The University of Tokyo’s “Global Unit Courses” (GUC) provides a great opportunity for students around the world to gain what it is like to study at one of the world’s leading universities in East Asia. GUC offers one-week intensive courses (5 to 10 sessions) with cutting-edge content, taught by faculty members of the University of Tokyo. All the courses for the year 2021 will be offered in online/on-demand format to enable students to experience UTokyo virtually and safely.
Applicants must be full-time undergraduate and graduate students or alumni of a university that is a member of the following alliances/partnerships.
- The International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU): http://www.iaruni.org/about/members
- The Asian Universities Alliance (AUA): https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/academics/aua.html
- The Association of East Asian Research Universities (AEARU): https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/academics/aearu.html
- Strategic Partner universities: https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/academics/sp-uni.html
- UTokyo USTEP (University-wide Student Exchange Program) partner universities: https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/academics/ustep-overview.html
- UTokyo partner universities with which the university has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding or Agreement: http://dir.u-tokyo.ac.jp/SysKyotei/01/
Application Period [2nd call]: From 23 March 2021 to 10 May 2021 at 10:00 a.m. (JST)
Receive Result of Screening: Mid-May
Payment Deadline: Late May
Program Period: Mid-June to August
Courses/ Delivery method
Applicants may choose from the following courses. See the calendar for specific time periods when the courses are taught.
Media in Japan and the World
(online, synchronous) Prof. Kaori Hayashi
Law in Transnational East Asia
(online, synchronous) Prof. Kentaro Matsubara
Early Language Acquisition–How Human Infants Learn Language Within Their Social Environment
(online, synchronous) Asst. Prof. Sho Tsuji
Japanese Language Courses
*Japanese Language Courses are open only to the students who register for at least one of the above courses. The courses will be taught by faculty of Center for Japanese Language Education.
■Survival Japanese for Beginners–B
*note: A and B are the same content but offered in different weeks.
■Step up Japanese for Upper Beginners
■Introduction to Academic Presentation in Japanese (Intermediate Level)
■Tips on Reading Japanese Kanji for Kanji background students (Intermediate to Advanced Level)*UTokyo reserves the right to cancel courses for reasons such as an insufficient number of registrants. Appropriate refunds will be given in case of cancellation.
JPY 50,000 per unit / JPY 25,000 per 0.5 unit
The program fee must be paid in full after admission is confirmed in April by credit card ONLY.
Payment Deadline: TBA
Applications are accepted via T-cens SP Online Application System only.
Please refer to Instruction for your GUC application via T-cens SP carefully.
The following documents must be submitted.
*Be sure that the file size of each document does not exceed 2MB.
1) A color ID photo, plain background (taken within the last 3 months)
2) A copy of your identification (passport or student ID card)
3) An OFFICIAL transcript(s) from all the institutions of higher education one has attended
4) Grading scale (if not mentioned in the above official transcript)
5) Consent Form
*Download the form from the below link, read it carefully and sign.
*3~5) Please scan and save the data as a PDF file.
6) Statement of purpose for each course you want to apply for
*Download the form:
- 21S101L_Media in Japan and the World
- 21S102L_Law in Transnational East Asia
- 21S103D_Writings About Japan–Analyzing Cultural Representations, From Orientalism to Artificial Intelligence
- 21S201L_Group Theory and Its Applications–Introduction to Beautiful Modern Mathematics
- 21S301L_Early Language Acquisition–How Human Infants Learn Language Within Their Social Environment
- 21S401L_Survival Japanese for Beginners-A
- 21S402L_Survival Japanese for Beginners-B
- 21S403L_Step up Japanese for Upper Beginners
- 21S404L_Introduction to Academic Presentation in Japanese (Intermediate Level)
- 21S405L_Tips on Reading Japanese Kanji for Kanji Background Students (Intermediate to Advanced Level)
All GUC courses are taught entirely in English (except for the Japanese language) and no knowledge of the Japanese language is required. Although no certificate of English language skills is required, students must possess sufficient language proficiency to complete university-level courses. The expected minimum proficiency level is that of TOEFL(iBT) 90 or IELTS 6.5.
Global Unit / Assessment
Students will be rigorously assessed and be given " Global Units" based on their performance and the number of class hours. Upon completion of course(s), a Global Unit Certificate, which may be used to calculate credits for transfer to your home institution, will be issued by the University of Tokyo.
UTokyo Global Unit Courses
International Exchange Group, Education and Student Support Department,
The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8652 JAPAN
Please send all inquiries regarding the courses to the following email address:
utokyo-guc.adm(at)gs.mail.u-tokyo.ac.jp *Please change (at) to @