Tohoku University STEM Summer Program
In light of the significant uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, TSSP 2020 is canceled.
In 2021, TU will continue to offer TSSP Online courses.
Announcement for TSSp 2021 will be made via our website.
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
June 14th, 2020
Opening Ceremony & Orientation
June 15th, 2020
Final presentation, Closing Ceremony & Farewell Party
July 10th, 2020
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;
・ Spintronics ・Biomolecular Design ・Robotics ・Materials Science ・Information Science
(2) science and technologies related to disasters and reduction of damage based on experiences of the Great East Japan Earthquake;
・Earth Science ・Disaster Science in Japan ・Disaster Response
(3) group problem-solving activities (hands-on experiments) to gain experience with the frontier science and technology;
・Challenging Experiments for Quantum Phenomena
・Make and Handcraft an Efficient Motor and a Paper Airplane based on the Science and Engineering Theory
(4) Japanese language and culture;
・Aikido ・Zen Meditation ・Calligraphy・Flower Arrangement
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)
● 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.
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
To apply for this program, students must be nominated by their home institutions. Prospective students need to fill in the online application form and upload the following documents no later than the deadline below. The link for the online application form will be sent to the partner universities’ international affairs offices separately.
■ The application will open on December 16, 2019
■ Application Deadline: March 5, 2020 (Japan Standard Time)
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.
|・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.
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.
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