Tohoku University

Future Global Leadership Program

Degree Courses Taught in English

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Frequently Asked Questions - Student Life

Q. What is Tohoku University like?

A. Tohoku University was founded in Sendai City in 1907, and is now one of Japan's foremost universities. The university's academic culture is characterized by its policies of Research First, Practice-Oriented Research and Education, and Open Doors.

This culture has given the world much original research and many excellent graduates. For example, Kōichi Tanaka, a graduate of the Tohoku University undergraduate School of Engineering, received the 2002 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Tohoku University was also among the first universities in Japan to open its doors to international students, graduating two (from India and China) in 1911. This tradition continues today, and the university is known for its broad acceptance of international students.

For a complete overview of the university's academic programs, click here.

Q. Where is Tohoku University located?

A.Tohoku University is located in Sendai City about 1.5 hours by train (Tohoku Shinkansen) from Tokyo. It is in an area that boasts a lovely natural environment. Sendai has a mild climate, and is among Japan's most livable cities.

Q. How many international students does Tohoku University have?

A. See here for the latest statistics on Tohoku University's students, including international students.

Q. Am I permitted to take on a part-time job?

A. Yes, students may work as long as it doesn't interfere with their studies. International students who want to work part-time must apply for permission to do so in person at the Immigration Bureau of Japan. International students are allowed to work a maximum of 28 hours per week. See the immigration bureau website for details.

Q. Can I participate in student clubs?

A. Yes. Beyond academic study, Tohoku University students can participate in a variety of sports and cultural activities. Click here for more information.

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