Semester Exchange - Tohoku University - New Colombo Plan

Semester Exchange - Tohoku University - New Colombo Plan

Tohoku University is internationally recognized for its outstanding standards in education and research. It is located in Sendai, Japan. Tohoku University was established in 1907 as Japan’s third national university, and is proud to be ranked among its leading universities. The five main campuses are in Sendai city, built around the ancient site of Sendai’s Aoba Castle. The university has 10 undergraduate schools, 17 graduate schools, 3 professional graduate schools and 6 research institutes. There are currently over 17,000 students enrolled at the university, with 1500 of them international students from 83 countries around the world.

Tohoku University ranks as 76th in 2017 QS World University Ranking and 62th in 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject – Engineering and Technology. Tohoku University has a history of innovation and continues to lead in traditional fields of research in materials science, physics and chemistry. As a comprehensive research university, most academic fields of study can be taken including the liberal arts, engineering, medicine, and life sciences. Tohoku University is committed to contributing to its local and global communities, and encourages academic-industry-government cooperation to help strengthen and develop new areas of research.

There are 2 programs available in Tohoku University:

The COLABS program (Cooperative Laboratory Study Program) is graduate-level and research-oriented with its center on the course of Individual Research Training in Lab (IRTLab) at Tohoku University. It is to be desired that student exchange will be arranged on the basis of collaborations between scientists in the partner and Tohoku universities, who will make sure students get to the right places in the Tohoku University. These processes will make academic collaboration between the partner and Tohoku universities closer and stronger.

While the core (required) course of JYPE program (Junior Year Program in English Program) is the Individual Research Training course, where students will research, with the support of research groups to which the students are assigned, in a current topic that is related to their field of studies.



Type of Program

New Colombo Plan Semester Scholarship

Level of Study


Length of Program

5 months

Program Dates

Fall semester: October - March,
Spring Semester: April - August

Language of Instruction

English, Japanese

Area of study


Course Details

Please refer to this website for Session 2 intake (JYPE program) and this website for Session 1 intake (COLABS program). JYPE Program is open to 3rd year Engineering students, while COLABS program is open to 4th year Engineering students.


Please refer to the accommodation website Tohoku Universtiy

Academic Advice

All students looking to apply for a program should seek Academic Advice with the relevant Department or Faculty.

There is multi-funding for 2017 (Session 1 and Session 2), 2018 (Session 1) and 2019 (Session 1). Please contact for further information.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • Have Australian Citizenship
  • Currently enrolled in Macquarie University
  • Be a 4th year Engineering student during exchange.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 scale

How to apply

Applicants must complete an online  Application form

You'll need to include:

Your personal details, One University preference, It should take around 2 - 3 minutes to complete an application.

Important notes:

Application Fee and Payment Options: For all exchange programs (semester and short term), there is a compulsory application fee. For more information and payment options please refer to the Cost and Funding Website.

Insurance: It is a requirement of the exchange program that all students must purchase their own travel insurance to cover them for the duration of their entire journey overseas. More information will be given to students upon acceptance.

Program Costs: You remain enrolled at Macquarie University and continue to pay your tuition fees to Macquarie University. As an exchange student you pay no tuition fees to host university. However, you must also always be prepared for unexpected expenses, and should consider how you will be dealing with the expenses of your exchange before you leave your home country. Prior to departure, you will need to save sufficient funds to cover all of your expenses for the duration of your exchange. Some costs to consider include: airfares, students visa (if required), travel health insurance, accommodation, food, additional travel, entertainment, textbooks, incidental expense. If you wish to work while you are away, it is important to note that work rights for international students vary from country to country. For further information about your visa restrictions please contact the consulate or embassy of your host country.

*Disclaimer: Macquarie University does not ensure the quality or reputation of activities run externally, should students choose to undertake these activities they take on the full risk and responsibility. All students need to undertake their own risk assessment before departure, considering wisely their personal health and safety risks. Ultimately participation in these activities is at the students’ risk.

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Study a New Colombo Plan Semester Scholarship program in Tohoku University for 5 months, Tohoku University is located in Japan

Area of study
Engineering and IT; Science

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Macquarie, Undergraduate, Tohoku University - New Colombo Plan, Semester Exchange, Japan, Engineering and IT, Scholarship, Money, Funding, Funds


Up to AU$6,000

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