University of Tokyo


Language of instruction


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–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:


UTokyo has multiple campuses around Tokyo:

  • Hongo campus
  • Komaba campus
  • Kahiwa campus

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at UTokyo.

Postgraduate students wishing to study courses offered at Graduate School of Economics will need a minimum GPA of 5.0 in Economics and Management courses.

Students wishing to take courses taught in Japanese will require level N1 or higher Japanese language skills.

For those enrolled in 3-year long programs, they must be at least in the 2nd semester of their 2nd year when studying at UTokyo. 

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. 

Study areas taught in English

Chemistry and biochemistry
International relations
Political science

Course restrictions

Exchange at UTokyo is not available to Medicine and Pharmacy students.

Undergraduate students cannot register in courses of the graduate schools. 

There are specific prerequisites for postgraduate exchange applicants.

Additional academic information

Students will participate in the UTokyo University-wide STudent Exchange Program (USTEP).

Undergraduates need to apply as Type U students:

  • Courses offered in Type U can be found in the Course Catalogue for Type U students
  • Type U students are eligible to take Japanese language courses from Global Komaba (at Komaba Campus), or JLCSE (at Hongo Campus, offered by the School of Engineering). 
  • Full-time Japanese language study is unavailable.

Postgraduates need to apply as Type G students:

  • Courses offered in Type G can be found through the UTokyo online course catalogue
  • Type G students are eligible to take Japanese language classes called General Course from Center for Japanese Language Education.  
  • Full-time Japanese language study is unavailable.

UTokyo also offers one-year long "Global Japan Studies Program", students who complete this program will be issued a "Certificate of Completion". 

UTokyo has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


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.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program 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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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 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, Global Experience 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

You must register your travel plans on the International SOS so that you can be contacted and supported in an emergency.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.