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  • Locations: Sendai, Japan
  • Program Terms: Autumn Semester A/W, SpringSemester(Sp/S)
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  • Restrictions: UW applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:
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Location Sendai, Japan
Academic Terms Academic Year (A/W/Sp/Su)
Autumn Semester (A/W)
Spring Semester (Sp/Su)
Credits 9-22 UW credits per semester
Eligibility Registered graduate students in the College of Engineering
Language English; no Japanese language experience required
Adviser Mike Engh |
January 15: Fall Semester/Academic Year
May 15: Spring Semester
College of Engineering Study Abroad
  General The Cooperative Laboratory Study Program (COLABS) allows graduate students to conduct engineering research activities in an assigned laboratory. Students also take basic education courses taught in English to expand their knowledge into new scientific fields.
Students interested in this program should contact the College of Engineering Study Abroad adviser to learn more.
  Where You Will Study
  Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
  Application Process


This university also offers a summer school option. For more information, visit Tokohu University Summer School.

Where You Will Study

Tohoku University was established in Sendai in 1907 and is well known for its open and progressive policies. It was the first Imperial University to admit women and foreign students. Already in 1911, Tohoku University graduated its first foreign students, thus becoming the Japanese university with the longest history of foreign graduates. Tohoku University is also known for its strong orientation toward academic research.

Tohoku University is located in Sendai, located about 350 km to the northeast of Tokyo and with roughly one million inhabitants. Often called the “City of Trees”, Sendai is a city known for its pleasant streets lined with many trees, and it is also regarded as an “academic city” with its center on Tohoku University. Because of its northern environment, the summers are cool and the winters are moderately cold. Sendai is regarded as one of the most pleasant Japanese cities to live in.




Students in the COLABS program are required to register for the core course, Individual Research Training in Lab. Credits will be based on an assessment of research and lab hours. COLABS students should identify research groups and faculty at Tohoku with whom they want to work and contact them ahead of applying. In addition to research, students can also take elective courses taught in English from the Graduate School of Engineering and from the JYPE program, including Japanese language courses. Find more information online on courses and credits for the COLABS program.

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from Tohoku University 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 on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges



Students live in single-occupancy rooms in university dormitories (International House or University House Sanjo). Housing fees for these dormitories are JPY 24,000 (approx. USD $250) per month, including utilities. Students pay Tohoku University directly for these housing fees.


Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

As a participant of a departmental 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 study abroad fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad.

You will also need to plan for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, meals, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance, and personal expenses. Living expenses including housing costs for exchange students in Sendai are between JPY 80,000-100,000 (approx. USD $700-$900) per month.

Financial aid may be available for a limited number of exchange students through the JASSO scholarship program. JASSO (Japan Student Service Organization) includes an allowance of 80,000 JPY/month for 6 or 12 months. Not all students admitted into an exchange program can receive the scholarship, and it is limited to students starting in the fall semester.

For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.


Application Process

To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

This study abroad program also requires completion of a secondary application specific to Tohoku. Additional information and instructions for the secondary application will be sent by email after the UW application is submitted. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad adviser following your selection for the exchange.

See Applications and Recommendations for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.

See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.