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Program Information:
 
QUICK FACTS    
Location Sendai, Japan
Academic Term Autumn Semester / Academic Year
Spring Semester
Credits 9-22 UW credits per semester
Eligibility Registered graduate student in the College of Engineering
Language Instruction in English; no Japanese language experience required
Program Manager Mike Engh | enghmw@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline January 15 (Autumn Semester / Academic Year)
Spring Semester Priority Deadline
May 15 (Spring Semester)
HIGHLIGHTS
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.
 
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
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.

Students interested in this program should contact the College of Engineering Study Abroad adviser to learn more.


Note that this university also offers a summer school option. For more information, visit Tokohu University Summer School.
 
LOCATION

Site

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.






 

 
ACADEMICS

Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students participating in this exchange program must be registered graduate students in the College of Engineering at the time of departure.

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will approx. receive 9 - 22 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

Courses

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 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.

 
ACCOMMODATIONS

Housing

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.








 

 
VISA INFORMATION

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. 

 
FINANCES

Program Expenses

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.

Financial Aid

  • 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.

Scholarships

  • 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.

Budgeting Tools

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 goglobal@uw.edu 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.
 
APPLICATION

Application Process

To apply to a College of Engineering partner program:

1) Submit a UW Study Abroad application. This application includes a set of electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad.

Under the list of questionnaires is a link labeled “Partner Program Application.” For College of Engineering partner programs, this step is not necessary because students will receive instructions on how to submit their applications to the program provider after submitting the UW Study Abroad application. In order to ensure that your UW Study Abroad application is considered complete, click on the link labeled “Partner Program Application,” select, and click Submit. Contact enghmw@uw.edu if you have any questions. 

2) Submit the College of Engineering Summer Study Abroad Partner Program Supplemental Application. This application requires you to submit a personal statement and unofficial transcript. For competitive programs in which more applications are received than available spots, the personal statement will be the primary means for selection. Personal statements will be assessed based on how well the student's personal interests and goals match with the program. This application should be submitted by the UW application deadline. 

3) After the UW application deadline, selected students will be notified of their nomination to the partner program and will receive instructions to submit the partner program application directly to the program coordinators. Students should receive confirmation from the program coordinators regarding acceptance into the program. Notification dates will vary by program. 

Orientation

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.

Disability Accommodations

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.

Withdrawals

The 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:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.