Prospective Students

Young Scientist Exchange Program (YSEP)

YSEP is a program for exchange students from Tokyo Tech's partner universities around the world. It is conducted in English, and offers a unique opportunity to experience a research project along with Japanese language/culture. Tokyo Tech offers following two types of YSEP.

YSEP Focused on Research (YFR)
YSEP Experiencing Japan (YEJ)
Admission Qualifications(When you join YSEP)
Applicants must have completed at least three years of undergraduate study, but not yet completed a master's degree at a Tokyo Tech partner university (*1)
Applicants must have completed at least two and a half years of undergraduate study but not yet completed a master's degree at a Tokyo Tech partner university (*1)
Period of Study
1 Academic Year (4 quarters)

Mid-September to the following August
*Period cannot be extended.

1 Academic Semester (2 quarters)

Spring: March - August


Autumn: September - February

*Period cannot be extended.

Courses Offered
Compulsory Subjects (13 credits)
-YFR Research Seminar(2 credits / Fall semester)
-YFR Research Project (6 credits / Spring semester) (*2)
-Topics on Japan (1 credit / semester*)
-Fieldwork Skills Course (1 credit / Fall semester)
-Study on Japanese Companies and Industries (1 credit / semester*)
*Students will take these courses for two semesters.
Compulsory Subjects (7 credits)
-YEJ Research Project (4 credits) (*2)
-Topics on Japan (1 credit)
-Fieldwork Skills Course (1credit)
-Study on Japanese Companies and Industries (1 credit)
Elective Subjects from International Graduate Program, Undergraduate Program (2 credits per course) (*3) and/or Japanese Language Courses
English Fluency
For applicants whose native language is not English, the test scores of TOEFL (iBT, PBT), IELTS, TOEIC, or other equivalent documents are required.
JASSO Scholarship(*4)
Monthly Stipend: 80,000 yen
25 students
15 students per semester
Application Procedures
1)Contact the Student Exchange Office at your home university. Approval from your home university is required before you proceed to the online application.
2)Prepare all necessary documents for the application.
3)Find 3 potential Tokyo Tech professors under whom you are interested in conducting research during your stay here.
4)Apply through our online application system and submit the required application materials electronically by the application deadline.
Application Deadline
End of February
(Japan Standard Time)
Autumn Semester: End of February
Spring Semester: August 20 of the previous year
(Japan Standard Time)
Detailed Informaiton

(*1) YSEP participants must have student status at their home university during their period of study at Tokyo Tech.

(*2)YSEP participants are assigned to a laboratory and will conduct a "Research Project" under the supervision of an academic advisor.

(*3) Some courses may have prerequisite course requirements, attendance policies, and/or completion requirements of core courses for undergraduate students.

(*4) JASSO determines awards according to its criteria. Allocation of JASSO Scholarship funding is limited.