The University of Tokyo, also known as “Todai” was established in 1877 as the first national university in Japan. As a leading research university, Todai offers courses in essentially all academic disciplines at both undergraduate and graduate levels and conducts research across the full spectrum of academic activity. The university aims to provide its students with a rich and varied academic environment that ensures opportunities for both intellectual development and the acquisition of professional knowledge and skills.
Website of university: http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/index.html
Courses available at each graduate school can be searched at the following URL:The University of Tokyo Online Course Catalogue
Note: Courses available change annually and the courses currently on the webpage may not be offered in the
subsequent year.Notes for Special Auditors registering courses:Special auditors are expected to be enrolled at courses offered by the graduate school to which they originally belong. However, if it is necessary for students to register courses offered by other graduate schools, they may be permitted to do so provided both the graduate school offering the course and the host or graduate school approve.
Other details shall be as prescribed by the graduate school concerned.
See the website of USTEP TYPE G for more information about the language skills and other conditions of graduate schools: http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/academics/ustep-type-g.htmlNote: A supervisor’s acceptance is required before applying for some faculties and graduate schools. In addition, Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Level N1 is required by some graduate schools.The TYPE U program requires exchange students to be proficient in English and/or Japanese. Unless they attend/have attended universities where English is the language of instruction, non-native English speakers who wish to participate in the TYPE U program should submit official certificate below. Student who wish to take courses offered in English—–> A minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, or IELTS overall band score of 6.5 . Student who wish to take courses offered in Japanese—> JLPT level N1
2. APPLICATION PROCEDURES
September admission: February 28 (April 15 for the Yale Fox International Fellowship Program)
April admission: September 30
Note: The deadlines above are set for the office responsible for student exchange at the partner universities to send nominated students’ applications to the University of Tokyo. Partner universities set their own deadlines for their students. Exchange students need to be nominated by the student’s home Universities. They need to complete the required procedures at their home universities and then apply for the students exchange program through the office responsible for student exchange. Applications sent directly from the students to the University of Tokyo will not be accepted.
3. APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
1. Application form (Note 1)
2. Study plan or Research plan (Note 1)
3. Letter of recommendation (signed by a professor at the home university)
4. Official academic transcript from each college, university, or other institution of higher learning attended
5. Photocopy of passport (page with photograph and name of applicant)
6. Proof of language proficiency (refer to the language skills and other notices required by each faculty / graduate school)
7. Proof of financial support
8. Four photographs (4 cm x 3 cm)
– Printed on photo quality paper
– Taken within the last 6 months
– Taken in front of a solid background
– Applicant’s name must be written on the back of each
– One of the photographs must be attached to the top page of the application form.
9. Faculties or graduate schools may require further documents in addition to the above application documents. （e.g. printouts
of e-mails between the exchange student and a supervisor of the University of Tokyo）
For more information about additional requirements of each faculty and graduate school, visit
Note 1: In addition to the original documents, “1.Application form” and “2. Study plan or Research plan” must be submitted electronically in MS Word format. (Signatures are not required in MS Word format.)Note 2: All documents must be in English or Japanese.
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