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MEXT scholarship with Embassy Recommendation

Details regarding application for the following year’s enrollment will be posted in June 2022.

1. What is MEXT scholarship with Embassy Recommendation

In this category, students must apply to the Japanese Embassy or a consulate in the country of citizenship, and follow their selection procedures as the preliminary stage. Only those who pass the preliminary stage will be able to proceed to the University selection. ILO will announce information about the University selection procedures on the ILO website in June for enrollment in the following year. In GSFS, every department and the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science accept applications from those who are applying for a MEXT scholarship with Embassy Recommendation.

2. Application procedures

Step1: Apply for a MEXT scholarship at the Japanese Embassy or a consulate in the country of your citizenship.
Step2: Only those who pass the preliminary selection at the Japanese Embassy or a consulate will be able to apply for admission to GSFS.
Step3: The successful candidates will receive an acceptance letter from GSFS on/after September 2, 2021.
Step4:
Enroll either in April or October 2022.

 

● Guidelines for those applying as a research student:

Research student is classified as a non-degree student. In order to matriculate into a degree course, i.e., master course or doctoral course, students must sit for the entrance examination of the department you wish to enter. Only those who pass the examination will be admitted to degree courses in the following semester. If research students want to change their status to a degree student by the April enrollment time, students should take the examination held in February.

If you pass the February examination for enrollment in April, GSFS will change your status to a degree student accordingly. For more information, please check Q&A.

Application Guidelines – Research Student (this is only for reference)

Designated Application Form – Research Student

Designated Recommendation Form

 

● Guidelines for those applying as a degree student:

No departments accept international students directly into degree courses in 2022.

3. FAQs

Q1: Should I contact the professor I prefer to have as my supervisor directly?
A1: Yes. Please obtain consent first from the professor(s) to become your supervisor, and e-mail a complete set of application forms with the name of the professor whom you have contacted.
Q2: I have received consent from more than one professor. What should I do next?
A2: Please decide on one professor as your supervisor before you send ILO your set of application forms. Also please inform all the professors you have contacted of your decision.
Q3: If I enroll in a department in the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences as a research student, can I automatically matriculate to a degree course from the next semester?
A3: No. In order to become a degree student, you must pass the entrance examination of the department you wish to enter. GSFS has entrance examination twice a year, in August and February. If you enroll in April, for example, the first possible entrance examination is in August. If you pass, you can matriculate to a master or doctoral course in October. If you enroll in October, the first possible entrance examination is in February. If you pass, you can matriculate to a master or doctoral course in April.
Q4: What if I fail the entrance examination?
A4: Those who enrolled in April can be a research student for up to two years. Those who enrolled in October can be a research student for up to one and half year. Within this period, research students must take an entrance examination and pass it in order to proceed to a master or doctoral course. Most departments hold entrance examination twice a year, in August and February. In the August, all departments conduct examination and students can take them in English. In the February, fewer departments conduct exams. You want to pay attention to your examination schedule when deciding your enrollment timing. For example, if you enroll in October as a research student, and the department you are going to apply holds examinations only in August, you must wait to proceed to a master / doctoral course for at least one year.
Q5: I want to study as a degree student without having been a research student, but the department I want to apply to accepts students only as research students. Aren’t there any other options available?
A5: Apply for research student status in August in accordance with the guidelines. This cannot be changed. After you receive an acceptance letter in September, you may want to think about taking a department examination in February. If you pass the February examination, GSFS can change your status from a research student to a degree student by the time of your enrollment in April so that you can start directly as a regular degree student. However, please keep in mind that most departments require applicants to come to Japan to sit for their entrance examinations. Only applicants to the Graduate Program in Sustainability Sciences are not required to come to Japan. The Department of Human and Engineered Environmental Studies and the Department of International Studies also do not require applicants to come to Japan for the February examinations, these two departments accept applications to start their degree course directly. If you want to take the examination, please send an inquiry to ILO. For details, see here.
Q6: Are there any additional procedures I have to do other than taking the examination to matriculate to a degree course?
A6: Yes, you must apply for extension of your scholarship period after you enroll in the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, because the original scholarship duration is two years. By the time of application you and your supervisor are expected to discuss your study plan to decide when you are going to take entrance examination and which department you are going to apply to.
Q7: GSFS requires submission of the recommendation letter in the GSFS format. But I have already obtained two recommendation letters from my academic supervisors in the MEXT scholarship application format, and I am sending the two copies to GSFS. I have no other professor who knows my academic performance other than them. What should I do?
A7: You do not need to submit another recommendation letter if you are going to submit two letters of recommendation. If your application materials include only one recommendation letter, then please prepare another one in the GFFS format. GSFS requires at least two recommendation letters in all, and one of them must be prepared by a faculty staff who knows your academic performance well.
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