Information on Entrance Examinations

Welcome to our website for information on entrance examinations.This website shows the necessary information on GSFS entrance examinations.

Application Period : November 20(Tue) to 27(Tue), 2018

Application guidelines and forms are distributed at India Office, the University of Tokyo also (E-mail:indiaoffice@ml.adm.u-tokyo.ac.jp).

1.Obtaining information on entrance examinations offered by GSFS

The information on entrance examinations is available in the following ways:

  1. Guidelines for Applicants
  2. GSFS website (this website)
  3. Entrance Examination Guide of each department
  4. Department websites
  5. Briefing sessions on entrance examinations, visiting laboratories, etc. provided by each department (Note: some departments may not provide the briefing sessions.)

Please use whatever media is best for you to get the information you want.

Guidelines for Applicants and GSFS website

The Guidelines for Applicants(master/doctor courses) and this website provide information about examination types, eligibility, screening process, application procedures including how to submit score sheets of official English Tests such as TOEFL, multiple applications, admission quotas by department, examination schedule, required documents, decision announcement and admission procedures, and other information.

See Guidelines for Applicants

Information on entrance examinations offered by each department

Each department of GSFS has their own method of entrance examinations to accommodate the diversity and nature of their research fields, methodologies, etc. The requirements, screening process, and other matters specific to each department as well as the information on their research activities are posted on each department website and included in the Entrance Examination Guide.
(Note: Graduate Program in Sustainability Science - Global Leadership Initiative: (GPSS-GLI) is included whenever department or each department is referred to on this website.)
See department websites

Application and other related forms are included in the printed Guidelines for Applicants and are not available on the website. Please come to our office in person, or request by post, to obtain them.

How to request the printed Guidelines for Applicants

3.Obtaining Guidelines for Applicants and Entrance Examination Guides

Guidelines for Applicants

Two types of Guidelines for Applicants are available:

  • Guidelines to Master Courses
  • Guidelines to Doctor Courses

Entrance Examination Guides

Entrance Examination Guides are available by department or division:

  • Division of Environmental Studies (It includes 6 departments and 1 program below)
    • Department of Environment Systems
    • Department of Human and Engineered Environmental Studies
    • Department of International Studies
    • Department of Natural Environmental Studies
    • Department of Ocean Technology, Policy, and Environment
    • Department of Socio-Cultural Environmental Studies
    • Graduate Program in Sustainability Science - Global Leadership Initiative
  • Department of Advanced Energy/ Nuclear Fusion Research Education Program
  • Department of Advanced Material Science
  • Department of Complexity Science and Engineering
  • Department of Integrated Biosciences
  • Department of Computational Biology and Medical Sciences

Obtaining Guidelines for Applicants and Entrance Examination Guides

There are two ways to obtain these materials:

1. Pick up in person at the Kashiwa Campus

Guidelines for Applicants and Entrance Examination Guides of different departments are available at the Student Affairs Section, GSFS
Office Hours: 9:00-12:00, 13:00-17:00, Monday thru Friday except holidays.
Note: These materials are also available at briefing sessions.

2. Request by post

Outside Japan

If your mailing address is outside Japan, please request the Guidelines for Applicants only since you can download the Entrance Examination Guides from this website.The postage rate varies depending on the country and the desired department. Also, the postage must be paid by International Reply Coupons (IRCs). Please send the Student Affairs Section a completed “Request of Guidelines for Applicants” and the required number of IRCs as shown in the following table. The materials will be sent to you by Express Mailing Service (EMS) after we receive them.

See the table of Required Number of International Reply Coupons by Area

The IRCs are normally sold at or through your local post office. Please visit the following website for further information on the IRC.

http://www.upu.int/en/activities/international-reply-coupons/about-irc.html

Inside Japan

If your mailing address is in Japan, please send the Student Affairs Section, GSFS a completed "Request of Guidelines for Applicants " and one return-mail envelope (Kaku-2 size: 240 x 332 for A4 size documents) with your name, address written on the front side affixed with a JPY 350 stamp to request both the Guidelines for Applicants and the Entrance Examination Guides (a JPY 250 stamp to request the Guidelines for Applicants only). Also, be sure to specify the following items on the return-mail envelope in red:

  1. (1) Course desired (Master or Doctor)
  2. (2) Department name desired

Please note that the standard request and the required affixed stamp amount apply to one (1) set of Guidelines for Applicants and one (1) Entrance Examination Guide mailed within Japan. If you want to obtain more materials than this, please consult the Student Affairs Section. If you want the materials sent by express mail, please affix an extra JPY 320 stamp (JPY 670 total) to the return-mail envelope.

 

4. Downloading the Guidelines for Applicants and the Entrance Examination Guides

The application and other related forms are not downloadable and are included in the printed Guidelines for Applicants. Please come to the Student Affairs Section, GSFS in person or request by post to obtain them.

4-1 Guidelines to Master Course

(Ordinary Examination, Special Selection for Applicants with Overseas Education)

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4-2 Guidelines to Doctor Course

(Ordinary Examination, Special Selection for Applicants with Overseas Education and Special Selection for Applicants with Professions)

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4-3 Entrance Examination Guides / Inquiry Sheet / Document Checklist

PDF Department of Advanced Material Science / Inquiry Sheet / Document Checklist

PDF Department of Advanced Energy / Inquiry Sheet / Document Checklist

PDF Department of Complexity Science and Engineering / Inquiry Sheet / Document Checklist

PDF Department of Integrated Biosciences / Inquiry Sheet / Document Checklist

PDF Department of Computational Biology and Medical Sciences / Inquiry Sheet / Document Checklist

PDF Guide to The 2019 Entrance Examination of Master & Doctor Courses

  • Department of Environment Systems / Inquiry Sheet / Document Checklist
  • Department of Human and Engineered Environmental Studies / Inquiry Sheet / Document Checklist
  • Department of International Studies / Inquiry Sheet / Document Checklist
  • Department of Natural Environmental Studies / Inquiry Sheet / Document Checklist
  • Department of Ocean Technology, Policy, and Environment / Inquiry Sheet / Document Checklist
  • Department of Socio-Cultural Environmental Studies / Inquiry Sheet / Document Checklist
  • Graduate Program in Sustainability Science - Global Leadership Initiative / Inquiry Sheet / Document Checklist

 

5. Paying the examination fee

Payment may be made at a bank with the University payment slip, at a convenience store, or by credit card. Please click here for details.

9. FAQs

1. When you send us inquiries by email, please describe the department and program (master’s or doctoral) to which you will apply.
2. In addition to the general application documents, departments may require other materials. Please review the website of the department to
  which you will apply.

Q. Can I obtain application material by email or by online database?
A. We are afraid that we do not provide application materials by email and they are not available for download. Please request them as explained on the following website,
http://www.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp/exam_e/
"3. Obtaining Guidelines for Applicants and Entrance Examination Guides"
Q. Can I apply for the GSFS entrance exam online?
A. No, we do not accept online applications. Please send application documents by post or by courier to be received during the designated application period.
Q. Will I be disadvantaged if I don't attend an entrance examination briefing session?
A. No, there is no disadvantage. However, briefing sessions are good opportunities to talk to professors in person about research and school life, and we recommend attending one.
Q. Is there any advantage to contacting my desired supervising professors prior to the entrance examination?
A. No, prior contact does not affect entrance examination results and laboratory assignments.
Q. Is it possible to visit my desired laboratory?
A. Yes, but the visit must be done before the application deadline. Please contact the professor of your desired laboratory, and make an appointment. For the contact details of each professor, refer to each department's Entrance Examination Guides.
Q. If I visit laboratories, can I ask my desired supervising professors about the entrance examinations?
A. No, professors will not answer questions about the entrance examinations such as how to study for the examination. However, you can discuss questions about the research conducted in their laboratory, the research they are able to supervise, school life, and possible careers after graduation.
Q. Is it possible to visit my desired supervising professors, or contact them by email before entrance examinations?
A. Yes, it is possible to contact or visit professors before the application deadline. Consulting professors on research prior to application is helpful to confirm if your research plan meets the research conducted in their laboratory, and will result in smooth research activities after enrollment. If you are a doctoral course applicant, please be sure to contact professors prior to application. The contact details of each professor can be found in each department's Entrance Examination Guides and on the GSFS website.
Q. Do I need to take the individual screening for entrance qualification?
A. Whether or not you need to take the individual screening depends on which applicant eligibility criteria you fall under. Please read the Applicant Eligibility section of our application guidelines carefully, and confirm whether or not you need to take it.
Q.I graduated from a technical college in Japan. How can I fill in the sections "University" and "Faculty" on the application form?
A. Please cross out "University and Faculty" with double lines and write in the name of your technical college above or below.
Q. I made a clerical error in my application form. May I white out the error?
A. No, please do not white out errors. Any clerical errors must be corrected with double lines. Initializing or attaching a seal or signature is not necessary.
Q. On the back side of the application form, there are two sections for education background which seems to overlapp. Is one for Japanese students and the other for international students?
A. Yes, there are two sections on the back side of the application form that ask about your education background. The upper section is for education background in Japan. However the middle section is for education background in a foreign country. If you graduated from Japanese high school and/or Japanese university, please include them in the upper "Background” section.
Q. Is the Employment background section only for full-time work, or can l include part-time and/or short-term work? I have done several lab experiences but they were not full-time.
A. Yes, you may include any or all works related lab experiences. But you should keep your answers concise.
Q. For the "Research Record" section, may I include research projects which were part of my education (bachelor and/or master's projects)?
A. Yes, you may include any or all research projects. But you should keep your explanations concise.
Q. For the screening fee transfer, if the payment is done by credit card, what should I submit?
A. If you want to pay the screening fee by credit card, access the website (https://e-shiharai.net/english) and follow the instruction. Print out the screen showing the Application content and attach this printout to the designated area on the application form.
Q. I have received two envelopes. Do I have to send both envelopes back? Is one for the application forms, and the other for the exam ticket?
A. Use the envelope labeled "出願書類在中" in red characters to send all your application forms and related documents. The other envelope labeled "受験票在中" is used for returning your examination admission ticket to you, so please attach IRCs(International Reply Coupons) or Japanese postal stamps for return postage and send it back with your application documents.
Q. I completed my Foundation, Bachelor and Master’s degrees in the UK. Therefore, am I exempt from taking TOEFL/IELTS?
A. All applicants including native speaker of English must take an English examination except those who apply for GPSS-GLI. For your English examination, please confirm each department's requirements in the "Guidelines for Applicants to the Master Course/Doctoral Course GSFS" and "Entrance Examination Guides".
Q. Graduation in my university is held at the end of June, and certificates of degree and diplomas are issued after that. Should I provide a Certificate of Enrollment?
A. Please check "expected graduation" in the application form. You do not have to submit a certificate of bachelor's degree and graduation at the time of application. Please submit them as part of the admission procedures after you pass the entrance examination.
Q. Should I send the original application documents or copies?
A. For diplomas, certificates, and transcripts, only originals or certified copies are accepted. A certified copy is a photocopy certified by the issuing university with the University's official seal as a true copy of the original. If you cannot send us the original, please ask your university to make a certified copy and submit it to us. Uncertified copies are not acceptable.
Q. Will my application be accepted after the application deadline in the event of extenuating circumstances?
A. Unfortunately, no. No applications are accepted after the application deadline under any circumstances.
Q. May I confirm if my TOEFL score was received?
A. No, we are afraid that we can not accept inquiries regarding the receipt of individual application documents.
Q. How competitive is the entrance examination?
A. For an accurate number/ratio of successful applicants, refer to the following website.
http://www.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp/exam_e/
"6. Reviewing past examination results" (Japanese version only)
Q. Where can I obtain past entrance examination tests?
A. You can download them from the following website or from each department's Admission websites.
http://www.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp/exam_e/past_entrance_tests.pdf
Q. If I am admitted for September entry and if I do not complete my degree requirements by September, can I enroll in April of the following year?
A. No, you cannot change your enrollment date after the result of the entrance examinations has been announced.
Q. Is the result of the entrance examinations affected by the applicant's graduating university?
A. No. All applicants are treated equally in the application review process.
Q. Will phone, email or fax inquires for the examination results be accepted?
A. No. Examination results inquires are not accepted by phone, email, or fax.
Q. I want to apply for the scholarship. Will I be automatically considered for the scholarship when I apply for the regular course, or do I need to apply for the scholarship separately?
A. All scholarships must be applied for separately. GSFS does offer combined admission schemes in collaboration with MEXT (Japanese government), Asian Development Bank, and China Scholarship Council. Please find the information in the ILO (International Liaison Office) website.
https://www.ilo.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp/prospective_en/degree_seeking_en#a2
Q. Can I get alumni’s career information such as the name of their company?
A. Yes. It is released on this admission website and each department's homepage.
Q. Where can I get careers advice?
A. Each department has a career advisor. You can ask them for advice after enrollment. In addition, enrolled students can take advantage of the Career Support Office and career seminars.
Q. May I apply for the Special Selection for Applicants with Professions?
A.For the Special Selection for Applicants with Professions, requirements may vary by department. Please inquire with the contact person of your prospective department regarding specific requirements. In addition, it is advisable to ask them if the special selection is available in English or not.
Q.I transferred into the third year of a Japanese university from university outside Japan, and graduated from the Japanese university. Am I eligible to apply for the Special Selection for Applicants with Overseas Education?
A. No. Those who have graduated from a Japanese university must apply for the Ordinary Examination even if they have been enrolled in an university outside Japan.
Q. About postage for Return Envelope, I can not buy IRCs (International Reply Coupons) at the post office in my country. What should I do?
A.For the return envelope postage, only IRCs (International Reply Coupons) or Japanese postal stamps are accepted. If you can, please ask someone you know in Japan send to GSFS Student Affairs Section the equivalent price of Japanese postal stamps. If nobody you know in Japan can help, please consult with GSFS Student Affairs Section (k-kyomu@adm.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp).
Q.Is Japanese language proficiency required to enter GSFS regular course?
A. Whether or not you can complete the regular course without Japanese language proficiency depends on the department and supervisor.Please contact your prospective supervisor in GSFS for this question.
Q.I am planning to enter the regular course in September after taking the Schedule A entrance exam. Are there any points to note?
A. The period between the result announcement date and the enrollment date in schedule A is short, and obtaining a student visa can take a long time which could delay your arrival in Japan. Please consult with your prospective supervisor in GSFS about your study and research plans.
Q. Who can help me with my visa application? I might need some necessary documents for a short visit visa, so as to enter Japan for my exam.
A. Regarding a short-term visa for taking the entrance examination, please contact the GSFS Internal Liaison Office (ilo.secretariat@edu.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp).
Q. I still have not received my visa so I can not go to Japan during the admission period. What should I do?
A. If you cannot come to Japan during this period, please arrange for a proxy. If you cannot find a proxy, please consult with your supervisor to find one. If you use a proxy, your proxy must bring the letter of proxy from you to complete admission procedures. This is in addition to general admission procedure documents. In addition, after you come to Japan you must submit a "copy of your residence card" and "Application Form for tuition Fee Payment by Direct Debit".
Q.I would like to obtain a Student visa. Could you explain the application procedure?
A. To obtain Student visa, you have to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) first.
It usually takes about 4 to 8 weeks for the screening process at the Immigration office in Japan. For CoE application, please contact the GSFS Student Affairs Section (k-kyomu@adm.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp). You need to submit the materials below so that we can apply on your behalf.

1. Application for Certificate of Eligibility (For Applicant, Part 1,2,3)
2. Copies of the pages of your passport with your name and passport number on them
3. One photo (40 mm H x 30 mm W)
4. Document showing how you will support your expenses while you are in Japan

After you receive CoE, please apply for a “Student Visa” at your nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate. You can receive your residence card at the airport when you arrive in Japan.
Q.Although I plan to apply for the English course, I can speak Japanese very well and I have an N1 degree in JLPT. So, if I’m enrolled, may I take courses given in Japanese?
A.Yes, anyone, including international students, can take courses given in Japanese.
Q. Where can I obtain information about accommodations offered by University or GSFS.
A. Please refer to the following ILO website for details about housing for international students.
https://www.ilo.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp/prospective_en/kashiwa_en/housing_en
 

10. Contacts and inquires

Student Affairs Section
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences
The University of Tokyo
Transdisciplinary Science Building, 1st Floor
5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa-shi, Chiba 277-8561 Japan
Office Hours: 9:00-12:00, 13:00-17:00, Monday to Friday except holidays
Phone: +81-(0)4-7136-4092
Email: k-kyomu@adm.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp