Learn about people.
Learn from people.

Communication with people of different cultures. Growth and education of children. Broadening of the heart and mind.
Students at Kyushu Lutheran College are learning, in a word, “people”, even if they are studying in the different majors.
That is why there is only one faculty here, the Faculty of Humanities.
We hope students learn about people in a wide range of fields, without being restricted to one area of expertise.
We hope our students learn deeply from our teachers, college seniors, and their friends.
Students learn deeply from their teachers, seniors, and friends.
Over four years, students will gradually develop their own knowledge, not only the knowledge obtained from textbooks, but also the wisdom to use that knowledge, the experience gained by predecessors, and those that are invisible to the eye, that cannot be easily explained in words, and that cannot be realized by AI or machines.
Learn about people from people.
This is the unique educational environment that Kyushu Lutheran College has prepared for every student.


Message from the President

Recognize dreams in the community and profound learning in the world.
Strive to be active in the community an learn from the world.

Recognize dreams in the community and profound learning in the world.
Strive to be active in the community an learn from the world.
The origins of Kyushu Lutheran College can be traced back to Kyushu Women’s School (Kyushu Jogakuin), which was established almost 100 years ago in 1926 with a donation from the Lutheran Church in America “to foster education for women“ in Japan. Kyushu Lutheran College was later established in 1997 as a continuation of their long history and traditions .
Since its founding, the college has produced constructive members of society in various fields such as business, education, childcare, psychology, and welfare, who understand diversity, respect others and society, and contribute to the local community and the world, under the school motto of “Gratitude and Service (Kanon Houshi)”, the founding spirit of the university.
In 2023, Kyushu Lutheran College will be reborn with the reorganization of departments and majors, while continuing the traditions of the past.
The program will further enhance the existing education, which is to develop each student's individuality through small-group study in the specialized areas of English, cross-cultural understanding, childcare/early childhood education, child education, special needs education, and psychology/welfare.

On our small campus, everyone plays a significant role. Small-group education that is the hallmark of our college allows students to grow together while respecting each person's individuality and differences.
Kyushu Lutheran College, "a college that connects dreams and learning", maximizes the strength of its small-group education to support each student as he or she pursues his or her dreams.
Please join us at Kyushu Lutheran College to study together and realize your dreams.

Kyushu Lutheran College President

Michiaki Matsumoto

Our History

  • 1908
    members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pennsylvania, USA, donated $5 to "establish a girls' school in Japan"
  • 1921
    The United Lutheran Church of North America's Women's Mission Bureau resolved to build a girls' school in Japan.
  • 1922
    The third General Conference of the Lutheran Church in Japan agreed with the resolution to establish a school for girls.
  • 1923
    The U.S. Women's Missions Bureau launched a fundraising campaign with a goal of raising US$175,000; a total of 300,000 people donated US$256,182 over two years. In particular, Mr. and Mrs. James of Ohio donated a substantial sum in honor of their daughter, Janice, who had dreamed of becoming a missionary to Japan, but died prematurely at the age of eight Hence, the new school was named the "Janice James School.
  • 1925
    Application for a private school submitted to the Governor of Kumamoto Prefecture was approved in February of the following year. (The month and year of this application seems like an unnecessary detail, especially in contrast to the lack of details on how the college was established. In addition, according to Luther SHS HP, “Construction of the first, and present, main building began.” In 1925. Rather than details of the application process and establishment of the SHS, more information about the establishment of the junior college and transition to KLC would be helpful and more relevant for the KLC HP.)
  • 1975
    Kyushu Jogakuin Junior College was established.
  • 1997
    Kyushu Lutheran College opens established Faculty of Humanities, Department of Humanities ( with coeducational enrollment capacity of 150., coeducational) Kyushu Lutheran College was established with a coeducational enrollment capacity of 150 in the Faculty of Humanities, Department of Humanities. (Year and month for the application to transition from a two-year junior college to a four-year college would be more appropriate.)
  • 2006
    Kyushu Lutheran College Graduate School of Humanities established a Master’s program in Disability Psychology.
  • 2016
    Kurokami Nursery School affiliated with Kyushu Lutheran College was established.
  • 2023
    The Department of Humanities was reorganized into the Career English Major, Childcare and Early Childhood Education Major and Child Education Major. The other department is Department of Clinical Psychology

Basic Philosophy

Founding Spirit

Christian character education in accordance with the school motto "Gratitude and Service”

Education and Research

Liberal Arts Education and Advanced Education and Research in Specialized Areas

Contributions to Society

Fostering productive citizens who contribute to the improvement of welfare, society, and culture.