The major differences between these two are enrollment period, language and financial support. In the case of the General Graduate Program, its exam is conducted twice a year for either October or April enrollment, and the classes are offered in either Japanese or English.
On the other hand, IGPAS accepts October enrollment only and classes are given in English. In addition, a MEXT (Japanese Government) scholarship opportunity is available for IGPAS students who meet our qualifications and academic standards.
For more information, please refer to the website below:
No. IGPAS accepts new students for October enrollment (Fall semester) only.
No. Japanese language proficiency test is not required to apply for IGPAS.
No. Applicants are not required to submit the report, not even for the MEXT scholarship.
The application fee will be charged when they decide to enroll in IGPAS as self-financed students. As for the payment method and time, instructions will be provided by IGPAS Admissions Office in due course.
Yes. We ask all applicants to register via the Online Pre-Application. The IGPAS Admissions Office reviews eligibilities of applicants based on the information from the Pre-Application. Those who fall into certain conditions are required to take a preliminary screening prior to application. Please refer to "2. ELIGIBILITY FOR IGPAS" of the IGPAS booklet to see the conditions. Preliminary screening information will be provided by the IGPAS Admissions Office.
The following websites should be helpful for finding your prospective supervisor:
・Academic Research Staff at Tohoku University
[Note] The website contains information on all faculty members of Tohoku University. Make sure to select "Graduate School of Science" in the "Affiliation" section when searching by keywords.
Earth Science http://www.es.tohoku.ac.jp/EN/
Faculty members of the Graduate School of Science may not respond to emails from a stranger because of the amount of emails they receive every day. It would be advisable to provide as much information about yourself (academic background, interest, and goal in detail) when sending an email. Please refer to "5. APPLICATION AND SELECTION (Step2)" in the IGPAS booklet. The IGPAS Admissions Office may contact the faculty member to verify the receipt of your email upon your request, only if you have tried every means possible and still have not gotten a reply.
Ask them to introduce someone else to you or try to find another faculty members by using the websites introduced above.
No. Obtaining consent of acceptance from our faculty members is required for the application. Applications without a copy of email correspondence with your prospective supervisor indicating that the prospective supervisor accepts you to study in their laboratory will not be accepted.
Even though you have obtained consents from more than one faculty members, you are not allowed to apply for IGPAS with two different prospective supervisors' name. You have to decide one by the time of your application.
It does not have to be a Certificate of Expected Graduation. We need any official documentation that certifies you will graduate by September 30. If your expected graduation date or month is stated in an academic transcript, it can be used as a substitute material for a Certificate of Expected Graduation. A letter from a responsible official of your university with your expected graduation date or month is also acceptable as a substitute of a Certificate of Expected Graduation.
They must be originals. If you cannot submit the original by the deadline, submit its copy with a note that briefly explains the reason and the date the original will be submitted.
Applicants whose native language is not English, must submit the score of an English proficiency test. However, it does not have to be a TOEFL® TEST or IELTS score. They are just examples. Please refer to "6. APPLICATION DOCUMENTS" of the IGPAS booklet to see other examples.
* TOEFL, TOEFL iBT, TOEFL ITP and TOEIC are registered trademarks of Educational Testing Service (ETS).
We do not have particular score requirements. Your English proficiency will not be judged solely by these scores but from all the application documents submitted.
We do not require GRE® TEST for international students. However, we accept the score if you have taken it as a document to certify academic ability.
* GRE is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service (ETS).
No. The only document that you can send via email is document(s) to prove academic ability. Please refer to "6. APPLICATION DOCUMENTS" in the IGPAS booklet.
If you do not have your passport, submit an item proving your citizenship, such as a photocopy of citizenship card, birth certificate, or census register. Please refer to "6. APPLICATION DOCUMENTS (item 12)" in the IGPAS booklet.
Applicants whose native language is English are exempted from submitting a test score of English proficiency.
No. The entrance examination will be conducted by using internet-connected devices. The committee members will contact applicants to instruct the screening method after the IGPAS Admissions Office reviews all of the application documents.
The examination will be managed independently by the committee members of each department, and it will be in the form of a written examination and/or an interview. The examination will be conducted sometime between late December to January. The IGPAS Admissions Office is not in charge of the screening process and cannot provide detailed information on the examination.
No. The IGPAS Admissions Office does not have or provide any information regarding financial support other than the MEXT scholarship. It should be noted that the scholarship availability for students is very limited and thus highly competitive in Japan, especially for international students who are not proficient in Japanese.
In Form 1 "Application for Admission", you will be asked your intention of applying for the MEXT scholarship. You should simply choose "Yes" in the form for the MEXT scholarship application.
The MEXT scholarship opportunity results will be notified along with IGPAS entrance examination results on the website. Successful IGPAS applicants with MEXT scholarship will need to go through official paperwork afterward. Detailed instructions will be provided by the IGPAS Admissions Office after the IGPAS result notification.