Direct Enrollment Education Program For
Natural Science Students


DEEP for Natural Science Course allows international students to take classes and perform research alongside Japanese students. Undergraduates will be able to experience the wide range of fields and highly specialized courses Tohoku University offers through taking General Education and specialized subjects. Graduates will participate in world-class research through their departments’ activities in addition to attending lectures. International students will be matched with supervising professors in accordance with their academic interests.



Special Auditing Student (Undergraduate students)
Students join the regular courses offered in each department, where the lectures are mostly given in Japanese.

Special Research Student (Graduate students)

Students engage in research activities in Japanese 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

Undergraduate students: 13 credits or more each semester
Graduate students: 30 ECTS equivalent credits (750 school hours) or more each semester.

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


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Undergraduate students or graduate students enrolled at institutions having a formal student exchange agreement with Tohoku University.

They are required to provide evidence of proficiency in Japanese, such as the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N1 or equivalent certification issued by the student's home university. The relevant certificate(s) should be submitted at the time of 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.  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 a follwing 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)

Graduate School/Faculty of Science 理学部・理学研究科

School of Medicene 医学部・医学系研究科

Graduate School of Dentistry 歯学部・歯学研究科

Graduate School/Faculty of Pharmaceutical 薬学部・薬学研究科

School of Engineering 工学部・工学研究科

Graduate School/Faculty of Agriculture 農学部・農学研究科

Special Research Student (Graduate)

Graduate School of Information Sciences 情報科学研究科

Graduate School of Life Sciences 生命科学研究科

Graduate School of Environment Studies 環境科学研究科

Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering 医工学研究科




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Tohoku University Student Exchange Division
41 Kawauchi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi,
980-8576 Japan


Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-12:30, 13:30-17:15
Tel: +81-22-795-3745
Email: studyab@grp.tohoku.ac.jp

Students Voice

Miina Ojanpera (University of Oulu, Finland)


I was studying at Tohoku University, in the Graduate School of Economics and Management in 2012-2013. I was a student in the Direct Enrollment Education Program (DEEP), in which you are able to do your own research and participate in courses if you wish to. This was perfect for me, because I could focus on my master’s thesis research and study Japanese language and culture. The courses that I completed helped me to understand Japanese way of life. Japanese management studies also provided a great background for my master’s thesis research. The topic of my thesis was cross-cultural communication in Japanese corporations. The professors were really helpful, and I very much enjoyed the way the course work was organized. The year in Japan was truly wonderful. I discovered a culture that was completely different from anything I had experienced before. Additionally, I learned a new language and made friends for life. I had two great tutors, which was an excellent way of cultural exchange. During school holidays, I had the chance to travel in Japan. The university organized several field trips that were very educational and entertaining. Indeed, Sendai and Tohoku region are full of beautiful places to visit. DEEP program is a great choice if you wish to organize your studies and research independently.

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