Tohoku University or 東北大学 - public higher education institution in Japan. Tohoku University began its activity in 1907. The main building of the university is located in Sendai inside an urban campus.

University ranking. Tohoku University is considered to be one of the most prestigious universities of Japan taking its rightful place among the top 5 educational institutions of the country. Every year the university manages to get into the top 5% of the best world universities. Its expertise lay in the fields of: «Arts and Humanities», «Engineering and Technology», «Life Sciences and Medicine», «Natural Science», «Social Sciences and Management», «Physics», «Chemistry». The university is in the top 100 in education quality. According to surveys the university has a high standing among employers.

Application process and the cost of tuition. The applicants must pass examinations as a part of the admission process. Tohoku University is one of the most selective universities in the world, accepting 1 out of 10 students who submitted the aplication. The academic year is divided into semesters like in many other educational institutions of Japan. A year of bachelor studies will cost you around 4,712 USD. Tohoku University is considered to be a pricey option when it comes to obtaining a master’s degree - 4,712 USD per year of study. In addition to low tuition fees the university provides the students with extra financial assistance in the form of scholarships. Not everyone can study full time, so Tohoku University offers such students a wide range of online programs. On the official website of the university ( you can read more about the programs and associated tuition fees.

The composition of the university. Tohoku University is average in size with a capacity of 19 thousand students. The admission committee accepts the applications from foreign citizens. The ratio of foreign students at Tohoku University is 6% of all students. More than 3 thousand teachers are employed by the university. The university offers its students and the academic staff to participate in the international exchange programs. Tohoku University has the following social media pages Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Linkedin.

Infrastructure of Tohoku University. The university has a functioning library. For those who require accommodations dormitories on and off campus are offered.
Ranking   82   4
Country Japan
City Sendai
Town Sendai
Bachelor (citizens) Check the current price on the official website of the university
3,944 USD/year.
Master (citizens) Check the current price on the official website of the university
3,944 USD/year.
Bachelor (foreigners) Check the current price on the official website of the university
3,944 USD/year.
Master (foreigners) Check the current price on the official website of the university
3,944 USD/year.
Living expenses $850 -1,599 USD/month
Acceptance Rate 10%
Official Website
General information
Finance type Nonprofit
Organization type Public
Established 1907
Teachers 3,436
Students 18,363
Foreigners 6%
Religion None
Academic calendar Semesters
Admission Based on entrance examinations
Gender limitation No limits
Campus type Urban
Housing Available
Financial aid Available
Distance learning Available
Exchange programs Available
Library Available
• Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan
• Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)
World ranking 82
Country ranking 4
Academic Reputation 81
Employer Reputation 146
Quality of teaching 45
Citations per Faculty 215
Ranking in world by sphere
Arts and Humanities 205
Engineering and Technology 77
Life Sciences and Medicine 120
Natural Science 42
Social Sciences and Management 252
Ranking in world by discipline
Physics 42
Chemistry 35
International rankings
UniPage World University Ranking 82
QS World University Rankings 74
ARWU Academic Ranking 101
Alternative title
Russian Университет Тохоку
Arabic جامعة توهوكو
German Universität Tohoku
Spanish Universidad de Tohoku
French Université Tohoku
Japanese 東北大学(日本)
Korean 도호쿠대학
Portuguese Universidade de Tohoku
Chinese 东北大学(日本)
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Tohoku University - Official Description

Tohoku University was founded in 1907 as the third imperial university, during the period when Japan had begun to transform itself into a modernized society. Since then, it has played a leading role in both research and education in Japan, and is now ranked among the top universities in the Asia-Pacific region. From the start Tohoku University has maintained uniqueness within Japan. The university has always conceived strong loyalty to science while other former imperial universities have tried to meet the governmental needs. This has resulted in remarkable success in the University's own research and also the cultivation of brilliant students who have maintained a desire for science even after they left the university. A typical example, and probably the best known is Mr. Koichi Tanaka, the 2002 Nobel Prize laureate and a graduate of the class of 1983. The university sees science as something to be used for the good of humanity. This has encouraged us to apply the most advanced scientific knowledge in various fields such as engineering, medicine, and law, to the needs of society. The university is widely regarded as one of the most active in industry-university cooperation in Japan. We have also placed great emphasis...

Description of Tohoku University

Tohoku University is a research-oriented institute located in Sendai-the ‘ City of Trees’ – in the heart of the Tohoku (northeast) region of Japan. The university was established in 1907 as Japan’s third Imperial University, it became the first Japanese university to accept female students. Tohoku University has become one of Japan’s leading universities, with 10 Faculties, 16 Graduate Schools, 3 Professional Graduate Schools, 6 Research Institutes, and affiliated research and education centers. The number of students enrolled at Tohoku University is 17,852 including 1,532 international students, and the number of academic and administration staff is approximately 6,379 including 321 international academic staff (as of May 1, 2014) . Under its ‘Research First’, ‘Open-Door’ and ‘Practice-Oriented Research and Education’ principles, Tohoku University aims to establish ourselves as an internationally recognized university and research center through producing top-class research in the world, while it nurtures highly-specialized human resources who are rich in humanity and capable of leadership that contributes to knowledge and the advancement of society from international perspective

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