[Scholarship is offered for this program]
The International Graduate Program for Advanced Science (IGPAS) was initiated in October 2004 as one of the first International Priority Graduate Programs supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, and Technology (MEXT). The lecture courses are taught in English, and the students are not required to learn Japanese language, although they are encouraged to learn it for their daily life. Scholarship opportunities are available for those who meet our qualifications and academic standards. From its establishment in 2004 to September 2017, IGPAS has conferred 116 Master of Science degrees and 76 Doctor of Science degrees to students from 19 countries and regions.
IGPAS is a five-year graduate program combining a two-year master’s program and a three-year doctoral program. Admission for the three-year doctoral program is also available. Each student is affiliated with one of six departments: Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Geophysics, Chemistry, and Earth Science. Each department determines its own curriculum and course requirements, and the availability of classes varies depending on the semester and/or departments. Students may consult their supervisor about their research plan each semester before registration.
PROGRAM WEBSITE: http://www.sci.tohoku.ac.jp/english/igpas/
PROGRAM FLYER: IGPAS 2019 application_flyer
PROGRAM BOOKLET: http://www.sci.tohoku.ac.jp/docs/world-wide2018/19_booklet.pdf
Only Lecturers of Universitas Gadjah Mada are eligible to register for this program.
Applicants for IGPAS must satisfy ONE of the following conditions.
However, those who are applying with using condition (ii) or (iii) may be required to take a preliminary screening, depending on their situation, and so, they should contact the IGPAS Admissions Office before the application.
( i ) Those who (will) have graduated from a university by September 30, 2019.
( ii ) Those who (will) have been conferred a degree equivalent to a bachelor degree upon completion of a three-year program at a university, or those who (will) have completed 15 years of school education by September 30, 2019 and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University as having obtained the necessary credits with excellent grades.
(iii) Those who will reach 22 years of age by September 30, 2019 and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University through an individual qualification examination, to have a scholastic ability equivalent or superior to those who have graduated from a university.
( i ) Those who (will) have earned a master’s degree by September 30, 2019.
( ii ) Those who (will) have engaged in research activities for at least two years at an educational or research institution after their graduation from a university and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University on the basis of their research performance to have a scholastic ability equivalent or superior to those who have earned a master’s degree.
(iii) Those who will reach 24 years of age by September 30, 2019 and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University through an individual qualification examination to have a scholastic ability equivalent or superior to those who have earned a master’s degree.
FEES AND EXPENSES
The fees as of 2018 are shown in the table.
Students may apply for admission and/or tuition fee waivers, but the competition for the waivers are very high.
Overall living expenses in Sendai, including an apartment rent, utilities, food, transportation, and so forth, may range from 80,000 to 150,000 JPY per month depending on conditions. For visa application, incoming students may need to have a financial support or enough savings to bear expenses incurred during their stay in Japan.
Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship：8 students
Master’s Program: 6 students for 2 years*
Doctoral Program: 2 students for 3 years
■ Exemption from application, admission, and tuition fees
■ Monthly stipend of:
146,000 JPY as a master’s student
147,000 JPY as a doctoral student
(including Sendai regional allowance of 2,000 JPY)
■ Round-trip airfare
-come over to Japan for admission
-return back to home country after completion of the program (only if the terms and conditions are met)
For further information please refer to program website.
Download the forms marked with red diamond here (http://www.sci.tohoku.ac.jp/english/igpas/application.html)
HOW TO APPLY
- Open the application website (http://www.sci.tohoku.ac.jp/english/igpas/application.html) and read carefully about the available department in this program and application process.
- Find a potential supervisor among the faculty members in the field of your interest.
- Contact the faculty members directly via email and obtain their consent.
- Register online via IGPAS Pre-Application Form.
* Online Pre-Application (October 15-November 16, 2018)
- Prepare the required documents for the application
- Send your application to the IGPAS Admissions Office.
All documents should be enclosed together, sent via airmail, and received by the IGPAS Admissions Office by November 30, 2018 JSD.
*The IGPAS Admissions Office will email you to inform the arrival of the documents along with your application number.
- Please send the required documents by email (compiled to 1 pdf file) to Office of International Affairs UGM (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org)
IGPAS Admissions Office
Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University
6-3 Aramaki-Aza-Aoba, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8578 JAPAN
E-mail: direct*mail.sci.tohoku.ac.jp (Replace * with @)
Applications will be forwarded to the examining committee of each department. The examiner will inform you of the method and schedule for the examination via email by the middle of January 2019. The examination will be in the form of a written examination and an interview.
For those who have applied for a MEXT scholarship and passed IGPAS entrance examination, the IGPAS Committee will select and recommend the designated number of candidates to MEXT. The results of admission to IGPAS and the nomination for MEXT scholarships will be announced on February 7, 2019 on the website.