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GLOBAL LEARNING CENTER,
TOHOKU UNIVERSITY

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.

IMPORTANT:

The application period for Spring 2023 is from October 1 - November 15. Partner universities will be notified of the application information by email in September 2022. For details on application procedures, students should consult with their coordinator at their home university. 

 

ATTENTION:
Decision for Spring 2022 Exchange Programs (as of March 2022)
Decision for Fall 2021 Exchange Programs (as of July 2021)
Important Notice for Exchange Programs (as of January 2021)

 

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

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)
English and/or 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)
Japanese

※University-level agreement is required for the application.

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

IPLA has incorporated DEEp-Bridge effective from the AY 2020 Fall enrollment.

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, Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy
Duration (Enrollment) 2 Semesters (F+S, S+F)1 Semester (F or S)
Language English
More Info

 

How to Apply

IMPORTANT: Online application system has been changed

    • - The Admission Office system (TAO) has been newly installed as our online application system.
    • - The Previously used system, T-cens, is no longer available for the applications of our exchange programs.
    • - Please carefully check the instructions link which will be sent by email to the partner university from us and let us know if there are any questions.

 

  • All applications should be made through the ONLINE SYSTEM (TAO). 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. 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 receiving a link of the application instructions from the exchange coordinator, students are required to make an application by their own. For details, please ask your exchange coordinator of your university.
  • 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 (*1) 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*

(*1) Due to the continuous COVID-19 situation, it is uncertain whether the 2022 Spring and Fall exchange programs will be conducted online/onsite/hybrid style yet. We will carefully make a decision based on the entry policy of the Japanese Government etc. and will keep you updated through our website, also the persons concerned will be informed once it has been decided.

 

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. Copy of a Certificate of Language Proficiency
  3. Photocopy of Passport (name page)

Minimum Language Proficiency Requirements

JYPE
COLABS
English: TOEFL iBT® 79 or equivalent
IPLA 

English: TOEFL iBT® 79 or equivalent

(*TOEFL iBT® 61 IF having SPOT 85 or higher)

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 FY 2021)

  • 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 151 81 53%
COLABS 137

88

64%
IPLA 120 92 76%
DEEP 20 5 25%

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 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

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. Even if you have been selected as a JASSO scholarship awardee, you will not receive it if you are not able to enter into Japan with an eligible "Student" visa by the specific period.
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 is only available on our student exchange application website (TAO). 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.

Links

Tohoku University Student Exchange Division

41 Kawauchi, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi, 980-8576 JAPAN
[Office Hours]
Monday-Friday 8:30-12:30, 13:30-17:15