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Engineering & Science in English, Tohoku Univ.

Study Abroad Program Overview

Study science and engineering at Tohoku University in northern Japan in a combination of coursework and lab research. The Tohoku Faculties of Engineering, Science, and Agriculture emphasize learning and research through lab work, with seminars in fields including biochemistry, geology, aerospace engineering, materials science, computer science, agricultural science, and more.​
This program offers UC students the opportunity to: 
  • join a lab team conducting cutting-edge research,
  • conduct an individual study project and submit your research results in English,
  • take regular university courses taught in English or Japanese in a wide range of disciplines,
  • begin or continue to learn Japanese.

Tohoku University is located in Sendai, a city of one million in scenic Honshu. Sendai is renowned for its natural beauty, with the Pacific Ocean to the east and mountains to the west. Known as the “city of green” and just a two-hour bullet train from Tokyo, Sendai is the cultural, commercial, and transportation center of the region of Tohoku.

Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.

Language of Instruction

English; Japanese

Language Study

 language study is optional.​


Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Spring :  
early April to early August​

Year :  
late September to early August

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Spring and Year students stay in the brand new University House Aobayama located on campus.
More information on housing...

Extracurricular Activities

Previous participants recommend joining student clubs and activities as an excellent way to meet local students and practice Japanese.​ The study center also coordinates volunteer teaching opportunities across Japan.

On-site Support

See the UCEAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, and independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.

Course Opportunities

All UCEAP students participate in a research group (lab) with Japanese and international students under the supervision of Tohoku University faculty. Tohoku University has a wide variety of research groups in various disciplines through the Faculty of Science in the physical sciences and mathematics, the Faculty of Engineering, and the Faculty of Agriculture in such areas as biological science and environmental sciences. You will be placed in a group based on your research proposal (statement of purpose) submitted prior to departure.
The Engineering and Science Program at Tohoku University offers science, engineering, and Japanese language and culture courses taught in English through the Junior Year Program in English (JYPE). Courses are also taught in English through the Institute for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (IMAC), molecular chemistry, and agriculture.

Tohoku University also offers limited coursework in humanities and social sciences through the International Program in Liberal Arts (IPLA) which may be taken in addition to the lab research and science and engineering courses.
Courses taught in Japanese are open to UC students with the requisite language skills.

Graduate courses are not open to undergraduates.
Use the following resources to learn more: 


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 21 quarter/14 semester UC units minimum per semester; most UCEAP students do required lab (8 UC quarter units) plus 4 or 5 courses per term.​

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

This program has a required lab research component. During the fall semester, you will spend approximately 15 to 20 hours per week in lab research (8 UC quarter units). During the spring semester, you can either continue your lab from the fall at 15 to 20 hours per week or you may participate in the intensive lab for approximately 30 hours per week (16 UC quarter units). The intensive lab option is only available during the spring and requires the approval of the lab supervisor.

Tohoku University, Sendai

Tohoku University, Sendai
Tohoku University is an elite national university. Founded as Tohoku Imperial University in 1907, Tohoku is one of Japan’s oldest and largest national universities and world famous as a leader in innovative research. As one of the first Japanese institutions to admit women and the first to open a Western-style research institute, Tohoku prides itself on being a pioneer. Its early emphasis on research and development has helped Japan to become the world leader in electronics.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

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These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at partner institution
  • Mandatory Host Country Health Insurance  
  • On-site orientation
  • Room and board
  • Program excursions
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​

Study abroad scholarships for Japan

There are dedicated scholarships for students studying in Japan.  See the information below and refer to this article: Top 10 Study Abroad Scholarships for Japan

Freeman-Asia Scholarship

Need-based funding up to $3,000 for summer, $5,000 for single term, and $7,000 for academic year. Find out more.​​

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

The US-Japan Bridging Foundation awards 100 scholarships annually to US undergraduate students for study in Japan. The scholarships provide $2,500 for one semester or $4,000 for the academic year to cover travel and living expenses. In 2017, two UC students were awarded.  Applications are due in April for fall/year programs and October for spring programs.  Requirements include an application, transcript, short essay, and letter of recommendation.  Find out more.
The U.S.-Japan Council Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship
Awards financial assistance to undergraduates/graduate students for a semester or year-long study abroad program. The scholarship will support up to the full cost of attendance to the study abroad program of the applicant’s choice. The scholarship program grants awards to recipients in amounts determined by financial need and other qualifications.  Find out more.​ 

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarships

JASSO offers scholarships for international students who are accepted by a Japanese university, junior college or college of technology. Find out more.

Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan

Morgan Stanley Japan offers two $7,500 scholarships to US students with an interest in policy, economics, or international finance who will study abroad in Japan. The scholarships are co-sponsored by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese.  Applications are due in April.  Find out more.

American Association of Japanese University Women (AAJUW)
AAJUW was founded in 1970 to promote the education of women, as well as to contribute to the better U.S.-Japan relations, cultural exchanges, and development of leadership.  AAJUW's scholarship award $2,000 and the deadline is in October.

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Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by Tohoku University.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: