Direct Enrollment Education Program for
Humanities/Social Science Students




DEEp-Bridge is an exchange program for students in humanities and social sciences.  Undergraduate students can build up their Japanese, in particular academic Japanese, and study/research in their area in Japanese. They can study a wide range of areas such as law, education, arts, literature, business and economics. Graduate students carry out their research with professors at Tohoku University. The students will develop their research skills and an interdisciplinary perspective.



Undergraduate students (Special Auditing Student):

After taking the Japanese Placement Test to measure Japanese language proficiency, DEEp-Bridge participants register for compulsory and elective-compulsory subjects that match their level as described below. Participants must earn 13 credits per term.  A list of International co-learning classes and detailed information on Japanese language classes can be found here. DEEp-Bridge Curriculum/Syllabus

Two Tohoku University credits (TU credits) are to be given per course (90min.) in general.

Level 4(Intermediate) CEFR/JFS* A2.2CompulsoryResearch Seminar for DEEp-Bridge Students **1 Subject 2 Credits13Credits
Japanese Language (Level 4)2 Subjects 5-6 Credits 
Elective-compulsoryInternational co-learning classes (Language of instruction: Japanese-Level 4) or classes taught in English3 Subjects 6 Credits
Level 5
(Upper-intermediate) CEFR/JFS B1
CompulsoryResearch Seminar for DEEp-Bridge Students1 Subject 2 Credits13Credits
Japanese Language (Level 5)2 Subjects 3-4 Credits

International co-learning classes (Language of instruction: Japanese-Level 5) or classes taught in English; 6 or more credits in International co-learning classes recommended

4 Subjects 7-8 Credits
Level 6
(Advanced)CEFR/JFS B2
CompulsoryResearch Seminar for DEEp-Bridge Students1 Subject 2 Credits13Credits
Elective-compulsoryGeneral Education or specialized subjects (Language of instruction: Japanese) ***6 Subjects 11-12 Credits

*JFS: JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education
**Research Seminar for DEEp-Bridge Students (RS): Students use the "4 skills" to obtain the Japanese language proficiency, knowledge, and practical skills necessary to study and do research at the university level. While students prepare an oral presentation on their own research for the end of the term and complete a research plan or a research paper, they will receive feedback not only from instructors but also from their supervisors.
*** Students may register for General Education subjects, such as International co-learning classes, that they did not take at Level 5.

Graduate students (Special Research Student):

Students engage in research activities under the supervision of an academic advisor at Tohoku University.

You can find academic research staff and courses at Tohoku University here.


Requirement for Completion

A research report must be submitted to the Academic Adviser.


Academic Calendar


Students who are enrolled in their home universities until the end of the study period at Tohoku University. 
The home institution must have a formal student exchange agreement with Tohoku University.


Language requirement

Undergraduates: A SPOT* score of 65 (approximately JLPT N3) or higher.  TOEFL iBT® Test 79 or equivalent is also required for those who do not obtain TTBJ/SPOT 85 or above.

Graduates:  A SPOT score of 85 (approximately JLPT N1) or TOEFL iBT® Test 79 or equivalent 

*SPOT is a free online test consists of 3 categories "SPOT90","Grammar90" and "KANJI90”.  The total in "SPOT90" should be input for application.

How to Apply

Students studying at Tohoku University's partner universities can contact their exchange program coordinator about an application and selection process of DEEp-Bridge.  Application materials must be submitted only through the coordinator at the student's home institution.


Students will be formally registered in either of the following Schools/Faculties/Graduate Schools as following status.

The applicant must specify their choice of School/Faculty/Graduate School with reading carefully our each website for study field and laboratory.


Special Auditing/Research Student (Undergraduate/Graduate)

Faulty of Arts and Letters 文学部

Graduate School/Faculty of Education 教育学部・教育学研究科

School of Law 法学部・法学研究科

Graduate School of Economics and Management, Faculty of Economics 経済学部・経済学研究科

Special Research Student (Graduate)

Graduate School of Arts and Letters 文学研究科

Graduate School of International Cultural Studies 国際文化研究科



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