“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 all applications from
students studying in Universities outside Japan

The application period is from March 15th to April 10th 2016 (GMT)



Welcome to TISP2016!

“Interested in Japan or Innovation? Then there is no reason to hesitate.”

The University of Tokyo (UTokyo) will open the UTokyo Innovation Summer Program 2016 (TISP2016). During the 2-week program, students studying in Universities outside Japan and students in UTokyo, 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 is split up into three basic innovation 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.

Program Schedule


Jul. 30th
Registration & Orientation
Jul. 31st
Explore Tokyo Day
Aug. 1st to 6th
“Understand Innovation” Module


Aug. 7th
Traveling Day to Local Region
Aug. 8th to 9th
“Experience Innovation” Module
Aug. 10th to 11th
“Design Innovation” Module
Aug. 12th
Presentation & Traveling Back to Tokyo

*note that changes may occur within the program.



“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!


Hideyuki Horii

Professor, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Shunsaku Komatsuzaki

Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, The University

Yu Ogawa

Assistant Director,, The University of Tokyo

Miikka Lehtonen

Program Manager,, The University of Tokyo


Duration July 30th 2016 to August 12th 2016*All Students studying in Universities outside Japan are asked to be in Japan for registration on July 30th 16:00.
Number of Participants 40*20 students studying in Universities outside Japan & 20 students studying at UTokyo students.
Eligibility University Students*Students currently enrolled in a university (undergraduate, graduate or PhD programs), including those who will graduate in June 2016. Participants must be able to attend the program for the whole duration.
Fees The tuition fee and the accommodation fees both in the Tokyo Program and the Regional Program, as well as travel expenses for the visit to the Regional Program are all covered by the 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)
FAQ Please see link



We are now accepting applications from students studying at The University of Tokyo
The application period is from April 20th to May 31st 2016 (TOKYO time: GMT +9 hours)