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Admission

Application

Types of enrollment

Program Enrollment Duration Degree Application
Graduate Master’s Course 
Student
2 years Master of
Life Sciences
July *1
October *2
Doctoral Course
Student
3 years Doctor of Philosophy in
Life Sciences
July *1
October *2
(Non-degree)
Research Student
1-2 semesters Non-degree *2
(Non-degree)
Special Research Student
1-12 months Non-degree *2
(Non-degree)
Special Visiting Trainees
3-90 days Non-degree *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 Step1. Find a prospective supervisor
     Step2. Contact the Academic Affairs Section of the Graduate School of Life Sciences
     Step3. Submit Application Documents

*3 This status is given to students who receive training at Tohoku University for more than 3 days but less than 90 days. Students do not obtain a student visa/student residential status. They are not "registered" students. Students from countries which don't have a visa waiver agreement with Japan usually have to apply for a tourist visa.

Contact
Academic Affairs Section of the Graduate School of Life Sciences
Tohoku University 2-1-1 Katahira, Sendai 980-8577, Japan
lif-kyom*grp.tohoku.ac.jp (exchange * to @)

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.

Research Student

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.

Special Research Student

Exchange students are enrolled at the Graduate School as special non-degree special research students. The special additional requirement consists of a valid academic exchange agreement between Tohoku University and the student’s home University (or between academic advisors at the Graduate School of Life Sciences and the student’s academic advisor at the home University). *Student must be enrolled in a regular graduate degree program at the home University.

Special Visiting Trainees

Those who are currently enrolled in a regular undergraduate or graduate degree program at the home University and would like to join the training program at Tohoku University for more than 3 days but less than 90 days.

Application Procedures

Step 1. Find a prospective supervisor
Prospective applicants should first find a prospective supervisor before submitting an application to enrol. Find professors in your field of interest, contact them, and obtain consent to be accepted into their laboratory prior to your enrollment.
Step 2. Contact for detail information
The enrollment process differs depending on the course and type of exam. After the confirmation of acceptance to one laboratory, please confirm the following conditions from the prospective supervisor or contact the Academic Affairs Section.

Academic Affairs Section of the Graduate School of Life Sciences:
lif-kyom*grp.tohoku.ac.jp (exchange * to @)

・Application eligibility and schedule
・Entrance examination condition
・Scholarship information
・When and how to pay fees
・Apply for dormitory or information about accommodation
Step 3. Prepare necessary documents

Please contact your prospective laboratory or Academic Affairs Section for necessary documents. 

Academic Affairs Section of the Graduate School of Life Sciences:
lif-kyom*grp.tohoku.ac.jp (exchange * to @)

Step 4. Take an Examination

Qualification and Admission

Final selection is based on the results of the entrance examination with reference to the submitted documents.

Admissions of non-degree students are based on the recommendation from the prospective supervisor. However, for the exchange students, the recommendation from the home institution is required.

Applications can only be processed after the confirmation of the application documents and application fee. Application documents and application fees are nonrefundable. Successful candidates must complete required registration procedures and pay admission fee and tuition fees 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. 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 with valid academic exchange agreement between Tohoku University and the student’s home University are also exempt from paying tuition fees.

Enrollment Application Fee Admission fee Tuition fee
Graduate Student 30,000 282,000 535,800 (per year)
Non-degree  Research Student 9,800 84,600 29,700 (per month)
Non-degree Spetial Research Student - - 29,700 (per month)