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Application for The University of Tokyo University-wide Student Exchange Program (USTEP)

 

Please follow here for the outline, screening process, recruitment cycle, and other information.

USTEP Webinar

We hosted a webinar on YouTube Live. Please see here for more information.

Response to COVID-19

Please note that this program (USTEP for AY2021-2022) may be cancelled in light of the current global pandemic due to COVID-19 and related global situations. Please check the latest information on this page. For this program, some exceptions are made regarding the way and the deadline of submission of the documents, including language proficiency certificates. Please make sure to refer to the Application Guidelines below for more details.

Partner Universities

List of partner universities for AY2021-2022(23/10/2020 updated)

USTEP Information on Partner Universities (28/10/2020 updated)
*Host universities have different schedules for updating their application information, so please make sure that you check this information sheet, Factsheets, and their own websites regularly.

How to Apply

Please make sure to read the application guidelines thoroughly and complete the online application via UTAS before the deadline set by the faculty/graduate school you belong to at the time of application.
The latest version of the application guidelines, etc. are available from below.

Application Guidelines for Candidate Students (for AY2021-2022)(14/10/2020 Information on how to upload Confirmation of Intention to Receive Scholarship modified)
Appendix 1 Advancement from the Junior Division to the Senior Division during Study-Abroad
Attachment (Applications for Partner Universities with Non-Standard Academic Calendars) (01/09/2020 updated)
*Please read the documents carefully especially if you are applying for The University of New South Wales(UNSW), University of Washington or University of California, Santa Cruz.

Application documents

Please make sure to refer to the Application Guidelines for more details.

・Academic transcripts from UTokyo (English)
・Academic transcripts from institutions other than UTokyo (English)
・Copy of your passport page that has your photo and personal information
Language Proficiency Evaluation Specified Form (*If applicable. Please refer to "9. Details of the documents certifying language proficiency"(2) ➁ of the Application Guidelines.)  
Oath(PDF)
Confirmation of Intention to Receive Scholarship(Excel)
Points to Note regarding Advancing from the Junior Division to the Senior Division during Study-abroad(Excel)
Letter of Assessment(Word) ★submitted by a faculty member★

*Please use the Check List(PDF)for confirmation on documents.

FAQ

Please see here for the frequently asked questions.

Confirmation on the points to be noted concerning study-abroad

Students must consult the relevant section of the faculty/ graduate school that they are scheduled to belong to at the time of their study-abroad and receive explanations on the points to be noted concerning their study-abroad, and fully understand them.

Requirement of language proficiency

Students are required to meet the language proficiency requirements set by the partner universities at the time they apply for the internal screening.  For the requirements set by partner universities, please check the websites and Factsheets etc., of the partner university as well as the “USTEP Information on Partner Universities”. The score must be valid as on the reference date which is set for each call for application.Please refer to the application guidelines and start taking a language test early or checking the expiration date of your current score.

Please note that requirements of language proficiency sometimes vary depending on the faculties/departments even in a partner university. If you are not sure about the eligibility/requirement of a partner university, please address your question through the faculty/graduate school of your current affiliation.
*It may take some time to confirm with a partner university. Please make sure to inquire well in advance.

If a partner university does not set any language requirements, all students must meet either TOEFL iBT 79 or IELTS Overall Band Score 6.5 or higher (for those who study in English at a host university), or  CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Language) B1 or higher (for those who study in a language other than English at a host university)  as a requirement by UTokyo.
 

If you are going to use both English and a language other than English

Please submit scores or certificate of proficiency test for both languages. If a partner university does not set requirements for both languages, please make sure you meet requirements set by UTokyo.

Scholarships

Students can apply for non-repayment type scholarships through the Division for Global Campus Initiatives (for details, please refer to the latest application guidelines). Students may instead apply for scholarships which offer more generous conditions. (However, students who receive such scholarships are sometimes not eligible for the scholarship through the Division for Global Campus Initiatives.)
If you directly apply for an alternative scholarship, please be aware that some scholarships set its application due dates earlier than the notice of result of USTEP. (Most scholarships accept applications from students who have not passed screening of study abroad programs.)

(Examples of scholarships for which students can directly apply. )
官民協働海外留学支援制度~トビタテ!留学JAPAN日本代表プログラム~(Only available in Japanese)
公益財団法人業務スーパージャパンドリーム財団 派遣留学奨学生(Only available in Japanese)
Friends of UTokyo, Inc. (FUTI)(Applicable for students who are going to study in the U.S.)

For details of scholarships (for those who attend USTEP and who wish apply directly), please see here.