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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: GT applicants only
  • Estimated Program Costs: Academic Year, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Level: Undergraduate Program Type: University Exchange
Credit Hours: 12 Weeks per term: 16
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Academic Disciplines: Biology, Building Construction, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, City and Regional Planning, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Japanese, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear and Radiological Engineeering
Preferred Participating Majors (Exchange Programs): Computer Science Housing Type: On-Campus Residence Hall, Private Apartment
Advisor: Meg Sonstroem International Service Learning: No
Affiliated with GT Serve-Learn-Sustain: No
Program Description:
 
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Location Information


PROGRAM DATES
Spring semester:  mid March – early August
Academic Year:  late September – early August

LOCATION
This university is located in Tokyo, Japan. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:
http://www.state.gov
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HOST INSTITUTION
Since 1881, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) has been one of the leading institutions of higher education in the field of Engineering and Science in Japan. The Institute aims to educate the "whole" person; both technical and liberal arts subjects are emphasized in order to prepare students to perform equally well as educators, scientific researchers, leaders of industry or highly trained engineers. The Institute is comprised of three schools, six graduate schools, and four research centers. The three undergraduate schools are: the School of Science, the School of Engineering, and the School of Bioscience and Biotechnology. More than 1,000 international students are in the student body. 

Academic Cooperation Agreement Program (ACAP) 
Through this agreement students can enroll in a semester (2 quarters) or an Academic Year.  This program is focused on coursework, not research.  In order to take coursework in English students must be in their final year of study.  All other students must take undergraduate coursework in Japanese and must prove their Japanese proficiency.

Young Scientist Exchange Program (YSEP)
In 2000, Tokyo Tech started the Young Scientist Exchange Program (YSEP) for students from other countries. This exchange program gives students the opportunity to experience long-term research in a research project called SOTSURON as well as the opportunity to study one's major subject and the Japanese language. GT students who participate in this program take some language and elective courses and conduct research as part of the SOTSURON project. A student in this program is assigned to an advisor at Tokyo Tech who works with the student to choose a specific research project. Approximately 35 students from across the globe take part in YSEP each year. NOTE: The YSEP program may be done over a whole academic year or for Tokyo Tech's spring term. Students participating in this program for a spring term MUST be at least in the second term of their third year. Students doing this program for a full year MUST be in at least their fourth year. This requirement is not flexible.

HOUSING
  • university dormitories
  • off-campus apartments/rooms for rent
Tokyo Tech has housing for YSEP students, but rooms are not guaranteed. Students share rooms with other YSEP students in one of 2 buildings. Shofu Dormitory holds 51 residents, while Umegaoka Dormitory can hold 60 residents. Both buildings are within a 15 minute walk of the train station (Tokyo Tech is on the train line). For female students, the Senzokuike International House is reserved exclusively for women. If you can not obtain university housing, you may find information on alternative housing through JASSO.

ACAP students may seek accommodation in on-campus dormitories (note: space is limited) or through private accommodations. 

MEALS
  • no meal plan
  • on-campus dining
Both campuses have several dining halls and eateries.
 
Eligibility
  • Georgia Tech degree-seeking student
  • Good Academic Standing with a 3.0 (or higher) GPA at time of application
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two full-time semesters of study at GT 
  • Students must be in at least the 2nd term of their 3rd year at the start of the program
  • At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
  • Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
  • Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
  • All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
  • All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).

Academic Info
For more information on summer internship opportunities, please contact globalinternships@oie.gatech.edu.

COURSE INFORMATION
For Tokyo Tech's courses, click here.
 
LANGUAGE INFORMATION
Courses taught in English are only available to students who are in their final year of study at Georgia Tech. Students may take courses taught in Japanese if they are qualified at the undergraduate level.  

Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here.  Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.

CREDIT TRANSFER SYSTEM
1 TT credit for Sotsuron Research = 0.8 GT credit
1 TT credit for all other courses= 1.2 GT credits

 

GRADING SYSTEM
Tokyo Tech Grade = US Grade
80-100 = A
70-79 = B
60-69 = C
0-59 = F 
  • Complete information about how to apply for or renew a U.S. passport is available here.
  • You must obtain all proper immigration documents, such as an official passport and a visa if required. Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations. For visa information visit the U.S. State Department website here.
In order to obtain a student visa for study in Japan, you will need to gather several documents and take them to the Japanese Consulate in Atlanta. You should contact the Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta to obtain information on how to apply for a student visa.

One of the documents you will need to obtain your visa is a Certificate of Eligibility. After receiving your application documents, Tokyo Tech will request a Certificate of Eligibility from the Immigration Office in Tokyo. The Certificate of Eligibility, which takes a several weeks to be prepared, will be sent to us in the Office of International Education and we will forward it to you.

Essential Functions of Study Abroad


OIE is committed to supporting students with disabilities who plan to embark on an international experience. Along with this one of a kind experience comes with the knowledge that there are different cultural viewpoints and legal standards for disabilities throughout the world. Contact your study abroad advisor for additional details about the essential functions of this particular study abroad program. Notify the Office of International Education and the Office of Disability Services about your accommodation needs as soon as possible, but at a minimum, we suggest at least six months before your expected departure. Please note, that depending on your needs, it may take longer to determine if accommodations are in place for the program that you have chosen.
Experiences of Former Students
Want to hear from former study abroad students about the realities of daily life at the host school? Want to see snapshots from around the world - taken by former study abroad participants? Check out these helpful links: Peer Advisors and Study Abroad Photo Contest.

Can't find a student perspective for your particular program? Contact this program's Exchange Abroad Advisor for a list of recent participants who are eager to tell other GT students about studying abroad.
Advisor Information
 
Meg Sonstroem