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Tohoku University



In 1911, Vice Minister of Education Masataro Sawayanagi, moved to Sendai to become Tohoku University’s first president. Sawayanagi firmly believed that academic research should be integrated with education. He also believed that a university should not discriminate based on class or gender.


  • The Advanced Graduate School will incorporate all current graduate programs from the different divisions to create more interdisciplinary collaborations.
  • It will include the International Joint Graduate Programs, which aim to attract higher caliber global talent.
  • There will be increased financial support for graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Study Abroad Programs will be enhanced and a new quarter academic system will provide more exchange flexibility.


Tohoku University, along with the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University, received confirmation of its new status from the Japanese Government in June 2017. The three were chosen from among 86 national universities in the country.

The conferment of the Designated National University title is a recognition of the university's abilities to lead and shape global education and research. The new status provides the university with a better platform to further contribute to communities at home and abroad.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

The International Support Office aims to facilitate a wide range of engagements for international students and researchers, from issues with Status of Residence to tips for everyday shopping.

ICT services

Laptops are used for everyday academic activities such as preparing and submitting reports, distributing class materials, viewing class syllabuses, checking grades and registering for classes. Because of this, Tohoku University requests that all students bring their own laptops.

Medical services

The Student Health Care Center provides annual checkups: in April for freshmen, and in May for other students. Students are advised to take advantage of the opportunity. In Japan, it is required by law to conduct medical checkups.

Student Life

Campus life

The ancient castle grounds of Sendai's famous feudal war lord Masamune Date, are home to the majority of Tohoku University's facilities. In addition to the five main campuses is the new Aobayama campus on Aobayama mountain surrounded by beautiful fir forests native to the region's hilly terrain.

The Tohoku University Botanical Gardens, was founded for research and education on Aobayama mountain, in 1958. 

Sports facilities

The Student Friendship Association is a university-wide organization consisting of 47 sports and 24 cultural clubs. The university also provides facilities for extracurricular activity.

Student clubs

The Student Friendship Association is a university-wide organization consisting of 47 sports and 24 cultural clubs. The university also provides facilities for extracurricular activity.

Student Reviews

It's now or never.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

It was amazing and hardworking.

IGPAS program Tohoku University
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Amazing research facilities and exceptional supports from teaching staffs.

Studying in a Japanese University
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Most of the classes i took where supposed to be in english but because i was the only international student or we were the minority the lectures were in Japanese. Japanese universities focus more in doing research during master degree than learning through lectures.

Sendai-shi, Miyagi, Japan

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