EN JP  

GLOBAL LEARNING CENTER,
TOHOKU UNIVERSITY

exchange_main

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.

IPLA will incorporate DEEp-Bridge effective from the AY 2020 fall enrollment.

 

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. JYPE  IPLA  COLABS  DEEP&DEEp-Bridge

Exchange Programs for undergraduate students (non-degree seeking)

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

Program

Agreement Level

U: University

 D: Department

Fields

Duration

(Enrollment)

Language
JYPE Junior Year Program in English U/D Science, Engineering, Agriculture
(3rd or 4th year only)
2 Semesters (F+S)
1 Semester (F)
English

IPLA

International Program in Liberal Arts U※ Humanities/Social Sciences(2nd to 4th year only) 2 Semesters (F+S)
1 Semester (F or S)
Japanese
DEEP Direct Enrollment Education Program for Natural Science Students U※ All Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy 2 Semesters (F+S, S+F)
1 Semester (F or S)

※University-level agreement is required for the application.

Click here for the contact information of the Department Direct Exchange Scheme for Humanities/Social Sciences.

JYPE
Program Junior Year Program in English
Agreement Level University/Department
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
Agreement Level University※
Fields Humanities/Social Sciences
Duration (Enrollment) 2 Semesters (F+S)1 Semester (F*)
Language English
more info
DEEP
Program Direct Enrollment Education Program for Natural science students
Agreement Level University※
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

※University-level agreement is required for the application.



 

 

Exchange Programs for postgraduate students (non-degree seeking)

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

Program

Agreement Level

U: University

 D: Department

Fields

Duration

(Enrollment)

Language
COLABS Cooperative Laboratory Study Program U/D All Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy 2 Semesters (F+S, S+F)
1 Semester (F or S)
English

Click here for the contact information of the Department Direct Exchange Scheme for Humanities/Social Sciences.

COLABS
Program Cooperative Laboratory Study Program
Agreement Level University/Department
Fields All Natural Sciences, Engineerign, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy
Duration (Enrollment) 2 Semesters (F+S, S+F)1 Semester (F or S)
Language English
More Info

 

How to Apply

  • All applications should be made through the ONLINE SYSTEM(T-cens). All necessary information will be sent to the international affairs/study abroad offices of partner universities before the Application Period.  [Partner Search]
  • 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.
  • After nomination, students are required to make an application by their own. For details, please refer to the APPLICATION INSTRUCTION.
  • 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.
  • Requests for extension of program duration are usually not accepted after selection due to the complicated processes required.

Admission Spring (April) Fall (October)
Application Period October 1 - November 15 January 10 - February 20
Screening November - January February - April
Results Notification February 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)

Moving in

and

Orientation

Late March - Early April Late September
Class Starts April October
Class Ends Early August Early February
Final Presentation

Early August

*Final day of the program*

Early February

*Final day of the program*

Final day of Moving out

Last day of August

*Available on weekdays only*

Last day of February

*Available on weekdays only*


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. Copy of Official Academic Transcript in English
  2. Letter of Recommendation by Applicant’s Advisor
  3. Certificate of Enrollment at Applicant’s Home University
  4. Copy of a Certificate of Language Proficiency
  5. Photocopy of Passport (name page)
  6. ID Photo (3cm wide x 4cm high)

Minimum Language Proficiency Requirements

JYPE, COLABS English: TOEFL iBT® Test 79 or equivalent
IPLA 

English: TOEFL iBT® Test 79 or equivalent

Japanese proficiency: JLPT (Optional)

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 2018-2019)

  • 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 97 55 56.7%
COLABS 103

54

52.4%
IPLA 57 45 78.9%
DEEP 22 12 54.5%
DEEp-Bridge 77 35 45.5%

Accommodations

Exchange students are required to live in the university dormitories. Tohoku University International House (1&2)University House Aobayama, 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.
  • How to calculate JASSO GPA 
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.

Student Support

    • Consultations regarding academic accommodations, difficulties/worries about your campus life, and physical/mental health are offered at the Center for Counseling and Disability Services and the Student Health Care Center.
    • You may contact the Student Exchange Division about concerns related to your study and campus life at Tohoku University. Please feel free to contact us any time, even before the application period.
    • Once accepted to the program, we will ask you about your needs for academic accommodations due to your disability/difficulties.
    • Academic accommodations that may be provided at Tohoku University will be considered based on those provided by your home university.
    • However, please understand that we cannot guarantee equivalent assistance at Tohoku University.

 

Department Direct Exchange Scheme for Humanities/Social Sciences students (non-degree seeking)

Students who fall under one of the following conditions can seek other enrollment opportunities through the Department Direct Exchange Scheme.

- Students affiliated with our partner universities which only have department-level agreement with Tohoku University

- Graduate Students 

 

The guidelines for the Department Direct Exchange Scheme can be found below.

Application method differs depending on each Faculty/Graduate School.

Faculty/Graduate School Contact / How to Apply
Education
How to Apply

NOTE

STEP 1:  Applicants are only allowed to contact one prospective supervisor at a time.

Law
Intercultural Studies
Arts and Letters 

art-kyom@grp.tohoku.ac.jp

Economics and Management

Division of International Education and Exchange Graduate
School of Economics and Management (DIEE)

diee-keizai@grp.tohoku.ac.jp

When first contacting the relevant section of each faculty/graduate school, please make sure to inform them that the Applicant Status is either;

 - SPECIAL RESEARCH STUDENT at University-level partner

 - SPECIAL RESEARCH STUDENT at Department-level partner

 - SPECIAL AUDITING STUDENT (Undergraduate) at Department-level partner

 

Links

Contact

Tohoku University Student Exchange Division

41 Kawauchi, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, 980-8576 JAPAN


Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-12:30, 13:30-17:15

Tel: +81-22-795-3745

Fax: +81-22-795-7826

Email: studyab@grp.tohoku.ac.jp