Direct Enrollment Education Program For
Natural Science Students


DEEP for Natural Science Course allows international students to take classes and perform research alongside Japanese students. Undergraduates will be able to experience the wide range of fields and highly specialized courses Tohoku University offers through taking General Education and specialized subjects. Graduates will participate in world-class research through their departments’ activities in addition to attending lectures. International students will be matched with supervising professors in accordance with their academic interests.



Special Auditing Student (Undergraduate students)
Students join the regular courses offered in each department, where the lectures are mostly given in Japanese.

Special Research Student (Graduate students)

Students engage in research activities in Japanese under the supervision of an academic advisor at Tohoku University.

You can find academic research staff and courses at Tohoku University here.


Requirement for Completion

Undergraduate students: 13 credits or more each semester
Graduate students: 30 ECTS equivalent credits (750 school hours) or more each semester.



Undergraduate students or graduate students enrolled at institutions having a formal student exchange agreement with Tohoku University.

They are required to provide evidence of proficiency in Japanese, such as the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N1 or equivalent certification issued by the student's home university. The relevant certificate(s) should be submitted at the time of application.

※This change applies from the 2018 spring semester. Japanese Language Proficiency is not required for Special Research Students in AY2017.


How to Apply

Students studying at Tohoku University's partner universities can contact their exchange program coordinator about an application and selection process of DEEP. Application materials must be submitted only through the coordinator at the student's home institution.


Tohoku University provides a fully integrated support service for International students.

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Student Exchange Division
41 Kawauchi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi,
980-8576 Japan
Tel: +81-22-795-3745 or 3775
Email: studyab@grp.tohoku.ac.jp

Students Voice

Miina Ojanpera (University of Oulu, Finland)


I was studying at Tohoku University, in the Graduate School of Economics and Management in 2012-2013. I was a student in the Direct Enrollment Education Program (DEEP), in which you are able to do your own research and participate in courses if you wish to. This was perfect for me, because I could focus on my master’s thesis research and study Japanese language and culture. The courses that I completed helped me to understand Japanese way of life. Japanese management studies also provided a great background for my master’s thesis research. The topic of my thesis was cross-cultural communication in Japanese corporations. The professors were really helpful, and I very much enjoyed the way the course work was organized. The year in Japan was truly wonderful. I discovered a culture that was completely different from anything I had experienced before. Additionally, I learned a new language and made friends for life. I had two great tutors, which was an excellent way of cultural exchange. During school holidays, I had the chance to travel in Japan. The university organized several field trips that were very educational and entertaining. Indeed, Sendai and Tohoku region are full of beautiful places to visit. DEEP program is a great choice if you wish to organize your studies and research independently.

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