An English-language graduate program at the University of Tokyo

Admission 2017

*Admission 2017 is already over. The following information is just for your reference and not applicable to the upcoming admission 2018. Updated information will be released in this page later.


*ITASIA Admissions Office is closed from December 28, 2016 through January 3, 2017.

*Information and document submission requirements may change without notice. Please check on this website for the latest information.

Please take TOEFL / GRE General Test and arrange delivery of scores to the GSII early enough. In order to secure traceability of your TOEFL/GRE application, we strongly recommend you to register at My Home Page (for TOEFL) and/or My GRE Account (for GRE).

If you cannot pay the examination fee at a bank in Japan, please pay it online using the following document, instead of using Form #4. Please start the procedure from here.


As of July 28, 2016

International Master's/Doctoral Degree Program:
Information, Technology, and Society in Asia
(ITASIA)

Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies
The University of Tokyo

Contents

Program Overview
Introduction
Degree Programs and Projected Numbers of Entrants
Tuition and Fees
Scholarship Opportunities
Qualifications for Enrollment
Selection
Application Procedures
Application Documents
Important Notices
Address
Appendix 1
Appendix 2

Program Overview top

[Mission Statement]

By creating close partnerships among the various departments of the university concerned with education and research on information, the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies (GSII) provides a unique interdisciplinary and practical learning environment in which students can develop the broad range of knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill the demands of an advanced information society, including both advanced technical skills for information processing and profound understanding of the significance and function of information in contemporary societies. Besides fulfilling society's need for people with practical information literacy and providing retraining opportunities for professionals, the GSII also enables its students to become researchers and artists working at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary information studies.
Within the GSII, the ITASIA program offers intensive graduate level education designed to foster analytical strength and insight into Asian societies and international relations, at a time when information and communication technology is having an increasingly profound impact on the region. All instruction is conducted in English, and the academic year at ITASIA begins in September.

[Prospective Students]

1. Students looking for a graduate education program in Japan that is conducted entirely in English
2. Students interested in acquiring a broad interdisciplinary perspective on Asian societies and cultures through the study of media, technology, and international relations
3. Students aiming for a career in public administration, journalism, media, and business; or aiming to become researchers and academic professionals

Introduction top

This document is written for prospective students applying for admission to the ITASIA program in September 2017. The application deadline is January 5, 2017 JST (Japan Standard Time). Applicants must take TOEFL and GRE General Test as early as possible, because submission of their Official Score Reports in time by ETS is an indispensable part of the selection procedure.

The latest complete version of this document is available at http://itasia.iii.u-tokyo.ac.jp/admission.html. For more information about the ITASIA program, please visit http://itasia.iii.u-tokyo.ac.jp/.

Degree Programs and Projected Numbers of Entrants top
  • Master of Arts and Sciences (Information Studies), 2 years, 14 students
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Information Studies), 3 years, 8 students
Tuition and Fees top

(As of 2016, subject to changes)

Examination Fee
10,000 yen
* Japanese government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarship students are exempt from the examination fee as well as the entrance fee and annual tuition.
* Those entering the Ph.D. program in September 2017 are exempt from the examination fee as well as the entrance fee if they earned a Master's or professional degree at the Graduate School of the University of Tokyo in September 2017.
Entrance Fee
282,000 yen
Annual Tuition
535,800 yen (M.A.S. program)
520,800 yen (Ph.D. program)

* The University of Tokyo provides a limited number of need-based exemptions of entrance fee and tuition. For details, please see the following web page:
http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/prospective-students/tuition_fees.html

Scholarship Opportunities top

A limited number of applicants who have exceptional academic records will be awarded scholarships or tuition waivers through the courtesy of donors at the recommendation of the University of Tokyo. To those eligible, the scholarships will be offered simultaneously with the notification of acceptance into the program. The candidates will be requested to confirm their willingness to enter the ITASIA program by a specified date.

The successful applicants for admission can also directly apply for scholarships from the University of Tokyo as well as private sources, as described at http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/prospective-students/privateorg.html, but typically only after enrollment. We strongly recommend that those applicants seeking financial aid should also apply for other sources of funding that can be offered before enrollment by themselves, such as Japanese government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarship, the Chinese Government Graduate Student Overseas Study Program (国家建设高水平大学公派研究生项目), Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program, etc.

Qualifications for Enrollment top

To be eligible for admission to the M.A.S. program, you must be a holder of a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent status.

To be eligible for admission to the Ph.D. program, you must be a holder of a Master's degree or an equivalent status including Ph.D. candidateship.

Applicants who expect to earn the required degree(s) between the time of application and September 21, 2017 should submit with their application an official statement that certifies anticipated graduation.

M.A.S. program applicants must have completed at least the equivalent of 16 years of school education including university education. Applicants who have spent fewer than 16 years completing their elementary, middle, high school and university education must explain very clearly their academic history.

Please be careful that some applicants with fewer than 16 years of school education or without an appropriate academic degree, and those who expect to fulfill their prerequisite for application between September 22 and 30, 2017, must contact the ITASIA Admissions Office no later than 4:00 pm on November 30, 2016 JST before submitting the application. For details, please carefully read through Appendix 1 and 2 on ITASIA's website.

Applicants must be proficient enough in English to participate in lectures and receive academic guidance in English at the graduate level.

Students applying for the Ph.D. program should have already received extensive training that will have prepared them for pursuing advanced research. If the applicants for the Ph.D. program have received a Master's degree in a field that is not directly related to the emphasis of the ITASIA program or to the applicants' proposed field of study, then it is strongly encouraged that they apply instead to the M.A.S. program.

Selection top

Selection for admission is based on the evaluation of documents submitted by the applicants, and, if deemed necessary, some kind of interview (including telephone, IM, etc.). Applicants may be contacted for additional information, with final notification no later than March 31, 2017. Successful applicants will be requested to complete the entrance procedures within a specified period.

Application Procedure top

For enrollment in September 2017, the application period starts on October 3, 2016. Completed applications must be submitted to the ITASIA Admissions Office by registered mail or an international delivery service (such as UPS or FEDEX) by January 5, 2017. Submissions in person will not be accepted. We strongly encourage applicants to submit materials early, since delivery may take some time. We will not accept applications that arrive after January 5, 2017 JST.

Application Documents top

Please obtain the necessary forms from the Download page on ITASIA's website after mid-September 2016 and prepare the documents according to the following list. Applications must be written in English. If the other documents are not written in English or Japanese, an official English or Japanese translation should be attached unless specified otherwise.

The University may retroactively cancel admission of any student who has falsified any of his or her application documents including personal information, academic records, and research achievements.

(Items designated by (*) are not necessary for applicants who are currently enrolled in the ITASIA program.)
(Items designated by (+) are not necessary for applicants who are graduates of the ITASIA M.A.S. program applying for the ITASIA Ph.D. program WITHIN TWO YEARS FROM GRADUATION.)

1. CHECKLIST with signature (Form #1)

2. APPLICATION (Form #2)

3. Official proof of graduation and receipt of degree (*)(+)

  • One official document of graduation and receipt of degree, certified with the seal/stamp of the university from which you graduated (Please do not send the original diploma.)
  • M.A.S. program applicants must submit their Bachelor's certificate, and Ph.D. program applicants must submit both Bachelor's and Master's certificates.
  • If it is impossible to obtain the certificate in time by any means, please contact the ITASIA Admissions Office as early as possible.
  • Those who have not yet graduated from their course of study at the time of application are requested to submit an authorized statement of anticipated graduation.

4. Official transcript (*)(+)

  • An official transcript listing all courses and grades, certified with the seal/stamp of the university from which you graduated, or its registrar
  • If available, a cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) would help the committee to assess your dossier. The GPA statement should be part of the official transcript, or, if separate, should bear an official university or registrar seal. It should include an explanation of the numerical values used to calculate the average.
  • If available, an authorized certificate of class ranking may also be included.
  • M.A.S. program applicants must submit their Bachelor's transcript, and Ph.D. program applicants must submit both their Bachelor's and Master's transcripts. (The "first cycle" in European and other universities as specified in the Bologna Declaration is regarded as equivalent to a Bachelor's program or course, and the "second cycle" is considered equivalent to a Master's program or course.)
  • Applicants may request that their university send transcripts directly. If you choose to do so, please make note of that on Form #1 of your application, with the date you made the request.

5. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Official Score Report (*)(+)

  • The Official Score Report must be sent by ETS (Educational Testing Service) directly to the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo (Institution Code: 0440). (The Examinee's Score Record is not acceptable.) Applicants must explicitly request the submission early enough taking into consideration the time required for processing and handling, and write the date of the request in Form #1. ETS will issue the Official Score Report only for a PBT or iBT taken within two years. (ITP is not acceptable.)
  • The application will not be reviewed without the arrival of the Official Score Report.
  • The TOEFL requirement does not apply to native speakers of English. If you identify yourself as a native speaker of English at the Item "Foreign Language Proficiency" in Form #2, you need not submit a TOEFL score. We will review all your application from that premise. If you do not identify yourself as such, you must fulfill the TOEFL requirement.

6. GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) General Test Official Score Report (*)(+)

  • The Official Score Report must be sent by ETS (Educational Testing Service) directly to the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo (Institution Code: 3560). (The Examinee's Score Record is not acceptable.) Applicants must explicitly request the submission early enough taking into consideration the time required for processing and handling, and write the date of the request in Form #1. ETS will issue the Official Score Report only for the tests taken within five years.
  • GRE General Test has been revised since August 1, 2011. We accept any score either before or after the revision as long as the Official Score Report can be issued by ETS.
  • The application will not be reviewed without the arrival of the Official Score Report.

7. One original of signed and sealed employer reference (optional)

8. At least one sample of representative research work (for M.A.S. program applicants, Bachelor's thesis or a term-paper; for Ph.D. program applicants, Master's thesis or some other publication)

  • If the applicant has not yet graduated at the time of application, an interim thesis report is acceptable.
  • If an M.A.S. program applicant cannot submit either a thesis or a term-paper, then any other relevant research paper is required.
  • If the applicant has a more suitable paper related to the intended research, then it may be submitted instead.
  • If the work is not originally written in English, its summarized translation of a length of 3,000 words in English should be attached.
  • This sample, and its summarized translation if applicable, must be submitted not only in a paper format but also as a PDF file that is burned on a CD, DVD, or USB media, unless the sample is a publication with an ISBN. The PDF file must contain accessible text data of the sample inside.

9. One list of publications (if applicable)

10. One copy of your census register, passport, or other proof of citizenship (Please do not send the original.)

11. Three letters of recommendation including Form #3 (*)(+)

  • They should be written in English or Japanese.
  • Each letter, together with Form #3, must be prepared and sent by strictly following the instructions written in Form #3 in order to ensure confidentiality.
  • They may be sent directly by the recommender to the ITASIA Admissions Office.
  • At least two recommenders must be outside of the GSII.
  • The application will not be reviewed without the letters of recommendation.

12. One copy of Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Result (optional)

13. Three passport-style photographs (Please write your name on the back.)

  • height: 4cm x width: 3cm
  • color photographs taken within the last six months
  • upper frontal view without hat, etc.

14. One original of the Certificate of Remittance (Portion C of Form #4)

  • All applicants must pay the examination fee before sending their application, unless they are Japanese government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarship students or they expect to earn a Master's or professional degree at the Graduate School of the University of Tokyo (including the ITASIA program) in September 2017.
  • If the payment is done at a bank in Japan using Form #4, the Certificate of Remittance (Portion C of Form #4) should be pasted on the designated place in Form #2.
  • If the payment is done by the online method, please enclose the printed "Result" page. (Please see the separate instructions on ITASIA's website.)

15. Additional Form for Chinese Government Graduate Student Overseas Study Program (国家建设高水平大学公派研究生项目) Applicant (Form #5)

  • Applicants who have applied for or are planning to apply for the Chinese Government Graduate Student Overseas Study Program (国家建设高水平大学公派研究生项目) must submit it.

Please note that none of the processed documents and materials will be returned.

Important Notices top

(1) It is not possible to enroll in this program at the same time as being enrolled in a program offered in another department at the University of Tokyo.
(2) Application documents are essential to the selection process and must therefore be prepared in strict accordance to the specified guidelines. Incomplete application documents will not be accepted. After processing of application documents, revisions to them cannot be considered nor is the examination fee refundable.
(3) Applicants with disabilities who require special consideration should notify the ITASIA Admissions Office of their wishes when submitting their application, so that appropriate arrangements can be made to facilitate them.
(4) Non-Japanese applicants must have a visa that will allow admission to a Japanese graduate school, as stipulated in the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act (Cabinet Order No. 319, 1951) by the time of entrance procedures.
(5) When conducting entrance procedures, those planning to pursue their studies while retaining a position of employment in a public office or private company or organization must submit a letter from their employer or superior giving permission to concentrate on their studies while enrolled in the program.
(6) Application procedures, application periods, and other details may, in certain circumstances, be subject to change.
(7) Under no circumstances will the processed application documents be returned to the applicants.
(8) Under no circumstances will the entrance fee be returned after the completion of entrance procedures.
(9) The University shall use private information received only for the purpose of [1] Selection procedures, [2] Notification of results, and [3] Entrance procedures. For those students that enroll, this information will also be used for [1] Educational affairs, [2] Student support, and [3] Collection of tuition.
(10) The examination results used in the selection of entrants may be used in future studies for the improvement of both the entrance examination and the education at the University of Tokyo.
(11) The University may retroactively cancel admission of any student who has falsified personal information or academic record in his or her application documents.

Address top

ITASIA Admissions Office
Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies
The University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
Phone / Fax: +81-3-5841-0539 / +81-3-3811-5970
E-mail (For inquiries only - not for submission of applications):
itasiaao2017(AT)iii.u-tokyo.ac.jp ("(AT)" actually means "@".)
Website: http://itasia.iii.u-tokyo.ac.jp/


Appendix 1. Requirements for Eligibility: M.A.S. program of ITASIA top

* The terms "university" and "Bachelor's degree" below are narrow legal concepts defined within Japan's education system, which do not include the equivalents abroad unless explicitly specified otherwise.

** Those who expect to fulfill their prerequisite below (Bachelor's degree or the equivalent) between September 22 and September 30, 2017 are required to contact the ITASIA Admissions Office by email no later than 4:00 pm on November 30, 2016 JST in order to check eligibility to apply for the program.

Persons must fulfill at least one of the following requirements in order to be considered eligible to apply to M.A.S. program of ITASIA:
(1) Those who have graduated from a university or are expected to graduate by September 21, 2017.
(2) Those who have completed, or are expected to complete by September 21, 2017, 16 years of school education abroad.
(3) Those who have completed, or are expected to complete by September 21, 2017, 16 years of school education of a foreign country by taking in Japan correspondence courses provided by a school in said foreign country.
(4) Those who have completed, or are expected to complete by September 21, 2017, a program in an educational institution in Japan designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology that provides courses of a foreign university within the school education system of a foreign country. This applies solely to those who have completed 16 years of school education in said foreign country.
(5) Those to whom a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a university or school outside of Japan (Note 1), which requires at least 3 years for completion (Note 2), has been conferred or is expected to be conferred by September 21, 2017.
(6) Those who have completed, or are expected to complete by September 21, 2017, a specialized training college program in Japan otherwise designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology after the date on which said program received the Ministry's designation. This applies only to a program lasting at least 4 years and satisfying standards determined by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
(7) Those designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, in accordance with 1953 Ministry of Education, Science and Culture Notification No. 5. (Note 3)
(8) Those on whom a Bachelor's degree has been conferred or is expected to be conferred by September 21, 2017, in accordance with Article 104 Paragraph 4 of the School Education Act. (Note 4)
(9) Those who have completed 15 years of school education in a foreign country, or who have completed 15 years of school education of a foreign country through correspondence courses provided in Japan by a foreign school of said country, and whom this graduate school has recognized as having obtained the necessary credits with excellent grades.(Note 5)
(10) Those who have completed a program designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in an educational institution in Japan that provides courses of a foreign university within the school education system of a foreign country, and who are recognized by this graduate school as having obtained the necessary credits with excellent grades. This applies solely to students who have completed 15 years of school education of said foreign country. (Note 5)
(11) Those who will be at least 22 years old as of September 21, 2017, whom this Graduate School has authorized, through individual screening of entrance qualifications, as having abilities that are at least equivalent to those who graduated from a university. (Note 6)

(Note 1)
Institutions that have been evaluated by the government or by persons who have the approval of relevant organizations or designated separately to be an equivalent by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

(Note 2)
Includes completion of correspondence courses in the specific subject from a school in said country while resident in Japan or have completed a program at an educational institution in Japan that is part of the school education system of the specific country and that is separately designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

(Note 3)
Those covered under requirement (7) above are those who have graduated from or are expected to graduate from a university under the old university ordinances, or national colleges/prefectural colleges (daigakko) under various orders for organization and acts of establishment of government ministries, and so on.

(Note 4)
Those covered under requirement (8) above are those on whom a Bachelor's degree from the National Institution for Academic Degrees or the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation has been conferred, or is scheduled to be conferred.

(Note 5)
Those who intend to apply under requirement (9) or (10) above should indicate this clearly on the application form. When further inquiry in advance is necessary, it should arrive at the ITASIA Admissions Office by email no later than 4:00 pm on November 30, 2016 JST.

(Note 6)
(a) Those who intend to apply under requirement (11) above are those who are not covered under (1) through (10) above and who have graduated (or completed a program of study) from an education facility equivalent to a 4-year university, and are recognized, through individual screening of entrance qualifications by this graduate school, as having abilities at least equivalent to that of a university graduate.
(b) Those who intend to apply under requirement (11) must have their qualifications individually screened before submission of application. Such persons are therefore required to contact the ITASIA Admissions Office as soon as possible by email, with curriculum vitae including date of birth, current address, contact information, and information on all relevant qualifications. They may be requested to provide additional information. Inquiry arriving after 4:00 pm on November 30, 2016 JST will not be processed.
(c) Those who are recognized, through the individual screening process, as having abilities at least equivalent to a holder of a Master's or professional degree will be notified by email and requested to submit the applications together with certificates of all relevant qualifications.


Appendix 2. Requirements for Eligibility: Ph.D. program of ITASIA top

* The terms "university", "Master's degree", and "professional degree" below are narrow legal concepts defined within Japan's education system, which do not include the equivalents abroad unless explicitly specified otherwise.

** Those who expect to fulfill their prerequisite below (Master's degree or the equivalent) between September 22 and September 30, 2017 are required to contact the ITASIA Admissions Office by email no later than 4:00 pm on November 30, 2016 JST in order to check eligibility to apply for the program.

Persons must fulfill at least one of the following requirements in order to be considered eligible to apply to the Ph.D. program of ITASIA:
(1) Those who are expected to have obtained by September 21, 2017, a Master's degree from this Graduate School.
(2) Those who are expected to have obtained by September 21, 2017, a Master's or professional degree from another graduate school or department of this university.
(3) Those who have already obtained a Master's degree or professional degree from this university.
(4) Those who have obtained, or are expected to obtain by September 21, 2017, a Master's or professional degree from another university.
(5) Those on whom a degree equivalent to a Master's or a professional degree abroad has been conferred, or is expected to be conferred by September 21, 2017.
(6) Those on whom a Master's degree has been conferred or is expected to be conferred by September 21, 2017, in accordance with Article 104 Paragraph 4 of the School Education Act. (Note 1)
(7) Those who have completed, or are expected to complete a correspondence course provided in Japan by a foreign school and on whom a degree equivalent to a Master's or a professional degree was conferred or is expected to be conferred by September 21, 2017.
(8) Those who have completed, or are expected to complete by September 21, 2017, a program in an educational institution in Japan, designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology that provides courses of a foreign graduate school within the school education system of a foreign country, and have been or will be conferred a degree equivalent to a Master's or a professional degree.
(9) Those who have completed a program and received or are expected to receive a degree equivalent to a Master's degree by September 21, 2017, from the United Nations University, which was established under the resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 11, 1972, as stipulated in the Article 1 Paragraph 2 of the Act on Special Measures Incidental to Enforcement of the Agreement between the United Nations and Japan regarding the Headquarters of the United Nations University (Act No.72, 1976).
(10) Those who have completed a course of study at a school overseas, an educational institution designated above in Part 8 of the requirements for eligibility or the United Nations University, and have passed or will have by September 21, 2017 examinations and screenings equivalent to those specified in Article 16-2 of the Standards for Establishment of Graduate Schools (Ordinance of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture No. 28, 1974), shall be recognized by this graduate school as having abilities at least equivalent to those who have a Master's degree. (Note 2)
(11) Those who have graduated from a university and have been engaged in research at a university, research institute or other institution in Japan or abroad for at least two years, or are expected to have been engaged in research for at least two years by September 21, 2017, and have been recognized by this graduate school as having abilities at least equivalent to those who have a Master's degree or a professional degree as a result of said research. (Note 2)
(12) Those who have been engaged in research for at least two years, or who are expected to have been engaged in research for at least two years by September 21, 2017, at a university, research institute or other institution in Japan or abroad after completing 16 years of school education in a foreign country or completing 16 years of school education of a foreign country through correspondence courses provided by said foreign country in Japan. Such applicants must also be recognized by this graduate school as having abilities at least equivalent to those who have a Master's degree or professional degree as a result of said research. (Note 2)
(13) Those who will be at least 24 years old as of September 21, 2017, and are recognized by this graduate school through individual screening of entrance qualifications as having abilities at least equivalent to a holder of a Master's degree or professional degree. (Note 3)

(Note 1)
Those covered under requirement (6) above are those on whom a Master's degree has been conferred by the National Institution for Academic Degrees or the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation.

(Note 2)
Those who intend to apply under requirement (10), (11), or (12) above should contact the ITASIA Admissions Office by email as soon as possible before submitting their application. Inquiries arriving after 4:00 pm on November 30, 2016 JST will not be processed.

(Note 3)
(a) Those who intend to apply under requirement (13) above are those who are not covered under (1) through (12) above and are recognized, through individual screening of entrance qualifications by this graduate school, as having abilities at least equivalent to those of a holder of a Master's or professional degree.
(b) Those who intend to apply under requirement (13) must have their qualifications individually screened before submission of application. Such persons are therefore required to contact the ITASIA Admissions Office as soon as possible by email, with curriculum vitae including date of birth, current address, contact information, and information on all relevant qualifications. They may be requested to provide additional information. Inquiries arriving after 4:00 pm on November 30, 2016 JST will not be processed.
(c) Those who are recognized, through the individual screening process, as having abilities at least equivalent to a holder of a Master's or professional degree will be notified by email and requested to submit the applications together with certificates of all relevant qualifications.


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