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Dept ENGR: Sendai, Tohoku University
Sendai, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates &
Deadlines:
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Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Spring
Fact Sheet:
Housing:
Dormitory
Minimum GPA:
3
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Courses Offered:
Engineering, Japanese, Sciences
Type of Program:
Exchange
Language of Instruction:
English, Japanese
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Longnecker
Internship Available:
No
Non-Penn State Students:
No
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Grad/Undergrad:
Undergraduate
Program Description:
 

Program Overview     


Sendai, the largest city in the Tohoku Region, is located about 350 km to the northeast of Tokyo. It can be reached in two hours from Tokyo by Shinkansen Superexpress, the Bullet Train. It is an important economic and cultural center in northern Japan with many universities, government agencies, and corporate branch headquarters. Sendai, often called the City of Trees, is a city known for its tree-lined streets, and it is also regarded as an academic city with its center on Tohoku University. Sendai is regarded as one of the most pleasant Japanese cities in which to live.

Tohoku University was established in Sendai in 1907 as Tohoku Imperial University by consolidating an agricultural college and a science college. It is the third oldest former Imperial University after Tokyo and Kyoto. Tohoku University is well known for its open and progressive polices. It was the first Imperial University to admit women and foreign students, and also pioneered in opening a university by offering public lectures. In 1911, Tohoku University graduated its first foreign students, thus becoming the Japanese university with the longest history of foreign graduates.

This program is restricted to Penn State engineering students. You will enroll in science and engineering courses offered by Tohoku University's Junior Year Program in English program. You are also required to take Japanese language while on the program. This program is not recommended for advanced Japanese speakers, as it is designed for students with little to no previous Japanese language instruction. Visit the on-site course catalog to find more information about specific courses and read course descriptions.


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Education Abroad Credits


You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

Students will register for a minimum of 13 credits for this program. The maximum number of credits allowable is 16.

Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.

Pre-requisites


This program is restricted to Penn State engineering students. It is strongly recommended that all College of Engineering students take ENGR 111: Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication for Engineers, a one credit online course, before their semester abroad.


Housing and Meals


You will assigned to live in either the Tohoku University International House or University House Sanjo with other international students where you will be responsible for providing your own meals. The Tohoku Handbook for International Students is a helpful resource when considering housing options. 


Program Costs



For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Academic Year and Spring budget sheets. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
 

Financial Aid & Scholarships



Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
 
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
 

For More Information



For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

The Penn State College of Engineering has resources to help students gain international experience. The College's international office is located in 204 Hammond Building, and international engineering envoys are available during fall and spring semesters to help answer your questions. In addition, there is a study abroad advisor in each department in the college who can help to answer academic questions that you may have. 

How to Apply


If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2014 09/15/2013
**
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Final dates to be determined. Spring semester runs from early April to early August.
Academic Year 2014-2015 01/20/2014
03/15/2014 09/30/2014 08/07/2015
Spring 2015 09/15/2014
**
Rolling Admission 01/01/2015 01/02/2015
NOTE: NOTE: Please note: The dates listed above are not the actual dates of the program. At a later date your program dates will be provided to you. Should you have any questions, please follow up with your Education Abroad advisor.
Academic Year 2015-2016 01/20/2015 03/15/2015 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed