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GLOBAL LEARNING CENTER,
TOHOKU UNIVERSITY

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Exchange Programs

Tohoku University Global Learning Center has various student exchange programs open to undergraduate and postgraduate students. For other programs offered at Tohoku University, please contact the relevant department directly.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: October 1 to March 31
Spring Semester: April 1 to September 30
Detailed schedules can be found on each program's page.

Exchange Programs for undergraduate students (non-degree seeking)

F: Fall (Oct.- Feb.)/S: Spring (Apr.- Aug.)

Program Fields Duration (Enrollment) Language More Info
JYPE Junior Year Program in English Science, Engineering, Agriculture
(3rd or 4th year only)
2 Semesters (F+S)
1 Semester (F)
English
IPLA International Program in Liberal Arts Humanities/Social Sciences
(2nd or 3rd year only)
DEEp-Bridge Direct Enrollment Education Program for Humanities/Social Science Students Humanities/Social Sciences 2 Semesters (F+S)
1 Semester (F or S)
Japanese
DEEP Direct Enrollment Education Program for Natural Science Students All natural Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy 2 Semesters (F+S, S+F)
1 Semester (F or S)
Japanese
JYPE
Program Junior Year Program in English
Fields Science, Engineering, Agriculture
Duration (Enrollment) 2 Semesters (F+S)
1 Semester (F*)
Language English
More Info
IPLA
Program International Program in Liberal Arts Direct Enrollment Education Program
Fields Humanities/Social Sciences
Duration (Enrollment) 2 Semesters (F+S)
1 Semester (F*)
Language English
more info
DEEp-Bridge
Program Direct Enrollment Education Program for Humanity/Social science students
Fields Humanities/Social Sciences
Duration (Enrollment) 2 Semesters (F+S)
1 Semester (F or S)
Language Japanese
More Info
DEEP
Program Direct Enrollment Education Program for Natural science students
Fields All natural Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy
Duration (Enrollment) 2 Semesters (F+S, S+F)
1 Semester (F or S)
Language Japanese
More Info DEEP

Exchange Programs for postgraduate students (non-degree seeking)

F: Fall (Oct.- Feb.)/S: Spring (Apr.- Aug.)

Program Fields Duration (Enrollment) Language More Info
COLABS Cooperative Laboratory
Study Program
All Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy 2 Semesters (F+S, S+F)
1 Semester (F or S)
English
DEEP Direct Enrollment Education Program for Natural Science Students Japanese
DEEp-Bridge Direct Enrollment Education Program for Humanities/Social Science Students Humanities/Social Sciences 2 Semesters (F+S)
1 Semester(F or S)
Japanese
COLABS
Program Cooperative Laboratory
Study Program
Fields All Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy
Duration (Enrollment) 2 Semesters (F+S, S+F)
1 Semester (F or S)
Language English
more info
DEEP
Program
Direct Enrollment Education Program for Natural science students
Fields All Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy
Duration (Enrollment) 2 Semesters (F+S, S+F)
1 Semester (F or S)
Language Japanese
more info
DEEp-Bridge
Program
Direct Enrollment Education Program for Humanity/Social science students
Fields Humanities/Social Sciences
Duration (Enrollment) 2 Semesters (F+S)
1 Semester(F or S)
Language Japanese
more info

How to Apply

  • All applications should be made through the online system. All necessary information will be sent to the international affairs/study abroad offices of partner universities before the Application Period.
  • Students must be nominated by their home universities. We do not accept direct applications from students. The number of students accepted depends on the MOU, but this number is not always guaranteed due to the capacity of each program and availability of suitable academic advisors for the prospective students.
  • Please note that late and incomplete applications will not be processed. Therefore we request that you plan and prepare your application in a timely manner.

Admission Spring (April) Fall (October)
Application Period October 1 - November 15 January 10 - February 20
Screening November - January February - April
Results Notification End of January Middle of May
Visa and Dormitory Applications February - March
(Instructions will be sent to all successful applicants)
May - July
(Instructions will be sent to all successful applicants)
Students Come to Tohoku University Late March Late September

Eligibility

Students who will be registered as regular students in one of Tohoku University's partner universities during the whole exchange period are eligible. Note that each program has certain policies regarding the time of enrollment (some programs accept Fall enrollment only), and students cannot change their program once enrolled.


Supporting Documents for Application

  1. Statement of Purpose/Study Plan (one A4 page)
  2. Copy of Official Academic Transcript in English
  3. Letter of Recommendation by Applicant’s Advisor
  4. Certificate of Enrollment at Applicant’s Home University
  5. Copy of a Certificate of Language Proficiency
  6. Photocopy of Passport (name page)
  7. ID Photo (portrait photo)
  8. Application Form for JASSO Scholarship (optional)

Minimum Language Proficiency Requirements

JYPE, IPLA, COLABS English: TOEFL iBT® Test 79 or equivalent
DEEp-Bridge
(Undergraduate)
Japanese: TTBJ/SPOT 65
English: TOEFL iBT® Test 79 or equivalent
(English test score is not required for those who obtain TTBJ/SPOT 85 or above)
DEEp-Bridge
(Postgraduate)
TTBJ/SPOT 85 or TOEFL iBT® Test 79 or equivalent
DEEP Japanese: JLPT N1

Note: TOEFL is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service (ETS). This product is not endorsed or approved by ETS.

Acceptance Rate for Exchange Programs (Results of Academic Year 2016-2017)

  • As you can see the Acceptance Rate on the right, please bear in mind that, currently, we are not always able to accept all candidates for our exchange programs, regardless of exchange numbers on the agreement.
  • The reasons behind this arise from operational, physical and technical circumstances including the capacity of each program and the availability of suitable academic advisors etc., since Tohoku University would like to provide each international student with comfortable study environment.
  • We continue to improve the situation in an effort of offering more places and meanwhile, we appreciate your understanding on this matter in advance.
Programs Applicants Admitted Acceptance Rate
JYPE 117 77 65.8%
COLABS 69 50 72.5%
IPLA 107 67 62.6%
DEEP 43 21 48.8%
DEEp-Bridge 63 47 74.6%

Accommodations

Exchange students are required to live in the university dormitories. Tohoku University International House (1&2) and University House Sanjo (A/B/II/III) are available for exchange students.
Information on the dormitory application will be sent to all successful applicants. We cannot guarantee dorm preferences due to the limited number of rooms.

Financing and Scholarship

Tuition for exchange students enrolled in JYPE/IPLA/COLABS/DEEP/DEEp-Bridge is waived, but all exchange students are required to pay necessary fees including several types of insurances etc.
Approximate monthly expenses for students can be found in Cost of Living in Sendai. Note that all exchange students must be able to show that they will have funds of JPY80,000 per month for their student visa applications.

JASSO Scholarship

About the JASSO Scholarship The JASSO Scholarship is available for a limited number of qualified international students. Note that we are not able to ensure that all applicants will receive the scholarship.
Scholarship amount JPY80,000 per month
Eligibility Students must meet certain requirements including:
  • Students must not receive any kind of scholarship that exceeds JPY80,000 per month specifically for Tohoku University exchange programs.
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.30/3.0 as calculated using JASSO's GPA formula.
Duties of JASSO Scholars JASSO scholars must perform certain tasks, such as submission of reports and confirmation of their attendance. If they do not perform those tasks by the deadlines, they might lose their eligibility to receive the scholarship.
Application The scholarship application form is available on our student exchange application website (T-cens). Applicants must upload the form when they apply to the exchange program. The deadline is the same as the student exchange program application deadline. Late application will not be processed.

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