Applications for the Siebold Program are conducted through partner professors at the applying student's home university and should be submitted to the appropriate office. The details of the application process vary by home institution, but applications must include official university transcripts/record of grades that meets a minimum requirement of 2.3 on a 3-point grading scale and a research plan that demonstrates a high level of multidisciplinary potential. The home university may raise the grade requirement and/or impose additional requirements.
The initial selection of Siebold Program applicants is conducted at the home university, which submits its list of recommended applicants, along with their research plans, to the program administrators at Tohoku University. Final acceptance is granted based on both the recommendation from the home university and the strength of the research statement.
Students from the following universities are eligible to apply for the Siebold Program:
The Siebold Program is open to students with Japanese language skill levels ranging from intermediate to advanced. Some classes in English are offered, but students will need to take a number of classes taught in Japanese and participants with higher level Japanese will be able to access courses from the entire Faculty of Arts catalogue (based on instructor approval).
Siebold students take a total of at least 7 courses at Tohoku University during the program. Participants are enrolled in required courses "Topics in Japanese Language and Culture-Contemporary," "Topics in Japanese Language and Culture-Classics," and "Japanese Expression," taught by program instructors, and choose at least two additional courses each from two of the following program headings:
- Japanese Literature
- Japanese Intellectual History
- Japanese Language
- Japanese Language Education
- Japanese History
- Art History (East Asian/Japanese Art History)
- Cultural Anthropology
- Religious Studies
Courses focus on training in practical research skills and one-on-one interaction with teaching staff. Tutors are also assigned to all program participants and offer advice and direction for their studies.