About the University
Tohoku University, located in Sendai City, was founded in 1907 as Japan's third national university. It continues to be an innovative university committed to the principles of “Research First” and “Open Doors”. It has long enjoyed the reputation of being one of the most liberal universities in the country as well as an institution that places a strong emphasis on leading-edge research.
Tohoku University Japanese Program - Summer
This summer intensive program provides students of partner institutions with an opportunity to discover Japan through diverse learning experiences in English. The program offers intensive Japanese language classes for beginner and pre-intermediate learners, topical seminars in Japanese culture and society, a home-stay, and other cultural activities including field trips.
Students are required to apply to the Office of Education Abroad (OEA) and (after being approved by OEA) directly to the Tohoku University Japanese Program. In order to gain access to the OEA application, students will have to attend a Study Abroad Webinar
and meet with an Education Abroad Advisor. The Tohoku University Japanese Program application can only be completed upon an advisor's approval. Students must be nominated by their home institutions; the link to the online application form will be sent to OEA separately, who will forward it to the student. By the deadline (March 31), prospective students need to fill in the online application form and upload necessary documents that can be found on the program’s website
NOTE: Students who do not apply to OEA will not be able to apply to the Tohoku University Japanese Program without OEA's approval. Additionally, students who do not apply to OEA for approval will not receive academic credit for their program and are ineligible to use financial aid or scholarships towards their program cost.
Interested in attending Tohoku University for a semester or a year? Check out our Tohoku University Exchange brochure
This program is open to UNC Charlotte sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.3. All students who participate are required to be in good academic and disciplinary standing upon applying and prior to departure. In addition, you must be a full-time undergraduate student and beginner or pre-intermediate learner of Japanese language.
TUJP provides students with intensive Japanese language classes to develop their communication skills efficiently, focusing on a variety of interesting topics in everyday life. Students are divided into 3 levels according to the placement test. This program also includes relevant lectures and cultural workshops (see below for lecture examples) as well as many opportunities to interact with Tohoku University students. At the end of the program, students will present the outcome of their project work assigned by group. (We will inform the admitted participants of this year’s project theme separately. Topics and contents are subject to change.)
Lectures & Workshop Examples:
- Comparative Japanese Studies
- Governmental Policy in Japan
- Japanese Law and Society
- Japanese Traditional Flower Arrangement
- Karate and more.
Students are eligible to earn 4 ECTS credits, which is equivalent to 2 US credits.
There is more information on course offerings available on the program’s website
There are two terms available in the program, the first from early to mid-July and the second from late July to early August.
Students cannot apply for two consecutive terms. Please refer to Tohoku’s website
for the specific dates of each term for this program.
Dates are subject to change.
The university-contracted off-campus accommodations (hotel) will be a 20-min. walk from Kawauchi Campus, where most classes and activities will be held during the program. Each student will be assigned a furnished bedroom with a unit bathroom. Breakfast is not included but available upon request (approximately ¥800/meal).
Participants will need to pay accommodation fees at the end of the program directly to the hotel (approximately ¥74,800 in total).
Although Tohoku University is an exchange partner of UNC Charlotte, this program does not operate as an exchange program. This program is treated as an affiliate program. Please see below for an outline of what posts are paid to whom.
Paid to the Office of Education Abroad:
• Study Abroad Administrative Fee = $610 ($35 due at time of application)
• Mandatory international health insurance = $1.42/day
Paid to Tohoku:
• Program Fee
• Accommodations (see Accommodations tab).
Please refer to Tohoku's website for the cost.
Program fee and includes:
-Japanese Culture Workshops & Activities
In addition, students are responsible for:
• Books and supplies
• Passport/visa costs if applicable
• Personal/Travel expenses
Participants who have been accepted to the program are eligible to apply for the JASSO Scholarship. Please see Tohoku's website
for more information and the application.
*Note: Students do NOT pay tuition & fees to UNC Charlotte when they participate in this program.Costs may be approximates and subject to change.
All students must have a valid passport before they leave for their program. You can apply for a passport at your local post office or at Union Station located in UNC Charlotte's Student Union.
OEA is not qualified or legally able to disseminate visa advice or assist with visa requirements. Please visit the embassy's website for more information.
U.S. Department of State
If you are a U.S. citizen, please see the U.S. Department of State's website for more information regarding visas. Once on the travel.state.gov website, scroll to the bottom and choose "U.S. Passports & International Travel." At the top, choose the "Country Information" tab and type the country you are going to. Scroll down to "Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements" and read thoroughly. Note: travel.state.gov will most likely take you to the consulate or embassy's actual website.
Office of Education Abroad
College of Health & Human Services (CHHS) 256
(704) 687-7747 | fax (704) 687-1661