Tokyo International University was founded in 1965, starting with one department and 100 students. It was established as University of International Business and Commerce. The school changed its name to Tokyo International University in 1986.
Today in the light of its 40th anniversary the university is seen as an institution, which expanded to include 5 schools, 5 research courses and 10 departments. The number of students totaled 7,000 as of 2004. The core aim of the university is comprehension of various cultures. To achieve this goal the New Department of English Communication was established. It broadens future possibilities through language and communication.
A variety of schools and departments of Tokyo International University compose an advanced educational system. In 2004 this system underwent total reorganization, the results of which are 5 schools and 10 departments. Students willing to continue their education after graduation can conduct research in one of five graduate schools.
The Graduate Schools embrace Business and Commerce, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and Clinical Psychology. All of them grant Master's and Doctoral degrees. The education at the graduate schools requires high level of academic achievement. The focus is on academic research with the emphasis on application of theory on the international level.
The intellectual environment stimulates students to contribute to the academic research. Undergraduate course comprises the following schools and departments: School of Business and Commerce (Departments of Business and Commerce, Accounting and Information Systems), School of Economics (Departments of Economics and International Economics), School of Language Communication (Department of English Communication), School of International Relations (Departments of International Relations and International Broadcasting and Journalism), School of Human and Social Sciences (Departments of Sociology and Comparative Culture, and Social Welfare and Psychology).
Undergraduate students are placed in the stimulating academic environment, aimed at providing them with a solid grounding in their majors. Seminars and graduation thesis are designed to bring students a high level of competence. Whenever they face any problems connected with subject selection or life on campus, seminar tutors are available to give advice.
Being dedicated to educating internationalists Tokyo International University has been designing exchange programs for many years. The exchange agreements were concluded with University of Washington and Southern Oregon State College (1981), Kyung Hee University, South Korea and University of Konstanz, Germany(1992), Vaxjo University, Sweden(1994), Chinese Culture University, Taiwan(1996). Tokyo International University receives students overseas, who benefit from two Japanese language programs.
These programs were designed to prepare students for the admission to Japanese graduate and undergraduate programs. The library of Tokyo International University includes the New Library, Taizo Kaneko Memorial Library and AV Library and is available to all students on the campus. TIU is evaluated in light of the academic research alongside with such institution of higher learning as Tokyo University of Science.