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Japan Universities - Tohoku University
This guide was created to help you navigate the different aspects of travelling abroad as a UCEAP student. All important aspects of attending university in your host country are addressed here, including academic information, extension of UCEAP participation, cultural awareness, orientation, transportation, finances and much more.
Remember to also visit the Participants section of the UCEAP website for important information and deadlines.
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Academic Information
Program Overview

Tohoku University

The year program at Tohoku is for students fluent in Japanese or those with one to three years of Japanese who prefer to focus on research instead of taking coursework. Students with advanced language skills (three or more years of language study with native or near-native ability) take regular lecture courses in Japanese and undertake research.
Many fields are available. You must be academically focused within your major field of study. Generally, UC students focus on Japanese language and courses in Japanese. You may choose to engage in a significant research and writing project on a Japanese topic of your interest. The study normally is made in the context of a year-long seminar taken with a Tohoku University faculty advisor.
Academic Culture
Course Information
Internships & Volunteer Opportunities
Extending UCEAP Participation
Cultural Awareness
Educational Resources
Social Conduct
Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking
Official Start Date & Mandatory Orientation
Travel Planning
Travel to Your Host Country
Travel Documents
Packing Tips
Insurance for Personal Possessions
Financial Information
Understanding Your Finances
Your MyEAP Account & Budget
Handling Money Abroad
Scholarships and Fellowships
Communications Abroad
Internet Access
Mail & Shipments
Housing & Meals
Intensive Language Program (ILP) Housing
Tohoku University Housing
Most UCEAP students in Tohoku stay at either the International House or University House Sanjo and commute via campus shuttle, bus, or bicycle. Each single room is more like a small, one-room apartment than a dorm room. The International House provides housing for international students and researchers and serves as a forum for international communication. Most residents are foreign students from other parts of Asia. The International House usually becomes available for occupancy in late September. Rooms are single and each has a kitchen, refrigerator, closet, desk, chair, and phone. Heaters are provided for the colder months. There are common shower rooms, toilets, and laundry facilities. University House Sanjo is a dormitory where Japanese and foreign students live together in 8-bedroom apartment units. The rooms are furnished with desk, chair, closet, and bookshelf. Shared shower and bathrooms are located in a common area of each unit.

At a Glance

  • Tohoku arranges housing for you. Rooms in the two dormitories are assigned by a random lottery process. You may not choose in which dormitory or room you’ll be placed.
  • You pay the dormitory directly (in yen) when you move in. Utilities are paid separately. Be prepared to pay for a semester at a time. See the UCEAP Student Budget for estimated housing costs.
  • You can use the phone line for an Internet connection. You must sign up with an Internet service provider on your own. You are responsible for all charges.
  • There are phones in the rooms. You are responsible for all phone charges.
  • Each room has a small kitchen and a refrigerator. You can purchase cooking utensils. A small grocery store and a convenience store are located close to the International House.
  • You can purchase your own linens or rent bedding monthly.
Other Housing Options
Daily Life Abroad
Local Transportation
Extracurricular Activities
Students with Disabilities
Travel Sign-out Form
Recreational Travel
UCEAP Insurance
Mandatory Japanese National Health Insurance
Staying Healthy
Local Medical Facilities
Physical Health
Prescription Medications
Mental Health
Health Risks
Staying Safe
Minimize Risk
Crime & Prevention
Civil Unrest
Traffic & Transportation Safety
UCEAP Contingency Plans
Fire Safety
In An Emergency
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