Good planning and preparation are key to successful study abroad. Application deadlines range from a year in advance for Tokyo Tech’s student exchange program under tuition waiver to two to six months in advance for short-term programs.

Steps to Study Abroad

Information gathering
Identify your purpose
Acquire foreign language skills
Maintain academic performance
Secure funding for study abroad
Plan your course of action from program application to departure

1. Information gathering

To find the program that offers the best fit, it is important to collect information. Understand what programs are available and what preparations are needed to participate in them.

Study Abroad Programs and International Experiences

Searchprogramsby country, region, timing, duration, purpose, costs, etc.

Students’ Experiences

Read reports byfellow Tokyo Tech students who have studied abroad.

Study Abroad Information and Consultation Service

Make an appointment for in-person, remote, or email consultation withthe Study Abroad Consultation Service.

Study Abroad Events

Attend the Study Abroad Fair, study abroad information sessions, presentations by study abroad returnees, and related events.

Mail news for International Exchange

Mail news for International Exchange

Subscribe for email news from International Student Exchange Division Click here to receive the latest information about study abroad programs and scholarships. The email is Japanese text only.

Guide to Study Abroad for Tokyo Tech Students

Guide to Study Abroad for Tokyo Tech Students

This guide, published in Japanese, is distributed at the Study Abroad Information Center on Taki Plaza B1 and in the library.

Global Scientists and Engineers Course (GSEC)

Global Scientists and Engineers Course (GSEC)

This course provides students with opportunities to participate in study or research abroad programs that put their knowledge and experience into practice. For other useful information on study abroad, refer to the GSEC website or register for updates via its mailing list.

2. Identify your purpose

Identify your purpose

Be clear about your purpose and goals in studying abroad. The clearer your purpose, the more fulfilling your study abroad life will be, and the better outcome you will have. Think about how to position study abroad in your academic planning and how you can apply study abroad experiences after graduation.

Study abroad program options

  • Cross-cultural experiencesCross-cultural

    Broaden your horizons by interacting with overseas students and researchers.

  • Exchange programs under tuition waiverExchange programs
    under tuition waiver

    Exchange programs under tuition waiver allow students the opportunity to study abroad for a semester or a full academic year at a Tokyo Tech partner university.

  • Language studyLanguage study

    Engage in month-long intensive language study abroad.

  • CourseworkCoursework

    Take specialized courses at a university abroad. Even in countries where English is not the primary language, courses taught in English may be available.

  • ResearchResearch

    Deepen your knowledge in your field by conducting short-term research abroad.

  • Skills developmentSkills development

    Improve your leadership and other soft skills.

  • Academic exchangeAcademic exchange

    Broaden your horizons and build connections through academically-focused discussions with students from various fields.

  • InternshipsInternships

    Participate in an internship at a university or research institution abroad.

  • Double degree programsDouble degree programs

    Enroll in a double degree program to obtain master's or doctoral degrees from Tokyo Tech and an Institute partner university abroad.

3. Acquire foreign language skills

Being able to communicate in the language of the destination country is invaluable to making the most of study abroad. Tokyo Tech study abroad returnees frequently comment "my having worked hard to study the local language before departure gave me confidence when I was at my destination" or "I wished I had studied the language more before going abroad." In addition, depending on the study abroad program, students may be required to possess a minimum level of foreign language proficiency in order to apply. It can be said that the stronger the language skills, the more options there are for studying abroad. Language skills are not acquired overnight, so be sure to work hard on a regular basis and take relevant language proficiency tests.

Language tests whose scores can be used for study abroad

The types of language proficiency tests that are accepted vary depending on the program, but these are the main ones.


This test measures four-skill English language proficiency (reading, listening, speaking, and writing) required for academic situations at the university undergraduate and graduate level. It covers a wide range of liberal arts subjects such as natural sciences, social sciences, and arts, as well as subjects related to student life.
TOEFL iBT (Japanese)


Held four times a year by the Tokyo Institute of Technology Co-op, TOEFL ITP is a test that inherits many test questions created for the paper-based TOEFL test (TOEFL PBT) and reuses the questions used there. A TOEFL ITP score can be used for the internal application for Tokyo Tech’s Exchange Programs under Tuition Waiver, but not all partner universities accept TOEFL ITP scores.
TOEFL ITP (Japanese)

TOEIC Listening & Reading

This is a test with a total of 200 questions, comprising 100 listening questions and 100 reading questions. The test takes approximately two hours.
TOEIC Listening & Reading (Japanese)


Recognized as a test of language ability of candidates who need to study or work in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and many Tokyo Tech partner schools in Europe, IELTS consists of four sections — listening, reading, speaking and writing — and takes approximately two hours and 45 minutes.

Events and support for language learning

There are many opportunities for international exchange at Tokyo Tech. Participate in international exchange events, spend time at venues for international exchange, and have fun and improve your communication skills through conversations with international students and fellow applicants for study abroad.

学内でできる国際交流|留学ガイド へのリンク

Open Forum

Join this student-led event to discuss topics casually in English.
Venue: Taki Plaza
Date and time: Mondays from 12:40 to 13:40 (subject to change)
Tokyo Tech Academy for Leadership

English Café

Casually chat with a native English-speaking faculty member.
Venue: Taki Plaza
Date and Time: Refer to the schedule at website
English Café

Foreign Language Resource Room

Browse or borrow various materials for foreign language learning (English, French, German, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, etc.).
Note: Student ID is required for the first visit.
Venue: Ookayama Campus, West Bldg. 3, Floor 7, Rm 701
Date and time: Monday to Thursday from 12:50 to 15:00
Foreign Language Resource Room

Foreign Language Advisory Center

Full-time faculty members are available for all consultations regarding foreign language studies.
Venue: Ookayama Campus, West Bldg. 3, Floor 4, Rm 405
Date and time: Monday to Thursday at specified times
Refer to the schedule at website
Foreign Language Advisory Center

Writing Center

Bring academic texts or assignments written in English or Japanese, and improve your writing under the guidance of trained tutors.
Venue: Zoom
Date and time: Monday to Friday from 10:45 to 17:05
Reserve a session: Writing Center

English Office Hours

Native English-speaking instructors provide assistance to students learning English. This support is also ideal for English conversation training.
Venue: Ookayama Campus, West Bldg. 3, Floor 10, Rm 1005
Date and time: Mondays and Thursdays at designated times
Refer to the schedule at website
Open English Office Hours

4. Maintain academic performance

Depending on the study abroad or scholarship program, GPA requirements may apply.

5. Secure funding for study abroad

Studying abroad costs money. The amount varies depending on the duration of study abroad and the destination, so check how much it will cost to study abroad and consult with your supporters. Tokyo Tech offers some programs that are relatively inexpensive as well as programs that include scholarships.

6. Plan your course of action from program application to departure