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GE3: Japan, Tohoku University
Sendai, Japan (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: F/W/SP/SU,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets F/W/SP/SU,
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement:
JAPN 103
Language of Instruction:
English, Japanese
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Class Eligibility:
3. Pre-Junior, 4. Junior
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Academic Pre-Approval, See Brochure for details
Eligible Majors:
All Engineering Majors, Computer Science, Information Technology
Type of Program:
Housing Options:
Program Advisor:
Lauren Steinberg
Supplemental Application:
Program Description:

GE3: Japan, Tohoku University

The Program

The Global Engineering Education Exchange (GE3) is an international exchange program for all College of Engineering, iSchool and Biomedical Engineering majors. The program allows Drexel students to study in one of 9 countries overseas, fully immersed into the education, culture and daily life of their host country. This is a fantastic opportunity to make new friends and explore your academic interests from a different perspective. At Tohoku University, students will take part in the Junior Year Program in English (JYPE).

For more information on study at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan please visit:


Drexel students interested in going to Tohoku may choose one of two options:

Option 1:  Study Only - available during Tohoku's fall semester. Students leave for Japan in mid-September and will stay in Japan through early February.  Students will be scheduled for co-op during winter/spring terms and will need to find their own co-op.

Option 2: Study + Co-op - Students spend 12 months in Japan participating in the study abroad program from September - early August and then will stay on in Japan until mid-September in order to complete their co-op requirements.  To complete co-op requirements students will need to work with their Japanese faculty research mentor in order to stay in Japan beyond the official end date of the program.

The academic portion for both program options focuses on learning Japanese language and culture as well as taking technical classes and humanities classes taught in English. Please find a link to available courses here. Individual research projects are an integral part of the program for both study only and study + co-op students. Coursework at Tohoku JYPE is in English but Drexel requires students to have completed Japanese 103 or the equivalent. Students should consider taking more language courses during their freshman summer vacation term or on campus during their co-op terms in order to advance their language skills more quickly. For more information please contact Modern Languages Department at 215-895-5816.

The individual research project is an integral part of both the study only option and the study + co-op options. Students considering the study + co-op option must fulfill basic co-op requirements. That is, the work assignment must be 6 months in length, be related to the student's field of study and be a minimum of 20 hours per week.  Students will need to work with their Japanese faculty mentor in order to make sure they fulfill these requirements. The student may need  to stay beyond the end of the program, until Mid-September in order to fulfill these requirements. Students considering this option must meet with the international co-op manager, prior to be accepted to the program. Please call 215-895-2185 to schedule an appointment.

Program Calendar




Mid Sept- December

January- mid February

Mid- February- early June

June- early August


Option 1:
Study only

Leave for Japan.

Students take courses in Japan.

Receive academic credit for research course.

Finish courses for semester 1 in Japan.

Scheduled for co-op winter and spring terms

On co-op.

Students will have to find their own co-op and should consult with their co-op coordinator for assistance.

Students scheduled for co-op winter and spring terms

Students enrolled in summer term class at Drexel

Finish summer term courses at Drexel.

Students will continue with classes during the

 fall term

Option 2: Study + co-op: 

Leave for Japan.

Students take courses in Japan.

Receive academic credit for research course.

Finish courses for semester 1 in Japan.

Scheduled for class winter term.

Receive academic credit for research course.

Enrolled at Semester 2 at Tohoku.

NO academic credit for research course as this is part of your co-op requirement.

Students scheduled for co-op spring and summer terms

Finish semester 2 at Tohoku.



Students continue to work with Tohoku

research faculty member until early September


Students return to the US to complete their

co-op requirements by finding a co-op in the US


All students will return to Drexel for fall term



Students should prepare to make adjustments and be flexible in fitting this program into their Drexel schedule. Due to the need for cycle and program changes the study abroad office urges you to begin planning 12-18 months in advance.


Grading: Students are taught by Japanese faculty at their host university. Grades are noted as credit/no credit (CR/NCR) on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR, students must earn a "C" or above. The goal is to be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel.

Tohoku - Course Equivalents.xls List of Tohoku courses that have been approved with Drexel equivalents. If you would like to take courses that are not listed, you will need to get equivalents approved by the appropriate department. For example, if you want to take a sociology course for Drexel credit, the Sociology Department at Drexel must pre- approve the course and equivalency.

The Experience

Sendai is divided into five districts. It is conveniently located and close to both the sea and the mountains. Sendai is a comfortable and pleasant city with a lot of greenery. In fact they call it "Forest City". The main avenues around the city are wide and tree-lined, giving the city an almost European feel. Several large universities are located in Sendai, attracting college students from throughout the Tohoku area.

Drexel students have several on campus housing options, such as the International House, the First Sendai International House and the Second International House. Capacity is limited, however, and some students may have to live in private apartments.

In order to enter Japan, it is necessary to obtain a Visa from the overseas Japanese Embassy or Consulate prior to traveling to Japan. This process generally takes 2 - 3 months so students should act early. Tohuku will assist accepted students in obtaining their visa.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs: A Guide to the Japanese Visa

Get first-hand LIVE information from a student currently studying at Tohoku in Dragons Abroad!

Scholarship Information

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus all of your financial aid travels with you. If you are interested in seeking additional funding, you should considering applying for study abroad Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.


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This program is currently not accepting applications.
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