|Partner Institution/Organization Homepage:||Click to visit|
|Restrictions:||Princeton applicants only|
|Dept Offering Program:||Study Abroad OIP||Program Type:||Study Abroad (semester)|
|Language of Instruction:||English, Japanese||Language Prerequisite:||Yes|
|Program Features:||Academic Study||Degree Level:||3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior|
|Time Away:||Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester||Housing options:||Dormitory|
|Program Group:||Study Abroad OIP||Program Adviser:||Gisella Gisolo|
The UniversityThe University of Tokyo, usually 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.
The SettingTokyo began as fishing village called Edo and grew by the 16th century to the largest city in the world. Today Tokyo, still the largest metropolitan area in the world, is often considered one of the three economic centers of the globe along with London and New York City. As the political center of Japan, it hosts the Japanese national government and the Imperial Palace. Also known as a center for academic life the city holds numerous universities, such as Todai, and several national archives for researchers including the National Diet Library and the National Archives.
As you might expect from a city of this size, the cultural life in Tokyo is wide ranging and diverse. Tokyo has museums of all kinds from the Tokyo National Museum, specializing in traditional Japanese art to the National Museum of Modern Art near the Imperial Palace. Theater and music possibilities cover the spectrum as well, from noh and kabuki venues to large popular music venues like Nippon Budokan arena. Once cherry blossoms bloom in spring, many residents gather in Ueno Park, Inokashira Park, and the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden for picnics under the blossoms. Harajuko, a neighborhood in Shibuya, is famous for its popular culture scene and cosplay. Sports options abound with baseball and sumo being two very popular among locals.
Courses:Princeton students can combine study in a number of ways at Todai including the following:
- PEAK: A center for international students to study in English at Todai while also taking intensive Japanese language courses. Princeton students at PEAK will enroll in a Japanese language course and then take additional courses in East Asian studies or Environmental Studies taught in English.
- Direct enroll in Japanese or English: Princeton students who direct enroll may take courses offered in the Faculties of Law, Engineering, Letters, Science, Agriculture, Economics, College of Arts and Sciences, or Education. (The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Faculty of Medicine do not accept exchange students.) Students who wish to take courses in English must verify that the department offers the necessary courses in English.
Click here for details of each faculty and graduate school.
Click here to view available courses at each faculty and graduate school.
If students with advanced Japanese still wish to work on their language skills while direct enrolling, the Center for Japanese Language Education offers Japanese language courses. Please note that credit is not awarded for this. Click here for further information about the course.
- Combine PEAK enrollment with direct enroll: Students will need to complete both application processes and then OIP will work out the details of cross-enrollment on your behalf. This allows students to take PEAK courses in Japanese language for credit while combining courses from departments.
- WWS students will combine enrollment in PEAK and the university. In addition to the course work at Todai, students will also complete the WWS task force that will be arranged by Princeton.
Eligibility:B average in the fall and spring preceding the semester abroad (Princeton requirement).
Grading & Credits:For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.
Fall semester typically runs from early April to early August
Spring semester typically runs from late September to late January
You can view exact program dates on the university’s academic calendar
Princeton students may apply for university housing arranged by the University of Tokyo. Although Princeton students have priority for campus housing, because of the limited number of facilities, university housing is not guaranteed. Students will receive information about applying for university housing after acceptance to Todai.
Click here for further information about university housing.
The Todai housing office also lists numerous off-campus housing possibilities and will provide the required housing guarantee statement for enrolled students.
In general people in Tokyo commute significant distances to get to school or work. Students can expect on average a 45 minute commute one way to get to school. If choosing courses on multiple campuses in Todai, please be aware they are about 1 hour apart from each other.
Todai has a wide variety of student organizations that Princeton students can join including many Japanese-International student friendship organizations. These clubs operate on the university level, campus level and even within individual departments so ask around to find the group that meets your interests. These are excellent ways to get to know local students.
Of course, students also are in one of the region’s major cities and have access to all the options Tokyo provides – from the modern pop culture to the traditional Japanese arts, music and theater.
Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.
For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.
Passport and Visa
Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program. For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website.
Students are responsible for checking the entry requirements for their destination country, and obtaining an appropriate visa, if required. Entry requirements can be found on the destination country’s embassy or consulate website.
Application ProcessIn order to apply, the appropriate study abroad adviser from Princeton must review your qualifications and nominate you for the program.
- Make an appointment to see a study abroad adviser as early as possible to discuss your interest in the University of Tokyo exchange program.
- Click "apply now" here on the GPS brochure to begin an application.
- Complete the study abroad application items listed in GPS by the GPS deadline. The following items should be submitted to OIP:
- one faculty letter of recommendation
- one language recommendation from a JPN instructor (if taking Japanese)
- an essay outlining the reasons for applying to the exchange
- an official Princeton transcript
- photocopy of passport data page
In addition to a program application, students must also complete the Princeton Course approval form. This form is reviewed by the Committee on Examinations and Standing, which grants final approval to participate in the program. Students who meet the university eligibility requirements to study abroad and who have the support of their department are normally approved by the Committee.
ResourcesStart planning your study abroad experience!
- Make an appointment with a study abroad adviser
- Contact a Global Ambassador
- Attend an OIP event or info session
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