The OIS is in charge of supporting incoming and currently enrolled international students at the School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo. Information related to academic and campus life is provided: scholarships, accommodation, insurance, cultural visits, etc. The office is found in Engineering Building #8 on Hongo campus.
The International Friday Lounge (IFL) is weekly event on Friday between 12.00 and 13.00 at Eng.Bldg.11 (Hongo Campus), where University of Tokyo (UT) students and staff have lunch together and chat. We promote internationalization of the campus through this event by asking international students of the UT to actively join conversations and to prepare some special events from time to time. Due to its success, there is also a Tuesday lounge now, at the Student Support Center next to the Gotenshita gymnasium.
The IFL is FREE, but you have to bring your own lunch. There is no official language at the IFL, and you can practice whatever language you like with the people around you. Every week about 50-100 people join us, so it is a great place to catch some interesting stories and make new friends. It is also a great place to ask other students about their international experiences if you consider studying abroad. So get yourself a lunchbox and look for the banner to join us!
The School of Engineering offers Japanese Language Classes for international students and researchers to help in adjusting smoothly and swiftly to life in Japan. Every semester more than 250 international students from about 40 countries enroll in these Japanese language classes in levels ranging from beginning levels to advanced levels depending on Japanese proficiency levels. Japanese cultural activities are scheduled, and cross-cultural activities are prepared so students can get acquainted with the values, ideas, and cultures of their different classmates from all over the world.