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Admission

Application

Types of enrollment

Program Enrollment Duration Degree Application
Graduate Master’s
Student
2 years M. Life SCi July *1
October *2
Doctoral
Student
3 years D. Life SCi  
Non-degree
Student
1-2 semesters   *2
Non-degree
Research
Student
1-12 months    
Special non-
degree sutdent
1-2 semesters   *3
Special non-
degree research
student
1-12 months   *3

*1 Annual Schedule of applications and examinations is announced in April on the home page of Tohoku University Graduate School of Life Sciences
http://www.lifesci.tohoku.ac.jp/en/

*2 Contact Graduate Academic Affairs Section, Tohoku University Graduate School of Life Sciences

*3 Contact office of international student affairs in the home university

Contact
Tohoku University 2-1-1 Katahira, Sendai 980-8577, Japan
FAX +81-22-217-5704
E-mail

Eligible Applicants

The Bachelor’s Degree in Japan takes 16 years of formal education (University graduation) are usually required before the enrollment in graduate programs. In principle, a degree from another country should require the corresponding number of years of formal education to be considered as equivalent to a Japanese degree. However, the Japanese Government and Universities, considering the differences in the educational systems of foreign countries, have established criteria and schemes that allow international students attain equivalence to Japanese educational system. International students are strongly advised to contact the Admission Office of the Graduate School of Life Sciences regards to matters on eligibility prior to the submission of his/her application.

Master’s Degree Program

  1. Those who hold a Bachelor’s Degree from a Japanese accredited College or University, or equivalent degree from another country, as determined by the Admission Office of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.
  2. Those who have been committed to research for more than or just two years in internationally accredited College, University or research Institute after a Bachelor’s degree from a Japanese accredited college or University, or after equivalent degree from another country, as determined by the Admission Office of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

Non-Degree Student

  1. Those who have a Bachelor’s degree from Japanese accredited College or University, or equivalent degree from another country, as determined by the Admission Office of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

Non-Degree Research Student

  1. Those who hold a Japanese Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited University, or equivalent degree from another country, as determined by the Admission Office of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.
  2. Those who have been committed to research for more than or just two years in internationally accredited College, University or research Institute, after a Bachelor’s Degree from a Japanese accredited College or University, or after equivalent degree from another country, as determined by the Admission Office of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

Exchange Student

Exchange students are enrolled at Tohoku University as special non-degree students or special non-degree research students and therefore imply in similar requirements for eligibility as non-degree students or non-degree research students, respectively. The special additional requirement consists of a valid academic exchange agreement between Tohoku University and the student’s home University. In addition, the student must enroll in a regular undergraduate or graduate degree program at the home University.

Application Procedures

Detailed information on application requirements and procedures for Monbukagakusho scholarship programs at Tohoku University may be obtained from any Japanese Embassy or Consulate General worldwide. The most effective way to obtain this scholarship is applying overseas. There are two possible ways to obtain a Monbukagakusho scholarship applying from overseas. The most common way to obtain the scholarship is by the recommendation of a Japanese diplomatic mission. The chart in figure 1 outlines the admission procedure for the application directly at diplomatic missions worldwide. Alternatively, the applicant may be recommended by an International institution that has an ongoing collaboration project with Tohoku University. In the particular case of the International Doctoral Program, the scholarships are obtained strictly through the recommendation of Tohoku University.Applications in Japan are also possible but the number of awarded applicants is very limited. Tohoku University only uses this procedure to benefit outstanding students that are already enrolled for a minimum period of a year in its graduate programs or have obtained a lower degree at Tohoku University. International students that have been previously supported by Monbukagakusho scholarships are not eligible.

There are admissions in two occasions (April and October) in every year. Application and entrance examination are carried out twice (early August and late Nobember), for which deadlines are set usually in early July and in late October, respectively. Application forms and details on the application procedure may be obtained from: Graduate Academic Affairs Section Graduate School of Life Sciences

Contact
Tohoku University 2-1-1 Katahira, Sendai 980-8577, Japan
Fax +81-22-217-5704
http://www.lifesci.tohoku.ac.jp
E-mail

International students who wish to apply for the graduate degree programs must submit the application forms accompanied by the required documentation, as well as nonrefundable application fee, before the respective deadlines. Prospective candidates are advised to contact, prior to the application, the Department of their interests for obtaining in advance the recommendation of an academic advisor and certification of his/her proficiency in spoken and written Japanese language. All candidates for regular (in Japanese) graduate programs must undergo entrance examination conducted by Tohoku University.

Application forms and information about the required documentation may be obtained from the Graduate Academic Affairs Section of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

Non-Degree Student

Applicants are advised to contact the Departments, prior to the application, in order to discuss details on curricular and course programs. Thereafter, the filled application forms, additional documentation and applicable nonrefundable fees should be addressed to the Graduate Academic Affairs Section.

Non-Degree Research Student

Applicants should at first approach one of the laboratories (kenkyushitsu) of the Graduate School to elect a prospective supervisor as well as to discuss details of the research work and application. Thereafter the applicant must submit the complete documentation and application forms to the appointed supervisor, who will submit the application to the Dean of the Graduate School of Life Sciences on behalf of the applicant. Applicable nonrefundable fees should be paid directly to the Graduate Academic Affairs Section.

Exchange Student Program

Applicants should at first contact the office of international student affairs of their home University to determine whether this institution has a current exchange agreement with Tohoku University. Thereafter, prospective applicants should complete and submit the prescribed forms at their home institution by the appropriate deadline. Additional information may be obtained by his/her request or online at the Division of International Education & Exchange or International Student Center web sites.

Qualification and Admission

Applicants are usually selected by their transcripts in the undergraduate programs and entrance examination. However, professional experience and Japanese language proficiency may be used as additional criteria. Applicants will be notified about the entrance examination dates and about the results on the qualification

An entrance examination is applied to all applicants. In general, the examination consists of oral examination in the area of concentration. The submission of an abstract of Master’s dissertation (2 printed pages) with/without related references and a research proposal (one printed page) are obligatory. Final selection is based on the results of the examination, academic records and submitted documents

Admissions of non-degree students and nondegree research students are granted with basis of the students・qualifications and recommendation from the prospective supervisor. However, for the exchange students, the recommendation of the home institution is usually determining.

Applications can only be processed after the confirmation for the application and entrance examination fees. Application and entrance examination fees are nonrefundable. Successful candidates must complete required registration procedures and pay admission fee and tuition fees immediately after receiving the notification about the results of the entrance examination. Tuition is payable in two installments during each semester. Tuition fees, in special circumstances, may be partially or totally waived if the student’s financial situation is difficult. Applications for the tuition waiver should be submitted in September. For further information and application forms for tuition waiver please consult staffs at the Academic Affairs Section of the Graduate School of Life Sciences. International applicants awarded with Japanese Government Scholarships (Monbukagakusho Scholarship) are exempt from paying tuition and other fees mentioned above. Exchange students should consult their home university to determine whether their exchange agreements exempt tuition.

Enrollment Entrance Examination Admission Tuition
Graduate Student 30,000 282,000 535,800 (per year)
Non-degree Student 9,800 84,600 29,700 (per month)
Non-degree Research Student 9,800 28,200 14,800 (per credit)