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Program Tracks & Scheduling
- Summer Program (June - late August)
- Summer Program + Extended Stay (June - December/February)
- Joint Educational Program (October - December/February)
1. Summer Program
TiROP, part of the Tokyo Institute of Technology International Education and Research (TIER) Program that was first implemented in 2012 under the "Re-inventing Japan Project", is funded by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to promote international exchanges.
TiROP students will join a Professor’s laboratory and conduct research projects under the supervision of renowned Tokyo Tech faculty. The research laboratories are located within the Ookayama (Tokyo) or Suzukakedai (Yokohama) campuses. Students participating in TiROP are eligible to join the Summer School, which offers classes on various topics including Advanced Technology at Tokyo Tech, Japanese language, and Japanese Culture and Society for credit for a non-degree seeking student.
Participants can arrive any time in June. Students who arrive in the beginning of June can take a Survival Japanese class. Students will then undertake a research project in a laboratory under the supervision of a Tokyo Tech faculty member. Students enrolled in option (b) Research Track (TiROP) with Summer School will also participate in the Summer School for four weeks, and then undertake a research project in a laboratory under the supervision of a faculty member.
A two-day student workshop and a Closing Ceremony are scheduled in August for participants to present their summer research results. In addition, factory tours, sports or cultural activities will be organized.
Participants interested in taking course work in addition to their research can take Survival Japanese with 1-2 credits (June and July starts) and/or Summer School taught in English. The details and syllabus are posted on the TiROP webpage as soon as they become available. Tokyo Tech will issue an official academic record upon completion of the program.
The option of doing internship in the month of September at one of the following well-known Japanese companies for a duration of two weeks to one month will be available to students who can stay past August.
2014 Participating companies:
Culture Convenience Club Co., Ltd.
2. Summer Program + Extended Stay
In addition to Summer Program, Students who wish to continue their research projects under TiROP can extend their stay at Tokyo Tech until December or February of the following year. However, those who intend to take courses in the autumn semester are recommended to extend their stay at least until February.
3. Joint Educational Program
This is a program starting in autumn or winter that allows graduate students to stay at Tokyo Tech for 3 months to 12 months to conduct a research project and/or take course(s). It aims to enable students to more effectively achieve a high academic global standard in their research theses by working under a joint supervisory faculty team who will oversee their research.
- The joint supervisory team will consist of two faculty members, one from Tokyo Tech and one from its partner university (student's home university).
- The program will be implemented between departments (or laboratories) of the two universities.
- Advisors of partnering laboratories have the responsibility to jointly provide the necessary guidance to students. If students enroll in classes both at their home and host universities, the advisors must provide advice on their courses.
- Both universities will ensure that the research project meets each advisor’s department’s academic standard.
- Participants interested in taking courses are also eligible to take regular courses for credit(s) as non-degree seeking students.
Expectation of Partner Universities
As TiROP is intended to function reciprocally, it would be greatly appreciated if overseas partner universities could also offer similar programs for Tokyo Tech students.