Tohoku University offers a plethora of English-taught courses. These courses provide the ground for international students to study abroad in Japan in spite of having very limited Japanese language skills. These courses break the common belief that one must know Japanese to study in Japan and provide a ton of opportunities to students who have the dreams of studying in Japan but are constrained due to the lack of Japanese language skills. English-taught courses are available at both Graduate and Undergraduate level.

Undergraduate Programs

The Future Global Leadership (FGL) program offers three undergraduate programs at the Undergraduate level. The courses are taught entirely in English. The courses are- International Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offered by the Faculty of Engineering, Advanced Molecular Chemistry offered by the Faculty of Science, and Applied Marine Biology offered by the Faculty of Agriculture. The program seeks students from around the globe who share an international perspective, desire to be active on an international scale, and have excellent fundamental academic abilities.

International Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Course (IMAC-U) provides world-class environment and infrastructure for creating the future generation of engineers. Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Tohoku University is one of the best in the world. This course integrates the fields of Mechanical systems, Finemechanics, Robotics, Aerospace Engineering, Quantum Science and Energy Engineering, Environment and Energy Engineering, and Mechanical/Biomedical Engineering. There are more than a hundred labs to choose from. The Research-first principle of Tohoku University is truly reflected by this course as the students spend two and a half years of their four-year undergrad life in a specific lab for completing their undergraduate research. Being entirely taught in English, this course is very supportive of the international students.

Advanced Molecular Chemistry (AMC) course is designed to train future leaders in the field of materials science, which is playing an increasing role in the development of new technologies. It offers students knowledge and research training in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, biochemistry, and materials chemistry. In particular, the AMC course gives skills needed for identifying and solving research problems within science and technology. Lectures and laboratory classes are taught by faculty members in the Department of Chemistry and affiliated materials research institutes (IMR and IMRAM). IMR is one of the best institutes in the world for material science. The flagship laboratories combined with the top-class professors offer very good opportunities to learn new things and unveil ground-breaking innovations.

Applied Marine Biology (AMB) is a marine science course with an emphasis on research applications to all aspects connected with harvesting food from natural and aquacultured marine animals and plants. Grounded in basic sciences in the first year, AMB students receive instruction and training in a broad range of techniques and subject areas, including ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology. Students will become familiar with many different animals and plants, both in the laboratory and in the field, including various kinds of fishes and shellfish, and other interesting organisms such as sea urchins, macroalgae (seaweeds) and microalgae (microplankton). Opportunities are also available for working at the biochemical level on novel substances of potential use as medicines.


Graduate Programs

Tohoku University offers a number of Graduate courses conducted in English. The top-notch research infrastructure combined with highly knowledgeable professors provide the opportunities for expanding the horizon of knowledge and conducting ground-breaking research. The programs conducted in English are listed below: –

The International Graduate Program for Advanced Science (IGPAS) is one the longest running international courses in Tohoku University. IGPAS is a five-year graduate program combining a two-year master’s program and a three-year doctoral program. Admission for the three-year doctoral program is also available. Each student is affiliated with one of six departments: Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Geophysics, Chemistry, and Earth Science.

International Post-Graduate Program in Human Security (IPHS) has four programs—Food and Agriculture for Human Security, Public Health Sciences for Human Security, Human Security and Society, and Human Security and Environment —headed by the Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Graduate School of Medicine, Graduate School of International Cultural Studies, and Graduate School of Environmental Studies, respectively. The four schools provide the curricula for understanding the intricacies of various problems related to food, health, regional communities, and environment. Program of the Graduate School of Medicine focuses on preventable death events as well as social systems that form the background of events, such as infectious diseases, chemical hazards, disasters, patient safety, etc. Program of the Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences targets food security at the national and household level, food safety and nutrition, farming and marketing, sustainable agricultural development, rural development and rural institutions, village governance, and role sharing between the market and the government for development. Program of the Graduate School of International Cultural Studies concentrates on research into the individual social security problem and how daily lives are affected by human rights violations, gender bias, conflicts, and refugee status. Further, research on the establishment of social security in the changing environment surrounding different states and their citizens.  Program of the Graduate School of Environmental Studies pivots around education and research into the extent to which environmental changes of water, forest, soil, climate, and ecosystems influence people’s lives and communities.

International Environmental Leadership Program (IELP) at Tohoku University Graduate School of Environmental Studies provides a trans-disciplinary education, combining the humanities and sciences with instructors from the Department of Environmental Studies for Advanced Society and the Department of Frontier Sciences for Advanced Environment. The program seeks to equip students with a sense of internationalism, practical know-how, management capability, and the individual leadership and group-minded orientations inherent in strategic planning. The Graduate School of Environmental Studies supports world-leading research groups across a wide range of disciplines, not only in the sciences and engineering fields but also in the humanities. The school has a history of pioneering research and educational achievements in energy and resources. It is very likely you will find a research group active in your field of interest. IELP offers special courses developed from an international perspective to provide a detailed underpinning of knowledge necessary for environmental leadership. These are supplemented by a range of more technical courses to provide a broad knowledge of environmentally-important sciences and technologies. Courses are also directed at developing analytical and strategic approaches to solving problems.

International Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Graduate Course (IMAC-G) is an international graduate course in the Mechanical Engineering, Division of Graduate School of Engineering. It consists of 5 departments with more than 80 laboratories. Prospective students will have excellent opportunities to study fundamental engineering and conduct cutting-edge research with advice from top-level researchers. It includes IMAC-G Master Course (two years) and IMAC-G Doctor Course (three years). This course includes the departments of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Finemechanics, Robotics, Aerospace Engineering, and Quantum Science and Energy Engineering. This course is one of the most popular international courses at Tohoku University.

International Materials Science and Engineering Master Course (IMSE) aims to cultivate global-minded engineers and leaders who can take up active roles in the development of cutting-edge technologies based on materials science and engineering. IMSE seeks enthusiastic global-minded international students who aspire to take on key international leadership roles in their futures. All lectures in IMSE can be taken in English. Department of Metallurgy, Materials Science and Materials Processing are participating in IMSE. Institutes related to IMSE include the Institute for Materials Research (IMR), Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (IMRAM) and New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe). Graduate students can choose from a wide range of course subjects offered by departmental and research institute staff. Students initially enrol in the IMSE masters program, but many will wish to take a longer perspective on their research, conducting cutting-edge research throughout the graduate program. An International Doctoral Program is also provided in the departments.

Global Program in Economics and Management (GPEM) prepares future business leaders to understand the modern global economy and build better careers in a knowledge-based society. Through a unique integration of Economics and Business Management studies, students in the Economics and Management program at Tohoku University study the full range of topics relevant to the modern business world. Topics range widely from Economics subjects such as History of Social Thought and Applied Macroeconomics, to Management subjects such as Industrial Engineering, Regional Planning, and International Accounting. Also, for those who wish to continue research beyond master’s level, an opportunity is available to enter the GPEM doctoral program after finishing GPEM master’s program.

The Data Sciences Program (DSP) started on October 2015 as one of the “International Priority Graduate Programs (PGP) – Advanced Graduate Courses for International Students” supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, and Technology (MEXT). The program is designed to acquire not only basic knowledge and skills of data sciences based on computer sciences, fundamental mathematics, and engineering, but also practical skills for discovery and solving the real world problems in life sciences, social sciences, economics, and others. Graduate School of Information Sciences (GSIS) conducts this program in collaboration with graduate schools of Life Sciences, Economics and Management, and Engineering in Tohoku University. The courses will mainly be given in English except for some optional subjects to learn Japanese language and culture. DSP consists of a graduate program combining 2-year master’s and 3-year doctor’s courses. Students should be affiliated with one of the four graduate schools: Graduate Schools of Information Sciences (GSIS), Life Sciences, Economics and Management, and Engineering. Primary and sub mentors are assigned to every student participating DSP for supervising their learning and research, where the primary mentor is the professor/associate professor accepting the student in her/his affiliated department of the graduate school, and the sub mentor belongs to GSIS.

International Graduate School of Accounting Policy (IGSAP) is a unique MA degree program run jointly by universities and partner business professional institutions in Japan and overseas. The principal mission of IGSAP is to nurture professionals of accounting policy, who will go on to lead in the resolution of a variety of serious problems in global, national and local affairs. IGSAP offers a lot of Lecture / Seminar courses in the main three Subjects. IGSAP has the main three Subjects: Accounting Systems Design, Finance of SMEs, and Modern Public Policy, and four communication literacy courses: Japanese Business Communication, English Business Communication, Cross-section of Multi-culture, English Composition for Research Paper and Master Thesis. Students can engage in internship or field study in business organizations or government offices offered by Public Organization Institute of Accounting Policy (collaborative organization between academia and profession) or foreign collaborative universities. Students can make a research paper in the second year of IGSAP. If it is evaluated AA, the students can proceed to the Ph.D. program of the Graduate School of Economics and Management. In case students enrolled based on Double Degree MOU between IGSAP and a partner university, they can submit a master thesis to both university and can get dual degrees.

International Graduate Program in Language Sciences (IGPL) consists of a 2-year Master’s program and a 3-year doctoral program affiliated with the Graduate School of International Cultural Studies at Tohoku University. The aim of this program is to promote interdisciplinary education and research concerning human language from multiple perspectives of linguistics, psychology, brain science and information science.

Graduate Program in Global Governance and Sustainable Development (G2SD) program is established within the Graduate School of International Cultural Studies at Tohoku University (Japan), offering two-year master’s and three-year doctoral programs. The G2SD program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum, consisting of three groups of courses- Governance-focused courses, Development-focused courses, and Environment-focused courses. In this program, a number of prominent academics in various research fields build on their transnational networks of researchers and practitioners, and provide their students with interdisciplinary knowledge and practical expertise.


The International Courses offered at Tohoku University provide very high quality education, rich experiences, and a wide global perspective. The quality of education and infrastructure for research is top-class. The courses are designed to nurture the future leaders and enrich them with knowledge and techniques to solve the global scale problems.