There are no program or accommodation fees. See this page for details on what financial support the participants receive.
Please refer to the Region names listed under "Counties & Regions" on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan:
When you click on a region name in the header or in the map, you can see the list of countries and areas categorized under that region.
Yes, you are. However, first year students are not.
No. Students must be enrolled in, as well as expected to be returning after the end of the UTRIP program to, at least another semester, quarter, or another equivalent academic term, in a Bachelor's degree program at a university outside of Japan in order to be eligible to apply. If you are not returning to a Bachelor's degree program or its equivalent you are not eligible for application.
Students on an integrated Bachelor's/Master's course are eligible to apply if they are and will still be enrolled for another semester, quarter, etc., in a Bachelor's-equivalent year of your program. For the purpose of eligibility criteria for UTRIP, we will count the final year in an integrated Bachelor's/Master's course as a Master's-equivalent year.
Yes, you are eligible to apply even if you do not have previous research experience.
Yes, you are. UTRIP is open to students in the science, engineering, and all other relevant fields.
Yes, you need to submit TOEFL scores or equivalent English proficiency test scores if your continuous English-medium education (that is to say, studying all courses in English) is less than 8 years.
You must have test scores from a widely administered standardized test for your application to be complete. Beyond this, we cannot answer questions on whether a specific test will count as "equivalent to TOEFL" or not, as this judgement will be made within the selection process. Please note, however, that TOEFL, IELTS, and TOEIC are the only well-known such tests in Japan. If your test scores are from a different type of standardized test, then we strongly encourage you to provide the URL of a trusted source which provides an equivalency table comparing the test that you have taken to one or more of the above three tests.
No. We do not disclose any information about our selection process.
Yes, it is too late. You must be able to fill in an existing score at the time of your online application.
No, you must obtain all required documents before the designated deadline. There is no exception.
No, you do not necessarily need to arrange for a professional translation. You may translate your official transcript by yourself. In either case, the translator's name and written oath declaring the correctness of the translation is needed at the top of the translation.
No. You cannot send us documents by email. If you need to add an extra piece of data relevant to your application, or need to replace a document, then please re-apply with the new set of documents before the deadline and inform us of the application ID number of the application that you would like to use.
No. Please re-apply with a correct information before the deadline and inform us of the application ID number of the application that you would like to use.
No. Due to security reasons our email server automatically blocks many file formats including but not limited to MS Word.
Please send an email to us before the recommendation-related inquiries deadline as written below, describing the problem that you have encountered. We will then send you an alternative method for sending us your completed recommendation form (there are specific questions that need to be responded to, so your recommendation letter alone will not complete the applicant's application). Please also note that, due to security reasons, our email server automatically blocks emails with specific types of attachment files, including MS word.
When your recommender sends us your recommendation using the online system, both you and the recommender will receive an automated email saying that the recommendation form has been submitted. As long as you have not received such an email, your recommender has not submitted your recommendation yet.
Before asking your recommender again to submit the recommendation for you, however, make sure to check that this automated confirmation email has not been mistakenly treated as spam by your email server or email software.
No. The deadline is very strict. Also note that the recommendation deadline is also strict, and your recommender will only receive a link to the recommendation form when you submit your application. Therefore, to ensure that your recommender can find the time to submit a recommendation for you before the deadline, you should submit your application well before your deadline.
No. Selected applicants will be contacted by UTRIP Office around March to April, but applicants who are not selected will not receive any emails. If you do not hear from us, please keep checking our website for updates:
where the results will be announced in April.
First please read the UTRIP application instructions carefully and see if you can find the answer to your questions anywhere on our pages. If you still have unanswered questions, please e-mail us to: , clearly writing your name and/or application number in the email.
*Note that, due to the large number of emails we receive and our limited capacity, we will only reply to inquiries relating to application that arrive before noon, Friday January 5th, 2024, Japan Standard Time (GMT+0900), and to inquiries relating to recommendations that arrive before noon, Friday January 12th, 2024, Japan Standard Time (GMT+0900).
Questions on UTRIP research topic:
Please contact the relevant faculty via e-mail.