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Type U (U for Undergraduate)

July 25, 2017

1. Summary

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The Type U program offers undergraduate students with adequate English and/or Japanese language proficiency the opportunity to take various courses given in English and/or Japanese in the Faculties of UTokyo (for more details, see Language Requirement).

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)

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 Country/Region Partner University
Asia China Fudan University
Nankai University
Nanjing University
Peking University
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Tsinghua 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
Yonsei University
Singapore Nanyang Technological University
National University of Singapore
Taiwan National Chiao Tung University
National Taiwan University
Thailand Chulalongkorn 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
Northeastern University
Princeton University
Swarthmore College
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
University of Washington
Oceania Australia Australian National University
Monash 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)
École Polytechnique
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
Netherlands Leiden University
University of Groningen
Russia Saint Petersburg State University
Sweden KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Lund University
Stockholm University
Uppsala University
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

3. Qualifications

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Exchange Students' Status

Status Definition Credit awarded
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.

Eligibility

Students satisfying all of the following requirements may apply:

  1. 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.
  2. Undergraduate students who will return to their home university after completing their study or research at UTokyo.
  3. Undergraduate students demonstrating excellent academic performance.
  4. Undergraduate students having a clear intention to study at UTokyo.
  5. 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.
 

Language Requirement

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.

4. Courses

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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.
 

Course Catalogue

Courses offered in the Type U program can be found in the Course Catalogue for Type U students.

Note:
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.


Restrictions:
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.

 <Class Times>

AM Period 1 08:30-10:15
 Period 2 10:25-12:10
PM  Period 3  13:00-14:45
 Period 4  14:55-16:40
 Period 5  16:50-18:35
 Period 6  18:45-20:30

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 Education

Type 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 Fees

Pursuant to the memorandum on student exchange, exchange students are exempt from paying examination fees, admission fees and tuition fees.

 

5. University Housing

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Exchange students may apply for university housing arranged by UTokyo. However, due to the limited number of facilities available, we cannot guarantee that all students who apply for university-managed housing will be allocated a place. The USTEP Office at UTokyo will contact the students with details of the procedure after their applications to study or research at UTokyo have been approved.

Further information about university housing is available at the following website:
Housing Office

6. Additional Information

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Campus Choice

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.
 

Scholarships

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

7. Application

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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 Instructions 

Application documents

  1. Application Form
  2. Letter of Reference signed by a professor of your major and submitted to your exchange coordinator 
  3. 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
  4. Passport Data which is valid through the end of your exchange period
  5. Proof of Language Proficiency
  6. ID Photo Data: 
      - Taken within the last 6 months
      - 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:
    February 28
  • April Admission:
    September 30
Note
The deadlines above are for the nominated students’ applications to be submitted online. Partner universities set their own deadlines for their students.

Application result

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.

Schedule

  September Admission April Admission
Application period From January 1 to February 28 From August 1 to September 30
Application deadline February 28 September 30
Result announcement May December
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.

8. FAQs

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Application

Eligibility
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

Course selection
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.

Credits
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.

Financial support

Scholarships
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.

Student life

Housing
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.

Other

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

9. Inquiries

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Please read our FAQs before sending an email. We are unable to reply to inquiries already addressed in the FAQs.

You can contact the International Exchange Group using the form linked below. Please include the following information in your message:
[Home university]
[Current year (Type U or G)]
[Planned period of exchange at UTokyo]
[Major]


International Exchange Group Contact Form

 
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