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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 its establishment in 2004 to September 2017, IGPAS has conferred 116 Master of Science degrees and 76 Doctor of Science degrees to students from 19 countries and regions.

Program Details

IGPAS is a five-year graduate program combining a two-year master's program and a three-year doctoral program. Admission for the three-year doctoral program is also available. Each student is affiliated with one of six 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 2019

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, 2019.
( ii ) Those who (will) have been conferred a degree equivalent to a bachelor degree upon completion of a three-year program at a university, or those who (will) have completed 15 years of school education by September 30, 2019 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, 2019 and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University 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, 2019.
( ii ) Those who (will) have engaged in research activities for at least two years at an educational or research institution after their graduation from a university[1] and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University 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, 2019 and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University 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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Fees and Expenses

The fees as of 2018 are shown in the table.
Students may apply for admission and/or tuition fee waivers, but the competition for the waivers are very high.
Overall living expenses in Sendai, including an apartment rent, utilities, food, transportation, and so forth, may range from 80,000 to 150,000 JPY per month depending on conditions. For visa application, incoming students may need to have a financial support or enough savings to bear expenses incurred during their stay in Japan.

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Financial Support

Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship:8 students
 Master's Program: 6 students for 2 years*
 Doctoral Program: 2 students for 3 years

■ Exemption from application, admission, and tuition fees
■ 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)
■ Round-trip airfare
 -come over to Japan for admission
 -return back to home country after completion of the program (only if the terms and conditions are met)


Applicants for MEXT scholarship must satisfy ALL of the following conditions in addition to the eligibility requirements for IGPAS.

(i) Those who will newly come over to Japan from a foreign country for IGPAS admission.
(ii) Those who were born on or after April 2, 1984.
(iii) Those who intend to complete the program within the stipulated period from admission.
(iv) Those who satisfy the application requirements designated by MEXT.

*The application guidelines for the MEXT scholarship by University Recommendation will not be available until the end of December 2018. In the meantime, please refer to "3. Qualifications and Conditions" (1)-(9) of the latest application guideline for the MEXT Scholarship by Embassy Recommendation for 2019.
http://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/koutou/ryugaku/1403778.htm

(v) Those whose GPA (grade point average) is higher than the criterion designated by MEXT.

[Notes]
● The MEXT scholarship may be terminated if the GPA (grade point average) of the recipient falls below a certain level.
● The IGPAS MEXT scholarship students are not allowed to change schools from the Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University.
● The IGPAS MEXT scholarship students who continue on to the Doctoral Program will be able to receive financial support equivalent to MEXT scholarship in their Doctoral Program.*

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