Prospective Students

Young Science and Engineering Researchers Program (YSEP)

Period of Study

From 5 months to 1 year
Starting only in April or October(Starting month of each semester)

Student Status at Tokyo Tech

International Exchange Student (non-regular, non-degree-seeking student)

Application Deadline

June 3, 2022 for fall Semester 2022


* Tokyo Tech have renewed our programs for International Exchange Students. From September 2022, YSEP will be offered as a research-oriented program. Students who intend to conduct research activities at Tokyo Tech should select the YSEP program.

YSEP offers students from partner universities the opportunity to spend 5 months to 1 year at the Institute. Under the YSEP, Tokyo Tech waives the application, enrollment, and tuition fees of undergraduate and graduate-level (master’s degree program) International Exchange Students from participating partner universities [LIST of agreements]. Participants conduct individual research projects in the laboratories of Tokyo Tech faculty members and they may also be able to take courses outside the lab.


  • Applicants must be enrolled at partner universities with which Tokyo Tech has a tuition waiver agreement.
  • Those with student status at their home university, enrolled in the following programs at the time they start research at Tokyo Tech:
    • ・Doctoral program
    • ・Master’s program
    • ・Bachelor’s program (at least two and a half years of study)

Period of Study

  • From 5 months to 1 year
  • Starting only in April or October (Starting month of each semester)

Program Outline

  • 1) Study and research under the guidance of an academic supervisor (required)
  • 2) Engage in at least one of the following activities (required):
    • (a) Take at least one of the following courses.
    • - Study on Japanese Companies and Industries
    • - Multicultural Understanding Through Art
    • - Japanese language
    • (b) Participate in one of the monthly events organized by Tokyo Tech. (Dates: TBA)
    • (c) Make a presentation on one’s research. (Dates: TBA)
  • 3) Take elective subjects (optional)
    • Take elective course(s) in the International Graduate Program conducted in English with the permission of the course instructor and academic supervisor.*

Undergraduate students can take courses for undergraduates (most of which are conducted in Japanese) and courses for graduates also open to undergraduate-level international exchange students (conducted in English).

Student Status at Tokyo Tech

International Exchange Student (non-regular, non-degree-seeking student)

Application Deadline

For applicants who will join YSEP from the fall semester of 2022 (starting in October 2022)

Deadline: June 3, 2022


Information about YSEP in the spring semester of 2023 will be announced in November 2022.

Language Requirements

High-level English ability is required for conducting research and communicating with laboratory colleagues.


Submission of official test scores such as TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, etc. is strongly recommended.

Application Procedures

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Contact the Student Exchange Officer (or equivalent) at your home university
YSEP applicants must be officially nominated to Tokyo Tech by their home university, and Tokyo Tech must be informed of the nomination BEFORE applicants are invited to apply online.
After receiving the official nomination from your home university, Tokyo Tech will directly send you the necessary information for logging in to the online application form via email to you.
Find an academic supervisor at Tokyo Tech

Tokyo Tech’s Schools

Tokyo Tech STAR Search (Researcher Finder)outer

Before beginning the online application process, applicants are required to contact a desired academic supervisor at Tokyo Tech directly, and obtain approval from him/her. On the online application form, applicants need to submit evidence such as an email message or a letter indicating that the Tokyo Tech professor agrees to be the applicant’s academic supervisor.

  • In the Department of Architecture and Building Engineering, applicants are required to submit their CV and portfolio via the online application form. As academic supervisors will be arranged by Tokyo Tech, applicants do not have to contact supervisors directly.
  • In the Department of Technology and Innovation Management, applicants may be required to submit additional documents with their application.
Submit the required application materials online.

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Documents necessary for application

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Additional required documents before enrollment:

Health Certificate for Infectious Diseases (other than COVID-19)

International students who have passed the entrance exam and whose registered enrollment period will be three months or longer are required to have the health certificate completed and signed by a physician within the three-month period before the designated date of enrollment at Tokyo Tech (or within the three-month period before their planned date of arrival in Japan if their arrival will be later than the date of entrance). In addition, we request that it be submitted prior to the designated date of entrance (or prior to arriving in Japan if the arrival will be later than the date of entrance).
Note that all expenses for this shall be borne by students.
Please cooperate with our preventive measures against various infectious diseases that could cross international borders in order to protect the health and wellbeing of you and your colleagues.

For more details, please refer to the following website;



Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

Name of scholarship

Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan

Monthly stipend

JPY 80,000


Those making a presentation on their research during the program

Selection result

Notified by Tokyo Tech by the end of August 2022


Regarding students applying for a JASSO scholarship who receive other funding or scholarships, some scholarship foundations, unlike JASSO, do not allow their recipients to receive a stipend from another scholarship foundation (i.e., double funding).


The number of JASSO scholarship recipients is limited, and recipient selection will be made by Tokyo Tech.

After you are admitted

After the selection of YSEP participants, Tokyo Tech will submit on your behalf an application for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the Immigration Services Agency of Japan. It will take four (4) to eight (8) weeks for the COE to be issued. After it is issued, Tokyo Tech will send it to you. With the COE and your passport, you will be able to apply for your student visa at the Japanese Embassy or Japanese Consulate General in your country.


Student Exchange Group 3, International Student Exchange Division