Guidelines for UTokyo students

2019 Students and Researchers Exchange Program in Sciences (STEPS) with Russian Universities

Application Guidelines for the University of Tokyo School of Science Students


This program aims to foster young undergraduates and postgraduates studying in Japan and Russia for future cooperative development between both countries. Students in School of Science at the University of Tokyo have the opportunity to participate in research exchange at Lomonosov Moscow State University and Saint Petersburg State University.

2.Eligible Applicants

Applicants must be a current undergraduate or postgraduate student in School of Science at the University of Tokyo.

3.Number of Admission

About 4 students


  • ① Outstanding academic achievement
  • ② Good command of English
  • ③ Strong interest in scientific collaboration between Japan and Russia
  • ④ Participation must not affect current academic studies

5.Host Universities

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Saint Petersburg State University

6.Host Faculties

Lomonosov Moscow State University:

Faculty of Physics, Faculty of Chemistry, Faculty of Biology, Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, Faculty of Geology, Faculty of Geography, etc.

Saint Petersburg State University:

Faculty of Physics, Faculty of Chemistry, Faculty of Biology, Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, Institute of Earth Sciences, etc.

NOTE: Each applicant is required to directly contact a professor or an associate professor of the host university and obtain his or her acceptance before applying to the STEPS. Please put the STEPS Office in to the CC when you correspond with a prospective host professor.

7.Program Duration

From February 1st to March 24th, 2020

NOTE: Keep in mind fact that a flight from Russia will arrive in Japan on the next day
(ex. Departure from Russia-March 1st, Arrival to Japan-March 2nd).

8.Period of Stay

From 2 weeks to 3 months

9.Program Support

① Round-trip flight ticket

② Accommodation (dormitory) provided

NOTE: Students must pay their own living expenses during their stay in the Russia.


Applicants are required to utilize the STEPS online application system to submit the application documents listed below:

  • ① Application Form (including Statement of Purpose)
  • Letter of Consent signed by the Head of Department and Supervisor in Japanese
  • Letter of Acceptance (provided either by a professor or an associate professor of MSU or SPbU)
  • ④ Research Plan (Free format)
  • ⑤ All Academic transcript(s) (since your enrollment in UTokyo)
  • ⑥ Passport copy
  • ⑦ Residence Card copy (only applicable to non-Japanese students)
  • ⑧ English Proficiency Test score copy (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or Eiken) (only applicable to score holders)

NOTE: Successful applicants are required to submit original documents at a later date.

11.Application Period

From September 19th to October 25th, 2019 at 15:00

NOTE: If you do not accept any confirmation e-mail upon submitting your application, please contact us.

12.Screening Method

Documents screening

13.Decision Notification

Via e-mail in the middle of November 2019

14.Participant Report

To submit a report within one month of your return in Japan


International Liaison Office
School of Science
The University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033
(Room 278, School of Science Building 1 East Wing)
TEL: 03-5841-4012 FAX: 03-5841-8775


  • Passport must contain at least a blank 2-page spread and has to be valid for no less than one and half years from the entry date to Russia.
  • If you do not currently hold a passport which satisfies the above validity period requirement, then you will only be accepted in the STEPS program on the condition that you obtain a passport meeting the requirement by no later than three months prior to your planned departure date.
  • Your permission to stay in Japan should be no less than 6 months at the moment of your application for a Russian visa (only applicable to foreign students). Please also note in advance that the visa application process might take more time than for Japanese nationals.
  • Please refer to the STEPS website, FAQ for further information: