IPLA (New)

International Program in Liberal Arts

IPLA + DEEp-Bridge = Renewal! (Fall 2020~)





IPLA provides an opportunity for students at our partner institutions to study a variety of Liberal Arts classes taught in English, including Economics, Management, Education, Law, History, and Literature at Tohoku University, Japan. The program also offers Japanese language and culture classes in order to assist students in understanding Japanese language and customs. Students who have attained adequate Japanese proficiency may take advanced Japanese language classes or regular classes with Japanese students.
Cultural and intellectual exchange with Japanese students is an important part of the program and is achieved through group activities and interaction with local Japanese students, both in classes and in extracurricular activities.
Course credits may be transferred to the student's home institution in accordance with the student exchange agreement.



IPLA offers comprehensive curriculum where students can choose classes across disciplines in Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. 

After taking the Japanese Placement Test* to measure Japanese language proficiency, IPLA participants register for compulsory and elective subjects that match their level as described below. Participants must earn 15 credits per term.

1. Course Descriptions
2. Requirements of Program Completion
3. Student's Status and Credit Transfer


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

Credit System: 1 Tohoku University credit is awarded for 45 hours of school work.

Grading Scale: AA (90-100)/A (80-89)/B (70-79)/C (60-69)/D (below 59)





      Japanese Language Program International co-learning classes Specialized classes









1  I or C (4)

**Kanji and courses of assigned level

1-2 credit(s) each

2 credits from the specified courses

1-2  credit(s) each
2  C (4)
3  C (4)
4  C (4)+※(2)
5  C (2)+※(2)

* This test is taken online once you have been accepted into the program and before you travel just before the start of the semester.

** Level of Kanji/Vocabulary differs from Level of Japanese

※Subject to Change

I:  Japanese for Interaction

C: Comprehensive Japanese

Spring Semester (Apr. 2021 - Sep. 2021)

Orientation Apr. 8, 2021
5:00pm-6:30pm (JST)
by Google Meet with DCMail
Class begins Apr. 12, 2021
Trip TBA cancelled
Class ends Aug. 10, 2021
Final Presentation

Aug. 4, 2021
5:00pm-6:20pm (JST)
by Google Meet with DCMail

★ALL IPLA students must participate.

Fall Semester (Oct. 2021 - Mar. 2022)

Online Orientation Sep. 29, 2021
4:00pm-5:15pm (JST)
by Google Meet
Class begins Oct. 1, 2021
Course Registration Period Oct. 1 - 14, 2021
Course Cancellation Period Oct. 15 - 28, 2021
Winter Holiday Dec. 29, 2021 - Jan. 4, 2022
Class ends Feb. 3, 2022

★ALL IPLA students must participate.

Spring Semester (Apr. 2022 - Sep. 2022)

Orientation Early Apr., 2022
Class begins Apr. 11, 2022
Course Registration Period Apr. 11 - 22, 2022
Course Cancellation Period Apr. 25 - May 13, 2022
Trip TBA
Class ends Aug. 9, 2022
Final Presentation

Early Aug., 2022

★ALL IPLA students must participate.

Fall Semester (Oct. 2022 - Mar. 2023)

Online Orientation Late Sep., 2022
Class begins Oct. 3, 2022
Course Registration Period Oct. 3 - 17, 2022
Course Cancellation Period Oct. 18 - 31, 2022
Winter Holiday Dec. 28, 2022 - Jan. 3, 2023
Class ends Feb. 6, 2023

★ALL IPLA students must participate.

NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed.


Tohoku University provides a fully integrated support service for International students.

Click here for details

IPLANET and Tutors

IPLANET is a student organization that supports students in the International Program in Liberal Arts (IPLA). They plan special events such as cooking classes, cultural experiences, and welcome and farewell parties for IPLA students to experience and enjoy. They also organize the Global Cafe, in which IPLA students teach their native languages and cultures. Many members assist IPLA students as tutors in various matters from study to daily life.


Click here for their Instagram.



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