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University of Tokyo, Japan

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Please do not contact this university directly.
For all enquiries please contact the Exchange Office at exchange@otago.ac.nz.
Last updated November, 2017

Academic Information

Language of Instruction

Japanese and English

Course Information

Courses in English

Since students admitted to the TYPE U program are able to take various courses offered across the various Faculties, please take careful note that courses may take place on the Komaba or Hongo Campus. It takes about an hour by local transport to travel between the two Campuses. Because of this we would recommend that you select a majority of your courses on one or the other of the two campuses. However, this does not mean you are not allowed to or should not choose courses on the other campus.
Although the application form has a section to list courses you wish to take, the actual selection and decision of what courses you take will be made in April or September after your arrival in Japan in discussion with academic staff.

Semester Dates

  • Academic Year: April - January
  • Spring Semester: April  - July
  • Fall Semester: October to January

Semester Dates at Tokyo

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Accommodation and the Cost of Living

Accommodation

Exchange students may apply for University housing arranged by UTokyo. However, due to the limited number of facilities available, we cannot guarantee that all students who apply for University-managed housing will receive it. The International Center at UTokyo will contact the students with details of the procedure after their applications to study or research at UTokyo have been approved.

Housing Office

Estimated Cost of Living

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Additional Information

Additional Information on the University of Tokyo

Student Visa and Insurance

Information on Student Visas and Insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.

Exchange Experiences

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The University, City and Region

The University

The University of Tokyo, abbreviated as Todai is a major research university in Tokyo. The University has 10 faculties with a total of around 30,000 students, 2,100 of whom are foreign. Its five campuses are in Hongo, Komaba, Kashiwa, Shirokane and Nakano.

It is widely considered to be the most prestigious university in Japan, and often it rates the highest in Asia.  One of the five campuses of the University of Tokyo, the Komaba Campus is home to the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences, and a number of advanced research facilities and campus services. This is the campus where all the freshmen and sophomores of the University of Tokyo spend their college life. The University of Tokyo is the only university in Japan that has a system involving two years of general education before students can choose and move on to their special fields of study. In this system, the Komaba Campus is the cornerstone of general education, and was designated as the "center of excellence" for three new areas of research by the Japanese Ministry of Education and Science. There are currently over 7,000 students (freshmen and sophomores) enrolled in the general-education course, about 450 students (juniors and seniors) pursuing their specialties in the College of Arts and Sciences, and 1,400 graduate students devoting themselves to advanced study.

Hongo Campus

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Tokyo 2.

The City of Tokyo

The history of the city of Tokyo stretches back some 400 years. Originally named Edo, the city started to flourish after Tokugawa Ieyasu established the Tokugawa Shogunate there in 1603. As the centre of politics and culture in Japan, Edo grew into a huge city with a population of over a million during the eighteenth century.

Today Tokyo is one of the world's most vital major cities, boasting advanced technology, information, culture and fashion, as well as a high level of public safety. Tokyo is a vibrating region, made up of a population of approximately 12.27 million people which includes the 'central' area, Tama area and the islands. Tokyo is a mix of the traditional, historical and modern, with many exciting historical sites to visit such as the Imperial Palace, Mt Takao, &  various ancient tombs and temples, castle ruins, hot springs, shrines, the Edo Period Gardens, the Tokyo Dome as well as many lively shopping areas.

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Further Information

For further information about Student Exchange please email exchange@otago.ac.nz