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Introduction

The International Graduate Program for Advanced Science (IGPAS) was initiated in October 2004 as one of the first International Priority Graduate Programs supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, and Technology (MEXT). The lecture courses are taught in English, and the students are not required to learn Japanese language, although they are encouraged to learn it for their daily life. Scholarship opportunities are available for those who meet our qualifications and academic standards. From Since its establishment in 2004 to September 2016, IGPAS has conferred 96 Master of Science degrees and 67 Doctor of Science degrees to students from 28 countries and regions.

Program Details

IGPAS is a 5-year graduate program combining a 2-year master's program and a 3-year doctoral program. Admission for the 3-year doctoral program is also available. Each student is affiliated with one of 6 departments: Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Geophysics, Chemistry, and Earth Science.Each department determines its own curriculum and course requirements, and the availability of classes varies depending on the semester and/or departments. Students may consult their supervisor about their research plan each semester before registration.

Eligibility for IGPAS 2018

Applicants for IGPAS must satisfy ONE of the following conditions.
However, those who are applying with using condition (ii) or (iii) may be required to take a preliminary screening, depending on their situation, and so, they should contact the IGPAS Admissions Office before the application.


Master's Program

( i ) Those who (will) have graduated from a university[1] by September 30, 2018.
( ii ) Those who (will) have been conferred a degree equivalent to a bachelor degree upon completion of a 3-year program at a university, or those who (will) have completed 15 years of school education by September 30, 2018 and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University as having obtained the necessary credits with excellent grades.
(iii) Those who will reach 22 years of age by September 30, 2018 and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science, through an individual qualification examination, to have a scholastic ability equivalent or superior to those who have graduated from a university.


Doctoral Program

( i ) Those who (will) have earned a master's degree by September 30, 2018.
( ii ) Those who (will) have engaged in research activities for at least 2 years at an educational or research institution after their graduation from a university[1] and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science on the basis of their research performance to have a scholastic ability equivalent or superior to those who have earned a master's degree.
(iii) Those who will reach 24 years of age by September 30, 2018 and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science through an individual qualification examination to have a scholastic ability equivalent or superior to those who have earned a master's degree.


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Financial Support

[NOTE]
MEXT (Japanese Government) scholarship opportunity pre-assigned to IGPAS programs are subject to approval of renewal this year. Although we hope to maintain the scholarship opportunities for IGPAS 2018, we cannot provide definite information until the results are released by MEXT. Details of possible scholarships will be announced in October 2017.

[Reference] MEXT Scholarship (IGPAS 2017)
Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship
 Master's Program: 5 years (2 years + 3 years*) Provided for 16 students
 Doctoral Program: 3 years           Provided for 4 students
* IGPAS MEXT scholarship students will be approved to receive the 3-year financial support continuously in the doctoral program only if they maintain a certain grade point average determined by MEXT during the master's program.

■ Exemption from application, admission, and tuition fees
■ Roundtrip airfare from the nearest international airport of the student's home country and Japan.
 - come over to Japan for admission
 - return back to home country after completion of the program (upon request)
■ Monthly stipend of:
 146,000 JPY as a master's student
 147,000 JPY as a doctoral student
(including Sendai regional allowance of 2,000 JPY)

Selection

Applications will be forwarded to the examining committee of each department. The examiner will inform you of the method and schedule for the examination via email by the second week of January, 2018.
For those who have applied for a MEXT scholarship and passed IGPAS entrance examination, the IGPAS Committee will select and recommend the designated number of candidates to MEXT. The results of admission to IGPAS and the nomination for MEXT scholarships will be announced on February 2018 on the website. (Definite schedule will be announced in October 2017)

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