What is the KOSEN-UT
Engineering Education System?

What is the KOSEN-UT Engineering Education System?

[Long-term practical engineering education system]

This practical engineering education system spans 9 years, where students enter KOSEN colleges at the age of 15 years and continue until completion of a master’s program. NUT has also established a 5-year integrated doctoral program from 2015, thereby providing a 12-year practical engineering education system.

NUT places an emphasis on graduate school education and aims to be indispensable to global society by fostering leading engineers with practical and creative abilities, are motivated to serve and continuously contribute to future society, and are able to create “GIGAKU” to preempt societal changes. In addition to practical training, NUT provides an education that incorporates internships (long-term internships lasting approximately 6 months) at corporations both within Japan and overseas.

What are KOSEN Colleges?

[Institutes of higher education that produce the practical engineers needed in this era]

KOSEN colleges are Japanese institutes of higher education that accept students after they graduate from junior high school at the age of 15 years, and provide a 5-year integrated engineering education program designed to cultivate the engineers needed by society. The first KOSEN colleges were established in 1962, and there are currently 57 colleges located throughout Japan. With an early emphasis on experiments and practical training, KOSEN curricula provide students with university-level specialized knowledge and techniques by the time they graduate at the age of 20 years.


  • 5-year integrated education
    (5.5 years for Maritime Technology)
    in the regular course for students beginning when they are 15 years old
  • Specialized education with an emphasis on experiments and practical training
  • Further specialized training
    in a 2-year advanced course
  • Excellent teaching staff from various backgrounds
    (over 30% have experience in private corporations, and over 80% hold Master’s or Doctoral degrees)

Wide variety of career paths after graduation

Regular course graduates Advanced course graduates
find employment Approximately60
(Jobs-to-applicants ratio: ~20)
(Jobs-to-applicants ratio: ~47)
continue to Approximately40
(Advanced courses or transfer to university)
(Graduate school)
  1. 1Students matriculate after graduating from junior high school
  2. 2High school graduates qualified for transfer admission to KOSEN colleges
  3. 3KOSEN college graduates qualified for transfer admission to universities
  4. 4KOSEN college graduates qualified to continue to the KOSEN advanced course
  5. 5Students who complete the advanced course and receive a degree are qualified to enter graduate school
figure pattern of career paths


“GIGAKU” is the scientific approach to technology

In the natural sciences, natural phenomena are studied using a scientific approach, whereas in “GIGAKU” (an amalgamation of Gijutsu Kagaku, or “science and technology”), the scientific approach is adopted to study technology, which leads to technological innovation.