Lakeland University Japan (LUJ) began as a vision of developing the U.S. home campus (Lakeland University - Sheboygan) as a destination for international students. In 1991, the Board of Trustees of Lakeland University approved a plan to establish a two-year academic program in Tokyo, and by 1993 the representatives of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges approved LUJ as an accredited branch campus offering an Associate of Arts Degree.
Throughout the past 25 years, Lakeland University Japan has continuously evolved and expanded. Its "2 + 2" system has served as a springboard to educate and transfer countless Japanese students to the home campus in Wisconsin, as well as over 100+ other institutions throughout the U.S. and around the world. In 2021, LUJ expanded to a four-year campus.