Research Exchange Program/Laboratory Internship Program AY2020-2021

Updated on 3rd April, 2020

(SIT policy of COVID-19)

Participants from countries where the Japanese government has imposed some restrictions at least 60 days before the start date of each entry may not be able to participate.

Moreover, although we would like to run the program as much as possible, we may have to cancel the program for the safety of the participants.

Please note that the flight fee, accommodation fee and any other fee* caused for the cancellation will not be covered by SIT.

*However, the registration fee will be refunded through the service called “Flywire”.

What is Research Exchange Program?

What is Research Exchange Program
The Research Exchange/Laboratory Internship Program gives participants opportunities to work on research projects for a period of up to 1 year under the supervision of a 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.
The objective of this program is not to learn new academic fields from scratch, but to deepen the areas you have already learned.

Program features and guidelines

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- Obtaining new perspectives at a cutting edge facility in Tokyo.
- Learning not only Japanese but also other cultures at one of the top globalized campuses in Japan.
- Over 250 laboratory choices from the science and engineering fields.
- Flexible program duration choice (min. 8 days - max. 1 year)
- JPY40,000 scholarship opportunity*
*Must pass the SIT scholarship screening.

  For further details, check our latest program guidelines.


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 home university.
- have good English skills* (CEFR B2 equivalent or higher)
- be physically and mentally healthy.
- comply with the Japanese export control legal framework.

* 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 the Enlish-based degree students are not required to submit the 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.


SIT Partner University applicants:

Until 2020 3rd Entry
- Program fee: All Waived

From 2020 4th Entry
- Registration fee JPY30,000
- Program fee: All waived

Non-Partner University applicants:

Until 2020 3rd Entry  
- Admission fee: JPY40,000
- Tuition (Course takers only): JPY12,000/credit

From 2020 4th Entry
- Registration fee: JPY30,000
- Admission fee: JPY40,000
- Tuition (Course takers only): JPY12,000/credit

SIT Research Laboratory list

Nomination and Application procedure

Based on your program start month, complete STEP 1 and STEP 2 during the application acceptance period.

STEP 1: Have your university's coordinator send a Nomination form to the SIT International Office via email.(
STEP 2: Apply via online application form. Please check the "How to apply for SIT mobility program" before you start applying.
Entry Period  Application Acceptance PeriodProgram start month
Nomination PeriodApplication Period
1st EntryOctober 1 - October 15October 1 - October 31March, April
2nd EntryDecember 1 - December 15December 1 - December 31May, June
3rd EntryFebruary 1 - February 15February 1 - February 28July, August
4th EntryApril 1 - April 15   May 10April 1 - April 30   May 10September, October
5th Entry
June 1 - June 15
June 1 - June 30
November, December
6th Entry
August 1 -August 15
August 1 - August 31
January, February
The students who are from* the country/region which is imposed restriction by Japanese government may not allowed to participate in the program 60 days in prior to the start date of each entry. (* Including the transit flight)

For example, the participants whose start date is on October 10th, since it is belonged to 4th entry and the start date of it’s entry is September 1st, the participant is MAY NOT allowed to participate in the program if the participant’s country is imposed as a restriction country on or after July 1st, which is 60 days in prior to the start date of 4th entry.

Nomination and Application form for AY2020-2021

Nomination form

Submit the "Nomination form" to the SIT International Office.( as the excel file.

※Nomination has to be submitted by university coordinator or supervisor.

Application form

In case you have any questions

Student Voices

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Solehah Jamilah Ismail (Malaysian)
Biomedical Engineering
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
My research is about the recognition of body gestures for rehabilitation with a monitoring system. The purpose of my research is to replace the therapist role by monitoring the patient with the system during rehabilitation. SIT provides many facilities for the students and has advance motion capturing systems that detect the 3D positions of human joints. Those systems help me in collecting data for my research. The research group here also has broad knowledge which is very valuable for me to further my research work. With new study environment and culture here, I enjoy doing my research in SIT. I have learnt a lot of new knowledge through discussion and lab work with professors and friends. I also have an opportunity to learn the Japanese language with new friends.

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Anastasia Celli (Italian)
University of L'Aquila
My major is related to the study of traditional architecture in Japan. My aim is to survey and investigate common dwellings in order to understand ancient methods and techniques of buildings and recovering them when it’s possible. I already attended a workshop in Italy and in Tokyo with some students from Shibaura Institute of Technology so at that time I got a possibility to know many students and some Professors from SIT and receive precious information about the school which made me to do the good choice. Staff and professors are really the quality people and they provided for me all the instruments and tools to study here in the best way. They cared every aspect of my life and helped me in every situation.
ContactDivision of Global Initiatives
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