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AIKOM

What is the AIKOM Program?
AIKOM is an international exchange program in which the College of Arts and Sciences accepts students from cooperating overseas universities for one or two semesters in its Senior Division. AIKOM also sends Senior Division students to overseas universities.
Students Eligible to Apply

Students who have proceeded to the Senior Division before March 2013

Students enrolled in or holding preliminary acceptance in the following departments/programs/courses:

Department of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies (all majors), Department of Area Studies (all majors/courses), Department of Social and International Relations (all majors), Department of Basic Science (History of Science, Philosophy of Science majors), Department of General Systems Studies (Human Geography major), Department of Life and Cognitive Sciences (Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences major)

Students who have proceeded to the Senior Division after April 2013

Students enrolled in or holding preliminary acceptance in the following departments/programs/courses:

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (all majors/courses), Department of Interdisciplinary Sciences (Science and Technology Studies course / Geography and Design Sciences course / Environmental Studies course), Department of Integrated Sciences (Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences course)


Those who do not hold Japanese citizenship must contact the Globalization Office in advance.
Partner Schools (Host Institutions)
Period of Stay
The period of stay may be one academic term or one academic year, based on the academic calendar of the hosting institution.
Housing
In most cases, we are able to place students in university accommodations during the length of their study abroad. However, in cases where, for example, the hosting institution does not have housing facilities or there are too many students to accommodate, it may become necessary for students to make their own living arrangements.
Insurance
Students must enroll in the study abroad insurance prescribed by the College of Arts and Sciences. (Students are responsible for the insurance costs.)
Tuition and Other Expenses
Tuition is to be paid to The University of Tokyo. (The host institution will not charge its usual tuition.)  Other expenses (transportation expenses, living expenses, insurance fees, etc.) or personal spending are completely the individual student’s financial responsibility.
Scholarships
The following scholarships may be available to those who qualify.

Program NameEligible StudentsAmount AwardedQuotas
Sato Yo International Scholarship Foundation

Scholarship Program for Foreign Exchange Students
Students sent to areas indicated by the foundation (mainly Southeast Asia)

*Japanese citizens
80,000 yen per month, round trip airfare, plus 100,000 yen 6 total throughout foundation
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

Student Exchange Support Program (Short Term Exchange)
AIKOM exchange students (There may be further restrictions depending on the period of departure.)

*Japanese citizen or permanent resident
60,000 – 100,000 yen per month (depending on area) Several from among AIKOM students
Application and Selection
The application period will be as follows (the period of application is generally two weeks). The application may open in other periods, so please check the information periodically or sign up for our mailing list.

・Universities in Oceania and South American regions: Usually October
・Universities in England, Ireland and North American regions: Usually November
・Universities in the Asian region: Usually December
・Universities in the European region (excluding England and Ireland): Usually January

The selection process will take place promptly after the deadline. Selection will be based on document screening and an interview, but there may be separate language exams held depending on the school/region.

Students must satisfy the TOEFL/IELTS requirements of the host university, if any.

  Attention:  Our entire recruitment and selection process occurs separately from the university-wide exchange programs (USTEP). Our timelines and procedures for submitting applications, recruitment and selection differ from those of USTEP, so please take extra precautions when submitting your application. For details regarding USTEP, please refer to their website: http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/ja/administration/go-global/program/exchange-en.html
Credits
Up to 30 credits earned abroad may be transferred to the College of Arts and Sciences and may be counted toward the student’s graduation requirements. Subjects for which credits can be transferred are as follows:

Students who have proceeded to the Senior Division before March 2013

・Courses in the following departments: Department of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Department of Area Studies, Department of Social and International Relations (all majors), Department of Basic Science (History of Science, Philosophy of Science majors), Department of General Systems Studies (Human Geography major), Department of Life and Cognitive Sciences (Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences major)
・Common courses (Up to 4 credits)
・Foreign language courses (Students in the Department of Area Studies, up to 7 credits. Other students, up to 6 credits.)
・Special courses, etc.

Students who have proceeded to the Senior Division after April 2013

・Courses in the following departments: Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (all courses and majors), Department of Interdisciplinary Sciences (common science courses, courses in the Science and Technology Studies course, and courses in the Geography and Design Sciences course), Department of Integrated Sciences (common courses in the department, as well as courses in the Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences course)
・Foreign Language Courses (Students in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, up to 14 credits. Other students, up to 12 credits.)
Thinking about Study Abroad
For students who are looking to potentially study abroad, we recommend that you thoughtfully consider the following:

・ Intentions for study abroad
What is your purpose for studying abroad? What will you learn? What do you want to experience?

・ Goals for study abroad
What kind of end result do you hope to achieve by the end of your time abroad?

・ Study abroad expenses
Necessary finances (transportation expenses, tuition, living expenses, etc.), scholarship possibilities

・ University you wish to study abroad at
Possess an understanding of the university’s basic tenets, philosophy, unique characteristics, etc.

・ Country you wish to study abroad in
Possess at least fundamental level knowledge of the country’s politics, geography, history, and culture

・ Outline of academic and extracurricular plans to support your intentions and goals
Academic plan for each term
Extracurricular plan outside of studies (clubs, how you will spend your free time, etc.)
Plans to interact with other students and people in the host country

・ Plans for after returning to home country
How do you plan to use and make the most of your study abroad experience after returning home? In addition, what purpose or role do you plan to fill, or how do you plan to give back?

All the way up until the time you actually go abroad, it will be necessary to make other preparations and think about various other things beyond the points listed above (for example, reviewing your basic knowledge about Japan, etc.). As such, before students depart, the Globalization Office holds various study abroad preparation seminars and orientation sessions for students who have received preliminary acceptance based on intra-university selection. These students must participate in the preparatory sessions.
Inquiries
Globalization Office (GO) B1, 21KOMCEE West
Open: Monday - Friday  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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