The University of Tokyo



Bettina Dinter

RWTHworldwide: Asia


+49 241 80 90812




The University of Tokyo is a public university that was founded in 1877. It is generally the university regarded with the most prestige in Japan.

The university has a total of 30,000 students. It has ten faculties, two with which RWTH Aachen University cooperates: the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering. Only RWTH students in faculties one to six are allowed to participate in the exchange.

The University of Tokyo has three main campuses: Hongo Campus, Komaba Campus, and Kashiwa Campus. However institutions connected to the university are located all over Japan.

The University of Tokyo also invites students in engineering sciences to participate in their six-week research project The University of Tokyo Research Internship Program UTRIP for students. All students are guaranteed generous financial support to cover any incidental costs and expenses.

The School of Engineering der University of Tokyo is also organizing a Summer Program which offers Bachelor and Master students the opportunity to collect research experience in the university's laboratories.

For more information, please visit our summer school website.

Please also note that the University of Tokyo offers two other study programs: The Global Science Course, GSC, for Bachelor's students and Global Science Graduate Course, GSCC, for Master's students. Accepted applicants are also provided with a monthly stipend during their participation in the program.

General Information





Founded in


Number of Students




International Office

International Student Handbook


Type of Agreement

University partnership with faculties 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6

Who can apply?

Master's students
Doctoral candidates

Type of Stay

Studies or research

Length of Stay

One semester

Time of Stay

Winter or summer semester

Number of Exchange Placements

At most three from Science and Engineering

Study Details

Semester Dates

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

Study Possibilities

Faculty of Science

Graduate Department of Physics

Graduate Department of Astronomy
Graduate Department of Earth and Planetary Science
Graduate Department of Chemistry
Graduate Department of Biological Science

For Master students of Computer Science, a stay at the University of Tokyo Schoof of Science is not possible. Computer Science students might find relevant courses at the Faculty of Engineering.

Faculty of Engineering

Course Offerings


Course Catalogue - School of Engineering

Please note that most of the lectures for bachelor students are taught in Japanese and that you have to prove JLPT1 or equivalent level of Japanese skills.

Alternatively you have the possibility to make pure laboratory or research stays. For this, no credit points are awarded.

Please also note that Bachelor students are not allowed to take any graduate courses.

Language Courses

Center of Japanese Language Education

Prerequisites for the Application very good academic performance
Language Requirements The German Abitur certificate or equivalent 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 1,000 to 1,200 Euros
Funding Possibilities

BAföG for abroad

PROMOS scholarships for abroad

MIRAI RWTH scholarship for Japan for research stays

JASSO scholarships

RWTH scholarship database

DAAD scholarship database

Financing Study Abroad

Practical Information
Accommodations General information about housing
Information About Health Insurance Students are responsible for sufficient insurance protection. Health insurance for abroad and private liability insurance are strongly recommended. Some partner universities have special requirements regarding insurance.
Experience Reports See experience reports in MoveOn Exchanges
Further Information

Federal Foreign Office


Country Information: Japan