Tohoku University STEM Summer Program (TSSP)

◆ TSSP 2020 is cancelled. Future TSSP announcements will be made via our website.



The Tohoku University STEM Summer Program (TSSP), Exploring the Frontier of Science & Technology is designed specifically for freshmen and sophomores majoring in science and engineering (STEM). We will provide students with insight on what world society needs based on advanced science and technology in the future and how they can contribute to society through research, and we will offer cutting edge classes in advanced sciences and engineering.

TSSP Flyer (as of November 25, 2019)


Number of Enrollments: 30 students



 Check-in  June 14th, 2020

 Opening Ceremony & Orientation

 June 15th, 2020 

 Final presentation, Closing Ceremony & Farewell Party 

  July 10th, 2020
 Check-out   July 11th, 2020





Detailed Program Schedule (as of November 15, 2019)


This 4-week program consists of the following 4 parts: (1) cutting edge science and technology being developed at Tohoku University; (2) science and technologies related to disasters and reduction of damage based on experiences of the Great East Japan Earthquake; (3) group problem-solving activities (hands-on experiments) to gain experience with the frontier science and technology; and (4) Japanese language and culture.
At the end of the program students will make a final (wrap-up) presentation on items (1) or (2) on their experience. The program includes experiments, lectures, facility/laboratory visits, presentation and field trips. The following topics will be covered.


Syllabus TSSP2020 (as of November 15, 2019)


(1) Cutting edge Science & Technology

Spintronics Biomolecular Design Robotics Materials Science Information Science

(2) Disaster Science & Technology

Earth Science Disaster Science in Japan Disaster Response

(3) Group Activities (Hands-on Experiments)

Challenging Experiments for Quantum Phenomena

Make and Handcraft an Efficient Motor and a Paper Airplane based on the Science and Engineering Theory

(4) Japanese Culture

Aikido Zen Meditation CalligraphyFlower Arrangement


* Field Trips

Swordsmith in Miyagi

Tsunami Damaged Local Areas

TOYOTA Factory in Iwate

・J-PARC (Accelerator Facility) in Ibaraki



Participating students are required to take hands-on experiments and lectures, attend facility/laboratory visits and participate in group-work sessions, after which they will give wrap-up presentations. On completing these requirements, students are eligible for 8 ECTS*. These credits are not conferred at Tohoku University. Students who require credits for this program should inquire at their home universities. 

*1 ECTS credit is equivalent to 25 hours of workload. ECTS credits used to evaluate the student workload required for completion.


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Tohoku University Privacy Policy (PDF)



Applicants must be enrolled in full-time undergraduate degree programs at one of the listed partner institutions below. Freshmen and sophomores may be more suitable for this summer program.

Other details about application requirements will be sent to partner institutions by email.


Australia: University of Melbourne

Canada: University of Waterloo

China: Tsinghua University

Singapore: National University of Singapore

United Kingdom: University College of London, University of York, University of East Anglia

U.S.A.: Penn State University, Purdue University, University at Albany - State University of New York (SUNY-Albany), The University of California (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angels, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Riverside), University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Maryland, University of Washington


Application Procedures

We accept the application only from nominated students.The application details will be sent to eligible students by email.

Application Deadline: March 5, 2020 (Japan Standard Time)

The application will open on December 16, 2019



Program Cost

All participants are requested to pay the total program expenses of 120,000 JPY that covers all expenses for various activities during the program by specified payment deadlines. Travel, accommodations, insurance, meals, and personal daily expenses are to be paid individually. Students are advised to have sufficient money for meals and personal expenses. Payment instructions for the program expenses will be sent to the admitted applicants.


 Program Expenses 




 These program expenses have to be paid separately by   the specified payment deadline of each category by   credit card.
 Additional non-refundable processing fee (approx. US$   10) will be charged for each payment.







 6,630 yen per night including tax and breakfast

 Full payment is requested before the start of the program.
 Total  299,010   yen


Tohoku University will arrange an off-campus accommodation in a hotel located ten-minutes away from Aobayama campus where most activities will be held during the program. Each student will be accommodated in a furnished individual bedroom and a bathroom. The accommodation cost is 6,630 JPY per night with breakfast. (Checking-in: June 14th; Checking-out: July 11th)

HOTEL PEARL CITY SENDAI: https://www.pearlcity.jp/sendai/en/


Those who need a visa to enter Japan should indicate this on their application forms. Tohoku University will provide an invitation letter to admitted students. Passport holders of certain countries do not need a visa to enter Japan for periods of less than 90 days.


A JASSO (Japan student services organization) scholarship of 80,000 JPY will be offered to outstanding students who meet the JASSO requirements and successfully complete the program.

JASSO Scholarship Information (PDF)
- JASSO Application Form (PDF)



Summer program participants are required to buy travel insurance in their own country BEFORE coming to Japan. Students will be solely responsible for any accidents that occur while staying in Japan. Their insurance must cover death and medical care expenses not only due to accidental bodily injury but also for sickness.


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: tssp@grp.tohoku.ac.jp

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