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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.

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.)

ProgramFieldsDuration (Enrollment)LanguageMore Info
JYPEJunior Year Program in EnglishScience, Engineering, Agriculture
(3rd or 4th year only)
2 Semesters (F+S)
1 Semester (F)
English
IPLAInternational Program in Liberal ArtsHumanities/Social Sciences(2nd or 3rd year only)2 Semesters (F+S)
1 Semester (F or S)
DEEp-BridgeDirect Enrollment Education Program for Humanities/Social Science StudentsHumanities/Social Sciences2 Semesters (F+S)
1 Semester (F or S)
Japanese
DEEPDirect Enrollment Education Program for Natural Science StudentsAll Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy2 Semesters (F+S, S+F)
1 Semester (F or S)
JYPE
ProgramJunior Year Program in English
FieldsScience, Engineering, Agriculture
Duration (Enrollment)2 Semesters (F+S)1 Semester (F*)
LanguageEnglish
More Info
IPLA
ProgramInternational Program in Liberal Arts Direct Enrollment Education Program
FieldsHumanities/Social Sciences
Duration (Enrollment)2 Semesters (F+S)1 Semester (F*)
LanguageEnglish
more info
DEEp-Bridge
ProgramDirect Enrollment Education Program for Humanity/Social science students
FieldsHumanities/Social Sciences
Duration (Enrollment)2 Semesters (F+S)1 Semester (F or S)
LanguageJapanese
More Info
DEEP
ProgramDirect Enrollment Education Program for Natural science students
FieldsAll natural Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy
Duration (Enrollment)2 Semesters (F+S, S+F)1 Semester (F or S)
LanguageJapanese
More InfoDEEP

Exchange Programs for postgraduate students (non-degree seeking)

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

ProgramFieldsDuration (Enrollment)LanguageMore Info
COLABSCooperative Laboratory Study ProgramAll Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy2 Semesters (F+S, S+F)
1 Semester (F or S)
English
DEEPDirect Enrollment Education Program for Natural Science Students in JapaneseJapanese
DEEp-BridgeDirect Enrollment Education Program for Humanities/Social Science StudentsHumanities/Social Sciences2 Semesters (F+S)
1 Semester (F or S)
COLABS
ProgramCooperative Laboratory Study Program
FieldsAll Natural Sciences, Engineerign, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy
Duration (Enrollment)2 Semesters (F+S, S+F)1 Semester (F or S)
LanguageEnglish
More Info
DEEP
ProgramDirect Enrollment Education Program for Natural Science Students in Japanese
FieldsAll Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy
Duration (Enrollment)2 Semesters (F+S, S+F)1 Semester (F*)
LanguageJapanese
more info
DEEp-Bridge
ProgramDirect Enrollment Education Program for Humanity/Social science students
FieldsHumanities/Social Sciences
Duration (Enrollment)2 Semesters (F+S)1 Semester (F*)
LanguageJapanese
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.

AdmissionSpring (April)Fall (October)
Application PeriodOctober 1 - November 15January 10 - February 20
ScreeningNovember - JanuaryFebruary - April
Results NotificationFebruaryMiddle of May
Visa and Dormitory ApplicationsFebruary - 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 AprilLate September
Class StartsAprilOctober
Class EndsEarly AugustEarly 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. Statement of Purpose/Study Plan (one A4 page)
  2. Copy of Official Academic Transcript in English
  3. Letter of Recommendation by Applicant’s Advisor
  4. Certificate of Enrollment at Applicant’s Home University
  5. Copy of a Certificate of Language Proficiency
  6. Photocopy of Passport (name page)
  7. ID Photo (3cm wide x 4cm high)
  8. Application Form for JASSO Scholarship (optional)

Minimum Language Proficiency Requirements

JYPE, IPLA, COLABSEnglish: TOEFL iBT® Test 79 or equivalent
DEEp-Bridge
(Undergraduate)

Japanese: TTBJ/SPOT 65
English: TOEFL iBT® Test 79 or equivalent
(English test score is not required for those who obtain TTBJ/SPOT 85 or above)

*TTBJ/SPOT  is a free online test.

DEEp-Bridge
(Postgraduate)
TTBJ/SPOT 85 or TOEFL iBT® Test 79 or equivalent
DEEPJapanese: 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 2017-2018)

  • 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.
ProgramsApplicantsAdmittedAcceptance Rate
JYPE1025654.9%
COLABS875057.5%
IPLA634977.8%
DEEP431534.9%
DEEp-Bridge1134438.9%

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 ScholarshipThe 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 amountJPY80,000 per month
EligibilityStudents 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 ScholarsJASSO 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.
ApplicationThe 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.

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