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“We cannot teach people anything;
we can only help them
discover it within themselves.”

Galilei Galileo, signifies what I took out most from the UTokyo Innovation Summer Program in Japan.
In my own words, it helped me realize the great potential for innovation lying both in my hands and
existing in my environment. It is truly unlocking hidden potentials.(by past participant)

We have finished the call for application from
students studying in Universities outside Japan

The application period is from March 1st to April 10th 2017 (GMT)



Welcome to TISP2017!

“Interested in Japan or Innovation? Then there is no reason to hesitate.” (innovation school) will open the UTokyo Innovation Summer Program 2017 (TISP2017). During the 2-week program, students studying in Universities outside Japan and students, will engage in classes, workshops and fieldwork in Tokyo followed by a program to a local region of Japan.

What We Aim For! (Our Objective)

“How can the Youth Lead Innovation?”

The entire program is built upon the theme “Youth-Led Innovation”, a theme that will allow participants to develop skill-sets, mind-sets and motivation necessary to create innovation while understanding the principles of how youth can lead innovation for tomorrow.


Teaching Method:
Boosting your Vision!

The program encourages students to develop their skills for innovation, regardless of whether it is their first-time learning the innovation process. The teaching method is designed in a way that first-time learners and skilled learners can encourage each other throughout the program. Taking away the experiences learnt will surely boost your visions with a confidence in innovation.

Diverse Student Body:
Connect with Talented
Students Worldwide!

The program puts emphasis on diversity, thus participants come from universities all over the world. Furthermore, participants also have diverse academic backgrounds, such as Business, Engineering, Economics, Education, Architecture, Design, Art, etc. Experiencing the program together will surely strengthen connections and form a worldwide team.

Fieldwork Experience:
Dive Deep into Japan’s
Cutting Edge!

One of the highlights of the program allows participants to understand Japan’s culture, from the traditional local up to the latest cool-urban lifestyle. The program offers not only classes and workshops, but also various opportunities for students to study Japan through a hands-on experience, including fieldwork in Tokyo and in a local region in Japan.



The program structure is separated into 2 programs, the TOKYO PROGRAM and the REGIONAL PROGRAM. For TISP2017 the REGIONAL PROGRAM will be held in 3 locations(to be announced). All participants will be joining in the TOKYO PROGRAM and then will be separated into each location for the REGIONAL PROGRAM.


The education structure is split up into 3 modules. Understand Innovation, Experience Innovation and Design Innovation. After completing all the modules, participants will be ready to start their own paths of innovation.

Understand Innovation (TOKYO PROGRAM)

Participants will take classes and workshops in the University of Tokyo to learn the basic principles of innovation while feeling the energy of Tokyo. Surrounded by the latest Pop-culture, Food Culture and Technology, participants will be able to experience the cutting edges of Japan.

Experience Innovation (REGIONAL PROGRAM)

Here, participants will be asked to utilize what they have learnt in the “Understand” module to real cases. They will be given time to do fieldwork in a local region of Japan to identify hidden potentials and will be challenged to create ideas from those values.

Design Innovation (REGIONAL PROGRAM)

Finally, participants will be asked to design an innovation workshop from their learnings and experiences. For most of the participants it will be their first time, but after going through the process of designing a workshop, participants will have a strong confidence towards innovation.



“Nothing more life changing”

There is nothing more life changing than experiencing Japan and creativity with more than 40 other strangers from around the world, who become your friends, teammates, and mentors.


“The possibilities are everywhere.”

You will make friends, you will be in a place where everyone wants to make a change, you will learn, and you will create. Do not hesitate on applying, you will broaden your visions!


“Now I look at things
in a better perspective.”

Before TISP, I didn’t really believe in myself or have any confidence in my ideas. This program taught me that I can make a change and help others. I gained more confidence and motivation.


“You’ll learn so much from others”

I have learned a method to think about innovation from my values and observations. I also really enjoyed interacting with everyone here and know I will be leaving with some wonderful friends.


“The courage to take a step forward”

The Regional Program was one of the best experiences of my life. Interacting with the local youth, gave me new insights and courage to take a step forward in my career. Thank you!


Application Period March 1st 2017 to April 10th 2017
We have closed the call for application from students studying in Universities outside Japan.
Duration July 31st 2017 to August 11th 2017


The University of Tokyo
Jul. 31st - Aug. 6th 


Aug. 7th - 11th

Accommodation We will prepare accommodation to Students studying in Universities outside Japan. students will commute from their home.
Number of Participants 30*15 students studying in Universities outside Japan & 15 students.
Eligibility University Students*Students currently enrolled in a university (undergraduate, graduate or PhD programs), including those who will graduate in June 2017. Participants must be able to attend the program for the whole duration.
Fees 90,000 JPY (about 800USD)
This fee covers program participation, accommodation and transportation between Tokyo and places for Regional program. *Participants are asked to pay for their travel expenses to Japan (i.e. air fares), as well as for their daily meals and other various small expenses while in Tokyo. While in the Regional Program, all participants will be asked to pay a fee to cover meals for 5 days (fee amount: 20,000 Yen, approx. 170-180USD; includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)
*No scholorship will be provided.


We have finished the call for application. See you in Tokyo!