Tohoku University



Bettina Dinter

RWTHworldwide: Asia


+49 241 80 90812




Tohoku University was founded in 1907 is located in Sendai, a city in the northeastern part of Japan. With 1.7 million residents, Sendai is the largest city in the region and resides in the Miyagi prefecture.

Thanks to the rhombic street network, Sendai is very clearly laid out and leaves one wanting little more. Tohoku University is the largest university in Sendai with about 16000 students. It is distributed among five different campuses depending on studies and academic year. These are located near each other and can be easily reached with the bus. Tohoku University is one of the most reputable public universities, especially in the natural sciences. The university also has particularly good academics in mechanical engineering and materials sciences, as Tohoku is the third best university worldwide for these subjects. Additionally, it is among the top universities for physics and chemistry.

General Information





Founded in


Number of Students

18,316, As of: May 2011


Tohoku University

International Office of Tohoku University

Information for Incoming Exchange Students


Type of Agreement

University cooperation

Who can apply?

Bachelor students in the 3rd semester or higher (study abroad from the 5th semester)
Master students
Doctoral candidates

Type of Stay

Studies or research

Length of Stay

1 to 2 semesters

Time of Stay

Winter or summer semester

Number of Exchange Placements


Study Details

Semester Dates

1st semester: April to September
2nd semester: October to March

Study Possibilities

Faculties and Institutes

Course Offerings

Exchange Programs at Tohoku University

Language Courses

The university offers language courses during the academic semester as well as a summer school.

Prerequisites for the Application At least good academic performance
Language Requirements

An English certificate from the RWTH Language Center called placement test counts as proof of language skills.

Submit application in the International Office application portal
Application Deadline in the International Office

You can find further information on the application portal website.

Tuition Fees Tuition fees waived
Average Cost of Living 1000 to 1200 euros
Funding Possibilities

BAföG for abroad
RWTH Scholarship Database
DAAD Scholarship Database
MIRAI RWTH Scholarship for Japan
PROMOS Abroad Scholarship
JASSO Scholarships
Financing Study Abroad

Practical Information

Support from the partner university: Yes
Information from the partner university

Health Insurance Students are responsible for having sufficient insurance coverage. We highly recommend health insurance and private liability insurance for abroad. Some partner universities have particular requirements for insurance protection.
Experience Reports

See experience reports in MoveOn Exchanges

Additional Information

Foreign Office


Newsletter der Tohoku University