Admissions

What courses are available?

We have a wide range of courses available in English at Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral levels. We also have summer programs and exchange programs available.

I was born outside of Japan but have Japanese citizenship. Can I still apply for English programs?

Unfortunately, we can only accept students who have a non-Japanese nationality to our international programs. This includes dual-nationals who are welcome to apply.

I am a Japanese student, who attended an IB school in Japan. Can I enter the English program?

Unfortunately, it wouldn't be possible for you to directly enter our English programs.

However, we now have a new route for Japanese students who have graduated from IB schools to enter our degree programs taught in Japanese.  Please see our admissions center website for more details.

As a Tsukuba student, you would then be able to take some classes taught in English although the majority of your courses would be in Japanese.

Is there any financial aid available?

The University of Tsukuba established the Tsukuba Scholarship specifically for international students in our English programs. Approximately, five students in Social Sciences and eight students in the Life and Environmental Sciences will receive this scholarship in their first year. There are also second, third, and fourth year versions of the Tsukuba Scholarship.

There are also many scholarships available from outside organizations like the Japanese government, foundations, and companies. We strongly encourage all students to apply for these scholarships in their second and subsequent years. International students in our English programs will be exempt from admission and tuition fees in their first year and are able to apply for tuition exemptions in the following years. Most students are able to receive some form of financial aid, in the form of scholarships or tuition fee waivers in each year of their degree. Please feel free to contact us; if you require the university's help to access financial aid available from your own country. You can find more financial information in our Finance section

Can Japanese students take classes in the English program?

With the exception of a few classes, Japanese students are welcome to join English classes. In addition, there are many sports and cultural clubs and campus events that facilitate cultural exchange among Japanese and international students including opportunities to improve your Japanese language skills.

Can I take classes conducted in Japanese? Can I transfer to another college in the University outside the English programs?

Yes, both are possible. If you have sufficient Japanese language ability, you are welcome to take classes outside of the English program. To transfer to a different college within the university, you must fulfill all requirements set by the college you wish to transfer to.

Are students in the English Course Program able to become exchange students at one of Tsukuba's overseas partner universities?

The University of Tsukuba maintains agreements with over 260 universities and educational institutions around the world. If international students can fulfill all necessary requirements, they can become exchange students at these institutions.

I'd like to become a doctor and am interested in your Medical Science program. Is this the right course for me?

Graduates from our Medical Science course will be trained to be medical researchers rather than medical professionals like doctors or nurses. Unfortunately, no university in Japan currently offers a medical degree in English. Please note that Medical Science applicants must have two years of experience in a comparable program from another university before transferring to Tsukuba's Medical Science program.

I want to become a lawyer; is your Social Sciences program right for me?

Our Social Sciences program offers some courses explaining aspects of Japanese and International law in English. However, this isn't a law degree. Our social science program develops graduates with a broad understanding of how human societies work, how companies do business across international boundaries, and how nations cooperate and compete in an increasingly globalized world. Unfortunately, currently, no university in Japan currently offers a law degree in English.

What can graduates of Tsukuba's English programs expect after they graduate?

There are many options for graduates of our English programs. Many students continue their studies in our graduate schools while others have found employment at companies within Japan. If you are interested in working in Japan, please note that Japanese language ability is usually required for jobs in Japan so you should focus on studying the language while in university. Some students also return to their home countries for employment or continued studies.

Are there any students from my country?

Quite possibly. We currently have approximately 170 students from 44 countries in the undergraduate program, and there are students from approximately 100 countries in the university. While approximately ⅔ of applicants are from Asia, we also have many students from the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

How do undergraduate applications work?

Our applications have two stages. Stage one is a paper-based evaluation. You submit your application documents, transcript, personal statement, etc, and our admissions staff will do an initial screening of your academic ability. Applicants which pass the first screening will be contacted to schedule an individual interview. This interview is conducted via video conferencing (e.g. Skype or similar) and will last 15 - 20 minutes on average. This interview will evaluate your suitability and enthusiasm for the program.

What's the timeline for undergraduate programs?

Students apply in the period between November - January immediately before they wish to enter (i.e. students planning to enter in 2016 will apply during the period Nov 2015 - Jan 2016).
Applicants which pass the first screening will have a brief interview by teleconferencing in February or Early March. A list of successful candidates will be posted in late March.
In April and May, accepted students will complete the registration procedures and apply for their visa.
Students are expected to arrive in Tsukuba in early September, allowing around 3 weeks to settle in, attend various orientations and placement tests, and choose courses, before the start of classes on October 1st.

How can I submit ACT scores / other qualifications?

You should submit your high school transcript as part of your application. If you have additional qualifications, you can submit them as "supplemental materials", and include them with your application.

When are the school holidays throughout the year?

The University of Tsukuba runs on a semester system. The spring semester starts in April and ends in late July. The summer holiday is the whole of August and September. The fall semester then begins in October and lasts until mid-February (with a short winter holiday from the end of December to the beginning of January). The spring holiday then lasts from mid-February until the end of March.