Prospective Students

Graduate Foreign Research Student

Information on Entrance Examinations

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Guidelines for International Students Applying for Research Student Status for April 2023 Enrollment

The program of Graduate Foreign Research Students (hereinafter referred to as "Kenkyusei") is made available to foreign students who wish to conduct research under the supervision of a professor at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences (GSFS). Students admitted as "Kenkyusei" are not entitled to receive a degree or any qualification upon the completion of the program.

1.ELIGIBILITY

Individuals meeting all of the following conditions are eligible to apply:
(1) Non-Japanese
(2) In principle, those who have completed 16 years (or deemed equivalent to 16 years)of education outside Japan, in non-Japanese institutions and been conferred with a bachelor's degree (or who are expected to obtain a bachelor's degree by March 31, 2023) by an accredited non-Japanese educational institutions.

2.APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Step 1 Contact a GSFS professor whom you wish to have as a supervisor, and obtain an unofficial agreement to accept you.
Step 2 Pay application fee online. (JPY 9,800) (The online payment website will be opened from October 1, 2022.)
https://e-shiharai.net/english/?schoolcode=OPU5101470000000
Print "payment confirmation page". (cf. 3.A.8)
Step 3 Register your information, including your name, through the following online registration form by November 10, 2022(JST). When your registration has been completed successfully, you will receive a confirmation email, including the URL of the webpage in order to upload 3-A: DIGITAL DOCUMENTS.
Online registration form:https://forms.office.com/r/prPzJCXaMe
Step 4 Prepare the application forms indicated in Section 3-A: DIGITAL DOCUMENTS including the printed "payment confirmation page", and upload them through the webpage by 5 pm on November 11, 2022(JST) as indicated in the registration confirmation email.
Send 3-B: PAPER DOCUMENTS by post so that your application package is received by the application deadline, 5 pm on November 11, 2022(JST). If delivery services are suspended in your area because of COVID-19 and you cannot send us original documents, please inform us (gsfs-exam@edu.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp) of the situation by email.
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3.APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

A: DIGITAL DOCUMENTS

Please upload following documents through the webpage as indicated in the registration confirmation email.

1) Application form (Form 1, 2 pages)  pdf word
One picture (size 3 x 4 cm) of the applicant must be attached.

2) Profile photo data
Clear, upper body photo of yourself taken within three months prior to your application with no hat, looking straight forward and without a background.
File type: jpeg Size: 308 pixels in height×236 pixels in width, Up to 1MB

3)Study Plan (Form 2) pdf word
Even if you have not decided a research plan or have not talked with your prospective supervisor about the plan, submit your own plan as part of the application procedure. cf. 7.2 (Up to 5 pages).

4)Financial Plan (Form 3)pdf word
This document is very important for your visa application. Student visas are not issued without a sound financial plan that proves your ability to support yourself during the period of enrollment.

5)Certificate of Japanese Proficiency (Form 4)  pdf word
If you have never studied Japanese before, indicate as such on this form. If you have a score on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (N1/N2), you can submit a copy of the score instead of the form.

6)Copies of all diplomas or graduation certificates issued by universities or colleges you have attended
Obtain an official diploma or graduation certificate which stated the degree you obtained from your university. If you have completed a graduate school, you must submit a certificate of completion from the graduate school you attended. If your university does not issue copies of diplomas or graduation certificates, have your copy of the original certified by the university and submit the certified copy. All official documents written in a language other than Japanese or English must be accompanied by a Japanese or English translation of the document. Applicants who are currently enrolled at universities must submit a certificate of enrollment or an official letter certifying the expected date of graduation.

7)Copies of all transcripts of academic records certifying the grades of undergraduate coursework and master's coursework
Obtain an official transcript from your university. If your university does not issue transcript certificates, have a copy of your original certified by the university and submit the certified copy. All official documents written in a language other than Japanese or English must be accompanied by a Japanese or English translation of the document.

8)Printed "payment confirmation page" that you will receive when finishing payment of examination fee by online.

B:PAPER DOCUMENTS

Please send the following paper documents by post to the address listed below (8. CONTACT).

1)Application form (Form 1, 2 pages) pdf word
One picture (size 3 x 4 cm) of the applicant must be attached. In addition to the applicant photo attached to the application form, an extra applicant photo (size 3 x 4 cm) must be clipped to the application form.

2)Comments from Supervisor of Your Choice at GSFS (Form 5) pdf word
Use the designated form provided by GSFS. This form must be filled out by the professor whom you wish to have as your supervisor upon enrollment in GSFS. Only comments in a sealed envelope by the professor are accepted. Professors may submit their comments directly to the Student Affairs Team. In such cases, be sure to mention this in your application package.

3)All diplomas or graduation certificates issued by universities or colleges you have attended
Obtain an official diploma or graduation certificate which stated the degree you obtained from your university. If you have completed a graduate school, you must submit a certificate of completion from the graduation school you attended. If your university does not issue copies of diplomas or graduation certificates, have your copy of the original certified by the university and submit the certified copy. All official documents written in a language other than Japanese or English must be accompanied by a Japanese or English translation of the document. Applicants who are currently enrolled at universities must submit a certificate of enrollment or an official letter certifying the expected date of graduation.

4)All transcripts of academic records certifying the grades of undergraduate coursework and master's coursework
Obtain an official transcript from your university. If your university does not issue transcript certificates, have a copy of your original certified by the university and submit the certified copy. All official documents written in a language other than Japanese or English must be accompanied by a Japanese or English translation of the document.

4. REGISTRATION PERIOD AND APPLICATION PERIOD FOR APRIL 1, 2023 ENROLLMENT

Registration period: From October 1 to November 10, 2022(JST)

Application period: From October 1 to 5 pm on November 11, 2022(JST)

For registration, you need to register your information online by November 10.
After that, please upload application documents of 3-A by 5 pm on November 11 and send us a complete set of application documents of 3-B by post so that your application package is received by 5 pm on November 11 deadline.
We suggest you send in a trackable manner through a post office or private courier service.
Admission results will be notified to every applicant around the end of December.

5.DURATION OF ENROLLMENT

One year. However, extensions may be permitted up to two times provided the "Kenkyusei" continues the same research theme. cf. 7.2

6.EXPENSES

Entrance fee: 84,600 yen
Tuition fee(half-year): 173,400 yen
The amounts are subject to change without prior notice.

If your admission as a research student is granted, then you will be required to pay the total amount of the two fees by early March.
GSFS expects all individuals to handle necessary immigration procedures themselves.

7. NOTES

1)Application documents submitted and examination fee paid will NOT be returned or refunded under any circumstances.

2)You cannot change your research theme. If you would like to change the research content/theme, you must reapply.

3)Those who are considered inappropriate as a foreign research student after admission may be expelled from the school.

4)"Kenkyusei" cannot register courses for credits even though paying tuition.

5) Those who take the entrance examination for a regular course (master's or doctoral course), pass the entrance examination, and enter a regular course starting from the same semester must withdraw the application for the Certificate of Eligibility as a research student and reapply for the Certificate of Eligibility as a regular course student. Please note that in such cases, it is highly likely that you will not be able to enter Japan in time for the beginning of the semester.

6)UTokyo has established "UTokyo Security Export Control Regulation" in accordance with the "Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act", and conducts strict examinations for acceptance of international students. Applicants from overseas who fall under any of the conditions set out in said regulations may be unable to enter their desired course or program or may have limited access to research activities despite their preference.
Details can be obtained from the following website:
Office of Export Control
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/adm/export-control/ja/rule.html (Japanese only)

7)GSFS shall only use the personal information (name, address, or other information) of the applicants provided during the application process only for the following purposes: (i) processing applications and conducting screening in order to select successful applicants; (ii) announcement of successful candidates; and (iii) conducting admission procedures. In addition, personal information of admitted students shall be used only for the following purposes: (i) student affairs (school register, etc.); (ii) student services (healthcare, use of libraries, etc.); and (iii) tuition fee payment.

8.CONTACT

Student Affairs Team, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences
The University of Tokyo
5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa city, CHIBA 277-8561
JAPAN
e-mail: gsfs-exam@edu.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp
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