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Tohoku University

Program Terms:

Spring Semester & Academic Year


Tohoku University, abbreviated to Tohokudai, located in Sendai, Miyagi in the Tōhoku Region, Japan, is a Japanese national university. It is the third oldest Imperial University in Japan and among the National Seven Universities. Tohoku University is internationally recognized for its outstanding standards in education and research. 

The ancient castle grounds of Sendai’s famous feudal war lord Masamune Date are home to the majority of Tohoku University’s facilities. In addition to the five main campuses, the new Aobayama campus is on Aobayama mountain. It is surrounded by beautiful fir forests native to the region’s hilly terrain. (Source: Tohoku University Website)

Academic Details:

The university’s campus consists of 10 undergraduate schools, 19 graduate schools, 6 research institutes, 12 research centers, and the University Hospital. Tohoku University currently employs 6,379 staff and enrolls 17,758 students. 

Students will be able to experience the wide range of fields and highly specialized courses Tohoku University has to offer through General Education and specialized subject courses. Undergraduate students are required to have a high proficiency of Japanese language, sufficient enough to understand classes taught in Japanese. Check the “Course Search” link for a more detailed look at course offerings. (Source: Tohoku University Website)

Housing Details:

Tohoku University has just opened a new dorm, University House Aobayama. Built in harmony with the environment and with the university’s City of Trees, this new dorm provides accommodations for both international and domestic students. Each unit houses 8 students and includes living room, kitchen, and bathrooms. There are community leaders who plan activities and work with incoming students during the transition. The building also includes BBQ pits and other recreational areas, including a small convenience store. 

International House is dedicated to international students and scholars, and University House and University House Aoboyama are for both international students and Japanese students. Dormitory requirements differ depending on the type of dormitory, so please refer to International House and University House resources to check your eligibility. Undergraduate students, graduate students, research students, credited auditors, special auditing students, and special research students are eligible. Newly arrived international students may submit their dormitory applications through their prospective academic advisor. At present, it is difficult to put all of the students in dormitories, so please verify the present housing situation at the time of your application.

If you miss the application period, or if your application is denied or you do not meet the qualifications for the student dormitory, you should look for a private apartment. For details about finding private accommodations, look at How to Find a Private Apartment

The maximum amount of time you can stay in a student dormitory depends on the property, but it is usually between 6 months and 1 year. Depending on your period of stay as a student, even if you were able to enter a dormitory, you may have to look for an apartment some months later.

The process for finding an apartment is the same for newly arrived students, but you may also search by yourself through realtors, websites, and magazines. There are also some properties available for international students at University Co-op. Check the link “Accommodation” below for more information on housing opportunities as detailed by Tohoku University. (Source: Tohoku University Website)


  • Sophomore standing
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA


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