EDUCATION AND CURRICULUM

Since launching the International Engineering Program in 1982, the department has provided a high-level educational environment for the design of infrastructure technology, planning, disaster mitigation, and environmental management in English. We promote this program in order to produce talented individuals who are capable of managing and leading international infrastructure development projects throughout the world. Based on this proven 30 year track record and know-how in recruiting outstanding students and supporting an alumni network, the objective of the educational program is to establish a unique community of top-level civil engineers. This aim is achieved through encouraging close collaboration between Japanese and International students and preparing graduating students to become future global leaders in the international field of infrastructure technology. The program combines knowledge of high technology and the latest science with elements of the humanities, a synthesis which promotes the ability for policy making and project management. Thus, students acquire not only academic knowledge and research skills but also the interpersonal awareness and skills which play an important role in the international environment. We strive to enable students to become policy makers, project managers and academics who contribute fully to society. In order to achieve this objective, we create an environment which stimulates students to fully realize their individual potential.

All classes are provided in English
Lectures and research supervision are all given in English. In our department there are, in total, 40
lectures provided in English in the fields of infrastructure management, regional planning, transportation
engineering and planning, environmental engineering, coastal engineering, hydraulic and water resources
engineering, geotechnical engineering, concrete engineering, structural engineering, disaster mitigation
engineering, spatial information science, and international projects. Students can also take courses offered
in English by other related departments. In total, you will have over 100 lectures to choose from.

Immediate enrollment in a degree program
You will be enrolled as a full-time graduate student immediately after arrival in Japan, and can earn a
higher degree within two years for Master’ s and three years for Doctoral degrees.

Vast international alumni network
More than 800 international students have completed our graduate program since 1982. And we have
founded a web-based Civil Engineering Alumni Network (CEAN), to encourage communication between
our alumni all over the world.

Full scholarship support
Scholarships for approximately 30 students are provided every year mainly by: The Japanese government,
Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, Sports and Technology (MEXT), and Asian Development Bank
(ADB).

Opportunity to study in one of the top departments in the world
Our department is ranked in the top category in the QS World University Ranking by Subject (Civil &
Structural Engineering).

The goal of the International Graduate Program created by the Civil Engineering Department at the
University of Tokyo is to prepare its graduating students to become future international leaders.
Here, at the Civil Engineering Department, we are well aware of the skills, both academically and
professionally, that are essential for success in the current global situation.
Experimentation, exploration and involvement in key projects in various academic fields and industries offer
students crucial experience and skills needed for developing and integrating competencies necessary for
participation on an international level in our expanding global world.
In our program, we strive to create an environment which stimulates students to fully realize their individual
potentials. And, the most valuable resource we offer is our human network, built with both current and
future well recognized professionals.
By accepting international students without any Japanese capability and delivering graduate course works
in English, the International Engineering Program at the Department of Civil Engineering was initiated in
1982. Since then, more than 800 international students have obtained their master/PhD degrees.
Meanwhile, the following supporting organizations and activities have been implemented as well:

  • a. 
    Japanese Language Classes (JLC) on elementary level for international students and their spouses
  • b. 
    Foreign Student Office (FSO) in charge of administrative works on international students, including
    accommodation arrangements
  • c. 
    Host Family Program to provide opportunities to gather with a Japanese host family and to learn
    about Japanese culture
  • d. 
    Tutors (senior graduate students) to help newly-arrived international students in starting up their
    campus life
  • e. 
    Alumni Membership, including web-based Civil Engineering Alumni Network (CEAN), to encourage
    communication between the alumni members all over the world.
  • f. 
    International Student Association in Civil Engineering (ISACE), established after the 2011 East
    Japan Great Earthquake Disaster
  • g. 
    Job Forum for Foreign Students

Statistics on the International Graduate Program

Number of international graduate students
(as of April, 2015)
Master course 60 (32 % of total number of master course
students: 188)
PhD course 65 (73 % of total number of PhD course
students: 89)
Home countries of international students
(from 1982 to date)
70 countries in total (see the distribution
map below)

  • TIME TABLE
  • TIME TABLE
  • LECTURES IN ENGLISH

Japanese Language Classes (JLC) provide beginner’s courses, run by professional instructors, adopting
the following four-step learning proficiency.

  • Step 1: 
    Can introduce in short simple terms your hometown to a person you had just met in Japan
  • Step 2: 
    Can talk to a university professor in short simple terms about your recent news, daily life,
    experience and opinion
  • Step 3: 
    Can ask questions politely about how to get to the destination, how to ride the train, and
    understand a few simple answers to inquire for a lost thing.
  • Step 4: 
    Can read and write basic Chinese characters (kanji) and understand everyday signs and notices in
    public places and workplaces.

The classes for steps 1 and 2 are offered for about ten hours per week and total of 150 hours in the first
semester, and those for steps 3 and 4 are offered for about six hours per week and total of 90 hours in the
second semester. They also include special activities such as tea ceremony, visit to nearby historical
places and Japanese Speech Party, and special lectures delivered by the faculty members focusing on the
links between Japanese language and the specialties in the field of civil engineering.