Tohoku University STEM Summer Program (TSSP)


The Tohoku University STEM Summer Program (TSSP), Exploring the Frontier of Science & Technology is designed specifically for freshmen and sophomores majoring in science and engineering (STEM). We will provide students with insight on what world society needs based on advanced science and technology in the future and how they can contribute to society through research, and we will offer cutting edge classes in advanced sciences and engineering.

TSSP Flyer 2018 (PDF)


June 18th to July 13th, 2018


This 4-week program consists of the following 4 parts: (1) cutting edge science and technology being developed at Tohoku University; (2) science and technologies related to disasters and reduction of damage based on experiences of the Great East Japan Earthquake; (3) group problem-solving activities (hands-on experiments) to gain experience with the frontier science and technology; and (4) Japanese language and culture. At the end of the program students will make a final (wrap-up) presentation on items (1) or (2) on their experience. The program includes experiments, lectures, facility/ laboratory visits, presentation and fieldtrips. The following topics will be covered.


(1) Cutting edge Science & Technology

Spintronics Biomolecular Design Robotics Materials Science Information Science

(2) Disaster Science & Technology

Earth Science Disaster Science in Japan Disaster Response

(3) Group Activities (Hands-on Experiments)

Challenging Experiments for Quantum Phenomena

Make and Handcraft an Efficient Motor and a Paper Airplane based on the Science and Engineering Theory

(4) Japanese Culture

Animation Aikido Zen Meditation CalligraphyFlower Arrangement

* Field Trips

MIRAIKAN (Science Museum) in Tokyo

Swordsmith in Miyagi

Tsunami Damaged Local Areas

TOYOTA Factory in Iwate

GAINAX (Animation Studio) in Fukushima

・J-PARC (Accelerator Facility) in Ibaraki

Credits Awarded

Participating students are required to take hands-on experiments and lectures, attend facility/laboratory visits and participate in group-work sessions, after which they will give wrap-up presentations. On completing these requirements, students are eligible for 8 ECTS*. These credits are not conferred at Tohoku University. Students who require credits for this program should inquire at their home universities. 

*1 ECTS credit is equivalent to 25 hours of workload. ECTS credits used to evaluate the student workload required for completion.

Program Expenses

The tuition fee for this program is waived for students from the designated partner universities. All participants, however, are required to pay the cost of 80,000 JPY that covers expenses for various activities such as field trips and Japanese cultural lessons. Travel, accommodations, insurance, meals, and personal daily expenses are to be paid individually. Students are advised to have sufficient money for meals and personal expenses. The payment instructions of program expenses will be informed to those who are accepted. Small processing charge (approx. US$ 20) will be added. All charges are non-refundable.


Off-campus accommodations will be about ten-minutes away by subway from Aobayama campus, where most activities are held during the program. Each student will be accommodated in a furnished individual bedroom with a bathroom. The cost for the entire stay is 175,500 JPY in total, 6,500 JPY per night including tax and breakfast. Full/advance payments are requested at the start of the program.

HOTEL PEARL CITY SENDAI: https://www.pearlcity.jp/sendai/en/


A JASSO (Japan student services organization) scholarship of 80,000 JPY will be offered to outstanding students who meet the JASSO requirements and successfully complete the program.


Applicants must be enrolled in full-time undergraduate degree programs at one of the listed partner institutions below. Freshmen and sophomores may be more suitable for this summer program.


Australia: Univ. of Melbourne

Russia: Lomonosov Moscow State Univ., Novosibirsk State Univ.

Singapore: National Univ. of Singapore

U.S.A.: Penn State Univ., Purdue Univ., SUNY-Albany, The Univ. of California (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angels, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Riverside), Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa, Univ. of Maryland, Univ. of Washington



How to Apply

We accept the application only from nominated students.The application details will be sent to eligible stundents by email.

Application Deadline: March 31st, 2018 (Japan Standard Time)


Student Exchange Division

41 Kawauchi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi, 980-8576 Japan

Tel: +81-22-795-3247

Email: tssp@grp.tohoku.ac.jp

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