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This university is located in Sendai, Japan. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:
Tohoku University was established in Sendai in 1907 as Tohoku Imperial University by consolidating an agricultural college and a science college. It is the third oldest former Imperial University after Tokyo and Kyoto.
Tohoku University is well known for its open and progressive policies. It was the first Imperial University to admit women and foreign students, and also pioneered in opening a university by offering public lectures. Already in 1911, Tohoku University graduated its first foreign students, thus becoming the Japanese university with the longest history of foreign graduates. All of these were epoch-making events in the history of Japanese higher education. The “Spirit of Open Doors” remains alive within the tradition of Tohoku University. Along with this spirit, the University has placed a high value on the “Spirit of Search for Truth” and emphasized original and creative research. Thus Tohoku University is known for its strong orientation toward academic research.
In the years following its establishment, Tohoku University has grown into an institution that includes the fields of medicine, science, and engineering among others. Currently the University has ten undergraduate and fifteen graduate schools, and five research institutes. The current student body consists of over 17,800 students, including roughly 1,210 international students from 75 countries. The university is staffed with about 5,550 employees, including about 840 full professors.
- dormitories for international students
- off-campus apartments/rooms for rent
For information about housing, click here.
- no meal plan
- Georgia Tech degree-seeking student.
- Good Academic Standing with a 3.0* (or higher) GPA at time of application
- Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at GT.
- At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
- Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
- Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
- All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
- All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).
*Some host schools have stricter requirements such as higher GPA or more time in school before study abroad. (See Academic Info on your host school GT program page for any restrictions.)
NOTE: Students must have completed at least FOUR semesters of college-level study prior to participation.
For Tohoku's course catalog, click here.
International students will be enrolled in Tohoku University's Junior Year Program in English (JYPE). All courses in JYPE are conducted in English. Students with sufficient Japanese language skills are also able to take courses in Japanese.
JYPE offers a limited number of courses in English each year. Even if a discipline is listed for Tohoku, that does not ensure that courses in that field would be taught in a particular semester. You must refer to their course listings to see exactly which courses will be offered to exchange students.
Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here. Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.
CREDIT TRANSFER SYSTEM
1 Tohoku credit for Individual Research Training = 1.2 GT credit
1 Tohoku credit for Lecture Courses = 0.9 GT credit
1Tohoku credit for Japanese Language Courses = 1.75 GT credit
The normal course load during the JYPE Program is:
5 credits of Individual Research Training (= 6 GT credits)
4 credits of Japanese Language Courses (= 7 GT credits)
At least two 2-credit Lecture Courses in your field of study (= 1 GT credit per course)
Tohoku Grade = US Grade
90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D
0-59 = F
Program Costs (Estimated)
- For most exchange programs, participants must pay GT tuition, GT campus fees, and study abroad insurance to the GT Bursar for each GT semester they are abroad. No other expenses associated with this program are paid to GT; instead, these expenses are paid on site.
- Keep in mind the costs of books, health insurance, food, living expenses, and travel money, as well as pre-departure costs like your passport and visa.
- Following are cost estimates for one semester at the exchange program school that may help you prepare for your term(s) abroad. All costs are in USD.