Joetsu University of Education was founded in 1978. It aims to promote the theoretical and practical studies regarding school education. In other words, it has been established both for pre-service training and for in-service training. It is composed of College of Education for undergraduate students and Graduate School of Education for graduate students. Graduate School of Education offers Master’s Program and Professional Degree Program. The university has an attached junior high school, an attached primary school and an attached kindergarten. It houses about 640 undergraduate students and about 600 graduate students. About 300 faculty and staff members work here. Joetsu city is a historical city with full of cultural properties. It is also known as one of snowy cities with a good deal of natural beauty in Japan. It takes about 2 hours by Hokuriku Shinkansen: a bullet train from Tokyo.