Tokyo Institute of Technology

Tokyo Tech-MIT Japan Language Exchange Program 2022 held online


November 14, 2022

The Tokyo Tech-MIT Language Exchange Program was organized for the third time from June to July 2022, with 22 students -- 11 students from MIT Japan and MIT's Japanese language classes, and 11 students from Tokyo Tech -- participating. Tokyo Tech and MIT Japan have been conducting this exchange program since 2020. Students from the Institute and MIT have a history of joint activities through other programs such as the Tatara Steel Making Workshop.

This language exchange program has been conducted for three consecutive years, and there has been a large number of applicants every year. Selections at Tokyo Tech were made based on criteria which prioritized Global Scientists and Engineers Course(External site) students and those who complied with the course's completion requirements.

In this program, students from Tokyo Tech and MIT were randomly matched, and 11 groups were formed. The objectives were to 1) develop communication skills in a second language, that being either English or Japanese, and 2) understand different cultures and ideas, and broaden perspectives through language exchange.