


  • Main TUJ operation moved to Minami-Osawa, Hachioji
  • Established campuses in Takadanobaba for M.Ed., Ed.D. and IELP programs


Photo: The TUJ Minami-Osawa campus in Tama New Town in Hachioji


  • Initiated the Open College Program and the Globalization Program, welcoming more working professionals to TUJ


Photo: A panel discussion at TUJ


  • Inaugurated the Master of Laws (LL.M.) program


Photo: Student studying at the library


  • Started the Ed.D. program in Osaka
  • Held the first TUJ alumni reunion


Photo: Student events and club activities


  • Terminated the relationship with local business partners and became a wholly-owned operation of Temple University
  • Relocated the campus to Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku
  • Launched the Executive MBA Program, the first in Japan
  • Relaunched the Open College Program and the Globalization Program as the Continuing Education Program and Corporate Education Program, respectively


Photo: The 1996 opening ceremony for the Azabu campus


  • Started offering an undergraduate major in communications
  • Started an M.Ed. program in Fukuoka


Photo: The entrance to the Azabu Hall


  • Changed the name of the Intensive English Language Program (IELP) to the Academic Preparation Program (APP)


Photo: APP class


  • Introduced undergraduate majors in psychological studies, art, and international affairs


Photo: Art class


  • Launched an undergraduate major in tourism and hospitality management
  • Established the Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS)


Photo: ICJS seminar


  • Designated as the first Foreign University, Japan Campus by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology


Photo: A February 2005 letter from U.S. Ambassador Howard Baker celebrating TUJ's designation as the first Foreign University, Japan Campus


  • Concluded an Agreement on Joint Activities with Tokyo's Minato City


Photo: Concluding the joint activities agreement with Minato City Mayor, Masaaki Takei


  • Launched an undergraduate major in business management
  • Held 25th anniversary symposium
  • Changed the name of the Academic Preparation Program (APP) to the Academic English Program (AEP)


Photo: 25th anniversary symposium


  • Launched an undergraduate major in international business studies
  • Changed the Japanese name of the Academic English Program (AEP)


Photo: Today's TUJ


  • Changed the name of the Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) to the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS)
  • Launched an undergraduate major in Japanese language


Photo: ICAS Seminar


  • Established a new four-year, full scholarship program for Japanese students supported by Goldman Sachs Gives, a donor-advised fund
  • Launched Continuing Education Program in Osaka
  • Started accepting credit cards for tuition payments


Photo: President Hart delivering the keynote speech at the commencement ceremony

3/11 Great East Japan Earthquake

It occurred in the middle of the spring semester and academic programs were suspended for about three weeks, but all classes resumed by April 4. Syllabi were revised to accommodate options offered to students, including distance learning and continuing courses at Main Campus in Philadelphia. All courses were completed with only a one-week extension of the semester. The commencement ceremony was held according to the originally planned schedule.


  • Held 30th anniversary symposium
  • Began Credit Exchange Program with Musashi University

 30th Anniversary 


Photo: 30th anniversary symposium


  • Signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and an Agreement on Credit Transfer and Student Exchange with Toyo University Faculty of Regional Development Studies (currently Faculty of Global and Regional Studies and Faculty of International Tourism Management)
  • Start Credit Transfer Program with the School of Arts and Letters at Meiji University
  • Started the Musashi Temple RED Program courses for junior high and high school students who plan to study abroad or at a foreign university in Japan
  • Started hosting the TOMODACHI Internship Program
  • Signed an MOU with National Taipei University


Photo: 2014 commencement ceremony


  • TUJ Symposium “American University Administration and Global Competition” held at the U.S. Embassy, Tokyo
  • Improved Executive MBA Program. Earn an MBA in 18 months


Photo: At the U.S. Embassy, Tokyo


  • Started Credit Transfer Program with Showa Women's University


Photo: Signing ceremony at Showa Women's University


  • Held 35th anniversary symposium

 35th Anniversary


Photo: 35th anniversary symposium


 New Campus Project


Photo: New Campus in Setagaya



Photo :Master in Management class



Photo: The first recipients of the Mochida-Stronach scholarship. Mr. Mochida, President of Goldman Sachs Japan (left), and Dean Emeritus, Dr. Stronach (right).

 2021 News Articles 


 40th Anniversary


Photo: U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel delivers 40th anniversary speech at TUJ (February 16, 2023)