In 1911, Vice Minister of Education Masataro Sawayanagi, moved to Sendai to become Tohoku University’s first president. Sawayanagi firmly believed that academic research should be integrated with education. He also believed that a university should not discriminate based on class or gender.
Following this principle, Tohoku University accepted graduates from technical and higher normal schools, and despite opposition from the government at that time, became Japan’s first university to admit female students in 1913.
This is an international exchange program based on an agreement between the Ohio State University and Tohoku University in Japan. One or two exchange students are selected each year to participate in this program. Students may attend courses in Japanese and Asian culture, politics, economy, society, religions, literature and history, which are conducted in English.
Sendai is the capital of the Miyagi Prefecture and the largest in the Tohoku region. The city is nestled between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Ou Mountains to the west. The city's current population hovers around 1 million.
Tohoku University will make every attempt to house incoming exchange students in university housing, but there are simply not enough rooms to accommodate all students. The university remains committed to helping students to find additional housing options. Students are encouraged to begin researching the various possibilities on Tohoku's housing website.
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Specific registration instructions will be provided in the nomination letter.
Students will be taking the majority of their courses in Japanese.
Students are strongly encouraged to review the credit transfer process in full and to discuss their overall academic goals with their academic advisor(s) beforehand.
Complete applications will include two letters of recommendation from recent instructors; the strong preference is for referees who can comment on an applicant's Japanese language abilities. The selection committee reserves the right to place applicants at the Japanese university that it feels is the most appropriate match for them. Nominated students will need to fill out additional documents for the host institution, by whom the final acceptance decision is made. Acceptance decisions generally follow in June or July.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, be Junior rank, have completed two years of college level Japanese at Ohio State at the time of application, successfully completed Japanese 2231 prior to departure and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. Tohoku University will want proof of a JLPT rating of N3 or higher, or equivalent to/higher than N3 on the individual Japanese Computerized Adaptive Test. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Ohio State students nominated to participate on an exchange will pay their regular tuition and fees to Ohio State. A fee for the required supplemental health insurance will also be included. In addition, these students are also responsible for arranging and paying for international airfare, room and board, and all other living or personal expenses. Students are advised that payments for room and board will be in the local currency.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
Thursday, September 27 from 6-7:30 pm in Enarson Classroom Building 160
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.
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NOTE: Program dates are tentative. DO NOT book travel until formally accepted by the partner and arrival information has been issued.