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University of Tokyo


The University of Tokyo, abbreviated as Todai, is a research university located in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan. The University has 10 faculties with a total of around 30,000 students, 2,100 of whom are foreign.

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Tokyo (東京) is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the centre of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the largest metropolitan area in the world. It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family.

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.


Language of Instruction: Japanese. However, there are many courses available in English.

Exchange students are allowed to choose between TYPE 1 (Japanese language only) or TYPE 2 (English language) programs depending on their purpose of participation and/or their proficiency in the Japanese language. Most students select TYPE 2 and opt to take Japanese language courses. For more information about either, see the Exchange GuideLink to external website. See the TYPE 1Link to external website and TYPE 2Link to external website pages for more specific information about either program.

Course Workload: Exchange students are required by Japanese law to take taught classes or conduct research for at least 10 hours per week. Most courses at UTokyo are 2 credits each (equalling 2 contact hours per week), depending on faculty and discipline. This means generally a minimum number of courses for visa purposes is 5. However, a normal full-time workload is 6 to 8 subjects (12 to 16 credits). This is highly dependent on the faculty offering the courses and should be considered alongside the contact hours, assessment requirements, and depth of subject matter of individual courses, which are detailed in the Course CatalogueLink to external website

Undergraduate faculties available for exchange:

Law, Engineering, Letters, Science, Agriculture, Economics, College of Arts and Sciences, Education

Note: Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Faculty of Medicine do not accept exchange students.

Graduate faculties available for exchange:

Law and Politics, Medicine, Engineering, Humanities and Sociology, Science, Agricultural and Life Sciences, Economics, Arts and Sciences, Education, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Frontier Sciences, Information Science and Technology, Interdisciplinary Information Studies, Public Policy

For more information about courses, including those available in English to exchange students, see the University of Tokyo's Course CatalogueLink to external website, and the Exchange GuideLink to external website

Please note: Students seeking credit for Japanese language study while on exchange should see the Faculty of Arts eligibility requirements.

Exchange students may apply for university housing arranged by the University of Tokyo. However, because of the limited number of facilities, university housing may not be guaranteed. The International Exchange Group of International Affairs Department at the University of Tokyo will contact the students with details of the procedure after their applications to study or research at the University of Tokyo have been approved.

For more information about housing, see the University of Tokyo's Accommodation GuideLink to external website, and Exchange GuideLink to external website

Useful information for international students about the University of Tokyo can be found in the Exchange Student HandbookLink to external website, and in the Exchange GuideLink to external website

Health Insurance: Exchange students who plan to stay in Japan for more than three months will need to join the National Health Insurance Program. They must complete the required procedures at the city or ward municipal office.

Academic Calendar: See this page for The University of Tokyo Academic CalendarLink to external website It should be noted that semester dates are specified by individual faculties, however the following is a rough guide.

Summer Semester: April 1 to September 30 (realistic semester end date is early to mid-July).
Winter Semester: October 1 to March 31 (realistic semester end date is early to mid-February).

Useful information for international students about the University of Tokyo can be found in the Exchange Student HandbookLink to external website, and Exchange GuideLink to external website

Visa Information: The Global Learning office is not legally permitted to provide advice relating to visas. For further information, contact the relevant embassy or consulate. Please do not ask the Global Learning office to assist with your visa application. We recommend that you go to the Smart Traveller websiteLink to external website  for links to your appropriate Consulate or Embassy.

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