Tohoku University

201–250 th
World University Rankings 2021
97 th
Impact Rankings 2020
1 st
Japan University Rankings 2020
2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi, 980-8577, Japan

About Tohoku University

For more than a century, Tohoku University has been consistently ranked amongst the top academic institutions in Japan. Its research achievements and contributions, coupled with its wide network of collaborative partners, led to it being one of the first institutions to be conferred the status of a Designated National University by the Japanese government in June 2017.

A trailblazer since its founding in 1907, the university was also the first to accept both women and graduates from technical schools, departing from the norms of other imperial universities at the turn of the 20th century.

Since then, Tohoku University has continued to attract talented researchers who have put their findings towards improving quality of life around the world. Among the inventions that were born at Tohoku University are the split-anode magnetron used in microwave ovens, the steel-wire recorder and the Yagi-Uda antenna.

More recently, in the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Tohoku University pioneered research in next-generation medicine and disaster science, giving local and global communities the necessary tools and knowledge to fight illnesses and be better prepared for natural disasters.

Tohoku University’s four main campuses are spread across the cosmopolitan city of Sendai, the cultural, political and economic centre of Japan’s north east (Tohoku) region. Located some 300 kilometers - and a short 90-minute bullet train ride – from Tokyo, Sendai is a city of fascinating contradictions.

Home to a million people, Sendai is a big, sophisticated metropolis with museums and music halls, trendy shops and cafes, with a home team in every major professional sport. But it also has a small-city charm, easy friendliness, four distinct seasons and magnificent nature.

It’s a great place to live and an inspiring place to study. Come join us!


Faculties / Schools



  • Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship
  • University Recommendation (October entries only)
  • President Fellowship 2018
  • Monbukagakusho Honors Schlarship




Campus Life

University House Aobayama is Tohoku University's 9th student dormitory and also its most ambitious and multicultural. Located at the new extension of Aobayama Campus, the new complex features 94 units of eight bedrooms each - enough for 752 students. There are also four rooms for residents with disabilities.


Double Degree Programs

Tohoku University offers three university-level Double Master’s Degree Programs with partner institutions:

Most of Tohoku University's graduate schools also have departmental-level Double Master’s/Doctoral Degree Programs with their partner institutions.


International Joint Graduate Programs

Exchange Programs


Summer Programs

Students from partner universities were at Tohoku University for a fortnight of language classes, and workshops on Japanese history, law, economy and traditional arts.

About 30 undergraduate students from partner universities took part in TSSP 2019, getting an overview of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses offered here.


Research Institutions

Explore rankings data for Tohoku University

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Key statistics

  • 11.7
    No. of students per staff
  • 12%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 27 : 73
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 17,752
    Number of FTE Students
  • ¥5,657
    Finance per Student (¥000s)
Based on data collected for the (1) 2021 World University Rankings and (2) 2020 Japan University Rankings



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