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Admission Guide for Foreign Students

This is Admission Guide for International Applicants for the Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University.

A) Regular Graduate Students

A-1) Master’s Program

Admission Requirements
Completion of 16 year’s schooling abroad.

A person who is over 22 years and has a bachelor’s degree or higher, or equivalent as recognized by the graduate school of Agriculture, Kyoto University.

Regular entrance examination
Application: July, 2008

Examination: August, 2008. The examination consists of sections of the field of specialization, the English language, and an oral examination.

Remarks: Examinations are given in Japanese. No special consideration regarding the Japanese language will be given to foreign applicants.

Special entrance examination for foreign students
Application: To be announced in November, 2008.

Examination: To be announced in November, 2008. The examination consists of sections of the field of specialization, the English language, and an oral examination.

Remarks: Appropriate consideration about the Japanese language will be given to foreign applicants. Applicants are highly recommended to contact directly faculty members of the laboratories of his/her choice beforehand (Laboratory List).

A-2) Doctoral Program

Admission Requirements
A Master’s degree or professional degree from an overseas university.

A person who is over 24 years and has a Master’s degree or higher, or equivalent as recognized by the graduate school of Agriculture, Kyoto University.

Special entrance examination for foreign students
Application: To be announced in November, 2008.

Examination: To be announced in November, 2008. The examination consists of sections of the field of specialization, the English language, and an oral examination.

Remarks: Appropriate consideration about the Japanese language will be given to foreign applicants. Applicants are highly recommended to contact directly faculty members of the laboratories of his/her choice beforehand (laboratory list).

B) Non-Regular Graduate Students

Research Students
Those who wish to study in the Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University may apply for the status of research student (Kenkyusei in Japanese, not eligible for degrees).

Examination: No entrance examination is imposed; instead, applicants’ academic achievements are tested at the relevant division.

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After this, consult with the advisor about the actual application.

Applicants on Monbukagakusho (Ministry of Edulation of Japan/MEXT) Scholarships for resarch students
Application: Initially, &color():Invalid color: 文字色;of the Japanese Embassy. Then, applicants must contact directly faculty members of the laboratories of his/her choice beforehand (laboratory list). Please see the following section of ‘D) Scholarships’.

Exchange Students
Foreign students, whose institutions have a student exchange agreement with Kyoto University or with the Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, may be admitted as exchange students (exempted from tuition and fees).

The applications are processed through student exchange program staff of both Kyoto University (or the Graduate School of Agriculture) and its partner institution.

For further information, contact the Student Exchange Program staff of your institution.

C) Financial Status : IMPORTANT***

Applicants have to prove your financial support.

Otherwise applicants may obtain fellowship or scholarship from Japanese government. As for Monbukagakusho (Ministry of Education of Japan/MEXT) scholarship for Research Students, please ask embassy of Japan or consulate General in your country. Embassies and consulates list is the website of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

You may obtain more information from JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization)‘s page shown how to live in Japan.

For the Visiting Scientist (Research Fellow), applicants should obtain fellowship for financial support from JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)

See also http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/index.html for the Japanese Government Scholarships.

D) Sholarships

For those who wish to study at Kyoto University, following scholarships are available. However, the selections for these scholarships are very competitive. Moreover, the application to MEXT scholarship is usually acceptable before the entrance. It is generally necessary to have enough financial resource prior to entering Kyoto University.

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho = Ministry of Edulation of Japan/MEXT) Scholarship

Graduate students and research students receive about JPY170,000 per month, while undergraduate students and Japanese Studies Students receive about JPY134,000 per month. In addition, MEXT Scholarship Students are exempt from entrance examination fee, matriculation fees and tuition fees.

Applications should be made through the Japanese diplomatic missions abroad (Embassy Recommendations) or through a university in Japan (University Recommendations and Domestic Selection). Most Monbukagakusho Scholarship Students at Kyoto University are adopted by Embassy Recommendations.

Application through the Japanese Embassy (or Consulate) in applicant‘s home countries is termed “Embassy Recommendations”. Through Japanese Embassies/Consulates in applicant’s home county, the application is accepted, and the first screening is conducted. For the Embassy Recommendation, please direct your inquiry to the Japanese diplomatic missions in your country.

For University Recommendation, Kyoto University screens the applications of research students whose institutions have a student exchange agreement with Kyoto University, and recommends them to MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology). This is for the applicant who stays in aborad (i.e., this application must have been done before the applicant arrived in Japan).

Domestic Selection (inside Japan) is applicable only for privately financed students currently studying at a university in Japan (i.e., the applicant must have already been a student of Kyoto University).

In all cases for the MEXT scholarship application, the applicant must direcltly (i.e., by yourself) search, contact and receive the approval of faculty members in the graduate school of your choice. See laboratory list.

Documents for MEXT scholarship application

IMPORTANT: These documents emphasize the following:

(5) Each candidate who has been selected by this primary screening (of the Japanese Embassy) is required to directly contact the Japanese university of his/her choice and make the utmost effort to obtain admission as a graduate student or research student, or a letter of acceptance as a research student (hereinafter referred to as ‘Admission’) by the end of August. (Universities in Japan do not respond to a request for Admission after the end of August.)

(6) Each candidate must submit to the university of his/her choice a set of the same documents as those submitted to the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General (application, academic transcript of the university attended, research program, all with a confirmation seal of the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General affixed, and a passing certificate of the primary selection issued by the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General). Additional documents may have to be submitted upon request of the university.

Foreign Government Scholarship

There are international students on foreign government scholarship at Kyoto University. Currently, six countries, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, offer their citizens scholarships. For further information, contact the appropriate agency in your country.

Honors Scholarship

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) provides scholarships for privately financed international students currently studying at a university in Japan. As of April 2006, undergraduate students receive JPY50,000 per month while graduate students receive JPY70,000 per month. The application is acceptable with intra-university selection after the entrance.

E) Frequentry Asked Questions (FAQ)

Would you recommend an instructor for me?

You are the best person to make decisions about which instructor is the best match for the field of your interests. Please visit the websites of our laboratory list for your search.

I am applying for Monbukagakusho Scholarship, and I would like to receive an acceptance letter from Kyoto University.

Only those who passed the preliminary selection by Japanese embassy can contact prospective advisors for “Letter of Acceptance”.

If you are one of them, please choose a prospective advisor though the websites of our laboratory list, prepare the following documents in a package, and address it to the prospective advisor.

1) A certificate of the preliminary selection issued by the Japanese diplomatic missions (Original)
2) Official form of “Letter of Acceptance”
3) Copy of documents you have submitted to Japanese diplomatic mission in your country
4) Additional documents if the prospective advisor or administration office requires

F) Other Information