3. Entrance examination
4. Courses taught in English / Short-term
5. Conditions for graduating
/ Completing courses
Regular master's or doctor's course
A few graduate schools do accept students based
on the documents they submit, but usually a student must sit for
an entrance examinations in Japan. Graduate school entrance examinations
usually consist of document screening, a short thesis and interview,
mainly on their major, as well as written tests in Japanese, English,
(or other languages) and special subjects.
Though the date of the examination differs, most schools
hold their entrance examinations from August to October. Some graduate
schools hold their examinations from February to March.
Research student (kenkyu-sei)
Mostly they are selected based on the documents
* Academic adviser
For regular and research students, please contact the
graduate schools to which you intend to apply to ascertain whether
you need to find an academic adviser beforehand and to obtain informal
consent for admission prior to application.
If this is the case, you should ask your instructor
at home university to introduce you to a suitable academic adviser.
You should look for an appropriate instructor from graduate school's
prospectus, academic journal or from former students or researchers
in Japan, etc. Besides those sources, you can also look up web sites
of each graduate school and ReaD (Directory Database of Research
and Development Activities) (http://read.jst.go.jp)
or the "Comprehensive list of researchers' research themes"
(published by Kinokuniya Co., Ltd.).
Some professors may have web sites of their graduate
courses but may not be disclosing their e-mail addresses, so in
that case contact them by letter or fax. Some universities introduce
supervising instructors to you upon request.
When you write a letter, you are advised to specify
your past research record, future research plan and reasons for
selecting the supervising instructor and, if possible, enclose a
letter of recommendation. As you are a stranger, the professor is
only able to judge you from your writing. Therefore, it is unusual
for an informal consent to be given immediately after only one written
communication from you. You need to communicate with that professor
several times to convey your enthusiasm about your studies.