Admissions Q&A

Due to the COVID-19, the application may not be conducted according to the application guideline. Please check the Graduate School of Life Sciences Admission Information page for more information and updates. https://www.lifesci.tohoku.ac.jp/admission/

Frequently asked questions are listed below. If you have any inquiries, please contact the Academic Affairs Section of the Graduate School of Life Sciences by email.

Q1. When will the application guidelines be announced?

 A1. For Self-recommendation Entrance Examination (MC), First and Second Terms Entrance Examination (MC), October Admission Master’s Degree Program (2-year course) Entrance Examination (MC)  and October Admission Doctoral Degree Program (3-year course) Entrance Examination (DC)  → From early to mid-April

 A2. For Doctoral Degree Program (3-year course) Entrance Examination (DC) → From early to mid-November

Q2. How can I receive the application forms?

A1. The Japanese version of application forms are available at the Academic Affairs Section of the Graduate School of Life Sciences. The Japanese version of the application form also may be sent by mail (within Japan), please contact the Academic Affairs Section for more information.

A2. For applicants who reside overseas or who wish to submit an English version of the application forms, please download the file from this website, print it yourself, fill it out, and submit it to the Academic Affairs Section (after obtaining permission from your prospective supervisor(s)). We do not currently order printing of the English version of the application guidelines (including the application forms) from a printing company.

Q3. About the pre-application interviews and contact with faculty members of the Graduate School

A1. As described in each application guideline:
Be sure to contact the faculty member (professor or associate professor) of the laboratory where you wish to receive guidance by email or telephone (including your second and third choice), and discuss whether your desired research and guidance matches the research content, research activities, etc. of that laboratory. This is an important step in the application process.
Those who decide to apply, should contact the professor or associate professor in that field by email or phone to request permission to apply.
Please check "Contacted" on the application form after you have completed this step. Please note that those who apply without pre-application contact and permission from the prospective academic advisor, will not be able to pass the entrance examination and the examination fee will not be refunded.

Q4. When I apply, I am supposed to contact the faculty member I intend to receive instruction from in advance, but do I need to contact the faculty members of my second and third choices as well?

A1. Please respond in the same way as in Q3 for all prospective supervisors in each laboratory you wish to apply to.

Q5. Can I submit my first, second, and third choices in different departments?

A1. There is no problem. It does not matter if the fields of study you wish to apply to are from different departments.

Q6. How do I select the subject for the basic academic skills examination?

A1. Please select one subject and obtain permission from the faculty member from your first choice of field of study.

Q7. I would like to have the original certificates and English scores submitted at the time of application returned, is this possible?

A1. As a general rule, the application documents cannot be returned after the application has been accepted.

A2. For those who graduated from a foreign university and have only original transcripts and graduation/completion certificates (including diplomas) which can be issuied only once, please bring a photocopy of the certificate and the original certificate to our office and inform us of your situation. The original certificate will be immediately returned to the applicant after a confirmation check of the photocopy.

A3. English language scores can be reissued at any time so they cannot be returned. Those who need the score for scholarships or applications to other departments, etc. (including cases where it is expected to be needed), should apply for multiple copies of the score to be issued by the company that conducts the relevant English test, or make a photocopy of the score before applying.
If you are unable to submit the original at the time of application, please bring the original score and it's photocopy to our office and inform us of your situation. In some cases, the original document may be returned after a confirmation check
If your English score is sent directly to the university, please indicate at the time of application that you would like the original score returned to you. This may allow us to return the original.

A4. Please note that we may not be able to respond to your request in the cases above.

Q9. Regarding the announcement of results on the website

A1. The examination numbers of applicants who have passed the examination will be posted on the website around the time and date stated in the application guideline. However, there is a risk that the announcement time may be delayed due to Internet trouble or other reasons. In such cases, the announcement will be made promptly on the website after the problem has been fixed.

A2. Only those who have been passed the examination will be listed on the website.

A3. We are unable to respond to inquiries regarding acceptance or rejection.