It is hoped that Type U students will:
- broaden their perspectives through study and cultural exchange at UTokyo.
- have a strong sense of academic purpose, not simply the desire to learn a language.
- deepen their academic knowledge.
- make use of their study experience at UTokyo after their return to their home countries.
2. Partner Universities (student exchanges administered by the Division of International Affairs)
|Shanghai Jiao Tong University|
|Hong Kong||The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)|
|The University of Hong Kong|
|Indonesia||Gadjah Mada University|
|Malaysia||University of Malaya|
|Philippines||University of the Philippines|
|Republic of Korea||Korea University|
|Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)|
|Seoul National University|
|Singapore||Nanyang Technological University|
|National University of Singapore|
|Taiwan||National Chiao Tung University|
|National Taiwan University|
|Central and South America||Brazil||University of São Paulo|
|Chile||The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile|
|The University of Chile|
|Mexico||El Colegio de México|
|The National Autonomous University of Mexico|
|North America||Canada||McGill University|
|University of British Columbia|
|University of Toronto|
|University of Victoria|
|United States of America||Johns Hopkins University|
|University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign|
|University of Washington|
|Oceania||Australia||Australian National University|
|The University of Adelaide|
|The University of Melbourne|
|The University of Queensland|
|The University of Sydney|
|The University of New South Wales|
|New Zealand||The University of Auckland|
|University of Otago|
|Europe||Denmark||University of Copenhagen|
|Finland||University of Helsinki|
|France||École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS)|
|Institut d'etudes politiques de Paris (SciencesPo)|
|The Université Grenoble Alpes|
|University of Strasbourg|
|Germany||Free University of Berlin|
|Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich|
|University of Cologne|
|Ireland||Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin|
|University College Dublin|
|Italy||Sapienza University of Rome|
|University of Groningen|
|Russia||Saint Petersburg State University|
|Sweden||KTH Royal Institute of Technology|
|Switzerland||Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich)|
|University of Geneva|
|United Kingdom||Durham University|
|School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London|
|The University of Glasgow|
|The University of Sheffield|
|University College London|
|University of Exeter|
|University of Southampton|
|The University of Warwick|
Exchange Students' Status
|Special Auditors||Students registered for courses||Yes|
Note 1: Students participating in the Type U program will be affiliated with the Division of International Affairs of UTokyo.
Note 2: Students should contact their home universities with regards to procedures for transferring credits.
Students satisfying all of the following requirements may apply:
- Students who are enrolled full-time during their entire period at UTokyo at a Partner University that has concluded a university-wide memorandum for student exchange with UTokyo.
- Undergraduate students who will return to their home university after completing their study or research at UTokyo.
- Undergraduate students demonstrating excellent academic performance.
- Undergraduate students having a clear intention to study at UTokyo.
- Undergraduate students having official proof of their required language proficiency and meeting other conditions at the time of submission of application.
Note: In principle, first and second year undergraduate students are not accepted at the University of Tokyo. For universities with three-year programs, students must be at least in the second semester of their second year when studying at UTokyo.
The Type U program requires exchange students to be proficient in English and/or Japanese. Unless they attend/have attended universities where English is the language of instruction or have graduated from high schools where the medium of instruction is English, students who wish to participate in the Type U program taking courses in English must submit an official certificate as listed below.
Students who wish to participate in the Type U program taking courses in Japanese should submit an official certificate as listed below unless they have graduated from a high school where the medium of instruction is in Japanese.
|Students who wish to take courses offered in English||A minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, IELTS overall band score of 6.5, or CAE|
|Students who wish to take courses offered in Japanese||JLPT Level N1 or completion of high school where the medium of instruction was Japanese.|
Note: Only those who have graduated from high schools where the medium of instruction is English or Japanese will be regarded as English or Japanese native speakers, respectively.
Students will officially register for courses in April or September after their arrival in Japan upon discussion with academic staff.
Note: Since students admitted to the Type U program are able to take various courses offered across the various Faculties, please take careful note that courses are offered at both the Komaba and Hongo Campuses. It takes about an hour by local transport to travel between the two campuses. Because of this we recommend that you select the majority of your courses at either campus. However, this does not mean you are not allowed to or should not choose courses on the other campus.
Academic Calendar in AY 2017
Please refer to the AY 2017 Academic Calendar.
The Academic Calendar for AY 2018 will be available around January 2018.
Period of Study
|1||April to August [S1S2]|
|2||April to March [S1S2 A1A2 (W)]|
|3||September to March [A1A2 (W)]|
|4||September to August [A1A2 (W) S1S2]|
Note: W term is optional.
Courses offered in the Type U program can be found in the Course Catalogue for Type U students.
1. Please note that available courses change annually and the courses currently on the website may not be offered in the subsequent year.
2. List of Japanese and English courses open to USTEP students for AY 2018 (April-March) will be available in late March 2018.
3．Please note that courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences (course codes starting with 08) will be held on Komaba Campus. Most of the other courses offered by other Faculties will be held on Hongo Campus.
1. Students interested in taking seminars offered in “Japanese” and “Japanese and English” at the Faculty of Law are allowed to apply for only one seminar course per semester. Further information will be provided to those who have been successfully accepted to study at UTokyo. There is no restriction as to the number of courses you can take for seminars if you wish to apply for seminars that are instructed in “English.”
2. Type U students are not eligible to participate in practical work (e.g. laboratory work, design studio work etc.)
Class Times and Credit
Class times are unified across the Faculties. Courses worth 2 credits consist of 13 x 105-minute classes.
Type U students are recommended to enroll in 28 credits including at least 4 credits of non-language courses in one year, which is on average 14 courses worth 2 credits each.
Note: Japanese immigration law stipulates that international students with “student” visas have to spend at least ten hours in class per week.
Global Japan Studies (GJS)
The Global Japan Studies program is designed to instill the knowledge necessary to understand the politics, economics, culture and society of Japan by taking lectures given by prominent faculty members from a variety of specialized fields. The program offers the students an insight into Japanese Studies that ranges from the fundamentals to specialized knowledge of Japan Studies. This course is provided in English, thus giving an opportunity to students whose level of proficiency in Japanese would normally prevent them from taking the normal lectures given in Japanese, to participate and learn topics relating to Japanese society. The program is designed to be completed by students in one year. Students who complete the program will be issued a Certificate of Completion.
Further information about the course is available on the GJS website.
Japanese Language EducationType U students accepted on the student exchange program are eligible to register for these courses. Further information about the courses are available on the following websites:
(Hongo Campus) JLCSE
(Komaba Campus) Global Komaba
Tuition and FeesPursuant to the memorandum on student exchange, exchange students are exempt from paying examination fees, admission fees and tuition fees.
5. University Housing
Further information about university housing is available at the following website:
6. Additional Information
Since students admitted to the Type U program are able to take various courses offered across the various Faculties, please take careful note that courses are offered at both the Komaba and Hongo Campuses. It takes about an hour by local transport to travel between the two campuses. Because of this we would recommend that you select the majority of your courses at either campus. However, this does not mean you are not allowed to or should not choose courses on the other campus.
Entry to Japan (eligibility to reside in Japan)
Exchange students must have a valid passport during their stay in Japan and there are several protocols to which the students need to adhere, including in principle that all students require a visa providing the status of "College Student" to study at a Japanese university. After their applications to study or research at UTokyo have been approved, the USTEP Office will provide information about the process for obtaining a Certificate of Eligibility. Students will then need to take the Certificate of Eligibility and other required documents to the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate to obtain a College Student visa.
A Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarship for all students as well as scholarships from some foundations may be available. For further information, please refer to each link:
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarship (for all students): application will be provided once students are successfully accepted for USTEP.
Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship (for students from Peking University, Tsinghua University, Nankai University, Fudan University): application will be provided through partner universities.
Sato Yo International Scholarship Foundation (SISF) (students from Gadjah Mada University, Nanyang Technological Unimversity, National University of Singapore, University of the Philippines, University of Malaya, Chulalongkorn University): application will be provided through partner universities.
Please note that the above information is for current students and there will be some changes for prospective students.
Students can apply for both JASSO and Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship/SISF at the same time. Students with scholarships from other foundations must check beforehand if their scholarship allows receipt from other sources.
Replies to inquiries concerning these scholarships will only be sent to those who have been accepted to study at UTokyo.
Insurance• It is the exchange students’ own responsibility to be insured for the entire period of their studies or research before leaving their home country.
• National Health Insurance Program
Exchange students who plan to stay in Japan for more than three months will need to join the National Health Insurance Program. They must complete the required procedures at the city or ward municipal office.
• Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research "Gakkensai" and the optional "Futai Gakuso"
"Gakkensai" provides necessary support in the case of accident or injury suffered in the course of activities related to research or education. Exchange students do not need to apply for this insurance as UTokyo enrolls all its students and pays all premiums. "Futai Gakuso" is an optional extra to the "Gakkensai" that can be obtained for a cost (JPY 7,700 for six months). It complements a scope of insurance liability in your life such as compensation responsibility. We strongly recommend that those who will ride bicycles in Japan obtain "Futai Gakuso."
Inbound Medical Assistance Service (IMAS)IMAS is the “Inbound Medical Assistance Service” for international students at UTokyo. This is NOT insurance. USTEP students who already have taken out insurance are eligible to sign up for this service.
You can receive the services listed below.
- Telephone Consultation available 24/7, 365 days a year.
- Referral to an appropriate hospital.
- Interpretation service provided over the phone while in the hospital or during transfer to the hospital.
- Contacting the University if necessary
- Arrangement of transportation to a medical facility or for transfer to another medical facility in Japan or in one's home country.
- Contact to and assistance for family in one's home country, etc.
Please see below for further information:
IMAS: Inbound Medical Assistance Service for International Students at UTokyo
Application Procedures and Deadlines
Exchange students need to be nominated by the student's home university to UTokyo. They must contact the office responsible for student exchange at their home universities and check the application procedures for the exchange program to study or to research at UTokyo. All applicants nominated by their home universities to apply to the University of Tokyo will receive the link to access the online application from UTokyo.
- Application Form
- Letter of Reference signed by a professor of your major and submitted to your exchange coordinator
- Official Academic Transcript from each college, university or other institution of higher learning attended in PDF format submitted to your exchange coordinator; originals must be submitted after admission
- Passport Data which is valid through the end of your exchange period
- Proof of Language Proficiency
- ID Photo Data:
- Full color; clear, sharp and in focus with minimum reflective light on face
- Taken on plain, light and evenly lit background
- Head straight at the camera without anything covering the face
- Without hats or caps
- File size: Less than 2MB
Note: All documents must be in English or Japanese.
Deadline for application and its procedure
- September Admission:
- April Admission:
The deadlines above are for the nominated students’ applications to be submitted online. Partner universities set their own deadlines for their students.
The result of your application will be available around December (for April Admission) or May (for September Admission). You will receive your result through your exchange coordinator. Those who are successfully accepted will receive a welcome package directly from UTokyo.
|September Admission||April Admission|
|Application period||From January 1 to February 28||From August 1 to September 30|
|Application deadline||February 28||September 30|
|Courses start (Note)||Late September||Early April|
|Courses end (Note)||Late January (A1A2) or Late July (S1S2)|
|Transcripts available from||April for A1A2 and September for S1S2|
Note: The actual period of study (including examination periods) will vary depending on the Faculty. Please refer to the Academic Calendar.
- Q1. My university is not listed on the USTEP site as a partner university. Can I still apply?
- A1. No. UTokyo accepts exchange students from partner universities with which the University has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding concerning university-wide student exchange. Applications to USTEP will be accepted only through the partner universities’ offices responsible for student exchange. Having said that, your university may have School/Faculty-level exchange agreement(s) with UTokyo. Please consult your home institution first.
- Q2. I would like to participate in the Type U during my first (or second) year in a 4-year bachelor's program. Am I eligible?
- A2. No. The Type U students will be registered in the Senior Division of UTokyo, which is for the 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students, and thus, we would recommend that students complete at least 3 semesters in their 4-year bachelor's program before applying to the Type U.
Letters of reference
- Q3. Does my referee have to be a professor whose class(es) I have taken before at my university?
- A3. Yes, it must be signed by a professor of your major. Also, additional references are very welcome as long as you provide at least one letter of reference issued by a faculty member at your home university who knows your academic performance.
Language and other requirements
- Q4. I am a Type U (undergraduate) applicant. What is the language requirement?
- A4. The Type U program requires exchange students to be proficient in English and/or Japanese, depending on the courses they wish to take. Those who have graduated from high schools where the medium of instruction is English or Japanese will be regarded as English or Japanese native speakers, respectively. Unless they attend/have attended universities where English is the language of instruction, non-native English speakers must submit an official certificate as indicated below.
Students who wish to take courses offered in English: A minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, IELTS overall band score of 6.5 or CAE
Students who wish to take courses offered in Japanese: JLPT Level N1
- Q5. I want to see the list of courses for next year(s) I will be at UTokyo. When will it be available?
- A5. Our online course catalog is updated in March.
- Q6. The language of instruction for the course I wish to take at UTokyo is "Japanese/English". What does that mean?
- A6. The language of instruction in "Japanese/English" indicates that the course is taught in both languages. Therefore, proficiency in both languages is required.
- Q7. I want to receive course selection advice.
- A7. You will receive such advice once you are admitted to USTEP, and you can modify your course list before registration.
- Q8. I want to take courses other than those in my major.
- A8. You can take any course regardless of your major as long as it is listed in our Course Catalogue.
- Q9. I need to earn and transfer certain credits to my home university. How many credits should I register at UTokyo?
- A9. At UTokyo, courses worth 2 credits consist of 13 x 105-minute classes. Please consult with your home university to see how those credits would be counted and whether the courses you wish to take would be transferable.
- Q10. Are there scholarships available for USTEP students? If there are, how do I apply?
- A10. Scholarships from other sources, such as the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), may be available. For further information, please refer to "Scholarships" in 6. Additional Information.
- Q11. Is university housing guaranteed?
- A11. No. Exchange students may apply for university housing. However, because of the limited number of facilities, the assignment of university housing is not guaranteed. The International Exchange Group at UTokyo will contact students with details of the procedure after their admission is granted. For further information, please visit our Housing Office website.
- Q12. Does UTokyo offer any short-term, non-degree programs held in English?
- A12. You will find a list of short-term, non-degree programs offered in English at the following link: http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/prospective-students/special_programs.html
You can contact the International Exchange Group using the form linked below. Please include the following information in your message:
[Current year (Type U or G)]
[Planned period of exchange at UTokyo]
International Exchange Group Contact Form