The Graduate School of Frontier Sciences(GSFS) offers opportunities for students and researchers to study abroad with tuition exemptions. International academic exchange agreements and memorandums have been established with the institutions to promote collaborative research and student exchange. Students enrolled in a regular graduate program at the GSFS can attend these universities as an exchange student. Under this exchange program you will not be on a leave of absence and as a result, will not have to delay the completion of your course. With a permission of your supervising professor, it is also possible to transfer credits from courses taken abroad. You will have to pay tuition fees to the University of Tokyo while on exchange, but you will be exempted from tuition payment to the host University. All fees other than tuition fee will be your own responsibility while you study at the host University. You will not be able to attain a degree while on exchange. In principle,the period of exchange programs are one year at maximum length. As of March 2013, there are 33 partner institutions to which the students from our department can apply, including the ones in the following list. For more details, please refer to the website of the International Liaison Ofce of the GSFS at http://www.ilo.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp/index_e.php.
I studied at the ETH Zurich as an exchange student from the Graduate School of Frontier Science.Although I was unable to study abroad during my bachelor’ s degree due to a variety of reasons, I have been able to study abroad due to the strong support and encouragement from my professors, who told me: “Tough experiences overseas will denitely pay off in the future.” During the exchange program, I participated in a number of different educational formats, including lectures, seminars, and group works. In spite of the hardship that any student experiences, the exchange program, with its range of bright students from all over the world, was very stimulating and a year that certainly changed my outlook on life. I appreciated an environment in which students were challenged no matter what subject they were interested in, with professors that cheer on and support students so long as they have the enthusiasm to realize their goals.