Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) launched its International Graduate Program in October 2007 as an opportunity for qualified international students, who may have little or no knowledge of the Japanese language, to enroll in Tokyo Tech’s Master’s or Doctoral Programs and pursue an advanced degree in Japan.
With a diverse group of academic departments participating in this program, students should be able to find a department in which to further their research, acquire broader knowledge and understanding, and conduct advanced long-term research in a field that best matches their interests and background.
There is no Japanese language requirement for this program as lectures and seminars are held in English. However, students are given opportunities to attend Japanese classes on a regular basis in order to better adapt to daily life in Japan.
A limited number of students with outstanding academic records are eligible to apply for a scholarship from Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) with a recommendation from Tokyo Tech.
The International Graduate Program offers a choice of seven English-language based curricular programs related to the 36 departments of Tokyo Tech and enables students to obtain a Master’s or Doctoral degree. There are three types of programs: the Integrated Doctoral Education Program, Master’s Program and Doctoral Program. Some curricular programs are set up as an Integrated Doctoral Education Program, designed to combine the Master’s Program and Doctoral Program so that graduate students can obtain both degrees within three to five years.
Applicants are required to specify their choice of program from among those listed below:
- Sustainable Engineering Program
- Postgraduate Program for Multinational Architects in Conjunction with Engineering and Urban Design
- International Graduate Program for Bioscience and Biotechnology
- International Program for Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering
- Education Program of Advanced Information Technology Leaders
- International Graduate Program for Global Leaders on Engineering Systems with Humanities, Social Sciences, and Cultural Studies
- International Program on Earthquake Engineering
Integrated Doctoral Education Program
This is a combined Master’s and Doctoral Program, and is considered to be one continuous course of study, which cannot be divided into two separate programs. In the Master’s part, students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance during the program may be able to reduce their period of study. Similarly, in the Doctoral part, students who demonstrate outstanding academic and research performance during the program may be able to reduce their period of study. Such students may be able to complete the entire Master’s and Doctoral Program in the minimum period of three years.
Conventionally, in a Japanese postgraduate program, students studying for a Master’s degree must take 30 credits or more within a two-year period. For a Doctoral degree, an additional three years of study follows the Master’s Program. The Integrated Doctoral Education Program requires students to enroll in the Tokyo Tech master’s program, regardless of whether or not they have already earned a Master’s degree. A maximum of 10 credits of previously earned credits from a graduate school may be transferred to Tokyo Tech upon approval.
Students enrolled in the Master’s degree program are expected to successfully complete their supervised studies within two years. To attain the Master’s degree, students need to earn a designated number of credits outlined by the department in a predetermined program of study; complete and receive approval of their research thesis; and pass a comprehensive final examination. Students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance during the program may be able to reduce their period of study.
Students enrolled in the Doctoral degree program are expected to successfully complete their supervised study within three years. To attain the Doctoral degree, students need to earn a designated number of credits outlined by the department in a predetermined program of study; complete and receive approval of their research thesis; and pass a comprehensive final examination. Students who demonstrate outstanding academic and research performance during the program may be able to reduce their period of study.
Non-Japanese citizens, not residing in Japan, who will be able to arrive in Japan prior to the enrollment period and who also satisfy one of the following conditions:
Integrated Doctoral Education Program & Master’s Program
- Persons who have successfully completed 16 years of education outside of Japan or who are expected to do so by September 30, 2014.
- Persons who have graduated from a university or college in Japan.
- Persons whose countries do not require 16 years of education to obtain a university-level education must satisfy both of the conditions noted below and be recognized by the Tokyo Institute of Technology Graduate School as having equivalent to or higher academic ability than that of graduates of a Japanese university.
- Persons who have spent at least one year as a research student or research fellow at a university or research institution in or outside of Japan after successfully obtaining a bachelor’s degree.
- Persons who are at least 22 years old by September 30, 2014.
- Persons who have successfully obtained a degree equivalent to a Master’s degree or a professional degree at a university or college outside of Japan or who are expected to do so by September 30, 2014.
- Persons who have obtained a Master’s degree or a professional degree in Japan.
- Persons who do not meet the eligibility conditions (1) or (2) but are individually assessed and recognized by the Tokyo Institute of Technology Graduate School as having academic abilities equivalent to or higher than that of a holder of a Master’s degree or professional degree and are at least 24 years old by September 30, 2014.
The Application Form for Individual Assessment of Admission Eligibility and supplemental documents are required for applicants who are requesting special admissions consideration based on the eligibility condition (A3 or B3) for the Integrated Doctoral Educational & Master’s or Doctoral Program. Applicants will be informed of the results of their individual assessment of admission eligibility in early-January 2014.
N.B. The admission of applicants expecting to graduate from a university or college will be revoked should the applicant fail to either graduate or obtain a Master’s or professional degree by September 30, 2014.
Prior to submitting application materials to the Admissions Division, applicants must arrange for a Tokyo Tech faculty member to serve as an academic advisor. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must first find an academic advisor. Applicants are required to communicate directly with their intended academic advisor at Tokyo Tech and obtain the consent of the desired faculty member to serve in this capacity.
Applicants need to directly contact the intended academic advisor via email and provide a self-introductory statement and a letter of intent for their period of study at Tokyo Tech. Applications will not be considered without the consent of a Tokyo Tech faculty member who will act as their academic advisor.
Submission of Application Documents
The completed application documents must reach the Admissions Division no later than December 2, 2013 by registered mail, courier service or a similar service.
Student Service Department
TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
2-12-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8550 JAPAN
- Tokyo Tech will not accept any documents received after the stated deadline or any incomplete applications.
- Tokyo Tech cannot respond to inquiries regarding receipt of individual application documents. The applicant is responsible for the tracking and receipt of all materials. Tokyo Tech strongly encourages sending the documents by registered mail, courier service or a similar service that provides tracking numbers and receipt verification services.
- Submitted documents will not be returned under any circumstances. Tokyo Tech will not provide photocopies of the submitted documents. Please keep a copy of all documents for personal reference. In cases when that a document cannot be re-issued,please submit a certified copy instead.
- Offer of admission may be withdrawn at any time, even after enrollment, if the application documents are found to be invalid or contain false information.
The admission decision will be made based on the application, academic transcripts, related documents, and screening and interview processes (including an Internet-based interview). Notification of admission results will be sent to all applicants in mid-March.
Applicants with outstanding academic performance records are eligible to apply for a scholarship from Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The scholarship provides round-trip airfare to Japan, and a monthly stipend according to the regulations of MEXT. The monthly stipend is 147,000 (JPY) for Master’s Program students and 148,000 (JPY) for Doctoral Program students. (*This stipend is subject to change as specified by the regulations of the MEXT Scholarship program.) Successful MEXT Scholarship recipients are not required to pay application, admission, or tuition fees. The candidates nominated for MEXT Scholarship will be noticed together with the admission decision in mid-March. The notification of scholarship recipients will be sent to applicants in early July at latest.
The applicants who enroll in Tokyo Tech without the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship have the chance to apply for the ‘Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students’ from the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).
Please note that those who are granted any other scholarship cannot apply for this scholarship. (The monthly amount of this scholarship is ¥65,000 (JPY). The monthly amount is subject to change as specified by JASSO.) This scholarship will be paid from October, 2014 either to March, 2015 (6 months) or to March, 2016 (18 months). You should pay the entrance and the tuition fees even when you are selected as a recipient of this scholarship.
Admission Division, Student Service Department
TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
2-12-1 W8-103 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8550 JAPAN
For more information, please visit official website: www.gakumu.titech.ac.jp.
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- The RIKEN Brain Science Institute (RIKEN BSI) Summer Program 2010, Japan
- Travel Grant for Starting Scholars from Overseas, Japan Sociological Society
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- International Student Special Scholarship Program, University of Tokyo, Japan
Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.