Tohoku University

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Contact 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi, 980-8577, Japan




For more than a century, Tohoku University has been consistently ranked amongst the top academic institutions in Japan. Its research achievements and contributions, coupled with its wide network of collaborative partners, led to it being one of the first institutions to be conferred the status of a Designated National University by the Japanese government in June 2017. A trailblazer since its founding in 1907, the university was also the first to accept both women and graduates from technical schools, departing from the norms of other imperial universities at the turn of the 20th century. Since then, Tohoku University has continued to attract talented researchers who have put their findings towards improving quality of life around the world. Among the inventions that were born at Tohoku University are the split-anode magnetron used in microwave ovens, the steel-wire recorder and the Yagi-Uda antenna. More recently, in the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Tohoku University pioneered research in next-generation medicine and disaster science, giving local and global communities the necessary tools and knowledge to fight illnesses and be better prepared for natural disasters. Tohoku University’s four main campuses are spread across the cosmopolitan city of Sendai, the cultural, political and economic centre of Japan’s north east (Tohoku) region. Located some 300 kilometers - and a short 90-minute bullet train ride – from Tokyo, Sendai is a city of fascinating contradictions. Home to a million people, Sendai is a big, sophisticated metropolis with museums and music halls, trendy shops and cafes, with a home team in every major professional sport. But it also has a small-city charm, easy friendliness, four distinct seasons and magnificent nature. It’s a great place to live and an inspiring place to study. Come join us! Faculties / Schools • 10 Faculties • 17 Graduate Schools • 6 Research Institutes Scholarships • Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship • University Recommendation (October entries only) • President Fellowship 2018 • Monbukagakusho Honors Schlarship Admissions • Undergraduate • Graduate • Fees and Expenses Campus Life • Facilities • Clubs • Welcome to the House of Fun (university housing) University House Aobayama is Tohoku University's 9th student dormitory and also its most ambitious and multicultural. Located at the new extension of Aobayama Campus, the new complex features 94 units of eight bedrooms each - enough for 752 students. There are also four rooms for residents with disabilities. Double Degree Programs Tohoku University offers three university-level Double Master’s Degree Programs with partner institutions: Most of Tohoku University's graduate schools also have departmental-level Double Master’s/Doctoral Degree Programs with their partner institutions. International Joint Graduate Programs Exchange Programs • Undergraduate • Graduate Summer Programs • Tohoku University Japanese Program (TUJP) Students from partner universities were at Tohoku University for a fortnight of language classes, and workshops on Japanese history, law, economy and traditional arts. • Tohoku University STEM Summer Program (TSSP) About 30 undergraduate students from partner universities took part in TSSP 2019, getting an overview of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses offered here. Research Institutions • Institute for Materials Research • Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer • Institute of Fluid Science (Joint Usage / Research Center) • Research Institute of Electrical Communication (Joint Usage / Research Center) • Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (Joint Usage / Research Center) • International Research Institute of Disaster Science

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Category of Education Business and Economics, Technology and Engineering, Computer Sciense and IT, Physical Science, Education, Psychology


2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi, 980-8577, Japan

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I came to Tohoku in 2013 to study chemistry in one of its English program, named Advanced Molecular Chemistry, designed to nurture its students to be outstanding researcher. ( Overall, I learnt a lot, my study abroad...

I came to Tohoku in 2013 to study chemistry in one of its English program, named Advanced Molecular Chemistry, designed to nurture its students to be outstanding researcher. ( Overall, I learnt a lot, my study abroad experience was exciting and thrilling. The people are nice and supporting, I made lots of friends here and the food is incredibly good although there are only few choices when it comes to Halal/Moslem friendly food The curriculum in English program adopts the Japanese curriculum. The teachers are more than qualified, always up for questions and well-regarded in their field. Since the English program for undergrad is relatively new, up until the time of writing we haven't seen much variety of output; most of the seniors go on to graduate program in Tohoku. The financial side of things changes from time to time - in my year no one got full scholarship (living expense + tuition fee) guaranteed for 4 years, either we got from private foundations or merit-based government scholarship which should be extended every year. Fortunately every accepted scholar has their tuition fee freed and has the opportunity to apply for a waiver so that the money can be used as living expense. The good news is, since 2015, there are several 4-year full scholarships reserved for excellent individuals, although there's no guarantee that it will still be available in the future. True to its founding principle, "Research First", undergrads in their third (second semester) and forth year are required to do their own research in one of the laboratories. The available choices depend on the affiliation of the program and for my course, most of the affiliated labs are advanced labs with students master degree and above. Having said that, it can be daunting to be the only undergrad in the lab with zero knowledge of the field. Of course, there are advantages such as being familiar with advanced techniques and cutting edge technology that are essential to be a researcher, early. The biggest challenge during my years here is language. With no prior study of Japanese before coming, students are only equipped with Japanese classes up to intermediate level (from first to third semester). For basic needs it is more than enough, but not for taking classes which you may think it's necessary since we're in English program but actually it is! There are basic laboratory classes side by side Japanese students and we need Japanese to communicate and discuss more efficiently. Also, in our chosen laboratory, members are more comfortable discussing in Japanese regardless their English ability (plus, valuable theses are in Japanese, duh.). Language is the biggest hindrance to fully absorb knowledge. So, if you're excellent in academic, have the desire to study abroad, are excited to learn new language (very hard!) and culture, and an aspiring chemist (TU also has an aerospace and mechanical engineer program and marine biology program in English), you might want to give this program a shot and hopefully win the scholarship!

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