Graduate Students

Instructions for International Students applying to the Graduate School of Science (Special Selection for International Applicants)

Last updated: June 21, 2016

1. Applicant Qualifications (must meet one of the following qualifications listed below)

(1) Master's Program

  1. One who has completed 16 years of education abroad and has or will have graduated an undergraduate program before entering the Master's Program of the University of Tokyo.
  2. One who has completed 15 years of education abroad or has completed 15 years of correspondence education provided by (an) institution(s) abroad while residing in Japan. In either case, the applicant must be approved by the Graduate School of Science of the University of Tokyo as having earned the necessary credits with outstanding grades.
  3. One who has been approved by the Graduate School of Science of the University of Tokyo through an individual entrance screening as being academically equivalent or superior to a college graduate and who is at least 22 years of age.
  4. Those applying as an Embassy Recommended Monbukagakusho Scholarship Candidate must be considered in the categories 1.-3. listed above and must also have passed the preliminary selection by a Japanese Embassy/Consulate General.

(2) Doctoral Program

  1. One who has obtained one of the following degrees from an institution abroad: a Master's Degree; a Professional Degree; or a degree equivalent to either of the aforementioned degrees.
  2. One who has completed 16 years of education abroad or a correspondence course given by (an) institution (s) abroad and has or will have partaken in research for at least 2 years at a university or research center in or outside of Japan before entering the Doctoral program of the University of Tokyo. This individual must also be approved by the Graduate School of Science of the University of Tokyo through an individual entrance screening as being academically equivalent or superior to a Master's Degree or Professional Degree holder.
  3. One who has been approved by the Graduate School of Science of the University of Tokyo as being academically equivalent or superior to a Master's Degree or Professional Degree holder and who is at least 24 years of age.
  4. Those applying as an Embassy Recommended Monbukagakusho Scholarship Candidate must be considered in the categories 1.-3. listed above and also must have passed the preliminary selection by a Japanese Embassy/Consulate General.
Notes:
  • Regardless of nationality, students can apply to this selection if they have completed both senior high school and college education abroad, or if they have obtained similar education in Japan.
    For inquiries, please contact the Graduate School Office prior to the application period.
  • Please contact a potential supervising professor and obtain his or her approval before submitting an application.
  • Applicants for both Master’s and Doctoral programs are not allowed to submit more than one application for the same enrollment term in the Graduate School of Science. However, applicants are allowed to apply for both “Special Selection for International Applicants” and “Global Science Graduate Course (GSGC)” for the same enrollment term.

2. Selection Procedure

  1. Successful applicants for the Master's program and the Doctoral program will be selected based on an evaluation of their applications, submitted documents and test scores (see 3. Application Documents).
  2. Some Departments may reject applicants whose GRE or TOEFL scores fall beneath their cutoff level. GRE and TOEFL test scores are invalid if the tests were taken more than two years before the date of the application. Applicants whose native language is English may in some cases be exempted from submitting a TOEFL score, with the advance approval of the Graduate School of Science. Those who wish to request such an exemption must contact the Graduate School Office prior to the application period.
  3. Some Departments may interview their applicants. (See 9. Information Specific to Each Department)

3. Application Documents

Please submit your application through our online system, by filling out the form for Application Document 1 directly on the web and uploading a file or scanned copy each for Application Documents 2-10 as designated. The Official Score Reports of Application Documents 2 and 3 should be arranged to be sent directly to the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Science from Educational Testing Service. Your referees must fill out Application Document 11 directly on the website.

  1. Application Form (Fill out the form directly on the web.)
  2. The GRE Subject or General Test Score (The required test is different for each department. See the table below.) Please upload a scanned copy of your Examinee's Score Record, and also submit the Official Score Report.
  3. Notes:
    • The GRE code number for the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Science is 7048. Please enter this code on your answer sheet when you sit for the examination. In case you need the record of tests taken previously you should also enter this code on Score Report Request Forms. The Official Score will then be sent directly to the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Science from Educational Testing Service.
    • Required GRE Test for each department is as follows:
      Department Subject Test General Test
      Physics
      • Physics (all applicants)
      • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
        (applicants interested in biophysics may also submit the score of this subject test in addition to the Physics subject test)
      not required
      Astronomy not required required
      Earth and Planetary Science Choose one from:
      • Physics
      • Mathematics
      • Chemistry
      • Biology
      not required
      Chemistry not required required
      Biological Sciences Choose one from:
      • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
      • Biology
      (Note: Applicants interested in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology may submit the score of Mathematics or Physics instead of the above subjects.)
      not required
      (See 9. Information Specific to Each Department for more information)
  4. TOEFL Score.Please upload a scanned copy of your Examinee's Score Record, and also submit the Official Score Report.
  5. Note: The TOEFL code number for the University of Tokyo, School of Science is 8002-01. Please enter this code on your answer sheet when you sit for the examination. In case you need the record of tests taken previously you should also enter this code on Score Report Request Forms. The Official Score will then be sent directly to the University of Tokyo, School of Science from Educational Testing Service.
  6. Transcripts of all colleges and universities attended AND statement of (expected) completion of all colleges or universities attended (if unavailable, copy of diploma)
  7. Payment confirmation of the Application Fee (Monbukagakusho Scholarship Students are exempted from paying the Application Fee. If you are a Monbukagakusho Scholarship Student or an Embassy Recommended Monbukagakusho Scholarship Candidate, please instead submit a Certificate of a Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship recipient or a “Certificate of Preliminary selection” issued by the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General.
  8. For Applicants to the Doctoral program: Transcript of Master's program, Master's thesis and/or scientific publications/documents. If you are currently enrolled in a Doctoral Program, have completed one such program, or have withdrawn after having fulfilled the requirements of one such program, please also submit a transcript of the program.
    For Applicants to Master’s program: If you are currently enrolled in a Master’s program or a Doctoral program, have completed one such program, or have withdrawn after having fulfilled the requirements of one such program, please submit a transcript of the program.
    Also submit any papers you have had published including ones published in scientific journals, along with the transcript.
  9. The most recent GPA (Grade Point Average) score report from your university / college, if available
  10. Personal Statement (1 or 2 pages of A4-size paper, in English, single space, in any format): Please describe what you have studied, what research you have conducted, and your other activities. Give detailed descriptions of the things you wish to emphasize in order to show your abilities, self-initiative, conviction, etc.
  11. Statement of Purpose (1 or 2 pages of A4-size paper, in English, single space, in any format): Please describe the research content you wish to conduct at the Graduate School of Science. Give detailed descriptions of your motivations for conducting research in the specific field and, if possible, your research plan, by explaining the specific research field and specifying the name(s) of the potential supervising professor(s) you wish to study under.
  12. Proof of your prior consultation with the potential supervising professor(s) at the Graduate School of Science, such as a copy of correspondence emails
  13. Two recommendation letters from your current supervisors or individuals who are familiar with your academic or scientific work. Please enter the referees’ names, organizations, positions and email addresses on the Application Form on the website. Our system will automatically send emails to the referees asking them to fill out our recommendation form. The referees will then have to access the designated URLs to fill out the form.
Notes:
  • Whenever a transcript, statement of completion or diploma, or recommendation letter is written in neither English nor Japanese, an English or Japanese translation of the document must be officially issued by the institution from which the original has been issued.
  • All documents and the Application Fee are non-returnable.

4. Application Period

  1. From April 1 to April 30, 2016 (JST): for applicants wishing to enroll in September 2016
    *There is a scholarship available for applicants who come to Japan for the first time to pursue a Master's/Ph.D. degree at the School for September 2016 entrance.
    (For more information, please click here. Master's Program / Doctoral Program)
  2. From October 1 to October 31, 2016 (JST): for applicants wishing to enroll on April1, 2017
    *There is a scholarship available for applicants who come to Japan for the first time to pursue a Master’s degree at the school for April 2017 entrance.
    (For more information, please click here.)
  3. From November 15 to December 14, 2016 (JST): for applicants wishing to enroll in September 2017, applying for "University Recommended Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship for 2017"
    *For details on the "University Recommended Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship for 2017", please click here.
    *Applicants from countries which have no diplomatic relations with Japan should contact the Graduate School Office before submitting the application documents.
For those who have passed the preliminary screening to become Embassy Recommended Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship Students in 2017, the application dates are as stated below. However, in order for proper examinations to take place, application forms must be turned in no later than one month prior to the deadlines of each Japanese Embassy/Consulate General.
  1. From July 1 to August 31, 2016 (JST): for applicants wishing to enroll on either April 1 or in September 2017 as an Embassy Recommended Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship Student

5. Application Fee

10,000 yen (Embassy Recommended Monbukagakusho Scholarship Candidates are exempted from paying the Application Fee; Applicants for the University Recommended Monbukagakusho Scholarship must pay the Application Fee)

You can make a payment by credit card. For details, please see "How to make a Payment of Application Fee by Credit Card"

6. Costs of Admission for Selected Students (as Planned for 2016)

  1. Entrance Fee: ¥282,000
  2. Tuition Fee:
    • Master's Program: ¥267,900 per 6 months (¥535,800 annually)
    • Doctoral Program: ¥260,400 per 6 months (¥520,800 annually)
    * In case there is an amendment of the fees, new fees may apply from the time the amendment becomes effective.

7. Admission Decision

  1. End of June, 2016: for applicants wishing to enroll in September 2016
  2. End of December, 2016: for applicants wishing to enroll on April 1, 2017
  3. End of February, 2017: for applicants wishing to enroll in September 2017, applying for “University Recommended Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship for 2017”
    *The results of the MEXT Scholarship Selection will be announced separately.
  4. The results for applicants who are Embassy Recommended Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship Candidates for 2017 will be sent as soon as they are available.
Note:
  • You will only receive an applicant ID once we have received your complete application.
  • Admission decision will be sent via email.
  • ID numbers of successful applicants will be posted on our website as well.

8. Contact Address

  • Graduate School Office
    Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo
    Room 105, Faculty of Science Bldg. 1
    7-3-1, Hongo Bunkyo-ku Tokyo 113-0033 JAPAN
  • Tel: +81-3-5841-4009
  • Fax: +81-3-5841-8779
  • Email:

9. Information Specific to Each Department

10. Other Points to Note

  1. An applicant for the “Special Selection for International Applications” is allowed to also apply for the GSGC admission for the same enrollment term.
  2. Personal information (including name, address etc. which were submitted as a part of the application) will be used for the following purposes:
    • Selection process
    • Admission decision
    • Admission procedures
  3. In addition to the above, the personal information of new students will be used for the following purposes.
    • Student data base administration, course registration records and transcripts
    • Health management procedures, Application procedures for the Exemption of Tuition fees/ scholarships, Use of library, Support for job seekers
    • Management of tuition payment
  4. We may use the scores submitted by applicants to improve our selection procedures and the quality of education at the University of Tokyo.
  5. We reserve the right to reject your application even after enrollment if a misstatement regarding your educational background or any false information is to be found in the application form.