International Research Students

Admission Information for Graduate International Research Students ("kenkyusei") for 2018

Last updated: June 5, 2017

A Graduate International Research Student ("kenkyusei") is admitted to the Graduate School of Science to study a specific subject under the supervision of a professor. Note that a "kenkyusei" is not entitled to receive any degree or qualification on completion of the program. If you wish to apply for admission as a candidate for a Master's or doctoral degree, see "Graduate Programs".http://www.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/admission/

1. Qualifications for Applicants

A person who has graduated or is expected to graduate from a university abroad (i.e., a person who has or will have completed 16 years of regular curricular studies and has or will have a bachelor's degree) may apply for admission as a "kenkyusei." In addition, a person planning to apply as an Embassy Recommended Monbukagakusho Scholarship Student for 2018 needs to have passed the preliminary selection by a Japanese Embassy/Consulate General.

2. Application Period

  1. From July 1 to August 31, 2017: for applicants (Embassy Recommended Monbukagakusho Scholarship Students for 2018) wishing to enroll on April 1 or October 1, 2018
  2. From November 1 to November 30, 2017: for applicants (Self-Supported Students) wishing to enroll on April 1, 2018
  3. From May 1 to May 31, 2018: for applicants (Self-Supported Students) wishing to enroll on October 1, 2018
Note: All application documents must arrive by the last day of the application period.

3. Application Documents

Please contact a potential supervising professor, and obtain his or her approval to act as your host supervisor before submitting an application.

  1. Application for Admission as a Graduate International Research Student (Form provided)
  2. A photograph (3cmX4cm), taken within the past 6 months, should be attached to the application form
  3. Confirmation of degree or certificate of (expected*) graduation/completion issued by the university(ies) or college(s) attended (must state the name of the degree ) (must be an original document).
    * If you will complete your current degree program after our application period, you must submit an official statement of expected graduation or completion issued by your university.
  4. Transcript of academic record issued by the university(ies) or college(s) attended(must be an original document).
  5. Letter of recommendation from the President, the Dean, the Chairman, or major professor (academic advisor) of the university or college attended.
  6. Study Program(Form provided)
  7. Statement of balance of your bank account (only required for Self-Supported Students)
  8. Financial Plan Questionnaire(Form provided, only required for Self-Supported Students)
  9. Certificate of preliminary selection issued by the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General (only required for Embassy Recommended Monbukagakusho Scholarship Students for 2018)
  10. Payment confirmation of Examination Fee (only required for Self-Supported Students)
  11. Applicants who wish to apply to the following departments must submit the test score(s) listed below as “Required”.
    Embassy recommended Monbukagakusho Scholarship Students may take the GRE test and/or TOEFL test after arriving in Japan.
Department GRE
(Graduate Record Examination)
Subject Test
GRE
(Graduate Record Examination)
General Test
TOEFL
Physics not required not required not required
Astronomy not required Required not required
Earth and Planetary Science

Required

Submit one of the following test scores

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

not required Required
Chemistry not required not required not required
Biological Sciences

Required

Submit one of the following test scores

  • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biology

Note: Applicants who wish to major in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology may submit the score of Mathematics or Physics instead of the above subjects.

not required Required
Notes:
  • Please attach a Japanese or English translation issued by the university if the document is not written in either of these languages.
  • To view the above required documents (PDF files), you need "Adobe Reader" which may be downloaded from the Adobe site

4. Application Fee

9,800 yen (Monbukagakusho Scholarship Students are exempted from paying the Examination Fee )

5. Application Mailing & Contact Address

International Liaison Office, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo,
7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 JAPAN

TEL:
+81-3-5841-7630
FAX:
+81-3-5841-8775
MAIL:

6. Selection Result

Applicants will be notified of the results at the following times:

  1. As soon as the decision has been made: for applicants (Embassy Recommended Monbukagakusho Scholarship Students for 2018) wishing to enroll on April 1 or October 1, 2018
  2. January, 2018: for applicants (Self-Supported Students) wishing to enroll on April 1, 2018
  3. July, 2018: for applicants (Self-Supported Students) wishing to enroll on October 1, 2018

7. Period of Enrollment

Normally the period of enrollment for a Graduate International Research Student is six months, but this period may be extended if an application for extension is approved by the Department. The total period as a Graduate International Research Student is limited to 2 years.

8. Other Important Points

  1. We will not return any submitted documents.
  2. A Graduate International Research Student (Self-Supported Student) is required to pay the admission fee and tuition fee after being admitted to the University. The current charges and fees are as follows (as of April, 2017).
    1. Admission Fee : 84,600 yen
    2. Tuition Fee : 173,400 yen (for 6 months)
    Successful applicants will be informed of the payment deadlines and procedures for 1) - 2). There are no tuition waivers for Graduate International Research Students.
  3. Graduate International Research Students are not in general eligible to purchase discount commuter passes or receive other student discounts.

9.FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

  1. Q.
    I would like to apply for Master's or Doctor's course. How can I apply?
    A.
    You can apply directly for the Master's/Ph.D course for international students without first being a “kenkyusei”. You can also take the general entrance exam for Master's/Ph.D course in competition with Japanese students and foreign students who reside in Japan.
  2. Q.
    Are there any university scholarships available at The University of Tokyo?
    A.
    There is a scholarship called the “Scholarship for International Students,” awarded by The University of Tokyo Foundation. This scholarship is awarded to 30 students/year and the monthly stipend is 50,000 yen. Typically, one student from the Graduate School of Science receives such a scholarship each year.
  3. Q.
    Are there any scholarships available from private foundations for which I can apply before coming to Japan?
    A.
    There are a few scholarships you can apply for before coming to Japan but the number is very small. Also, most of the scholarships are for students who are enrolled in Master's and Doctor's programs rather than for research students (“kenkyusei”). Even international students enrolled as degree candidates find obtaining scholarships to be quite difficult. Therefore, we recommend that students obtain scholarships before leaving their own country if at all possible.
  4. Q.
    How can I apply for a Monbukagakusho Scholarship by Embassy Recommendation?
    A.
    Students can obtain both the application form and detailed information at the Japanese Embassy/Consulate in their own country. (The University of Tokyo does not have the application forms.) The application form and all other required supporting documents must be submitted to the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General.