Study Abroad Program Overview
Spend the summer engaged in STEM research at the highly ranked University of Tokyo in a six-week summer lab internship program. The program invites undergraduates in the sciences or engineering to apply to participate in world-class projects led by University of Tokyo faculty and their research teams.
The Faculty of Science has limited opportunities in fields such as physics, mathematics, astronomy, earth and planetary science, biophysics and biochemistry, biological sciences (extremely competitive), and chemistry.
The Faculty of Engineering offers some research opportunities through various hosting labs ranging from aeronautics to bioengineering, materials engineering and more.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
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"While the lab work was probably very similar to UC, the setting was quite different culturally so I think that just immersing into the culture is the biggest advantage."
--UCEAP Tokyo Lab Research Participant 2016
Students live in privately managed off-campus residence facilities, specially designed for short-term stays and located about 20 minutes from the Hongo campus of the University. More information on housing
The University of Tokyo offers cultural and social activities to allow visiting students to meet one another and the faculty sponsors.
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. UC faculty and local staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of Japan and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
The University of California Tokyo Study Center provides an enriching, educational, and safe experience for UCEAP students who study at nine Japanese host Universities.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
University of Tokyo faculty welcome UC students to apply work on assignments with support of their research teams. Students are assigned to a team in one of the University's science or engineering faculties to conduct research through experiments, peer consultation, group work, and interactive discussions, under the supervision of top scientists and engineers.
Interactions with University of Tokyo researchers over the summer and final power point presentations by student participants round out the experience. Previously successful UC students have conducted research with teams in the biological sciences, chemistry, mathematics, earth and space sciences, and physics.
UC applicants apply and are reviewed by the head researcher. New labs opportunities in engineering open starting summer 2018, however, final placement is up to the University of Tokyo and not guaranteed by UCEAP.
Use the following resources to learn more:
Previous participants share that attending lab sessions, discussing papers with other students in the lab, and the independent research project were among the top features of this program.
7.5 quarter/5 semester UC units of lab research required; pass/no pass grading only.
Research and Independent Study
This is a full-time research internship program in which final selection of applicants is made by the University of Tokyo. Special study projects for academic credit are not possible in this program. Do not expect to have time to engage in additional academic or internship activities during this summer program.
The University of Tokyo
The University of Tokyo, one of Japan’s top-ranked and prestigious universities, was founded in 1877 as one of the elite imperial universities. The university today enrolls more than 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students in a wide variety of faculties.
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- Earth and Planetary Science
- Biophysics and biochemistry
- Biological sciences
Please note - Current internship offerings may vary; you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.
Setting Up Your Internship
- This is a full time research internship course run by the University of Tokyo School of Science and School of Engineering.
- Arrangements for your internship will be made prior to your arrival.
- Your lab preference will be requested in the University of Tokyo application.
What unique academic opportunity did you have?
"I was able to conduct a full-time internship like a graduate student in a more international lab." --UCEAP Participant, Summer 2016
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.
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 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:
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.
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Professional School fees
- Tuition at partner institution
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
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
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
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.
3.30 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.GPA Note
: A UC minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 is required.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
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 the University of Tokyo.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: