Research Exchange Program/Laboratory Internship Program

The Research Exchange/Laboratory Internship Program gives participants opportunities to work on research under the supervision of an SIT professor.
The participants will be assigned to a laboratory based on their research topic and the lab capacity of SIT professors. The research theme and content will be decided based on discussion between the host professor at SIT and the participant. Participants can pursue their research topics in a Japanese-style lab
and culturally diverse vibrant academic/research environment.

For undergraduate-level students, the program allows acquiring hands-on experience and practicing research skills from the early stage of higher education. For graduate-level students, the program can be utilized as a part of the thesis work.


  • Deepen the knowledge of the field and area that you have already learned.
  • Obtain new perspectives in the field of engineering at a cutting-edge facility in Tokyo.
  • Learn different cultures and perspectives in multicultural environments.

  • Join the laboratory and be supervised by an SIT professor in the field of students’ interest.
  • Over 250 laboratory choices from the science and engineering fields.
  • Flexible program duration choice (min. 8 days - max. 1 year)
  • JPY40,000 per month scholarship opportunity *Must pass the SIT scholarship screening
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requirements_icon Requirements
The applicant must :

  • be Bachelor 3rd year*or higher level who has basic/good knowledge to conduct research work independently.
  • complete this program at SIT and return to home university before graduation from the home university.
  • have good English skills* (CEFR B2 equivalent or higher)
  • be physically and mentally healthy.
  • comply with the Japanese export control legal framework.

*When the applicant is a third-year university student at the start of the program, he/she is eligible to apply for our program.
* CEFR B2 is equivalent to IELTS 5.5-6.5, TOEFL iBT 72-94, (These scores may change from time to time)
* Native English speaker and English-based degree students are not required to submit English proficiency scores.
* If the applicant hasn't taken the English proficiency test, his/her home university can issue a letter that substantiates the student's English proficiency.
fee_length_icon Fees
SIT Partner University applicants:

• Application (Registration) fee: JPY30,000*
• Admission fee: All Waived
• Tuition: All Waived
Non-Partner University applicants:

• Application (Registration) fee: JPY30,000*
• Admission fee: JPY40,000
• Tuition (Course takers only): JPY15,000/credit
*Application (Registration) fee needs to be paid at the time of application (after August 2021).
Admission fees and tuition will be charged after starting the program.
apply_icon How to apply?
Please decide your entry period (when to start and length of stay) and check the application submission period. Then, please apply for the program during the application submission period.
In order to apply for the program, you must be nominated by your home university.
(Your university coordinator will be asked to upload the nomination form to the online application system too.)
Entry PeriodApplication Acceptance PeriodProgram start month
1st Entry*October 1 October 15 - October 31March, April
2nd Entry*December 1 - December 31May, June
3rd Entry*February 1 - February 28July, August
4th EntryApril 1 - April 30September, October
5th EntryJune 1 - June 30November, December
6th Entry*August 1 - August 31January, February
*Please avoid starting your program in the holiday seasons as below.
-Late December to the beginning of January (about 10 days): New year holiday
-Late April to May 7: Special holiday in Japan (Golden week)
-Middle of August (about 2 weeks): Summer holiday


For your reference:
For nominator:
lab_icon SIT Research Laboratories
From the below icon, search for the laboratory and professor(s) to be supervised when you participate in the program.
SIT Laboratories and Professors' List

SIT Lab Videos
faq_icon For more details (Frequently Asked Questions and Program Guidelines)
Frequently Asked Questions
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Program Guidelines (PDF)

ContactDivision of Global Initiatives
3-7-5 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8548, Japan (2F Classroom and Administration Building Toyosu campus)