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Durham University

Erasmus, Exchange & Study Abroad

University of Tokyo

01/09/2021 ***Please note - this is an archive page and is not being updated***

The Exchange pages are currently being migrated to a new Global Opportunities web platform.

Number of places available for 2021/22: 5 full year places (includes 3 places for MLAC Students)

The University of Tokyo has some of its total number of places pre-allocated places for Japanese Studies so places for non Japanese Studies students may be limited.

Student Exchange website:

Term Dates: Tokyo operates on a 4 term system. The term dates would usually be from September to the following August.

General Contact:

Academic Information

There are courses available in both English and Japanese. A full list of courses available can be found here:

Students should be aware that courses change annually and courses on the website above may not be offered in the next academic year. Courses available to students in English will be made available from March 2016.

Global Japan Studies Programme

Tokyo offers the Global Japan Studies giving students an opportunity to study Japanese Politics, Economics, culture and society. The course is provided in English and is designed to be taken over the full academic year.

More information can be found here:

Application Period

September Admission: January 1 to February 28

April Admission: August 1 to September 30



Language Requirements

There are a variety of courses available in English. Tokyo requires students to be proficient in English and/or Japanese. Non-native English speakers will be required to provide evidence of English language ability.

If students wish to take courses in Japanese, they are required to have a minimum JLPT level 1.

Students can register for Japanese Language Education classes to help with Japanese Language.


Exchange students can apply for housing, but this is not guaranteed. The housing office has a website with more information:

Supporting Documents Required

  • Exchange Application Form
  • Academic Transcript
  • Proof of Financial Support (e.g. bank statement)
  • Copy of Passport
  • Reference Letter
  • ID Photos
  • Certificate of Eligibility Application Form

Student Support

The University of Tokyo of a range of student support such as moving to and living in Japan, career advice, studying japanese and family support in Japan.

Summer Opportunities

The University of Tokyo runs a summer internship programme in Kashiwa, which:

  • provides hands-on research internship opportunities in the fields of natural sciences and social sciences
  • offers lectures from the world-leading researchers at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences
  • is a seven-week summer program for academically motivated undergraduate students
  • provides a scholarship and accommodation.

Applications will open from mid-December 2015. Further details are available here:

JSPS Summer Programme

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) are currently offering short term placements for PhD or MPhil students:

The JSPS Summer Programme provides the opportunity for current MPhil or PhD students to receive a one week orientation on Japanese culture and research systems on arrival and then move to a host institution in Japan of their choice and approved by JSPS, to conduct collaborative research activities for 2 months during the summer.

Value of award: Return international airfare, maintenance allowance (534,000, JPY), research support allowance (158,500 JPY) and overseas travel and accident insurance policy are provided.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a British national and a current MPhil or PhD student based at a UK university or research institution at the time of application. Eligible research fields are not limited.

Applications should be sent to the British Council Tokyo. Application guidelines and form are available on their website here:

Also case studies written by former UK JSPS Summer Programme Fellows can be found here:

Other Information

Exchange students who will be studying in Japan for longer than 3 months will be expected to join the National Health Insurance Program.

Sarah Harrison, from Theology recently completed her year abroad in Tokyo! Check out her blog at Durham Students Abroad: Sarah