|Academic Term||Academic Year|
|Credits||20 - 24 UW credits per semester|
|Eligibility||Junior (Senior for YSEP Focused on Research) standing or above by the time of departure; min. 3.0 GPA|
|Language||Japan 113 recommended but not required|
|Program Manager||Shannon Quinn | email@example.com|
|Application Deadline||Nov 30 (Deadline for Academic Year/ Priority deadline for Spring Semester)|
|May 15 (Final deadline for Spring Semester)|
|General||The Young Scientist Exchange Program (YSEP) provides two different options for students interested in research and studying abroad (see Academics for details). Both these options are a great way to immerse in the Japanese culture and explore topics of interest.|
Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and the most populous city in the world. It has a mix of traditional and modern elements, thereby appealing to the tastes of all who visit Tokyo. The city is home to many famous temples, large public gardens, museums, and much more.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Students participating in this exchange program must be of junior standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Additionally, students are encouraged to complete Japanese 113 or equivalent prior to applying for this program.
Credits and Conversion Scale
You will approx. receive 20 - 24 UW credits per semester. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program.
If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here.
The Tokyo Institute of Technology offers two main research programs within the Young Scientist Exchange Program (YSEP):
The Young Scientist Exchange Program (YSEP) Focused on Research (full academic year, beginning in autumn) provides an opportunity to experience long term research. Students will focus mainly on their Sotsuron (research project), which will be overseen by an academic advisor. Students will also take classes on fieldwork, topics on Japan, and study about Japanese companies and industry. Additional electives are also available.
In addition to the science courses conducted in English and the Sotsuron, Japanese language courses are also available. The YSEP Focused on Research Program consists of only international students but the assisting faculty are Japanese; it is possible for participants of this option to also work with host students during their Sotsuron. This program is best suited for students who have a strong desire to do laboratory work. At the end of the program students will present the results of their Sotsuron. All courses and the Sotsuron are conducted in English but some Japanese language skill and familiarity with Japanese culture are highly recommended. Applicant must have completed at least three years of undergraduate study and have not yet completed a master-level course at a Tokyo Tech partner university.
YSEP for Experiencing Japan (autumn semester or spring semester), on the other hand, provides an opportunity to experience short term research as well as take related subjects and courses on Japanese language and society. Students will conduct a less intense research project under a supervisor, as well as take courses on Japanese culture and industry. All courses and research are conducted in English but some Japanese language skills and familiarity with Japanese culture are highly recommended. Note that Japanese language courses as well as other electives are also available. At the end of the program the student will give a short presentation regarding their project. Applicant must have completed at least two and half years of undergraduate study and have not yet completed a master-level course at a Tokyo Tech partner university.
Tokyo University also offers an International Graduate Program, which provides graduate students with opportunites to pursue research. The focus is on individual research instruction; however, students may take additional classes if approved by faculty. The research may be conducted in either English or Japanese.
You can begin your search for courses right here:
Tokyo Institute of Technology YSEP Courses
International Graduate Program Departments
If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.
For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.
As an exchange student on this program, you are responsible for finding your own accommodations. This gives you the freedom to choose whatever housing is most appropriate to your level of comfort and your budget.
To begin your housing search, we recommend visiting the Tokyo Tech Housing website. On this website, you will find information about the housing application, housing FAQ's, a list of housing options, price overviews, as well as other tips, rules, and regulations.
University Accommodations: Upon acceptance, Tokyo Tech will provide information on applying for dormitory, which consists of both single and double rooms with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Note, however, that the dormitories have a limited number of rooms and cannot accommodate all of the students.
Private Accommodations: You can also find your own accommodations if you prefer. Tokyo Tech Housing Office has many tips to help you find housing on the private market. We strongly recommend that you begin searching for housing at least 2-3 months prior to your arrival as finding a room after arrival is not common and housing options may be limited!
The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.
The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.
If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance.
As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and UW Study Abroad Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
- A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
- You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
- Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
- There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
- Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
- For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered. You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:
- Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
- Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
- Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
- Visit the Finances section of our website.
The application to become an exchange student includes
- A personal statement
- Your top 3 preferences for exchange location
- One recommendation from a professor or TA
- Electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
The $700 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.
The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
- Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
- Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.