Semester Exchange - Tohoku University

Semester Exchange - Tohoku University

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 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.

Country: Japan
Program Dates: Fall semester: October to March, Spring semester: April to September. Please refer to this link.
Type of program: Semester Exchange
Length of Program: 5 months
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Accommodation: Please refer to the accommodation website
More Information: Please visit this link for more information.

Program NameDescription of the program
International Program in Liberal Arts (IPLA)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.
Junior Year Program in English (JYPE)The main purpose of this program is to offer an opportunity for overseas students to take science, engineering, and agricultural science courses at Tohoku University, without having to attain the Japanese language proficiency that would be necessary to take the same courses in Japanese. All lectures are given in English and course credits will be given by the standards for the equivalent courses offered in Japanese.
DEEp-Bridge program (Direct Enrollment Education Program for Humanities/Social Science Students)DEEp-Bridge is an exchange program for students in humanities and social sciences who have a JLPT rating of N3 or higher. Participants can take Japanese language and co-learning classes that match their individual levels. Those with a JLPT rating of N1, or Level 6 on Tohoku University's Japanese Placement Test, can take General Education or Specialized Classes offered in humanity/social science faculties together with Japanese students.

Additional requirement: as the program is conducted in Japanese, students need to have a JLPT rating of N3 or higher.
DEEP (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.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (varies each program), 
  • Completion of at least 12cp at the time of application. 18cp to go abroad, 
  • Enough credit points remaining to complete the program
  • Comply with the eligibility criteria outlined in the Student Exchange Policy.
  • Currently enrolled in home university having student exchange agreement with Tohoku University
  • Meet the Eligibility Criteria for the program you apply
  • Have a JLPT rating of N3 or higher.for DEEp-Bridge program applicants

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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It is a Japanese national university and the third oldest Imperial University in Japan and among the National Seven Universities

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Macquarie, Undergraduate, Language, Exchange, Short term, Tohoku, Japan

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