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  • Locations: Sendai, Japan
  • Program Terms: 1 Year (Aug - June), 1 Year (Jan - Dec), Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Semester
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Areas of Study: Computer Science, Engineering Disciplines Available (engineering or related field):: Biotechnology, Computer, Materials, Materials Science, Separation Science, Software
Program Description:

Note: Global E3 Exchange Consortium only considers applicants who are in Engineering or Computer Science fields of study

Global E3: Tohoku University

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What is Global E³?
Global E3: The Global Engineering Education Exchange Program. Recognizing a growing demand for internationally-experienced engineering graduates, a group of leading universities around the world established the Global E3 in 1995. Global E3 allows engineering students at member universities to enjoy a fulfilling study abroad experience. Check out the Global E3 brochure here.

Am I Eligible?
You are eligible if you:
  • Are currently enrolled at one of the participating Global E³ universities.
  • Are currently studying engineering or computer science.
  • Have been nominated by your home school to submit an application.
  • Have the language ability to take courses in the host campus language and/or in English. 

Different Programs:


        Core of this program is the Individual Research Training course. Students will research current topics related to their fields of study with the support of their assigned research groups. The program ofers courses on language, culture, and society; aimed at promoting understanding of the Japanese language and social customs. Cultural and intellectual exchange with professors and students is an integral part of this program and will be accomplished through class work and participation in group activities. Students must be a junior or senior to enter the program. Needs to take 12 credit hours or more, including 5 credits from the Individual Research Training course each semester.


       This program provides an opportunity for students to study a variety of Liberal Arts classes taught in English, including Economics, Management, Education, Law, History, and Literature. The program also offers Japanese language and culture classes designed to assist students in understanding Japan in depth. Cultural and intellectual exchange with Japanese students is an important part of the program and is achieved through frequent interactions both in classes and in extracurricular activities. Committed faculty, staff, and the student support group, "IPLANET" provide extensive support for IPLA students throughout the academic year. Students looking to enter the program must be a sophomore of junior. Students will take 13 credit hours or more each semester including mandatory Japanese and elective courses.


       Natural Science Students allows international students to take classes and perform researd alongside Japanese students. Undergraduates will be able to experience the wide range of fields and highly specialized classes Tohoku University offers through taking General Education and specialized Classes. Graduates will participate in world-class research though their departments' activities in addition to attending lectures. International students will be matched with supervising professors in accordance with their academic interests. Undergraduate students have to take 13 credit hours or more each semester, and graduate students must take 30 ECTS equivalent credits (750 school hours) or more each semester. 


       This program is an exchange program for students in humanities and social sciences who have a JLPT rating of N3 or higher. Participatns can take Japanese langauge and multicultural 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. 

A bit about Tohoku University

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 sixteen graduate schools, and six research institutes. The current student body consists of over 18,860 students, including roughly 1,663 international students from 89 countries. The university is staffed with about 6,442 employees, including about 889 full professors.

Courses are available in the following fields: 
  • Science, Technology and Industry of Japan
  • Mathematics
  • Introductory Courses of Experimental Research in Physics III
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Geophysics
  • Dynamics of the Earth
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Evolution of the West Pacific Island Arcs and Their Environments
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Elementary Particle Physics
  • Solid State Spectroscopy
  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Material Science
  • Evolution of the West Pacific Island Arcs and Their Environments
  • Agricultural Science
  • Introduction to Fisheries Science
  • Aquatic Plant Ecology
  • Introduction to Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Applied Biological Chemistry
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Vibration I
  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Fundamentals of Computer Engineering
  • Basic Computer Science
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Introductory Quantum Mechanics
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Biotechnology
  • Separation Science and Engineering
  • Geological Environment and Earthquake Disaster

Sendai, the largest city in the Tohoku Region with about one million inhabitants, is located about 300 km to the northeast of Tokyo. It can be reached in 100 minutes from Tokyo by Shinkansen Super express, “the Bullet Train.” It is an important economic and cultural center in northern Japan with many universities, government agencies, and corporate branch headquarters. Sendai, often called the “City of Trees”, is a city known for its pleasant green covered city and streets lined with many trees, and it is also regarded as an “Academic City” with its center on Tohoku University. Because of its northern environment, the summers are cool and the winters are moderately cold. The City is bordered by mountains to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east. It has many historic and scenic sites surrounded by unspoiled nature. Sendai is regarded as one of the most pleasant Japanese cities to live in.

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For more details about the university, courses, academic calendar, accommodations and other important information, please see Global E3's profile of Tohoku University.

How to apply 

Students apply in two or three phases. First, students apply via Missouri S&T's portal by creating profile and filling out questionnaires and summiting the required documents. Then, students apply to the chosen school via the Global E3 website. Detailed information on the Global E3 application process can be found here. If accepted, the student would complete the post decision materials via Please note that sometimes the host university would also require students to submit an application for the purposes of university processing. 
Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester: Second week in February
Spring Semester: First week in November
*Tohoku University does not accept late applications


Students wishing to apply for more then one program have to complete separate applications for each program/university. Students are encouraged to apply for minimum of two programs to increase the probability of placement. Seat at the chosen school is not guaranteed.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 09/14/2018 10/15/2018 TBA TBA
1 Year (Aug - June) 2019-2020 02/15/2019 03/15/2019 TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2019 02/15/2019 03/15/2019 TBA TBA