Tohoku University Japanese Program


This summer intensive program provides students of our partner institutions with an opportunity to discover Japan through diverse learning experiences in English. The program offers intensive Japanese language classes for both beginner and pre-intermediate learners, topical seminars in Japanese culture and society, a home-stay, and other cultural activities including field trips.

TUJP Leaflet 2018 (PDF)


- 1st term: July 2nd to July 17th, 2018 [TUJP-1]
- 2nd term: July 23rd to Aug 7th, 2018 [TUJP-2]


TUJP provides students with intensive Japanese language classes to develop their communication skills efficiently, focusing on a variety of interesting topics in everyday life. Students are divided into 3 levels according to the placement test. This program also includes relevant lectures and cultural workshops (see below for lecture examples) as well as many opportunities to interact with Tohoku University students. At the end of the program, students will present the outcome of their project work assigned by group. (We will inform the admitted participants of this year’s project theme separately. Topics and contents are subject to change.)


Lectures & Workshop Examples:
- Comparative Japanese Studies
- Governmental Policy in Japan
- Japanese Law and Society
- Japanese Traditional Flower Arrangement
- Karate and more.

Credits Awarded

On completing the program successfully, students should be eligible to earn 4 ECTS equivalent credits*.
* 1 ECTS is equivalent to 25 hours of work. These credits are not conferred at Tohoku University, so each participant needs to negotiate with his/her home institution with the certificate we issue.

Program fee

JPY 50,000 (incl. tuition, field trips, Japanese culture workshops and other activities).
Travel, accommodation and everyday expenses should be paid individually. Program fee payment instructions will be sent to those who are accepted. [Nonrefundable/Small processing charge (approx. US$ 10) will be added]


Qualified students may apply for a Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) scholarship of JPY 80,000.

JASSO_scholarship_information (PDF)
- Application Form for JASSO Scholarship (MS Word)


- Full-time undergraduate students at partner universities (university-level) of Tohoku University

- Sufficient English ability (Overall TOEFL iBT® Test 70 or TOEFL PBT Test 520 equivalent. Any internationally recognized English exams acceptable.)

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

How to Apply

To apply for this program, students must be nominated by their home institutions. Prospective students need to fill in the online application form and upload the following documents no later than the deadline below. The link for the online application form will be sent to the partner universities’ international affairs offices separately. Applying for 2 consecutive terms (ex. TUJP-1 and TUJP-2) is not allowed.

Necessary documents:
1. Photocopy of passport name page
2. Transcript from the previous academic year in English
3. Copy of English proficiency certificate (Not required for English native speakers)
4. Result of TTBJ/SPOT90 Japanese test* (Not required for complete beginners)
5. Personal statement (300-400 words)
6. Application Form for the JASSO Scholarship (if applicable)

*TTBJ/SPOT90 Japanese online test: http://ttbj1.cegloc.tsukuba.ac.jp/apply/agree/

*Note: Please choose the "SPOT90+Grammar90+漢字SPOT50".

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: tujp@grp.tohoku.ac.jp

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tujpsupporters/

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