General Information:

"Tohoku University was established as Japan's third national university in 1907. Located on the ancient site of Aoba Castle in Sendai City, Tohoku University is proud to be ranked among Japan's leading universities.

In 1911, Vice Minister of Education Masataro Sawayanagi, moved to Sendai to become Tohoku University’s first president. Sawayanagi firmly believed that academic research should be integrated with education. He also believed that a university should not discriminate based on class or gender.

Following this principle, Tohoku University accepted graduates from technical and higher normal schools, and despite opposition from the government at that time, became Japan’s first university to admit female students in 1913."

Find more information on the university's website or on their exchange portal

Admission: Multi-Faculty-Exchange - Faculty of Arts

Language Requirements: Toefl score 580 / CBT 230 / IBT 92 / IELTS score 6,5 / Cambridge Advanced (CAE) (Not valid if achieved before 01/12/2018) / English Language test (University Language Centre) score: C2 or C1, only one score C1/B2 or B2 is allowed; score B1 is not allowed

Additonal Admission Requirements: none


Exchange students are required to live in the university dormitories:

  • Move-in must be performed on the designated date. (approx. 1 week prior to the new semester on a weekday between 9:00 - 16:00)
  • Move-out procedure must be completed right after the program ends. (around the middle of Feb. for Fall Semester /Aug. for Spring Semester)

The exact dorm-residence period can be found on the Residence Permit letter given upon arrival.

Monthly living expenses: The average monthly living cost is 80,000 yen for exchange students.

Visa: Non-Japanese students must obtain student visa at a Japan consulate on their own responsibility. Osaka University Support Office makes a proxy application for a Certificate of Eligibility (CESR, an immigration certification) for students who need a visa after admission offer.

Term: The first semester begins in October and ends in March. On the other hand, the second semester begins April and ends in August.

Grading System: 

AA100 - 90
A89 - 80
B79 - 70
C69 - 60
D59 or below (Fail)

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