University of Tokyo

Tokyo
Japan

Language of instruction

English
Japanese

Founded in 1877, the University of Tokyo is the oldest and largest national university in Japan. Over the course of its long and distinguished history, the university has produced some of the most outstanding scholars, scientists, and social and political leaders of Japan, including eight Nobel laureates, 15 prime ministers of Japan, and 5 astronauts.

UTokyo’s Hongo campus in central Tokyo is located near “Bunka No Mori” (translated as the forest of culture), an area housing many renowned monuments and Ueno Park – a famous cherry blossom-viewing site.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester April–late July / early August
Semester 2 Autumn Semester September–January/February

View the UTokyo academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

UTokyo has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Campuses

UTokyo has multiple campuses around Tokyo:

  • Hongo campus
  • Komaba campus
  • Kahiwa campus

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

14 tani / credits per semester at UTokyo is equivalent to 8 UQ units.
You are not permitted to study fewer than 14 tani (8 UQ units)

Minimum academic requirements

GPA

  • You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at UTokyo.
  • Postgraduate: To study in the Graduate School of Economics you will need a minimum GPA of 5.0 in Economics and Management courses.

Language
Students wishing to take courses taught in Japanese will require Japanese proficiency of level N1 or higher.

Study Options
You are admitted as either an undergraduate student (type U) or a postgraduate student (type G). Further details are outlined in the Additional Academic Information section below.

Other Requirements

  • Postgraduate:
    • The Graduate School of Economics requires postgraduate students to have full-time enrolment at UQ before starting an exchange. 
  • Undergraduate:
    • Students enrolled in a three-year (48 unit) program at UQ must have completed 24 units before commencing an exchange at UTokyo. 
    • Students enrolled in a four-year (64 unit) program at UQ must have completed 32 units before commencing an exchange at UTokyo. 
  • Campuses:
    • UTokyo has two campuses; Hongo and Komaba, which are about one hour from each other. It is strongly recommended students only select courses from one campus. Further details are outlined in the Additional Academic Information section below.

Note: Host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice.

Find courses

Search the UTokyo course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Chemistry and biochemistry
Computer science
English
English literature
History and ancient history
International relations
Japanese
Law
Linguistics
Peace and conflict studies
Philosophy
Physics
Sociology
Postgraduate
Agriculture
Animal studies
Architecture
Biological sciences
Biotechnology
Computer science
Development
Economics
History and ancient history
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International relations
Law
Peace and conflict studies
Physics
Political science
Public policy

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Accommodation

UTokyo provides a number of accommodation options, however, spaces in the university housing are very limited. The University does provide information and assistance to find private accommodation during your exchange.

Cost of living

Tokyo has the highest prices in Japan, a country that is known as one of the world's most expensive places to live. UTokyo provides a list of the average expenses for you to refer to when budgeting your living expenses.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Eligible students at UTokyo may apply for the JASSO Scholarship.

Insurance

Students approved to participate in a Semester-based Exchange are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Every international student who lives in Japan for over 3 months is required to enrol in the National Health Insurance (NHI) system.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

UTokyo provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students. 

Contact the Consulate General of Japan for visa and immigration information. 

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)