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UTokyo Global Unit Courses

The University of Tokyo's "Global Unit Courses" (GUC) provides a great opportunity for students around the world to gain what it is like to study at one of the world's leading universities in East Asia. GUC offers one-week intensive courses (5 to 10 sessions) with cutting-edge contents, taught by faculty members of the University of Tokyo. All the courses for the year 2021 will be offered in online/on-demand format to enable students to experience UTokyo virtually and safely. 

UTokyo Global Unit Courses Application Guideline (information of 2021 program)

*The application guidelines for summer 2022 will be made available soon.


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Applicants must be full-time undergraduate and graduate students or alumni of a university that is a member of the following alliances/partnerships.

For UTokyo Students

UTokyo students are also welcome to apply for the program.
Check here for details

Program Schedule

Application Period [2nd call]: From 23 March 2021 to 10 May 2021 at 10:00 a.m. (JST)
Receive Result of Screening: Mid-May
Payment Deadline: Late May
Program Period: Mid-June to August

Course Code Instructor Title Course schedule Number of sessions Units
GUC21S101L Prof. Kaori Hayashi Media in Japan and the World July 5-9
13:00-14:30 /15:00-16:30
10 sessions 1 unit
GUC21S102L Prof. Kentaro Matsubara Law in Transnational East Asia July 19-23
10 sessions 1 unit
GUC21S103D Prof. Yujin Yaguchi
Writings About Japan--Analyzing Cultural Representations, From Orientalism to Artificial Intelligence Course materials available:
July 5 - August 6
Synchronous live sessions 1&2 (attendance required). *see syllabus for further information.
10 sessions 1 unit
GUC21S201L Prof. Yukari Ito Group Theory and Its Applications--Introduction to Beautiful Modern Mathematics June 14-18/21-25
10 sessions 1 unit
GUC21S301L Asst. Prof. Sho Tsuji Early Language Acquisition--How Human Infants Learn Language Within Their Social Environment July 5-9
5 sessions 0.5 unit
GUC21S401L Japanese Language Courses Survival Japanese for Beginners-A June 28-July 2
5 sessions 0.5 unit
GUC21S402L Japanese Language Courses Survival Japanese for Beginners-B July 26-30
5 sessions 0.5 unit
GUC21S403L Japanese Language Courses Step up Japanese for Upper Beginners July 5-9/12-16
10 sessions 1 unit
GUC21S404L Japanese Language Courses Introduction to Academic Presentation in Japanese (Intermediate Level) July 12-16
5 sessions 0.5 unit
GUC21S405L Japanese Language Courses Tips on Reading Japanese Kanji for Kanji Background Students (Intermediate to Advanced Level) July 12-30
Tue./Thu. 8:30-10:00
5 sessions 0.5 unit

Courses/ Delivery method

Applicants may choose from the following courses. See the calendar for specific time periods when the courses are taught .

Media in Japan and the World
(online, synchronous)

Hi. My name is Kaori Hayashi, written 林香里 in Chinese characters. After working as a journalist at Reuters in the early 1990s, I began investigating the Japanese media and journalism in a global context. As one of the few female professors on campus (less than 10% of the entire faculty), I belong to the absolute minority group in the UTokyo community. I am a strong advocate for gender justice and am constantly challenging gender biases and stereotypes. In the course I teach, I will focus on both the changing and unchanging aspects of journalism in this volatile digitized age and hope to think together with you about their implications for social justice and democracy from a comparative perspective. I am looking forward to having productive discussions with all of you!

Law in Transnational East Asia
(online, synchronous)

If you are interested in East Asian cultures and societies, Tokyo is one of the best places (if not the best place) in the world to build your body of learning.  My area of expertise is in the Legal History and Comparative Law involving East Asian societies. After completing my LL.B. in Tokyo and D.Phil. in Oxford, I have held research and teaching posts in Columbia Law School, Hong Kong University, the National University of Singapore, and Yale University.  I have always enjoyed teaching groups of students with diverse backgrounds, seeing how they learn from each other. I am excited to be part of the first GUC courses in this university, and hope this will, for both teacher and student, the beginning of a long-term exchange of ideas and experiences.

Writings About Japan--Analyzing Cultural Representations, From Orientalism to Artificial Intelligence
(on-demand, nonsynchronous)

I am a cultural studies scholar who focues on United States-Japan relations. As the Director of International Education Support Office, I am also passionate about promoting internatonal student exchanges. My course will focus on how Japan has been portrayed in various media(written texts, films, artificial intelligence) throughout the last 150 years to understand the dynamics of cultural represenations. I also hope to share the wonders and challenges of living  in Tokyo today, based on insights gained from my daily walk in Ueno Park! I am truly excited to teach this course and am looking forward to "meeting" with students from all over the world.

Group Theory and Its Applications--Introduction to Beautiful Modern Mathematics
(online, synchronous)

I am a Professor of Kavli Institute for Mathematics and the Physics of the Universe (IPMU)of UTokyo. I am interested in Algebraic Geometry, which is related to Superstring theory. I am also interested in mathematical education and have organized Exhibitions for "Mathematics Museum" several times. Recently I published a book entitled "Introduction to Beautiful Mathematics" in Japanese. I would like to share with the students in this course a part of the book where I discuss some traditional Japanese culture and mathematics. Moreover, I will introduce recent research on Algebraic Geometry, for example, McKay correspondence, which is studied extensively in UK , Europe and Japan.

Early Language Acquisition--How Human Infants Learn Language Within Their Social Environment
(online, synchronous)

My research investigates the mechanisms behind young children’s amazing capacity to acquire language fast and efficiently in diverse environments.
Language acquisition is both potent and fragile: Normally developing babies learn language at a speed unrivaled by machines, but early adversity can dramatically affect early acquisition. Understanding the mechanisms behind their learning is of high societal relevance, since  early language skills are the single best predictor for later academic success.Drawing on observational, experimental, and interventional methods, I focus on the role of the linguistic environment and social context for advancing learning.

Japanese Language Courses

*Japanese Language Courses are open only to the students who register for at least one of the above courses. The courses will be taught by faculty of Center for Japanese Language Education.

Survival Japanese for Beginners--A
Survival Japanese for Beginners--B
   *note: A and B are the same content but offered in different weeks.
Step up Japanese for Upper Beginners
Introduction to Academic Presentation in Japanese (Intermediate Level)
Tips on Reading Japanese Kanji for Kanji background students (Intermediate to Advanced Level)

*UTokyo reserves the right to cancel courses for reasons such as insufficient number of registrants.  Appropriate refunds will be given in case of cancellation.

Program fee

JPY 50,000 per unit / JPY 25,000 per 0.5 unit  

The program fee must be paid in full after admission is confirmed in April by credit card ONLY.
Payment Deadline:TBA


Applications are accepted via T-cens SP Online Application System only.

Please refer to Instruction for your GUC application via T-cens SP carefully.

The following documents must be submitted.
*Be sure that the file size of each document does not exceed 2MB.

1) A color ID photo, plain background (taken within the last 3 months)
2) A copy of your identification (passport or student ID card)
3) An OFFICIAL transcript(s) from all the institutions of higher education one has attended
4) Grading scale (if not mentioned in the above official transcript)
5) Consent Form
     *Download the form from below link, read it carefully and sign.
*3~5) Please scan and save the data as a PDF file.

6) Statement of purpose for each course you want to apply for
*Download the form:  

Language Requirement

All GUC courses are taught entirely in English (except for Japanese language) and no knowledge of Japanese language is required. Although no certificate of English language skills is required, students must possess sufficient language proficiency to complete university-level courses. The expected minimum proficiency level is that of TOEFL(iBT) 90 or IELTS 6.5.

Global Unit / Assessment

Students will be rigorously assessed and be given "Global Units" based on their performance and the number of class hours. Upon completion of course(s), a Global Unit Certificate, which may be used to calculate credits for transfer to your home institution, will be issued by the University of Tokyo.


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UTokyo Global Unit Courses
International Exchange Group, Education and Student Support Department,
The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8652 JAPAN

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