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Tohoku University STEM Summer Program

Program Location Sendai, Japan
Sponsor Tohoku University
Program Type Direct Enroll
Course # SA 20209
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2022 06/19/22 to 07/16/22

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Financial Aid Deadline
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Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Tohoku University STEM Summer Program
Tohoku University campus
The Tohoku University STEM Summer Program (TSSP), Exploring the Frontier of Science & Technology is designed specifically for freshmen and sophomores majoring in science and engineering (STEM).  Students will learn about the latest advances in the field and how scientists and engineers can contribute to society through research.

For more than a century, Tohoku University has been consistently ranked amongst the top academic institutions in Japan.  Its research achievements and contributions, coupled with its wide network of collaborative partners, led to it being one of the first institutions to be conferred the status of a Designated National University by the Japanese government in June 2017.

A trailblazer since its founding in 1907, the university was also the first to accept both women and graduates from technical schools, departing from the norms of other imperial universities at the turn of the 20th century. Among the inventions that were born at Tohoku University are the split-anode magnetron used in microwave ovens, the steel-wire recorder and the Yagi-Uda antenna.  

Tohoku University’s four main campuses are spread across the cosmopolitan city of Sendai, the cultural, political and economic center of Japan’s north east Tohoku region.  Located some 300 kilometers - and a short 90-minute bullet train ride – from Tokyo, Sendai is a city of fascinating contradictions.  Although it is a large city, Sendai is known throughout Japan as a modern city in harmony with nature.  The city possesses beautiful scenery, such as the Hirose River that runs through central Sendai, and the lush zelkova trees that line its streets.  Greenery is especially abundant in the center of the city, which has tree-lined streets and parks.  As a result, Sendai is called the “City of Trees.”

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:Tohoku University.


Tohoku University STEM Summer Program
Cherry Blossom time in Sendai

This program is ONLY for students in Science and Engineering who have completed no more than 2 semesters at Purdue and have not yet taken upper-division major courses.

Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture. 

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: None

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Engineering][College of Science]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

This 4-week program consists of the following segments:

  1. Cutting-edge research in Science and Engineering being developed at Tohoku University (Spintronics, Biomolecular Design, Robotics, Materials Science and Information Science)

  2. Science and technologies related to disasters and reduction of damage based on experiences of the Great East Japan Earthquake (Earth Science, Disaster Science in Japan, and Disaster Response)

  3. Group problem-solving activities (hands-on experiments in quantum phenomena and handcrafting an efficient motor and a paper airplane based on science and engineering theory)

  4. Japanese language and culture (Aikido, Zen meditation, calligraphy and flower arrangement)

The program includes experiments, lectures, facility/laboratory visits, presentation and field trips. At the end of the program, students will make a final presentation.

The program typically offers a variety of excursions to local areas that are historically, culturally, and/or economically significant.

Tohoku University will arrange an off-campus accommodation in a hotel located ten-minutes away from Aobayama campus where most activities will be held during the program.  Each student will be accommodated in a furnished individual bedroom and a bathroom.

Estimated Program Costs
Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2020

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and the Host University
Program Fee$1,090.11
Study Abroad Fee$304.70
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$2,000.00
Weekend Travel$400.00
Local Transportation$100.00
Books and Supplies$50.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $750.00 -$1,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Students who meet the scholarship criteria are eligible to receive a $700 JASSO scholarship.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Summer Feb 1

Returnees Information
Tohoku University STEM Summer Program
Sendai is known as the City of Trees

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


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