In addition to the enrollment of the regular courses, the Graduate School of Environmental Studies provides two international programs for international students.
The International Environmental Leadership Program (IELP) was initiated in October 2014 as one of
the " International Priority Graduate Programs (PGP) - Advanced Graduate Courses for International Students - " supported by the Ministry of Education,
Culture, Sports, and Technology (MEXT).
The program is designed to develop the qualities and skills needed to solve the future issues of global and local environment and resources with special emphasis on Asia (ASEAN), Russia/CIS, and Africa. Students are required to take extra advanced lectures in addition to the general graduate program to cultivate comprehensive intercultural and practical skills as well as their expertise. The courses will be mainly given in English except for some discussions using primary Japanese to learn and fit in with Japanese cultures and life.
The IELP is a 5-year graduate program combining a 2-year master's program and a 3-year doctoral program. Advanced classes and seminars are given by IELP professors. You will be enrolled in the same major/course as your supervisor's.
Tohoku University started "the International Joint Educational Program in Human Security" from April 2005,
by linking the Graduate School of Agricultural Science, the Graduate School of Medicine,
the Graduate School of
International Cultural Studies and the Graduate School of Environmental Studies.
Our institute, the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, takes part in this program in the environmental perspectives. The human race has been affecting the nature and has promoted the social and economic, and cultural system the problems would be hardly solved.
"Human Security and Environment" program educates and researches especially on shortage and contamination of water resource, air pollution, climate change, ecological destruction of forest, desertification, soil deterioration, energy resources and so on with incorporating global and historical perspectives.