Most Faculties and Graduate Schools of the University of Tokyo (UTokyo) accept exchange students who can register for courses or conduct research under the guidance of faculty members. In the Type G program, exchange students are usually required to possess a high level of fluency in the Japanese/English language so they can take courses offered to regular students. For those who take part in research activities, the language requirement will be determined on an individual basis.
PDF version of this USTEP/TypeG information
Only students satisfying all of the following requirements may apply:
- Students who will be enrolled full-time at a Partner University during their entire period of study at UTokyo. (See “7 Partner Universities”)
- Students who will return to their home university after completing their study or research at UTokyo.
- Students who demonstrate excellent academic performance.
- Students who have a clear intention to study or research at UTokyo.
- Students who have official proof of their required language proficiency and meet other conditions that may be set by individual Graduate Schools. (For more details, see Prerequisites for USTEP Type G Applicants and check other conditions.)
Graduate Schools Accepting Exchange Students
- Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology
- Graduate School of Education
- Graduate Schools for Law and Politics
- Graduate School of Economics
- Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
- Graduate School of Science
- Graduate School of Engineering
- Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences
- Graduate School of Medicine
- Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences
- Graduate School of Frontier Sciences
- Graduate School of Information Science and Technology
- Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies
- Graduate School of Public Policy
For details on each Graduate School, please refer to its website.
Prerequisites for USTEP Type G Applicants
Application requirements vary by Graduate School.
Prerequisites for USTEP Type G Applicants
Note: A supervisor’s approval may be required prior to submitting application, depending on conditions set by each Graduate School.
How to get supervisor’s pre-approval
Exchange Students' StatusType G applicants need to select their exchange student status at the Graduate Schools that they apply for: Special Auditors or Special Research Students.
|Special Auditor||Students registered for courses||Yes|
|Special Research Student||Students receiving research guidance||No|
For detailed requirements and conditions for each status in each Graduate School, please refer to Prerequisites for USTEP Type G Applicants.
Most Graduate Schools accept Special Auditors, and they are expected to enroll in courses offered by the Graduate School to which they belong. In case students wish to register for courses offered by other Graduate School(s), they may be permitted to do so with the approval from both the host Graduate School and the Graduate School offering the course.
Regarding the transfer of credits you earn during your exchange, please contact your home university.
Special Research Students conduct research under the guidance of a faculty advisor and do not receive credits.
2. Courses and Academic Calendar
Academic Calendar in AY 2020
Please refer to the AY 2020 Academic Calendar.
The Academic Calendar for AY 2021 will be available around January 2021.
Period of Study / Research
|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: S: summer, A: autumn, W: winter (W term is optional).
Courses available at each Graduate School can be searched for at the following website:
The University of Tokyo Online Course Catalogue
Note: Courses available change every year and the courses currently on the webpage may not be offered in the subsequent year.
Notes for the Special Auditors who wish to register for courses:
- Japanese immigration law stipulates that international students with a “student” visa spend a minimum of ten hours in class per week.
- Special Auditors are expected to be enrolled at courses offered by the Graduate School to which they belong. However, if it is necessary for students to register for courses offered by other Graduate Schools, they may be permitted to do so provided that the Graduate School offering the course and the host Graduate School approve. Other details shall be as prescribed by the Graduate School concerned.
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 offering lectures 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 regular lectures given in Japanese, to participate in 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 at the following website: GJS: Global Japan Studies
Japanese Language Education
The Center for Japanese Language Education offers Japanese language classes (General Course). Type G students are eligible to register for these classes. Please note that no credits are awarded for these classes. Further information about the classes at the center is available at the following website: Center for Japanese Language Education
In addition, some Graduate Schools may provide their own Japanese language classes.
Exchange students who will conduct research under the supervision of a research adviser may use the faculty search system at the following website: Faculty Search
Locating an adviser in the search results does not guarantee that the adviser will be able to supervise the students' research.
3. Tuition and Fees
4. University Housing
Exchange students can also apply for privately managed residences of Kyoritsu Maintenance Co.,Ltd.
- RUTIL (Residence of the University of Tokyo for International Life Guide)
- Other student residences managed by Kyoritsu Maintenance Co. Ltd
Further information about University housing is available at the following website:
5. Additional Information
Entry to Japan (eligibility to reside in Japan)Exchange students must have a valid passport during their stay in Japan. In principle, students must possess a “College Student” visa during their stay. After their applications to study or research at UTokyo have been approved, the International Exchange Group at UTokyo 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.
In order to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility, students must be able to provide an official proof that they will have a minimum of 120,000 JPY per month during their stay. For example, if they are staying for seven months, they must submit a proof that they will have 840,000 JPY.
A Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarship for all students who meet the requirements as well as scholarships from private foundations may be available. For further information, please refer to each link:
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarship: application will be provided once students are successfully accepted for USTEP.
Sato Yo International Scholarship Foundation (SISF) (students of Gadjah Mada University, Nanyang Technological University, University of the Philippines, University of Malaya, Chulalongkorn University): application will be provided through partner universities. This scholarship is available only for September Admission.
The above information is subject to change.
Students with scholarships from other foundations must check beforehand if their scholarship allows receiving other scholarships.
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 stay in Japan.
• National Health Insurance Program
USTEP students must join the National Health Insurance (NHI) Program regardless of the kind of insurance they may already have. This is a strict legal requirement in Japan. Once they arrive in Japan, they must complete the required procedures at their local city/ward 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 premiums. "Futai Gakuso" is an optional insurance that can be added to the "Gakkensai" for a cost (JPY 8,060 for six months). It complements a scope of insurance liability in your life such as compensation responsibility. We particularly recommend that those who will be riding bicycles in Japan obtain "Futai Gakuso," as bicycle-related accidents are common.
• Students are strongly recommended to come with sufficient insurance coverage for the entire period of their stay. Payment of medical bills is the students' own responsibility and the university does not provide any assistance.
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.
Please see below for further information:
IMAS: Inbound Medical Assistance Service for International Students at UTokyo
- 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.
- 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. However, your university may have College/Faculty-level exchange agreement(s) with UTokyo. Please consult your home institution first.
Letters of reference
- Q2. Does my referrer have to be a professor whose class(es) I have taken before at my university?
- A2. The reference must be filled out and signed by a faculty member of your major or specialty who knows you well. A reference by a teaching assistant is not accepted. Additional references are welcome as long as you provide at least one letter of reference issued by a faculty member at your home university who can assess your academic performance.
Language and other requirements
- Q3. I am a Type G (graduate) applicant. Are there any language requirements?
- A3. Each Graduate School has its own requirements for language proficiency and other conditions depending on your exchange student status, "Special Auditor" or "Special Research Student". For details, please refer to Prerequisites for USTEP Type G Applicants.
- Q4. I want to see the list of courses for the next year(s) I will be at UTokyo. When will it be available?
- A4. Our online course catalog is updated in March.
- Q5. I want to receive course selection advice.
- A5. You will receive such advice once you are admitted to USTEP, and you can modify your course list before registration.
- 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 need to earn and transfer certain credits to my home university. How many credits should I register at UTokyo?
- A7. At UTokyo, courses worth 2 credits consist of 13 weeks of 105-minute classes. Due to the possibility of change in class periods from AY 2021, the length of each class period may vary depending on graduate school. Some Graduate Schools have a minimum number of required credits. Please refer to Prerequisites for USTEP Type G Applicants and consult with your home university to see how those credits would be counted and whether the courses you wish to take would be transferable.
- Q8. Are there scholarships available for USTEP students? If there are, how do I apply?
- A8. 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.
- Q9. Is university housing guaranteed?
- A9. No. Exchange students may apply for university housing. However, because of the limited number of facilities, assignment to 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 at https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/administration/housing-office/index.html
- Q10. Does UTokyo offer any short-term, non-degree programs held in English?
- A10. You will find a list of short-term, non-degree programs offered in English at the following link: https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/prospective-students/special_programs.html
7. Partner Universities (student exchanges administered by the Division for Global Campus Initiatives)
|Shanghai Jiao Tong University|
|Hong Kong||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|
|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||University of British Columbia|
|University of Toronto|
|United States of America||Johns Hopkins University|
|University of California, Santa Cruz|
|University of Washington|
|Yale University (Yale Fox International Fellowship Program)|
|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|
|Middle East||Turkey||Bogazici University|
|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|
|Spain||Autonomous University of Madrid|
|Sweden||KTH Royal Institute of Technology|
|Switzerland||Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich)|
|University of Geneva|
|United Kingdom||Durham University|
|London School of Economics and Political Science|
|School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London|
|University College London|
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]
[(For Type G) Graduate School you would like to enroll in]
International Exchange Group Contact Form
Application Procedures and Deadlines
Exchange students need to be nominated by their home universities to UTokyo. They must contact the office responsible for university-wide student exchange at their home universities and check the application procedures for UTokyo. All applicants nominated by their home universities to apply to the University of Tokyo will receive from UTokyo the link to access the online application.
Please note that we may reject a student’s application and revoke their qualifications for admission if it becomes apparent that false declaration was made in the application or application is incomplete.
Application documents[All documents must be in English or Japanese.]
Must be submitted through online system
1. Application Form
2. Valid Passport Data
3. Proof(s) of Language Proficiency (Refer to Prerequisites for USTEP Type G Applicants)
4. ID Photo Data:
- File size: Less than 2MB
Must be submitted by exchange coordinators
5. One Letter of Reference by a full-time teaching faculty of the major/specialty of the student.
6. Official Academic Transcript from each college, university or any other institutions of higher learning the applicant has attended in PDF format.
* Do not forget to submit the transcript of your undergraduate degree program.
7. Each Graduate School may require further documents in addition to the above application documents. (e.g. screenshot of e-mail correspondence between the exchange student and a faculty member who may serve as an academic advisor)
See Prerequisites for USTEP Type G Applicants
1) Students who stay in Japan with a status of Special Auditor must register for minimum of 10 hours of classes per week during a semester (this is a legal requirement).
2) Though legally possible for international students with a valid work permit, the University of Tokyo strongly advises its exchange students not to seek off-campus part-time work during the academic terms as we expect high academic performance through their exchange period. Any students who wish to work must obtain work permit before they begin their employment.
3) Nominees without required documents such as Proof of Language Proficiency and Academic Transcript will not be accepted.
4) Please make sure to nominate the students who are or will be registered at your University throughout the period of their academic stay at the University of Tokyo. Students who are not registered at your institution will not be accepted.
Deadline for application and its procedure
- September Admission
February 28 (April 15 for the Yale Fox International Fellowship Program)
- April Admission
- The deadlines above are for the nominated students, to be submitted online. Partner universities set their own deadlines for their students.
- Exchange students need to be nominated by the students' home universities. The students need to complete the required procedures at their home universities and then apply through the office responsible for student exchange.
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. At the same time, those who are successfully accepted will receive a welcome package from UTokyo directly.
|Semester||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||Early December|
|Courses start*||Late September||Early April|
|Courses end*||Early February (A1A2) or Late July (S1S2)|
- The deadline for the Yale Fox International Fellowship Program application is April 15.
- The actual period of study / research (including examination period) varies depending on the Faculty or Graduate School. Please refer to the Academic Calendar(*).