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Tohoku University

Available places: 5 places for Academic Year 2023/2024 

Established: 1907. It was the first Japanese university to accept women (1913) and the first to accept international students.
Number of students: 18,000
Campus: The university has four campuses, all located in Sendai.
There are many student clubs in several areas of interest, for example: Japanese culture, music, photography, Go (Japanese chess) and art. There are also around 40 sports clubs.

Of the world's top universities, Tohoku University ranks no.77, by QS Global World Ranking 2019.

About Sendai

Sendai has a population of 1 million. It is called "The City of Trees" because of its many Zelkova trees. Sendai offers a variation of museums, art galleries and concerts. For sports enthusiasts there are professional baseball, basketball and football teams.

In the summer, Sendai Tanabata Festival (also known as the Star Festival) is arranged and in the winter, the trees are decorated with hundred of thousands of lights to celebrate Sendai Pageant of Starlight.

Information from Tohoku University


Study programmes JYPE (Junior Year Program in English) and COLABS (Cooperative Laboratory Study Program) and DEEP (Direct Enrolment Education Program for Natural Science Students) are open to students within the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Students in liberal arts may be eligible for study program IPLA (International Program in Liberal Arts).
To be able to apply to COLABS, students are required to obtain prior consent from their prospective academic advisors at Tohoku University before applying.

Please note that the JYPE and COLABS are taught in English, while DEEP and IPLA are taught in Japanese.

Not all students that apply will be accepted.

Incoming exchange students need an undergraduate diploma in order to apply for graduate courses. 

Note: Mandatory insurance must be purchased by student accepted for exchange.

Full time studies (corresponding to 30 hp):
Undergraduate and graduate: 15 credits/term

Course types: Varies depending on study program

Course levels:
JYPE, DEEP and IPLA: undergraduate
COLABS: graduate

Academic year
Autumn term: October–March
Spring term: April-September


Exchange students are required to live in the university dormitories. Successful applicants can register their preference of dormitory. However, in some cases, Tohoku University cannot honor students' preference because the number of rooms is limited.


Exchange Programs Tohoku University Global Site
Exchange Programs

Student grants and loans for studies outside of Sweden

You may be entitled to student grants and loans from CSN when studying abroad.

As the cost of living and accommodation may be higher abroad, you can apply for an extra loan known as an additional loan for studies abroad.

You can also apply for an additional loan to cover additional costs, i.e. travel and insurance costs.