Research Exchange Program/Laboratory Internship Program

Generally, the participants choose the designated research project offered by SIT professor. If the participants don't meet the requirement of these projects, they can also look for the laboratory based on their interest. The participants may be accepted by professors based on their knowledge, experience and the lab capacity of SIT professors. In this case, 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 (Health checkup and health certificate is mandatory for all the students)
  • 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 31March, April
2nd Entry*December 1 - December 31May, June
3rd Entry*February 1 - February 28July, August
4th EntryApril 1 - May 8September, 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
First, please refer to the “Designed Research Project” presented by the SIT professors, in which the professor has limited conditions for accepting students. If you meet the requirements, since teachers clearly state the conditions, there is a good chance that they will be accepted.

Designated Research Projects1
If you don’t find the "Designated Research Project" that suits you, you can also check the laboratory from button below.

SIT Laboratory List1

For your reference, you can check the lab. Videos of SIT professors from below.


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

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