The major differences between these two programs are the enrollment period, language, and financial support. In the case of the Special Selection for International Students, the examination is conducted twice a year for either October or April admissions, and the lectures are offered in either Japanese or English. On the other hand, IGPAS accepts October enrollment only, and lectures are provided in English.
Also, the MEXT (Japanese Government) scholarship opportunities are available to the IGPAS master's program applicants for 2023, 2024, and 2025 admissions, who pass the entrance examination with excellent performance as well as meet the designated eligibility by MEXT.
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 privately-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 the eligibility 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 "ELIGIBILITY FOR IGPAS" 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:
・School of Science Website
・Tohoku University Reserchers
[Note] The website contains information on all faculty members of Tohoku University.
Make sure to select "Graduate School of Science" in the "Affiliation" for finding your prospective supervisor.
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 number 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 "How to Apply (Step2)". 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 other faculty members by using the websites introduced above.
No. Obtaining the 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 consent from more than one faculty member, you are not allowed to apply for IGPAS with two different supervisors' names. You have to decide on the preferred 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 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 for a Certificate of Expected Graduation.
They must be digital copies of the official academic transcript when applying. Please note that the original academic transcripts need to be submitted at the time of the admission procedure.
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® or IELTS score. They are just examples. Please refer to "APPLICATION DOCUMENTS" 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 by all the application documents as well as the oral interview.
We do not require GRE® TEST for international students. However, we accept the score if you have taken it as a document to certify your academic ability.
* GRE is a registered trademark of the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
The application documents need to be submitted via the online form. If you have difficulty in sending the application documents online, please contact the IGPAS Admissions Office. Please note that some documents sent for the IGPAS application need to be submitted in original at the time of the admission procedures.
Yes, the official test score reports sent directly from the testing organization are acceptable. In such a case, please explain so to the IGPAS Admissions Office.
Institution codes (or DI code) of the Graduate School of Science Tohoku University are:
- 7115 for GRE® TEST
- 0373 for TOEFL® TEST
* TOEFL, TOEFL iBT, TOEFL ITP, TOEIC and GRE are registered trademarks of Educational Testing Service (ETS).
If you do not have your passport, submit an item proving your citizenship, such as a photocopy of your citizenship card, birth certificate, or census register.
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 an oral 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.
We offer MEXT scholarship opportunities to master's program applicants who successfully pass the IGPAS entrance examination with excellent performance as well as meet the designated eligibility by MEXT. The result of the MEXT scholarship is announced on the IGPAS examination result page. Necessary paperwork instructions will be given by the IGPAS Admissions Office after the examination result announcement.
For the MEXT scholarship conditions, please click here.
Please refer to the following website for financial support information:
You may want to refer to the website below for the list of scholarships for prospective students who wish to study in Japan.
[Scholarships for International Students in Japan (Scholarships for the Applicants Residing Abroad)]