Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University

Yusa Laboratory

How to join us

Our laboratory belongs to the Department of Quantum Science and Energy Engineering (This would sound strange, and I think "Department of Nuclear Engineering" expresses our department better), Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University. We welcome international students interested in our research; this page offers information on our application procedure for graduate students. Please note, however, that whether our policies fit you should be much more important than whether our studies interest you. We would like to ask you to confirm our policies, too.


Application procedure

Regular courses (degree students)

Prospective students must pass an enrollment examination scheduled on campus twice in a year (August and March) to take regular courses for a master's or doctoral degree. To prepare for the exam, applicants living abroad usually join us as research students (non-degree students) a few months before taking the exam; however, this is not required. Please note that research students are required to pay enrollment and tuition fees unless they officially belong to our partner universities1. More information about the enrollment examination can be found on the School of Engineering webpage, and our department webpage offers problems in past written tests.

Non-degree courses (exchange students)

Several programs are offered for short-term study (a few months to one year). Students belonging to most of our partner universities do not need to pay tuition fees to Tohoku University while studying in our laboratory. To get the most out of your time with us, we suggest contacting your advisor at your home university to discuss your study in our laboratory. Please contact us for more information if you are interested in applying for a scholarship through the university. We would like to suggest prospective students to confirm this.

Related information

Sendai City

Sendai is the largest city in the north-east part of Japan and one of the best places in the world to do your graduate work. As an urban city, it is not as crowded as other major Japanese cities such as Tokyo and Osaka. You will find more information about Sendai here.

Cost of living

Sendai's cost of living is relatively lower than that of large cities such as Tokyo and Osaka. The International Support Office in Tohoku University estimates the cost of living at approximately 60,000 JPY excluding the cost of accommodations (more details can be found here). The Japan Student Services Organization offers a list of scholarships for study in Japan. The Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship to be consider the best and most competitive.


  • Tohoku University follows export control rules; military research is strictly prohibited. Therefore, you should discuss your research topics and content with us before you submit your applications to our office.
  • We usually need to submit all documents necessary for the application several months before you enroll. Please contact us at least six months before you plan to begin your studies.
  • You need a certificate of eligibility to apply for your visa to study in Japan. Our administration office can assist you in obtaining your certificate of eligibility, but only after your enrollment is approved. For more information about the the visa application procedures, please visit this site.

Useful Links

  1. with tuition fee waiver MOU


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