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Tohoku University is the third oldest Imperial university in Japan and is considered one of the most prestigious in the country. It was originally founded as a medical school in 1736.
It is located in Sendai, the second largest city north of Tokyo. Throughout its history as an Imperial university it has committed to ‘open doors’ policies, and was the very first university in Japan to accept women, and the first to admit foreign students.
The university was selected as one of 13 universities in the Global 30 Project to internationalise higher education in the country. As part of the initiative, the university offers international degrees which are taught entirely in English.
The Future Global Leadership Program accepts applications for advanced molecular chemistry, applied marine biology and international mechanical and aerospace engineering, all taught in English. There is a separate highly selective application route for the programme.
There are more than 1,500 international students at the university as of 2015, representing 90 different countries and regions. In total there are around 10,000 undergraduates, 4,000 master’s students and 2,600 doctoral students enrolled.
The university has five main campuses in Sendai City. Students are generally split across these campuses by subject, with one for medicine and dentistry, one for social sciences, one for science and engineering, and one for agriculture.
Many top scientists, educators, writers and political figures attended the university.
In 2011 the university closed for a period of time due to the earthquake and tsunami which hit the region. Most campuses were unaffected by the earthquake, but some buildings suffered damage. Classes resumed just a few months later.
The Future Global Leadership (FGL) program offers three undergraduate courses taught entirely in English in the fields of Molecular Chemistry, Marine Biology and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Advanced Molecular Chemistry Course
International Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Course Undergraduate
|Mechanical and Aerospace|
Applied Marine Biology Course
Tohoku University offers a number of graduate courses conducted in English. Tohoku University’s world-class research is the foundation of its high-quality education and provides students with rich research and learning opportunities.
tohoku university english program
Tohoku University Future Global Leadership (FGL) Program offers a number of graduate courses conducted in English for students wishing to pursue their further studies. Click on a course title in the table below to see that course’s website. For further inquiries, please contact directly admission office of each course (see emails on the table below).
|GPEM||Global Program in Economics and Management||Economics & Management||Oct.||M/D||[email protected]|
|IGSAP||International Graduate School of Accounting Policy||Accounting||Apr.|
|M||[email protected]*Enrollment CLOSED|
|IGPAS||International Graduate Program for Advanced Science||Science||Oct.||M/D||[email protected]|
|BMC||Basic Medicine Course||Medicine||Apr.|
|NMC||Network Medicine Course||Medicine||Apr.|
|IOHS||Interface Oral Health Science Course||Dentistry||Apr.|
|IGSPS||International Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences||Pharmaceutical Sciences||Apr.|
|IMAC-G||International Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Course – Graduate||Mechanics and AerospaceEngineering||Oct.||M/D||[email protected]|
|IMSE||International Materials Science and Engineering Course||Materials Science andEngineering||Oct.||M||[email protected]|
|I-CEEC||International Civil & Environmental Engineering Course||Civil & Environmental Engineering||Oct.||M/D||[email protected]|
|IGPLS||International Graduate Program in Language Sciences||Language Sciences, Linguistics||Oct.||M/D||[email protected]|
in Global Governance
& Sustainable Development
Social Engineering, Environmental Studies, International Relations
|ITSC||Information Technology and Science Course||Information Sciences||Apr.||M||[email protected]*Available after enrollment|
|ICLS||International Course of Life Sciences||Life Sciences||Apr.|
|IELP||International Environmental Leadership Program||Environmental Studies||Oct.||M/D||[email protected]|
|AIQDS||Development of human resource of data science and AI promoting digital transformation||Information Science, Life Sciences, Economics &Management, Biomedical Engineering||Oct.||M/D||[email protected]|
|International Post-Graduate Program in Human Security||Medicine,|
Agricultural Science, International Cultural Studies,
Environmental Studies: [email protected]
|DRM||International Disaster Risk Management Course||Social and Safety Systems, Natural Disasters, Disaster Prevention||Oct.||M/D||[email protected]|
Other Graduate Degree Courses
If you wish to enter graduate school and could not find any courses suitable to your major in the FGL Graduate Course list, find and contact a prospective supervisor in your field. Please note that the application process differs depending on graduate school.
TOHOKU UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP
There are roughly 350 Japanese Government Scholarship recipients studying at Tohoku University. The scholarship awards are as shown below. MEXT also pays the students’ tuition fees.Scholarship Awards (for Sendai City)Undergraduate Student: JPY 119,000/month
Research Student: JPY 145,000/month
Graduate Student (MA): JPY 146,000/month
Graduate Student (PhD): JPY 147,000/month
There are three ways to apply: “Embassy Recommendation,” “University Recommendation,” and “Domestic Selection.” The first two are open to students who currently reside in foreign countries and wish to study in Japan.
Applications are accepted by Japanese embassies or consular offices abroad (from February to around March). After passing an exam/interview, applicants are recommended to MEXT for approval.
How to Apply through Japanese Embassies or Consular Offices
- Obtain an application from the relevant overseas Japanese embassy or consular office, and prepare all the required documents.
- The embassy/consular office and MEXT will screen the applications and select recipients.
- Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate international students will study Japanese at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies or Osaka University for 1 year before entering Tohoku University. Note that MEXT determines university placements, so not all applicants who request Tohoku University will be placed here.
- Special Auditing Students
Students will belong to an undergraduate faculty for 1 year and study Japanese language and culture as Japanese Studies students.
- Japanese Language Program Students
Graduate-level embassy recommendation international students who are judged to require Japanese language training to enter the university will take a half-year intensive course on the Japanese language, culture, and context as Japanese Language Program students. Following this, they will enter the university by passing the entrance exam for either research students or for a graduate school master/doctoral curriculum.
- Research or Master/Doctoral Graduate Students
Japanese Government Scholarship Students who require no Japanese language training will enter the university and join a research field by passing the entrance exam for either research students or for graduate students in a master/doctoral curriculum.
Important: Letter of Provisional Acceptance
After passing the primary screening by the Japanese embassy or consular office, graduate-level applicants must ask their prospective university to issue a Letter of Provisional Acceptance.
To obtain a Letter of Provisional Acceptance, it will be necessary for applicants to first select an academic advisor to guide their research. Information about Tohoku University instructors and their research can be found at the below websites.
- Tohoku University Graduate Schools
- Academic Research Staff at Tohoku University
After finding a prospective instructor, the applicants should then email that instructor directly about the Letter of Provisional Acceptance. If the instructor’s email address is not listed on the above website, inquire with that instructor’s graduate school or International Education Section at the Student Exchange Division ([email protected]).Notes on Requesting a Letter of Provisional AcceptanceWhen contacting your prospective academic advisor by email, please do the following.Provide the below information about yourself, in detail:
- Research field and theme
- Academic/research background
- Graduation thesis or research paper
- Research plan
Attach the following documents to the email:
- Copy of notification from the embassy/consular office stating that you passed the primary screening
- Copies of all documents submitted to the embassy/consular office
- MEXT’s form for the Letter of Provisional Acceptance (Word file)
University Recommendation (October entrants only)
University Recommendation is a system that allows the university to apply to MEXT for scholarships for excellent foreign students newly arriving in Japan from countries with which the Japanese government has diplomatic relations. This system is generally open only to graduate-level foreign research students (apply around December of the year before arrival).
It is unique to Tohoku University. It provides an amount covering tuition fees for international students of excellent character and academic standing. For application information, students should inquire with their desired faculty or graduate school.
Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship
Self-financed international students may be eligible for scholarships Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship by Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).
|Eligibility||Self-financed international college students in Japan|
|Benefit||monthly stipends for 12 months from April|
(Undergrad 48,000 yen / Grad 48,000 yen)
|Scholarship starts||April only for current students, October for prospective students|
|Application||through Tohoku University|
|Inquiry||Academic Affairs Section of Schools you belong|
Some private foundations or other organization in Japan offer scholarships for international students. These scholarships vary with regards to recruitment procedures, eligible fields of study and amount. Some may be granted before admission, but in many cases application shall be made through Tohoku University after admission.