FAQ

GENERAL

Q1. I want to know if my application documents have been received by the ITASIA Admissions Office.

A1. The ITASIA Admissions Office is unable to respond to such inquiries. Applicants are fully responsible for guaranteeing delivery of the application documents by the deadline. We strongly recommend that you send the applications documents using a trackable delivery method.

Q2. I heard that the Japanese academic calendar starts in April. Is this the case for the ITASIA Program?

A2. No. The ITASIA Program starts in September.

Q3. What is the availability of university housing?

A3. University housing is limited, but students may apply several times a year (both prior and after arrival in Japan). Often housing becomes more available from the spring (see Living).

EVALUATION FORMS

Q1. May I change my referee after I have submitted my application?

A1. No. We will NOT accept evaluations from anyone whose name is not listed on your application form. We encourage you to ensure that your referees fully understand and agree to submit the evaluation form by the deadline.

Q2. May I replace one of the evaluation forms because my referee has difficulty submitting it and it may not reach the Admissions Office in time?

A2. No. If your referee cannot submit the letter for some reason, he/she may contact us directly by email, using the email address that you have listed on your application.

Q3. Is it okay to submit an extra evaluation form in case any of my other three references might not be received by the Admissions Office in time?

A3. No. The evaluation forms must be from the three individuals you listed on your application.

Q4. My referee does not have an institutional email address. Can he/she still submit the evaluation form using a personal email address?

A4. No. If your referee does not have an institutional email address that matches with the address on your application form, then we are unable to accept it. Please follow the instructions on Form #3.

Q5. My referee was supposed to send an evaluation form directly to the ITASIA Admissions Office. May I check if the ITASIA Admissions Office has received it?

A5. No. We cannot answer inquiries from applicants about the arrival of evaluation forms. Please contact your referee directly to confirm if he/she has sent the form.

Q6. Can I ask my employer to submit the evaluation form?

A6. You may, but please note that evaluations must also consider your potential for graduate-level study and research.

TRANSCRIPTS

Q1. Is it okay to submit copies of transcripts?

A1. No. Official transcripts must be certified with the seal/stamp of the university from which you graduated or its registrar.

OFFICIAL PROOF OF GRADUATION

Q1. My official proof of graduation can only be issued once and is not replicable. Can I send a copy?

A1. In that case, you must send us a copy of your proof of graduation that has been certified as genuine by the university, college or school that originally issued it, or have your copy certified as genuine by the ITASIA Admissions Office.

TOEFL/GRE/IELTS

Q1. Do I still have to take TOEFL if I have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an English-speaking institution?

A1. A TOEFL score is required of all non-native English-speakers. You may identify yourself as a native speaker of English only if English is your first language or you have been using the English language since early childhood.

Q2. Can I replace TOEFL with IELTS?

A2. Yes. We accept both TOEFL and IELTS. Applicants need only to send the score report for one of these two examinations.

Q3. I want to know if my Official Score Reports have been received by the Admissions Office.

A3. The Admissions Office cannot answer such inquiries. Please note that applicants are fully responsible for ordering and submitting official score reports early enough so that they arrive at the Admissions Office by the application deadline.

Q4. What is the average score or the qualifying score?

A4. This information is confidential.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Q1. I checked “yes” to be considered for scholarships on Form #2. Does it mean I don’t have to apply for scholarships on my own?

A1. Exceptional applicants may be offered a scholarship at the time of the notification of acceptance. However, we encourage applicants to explore all opportunities for scholarships both before and after applying (see Tuition).

SELECTION RESULTS

Q1. I heard some applicants have already received their selection results while I have not. Does this mean I was not accepted?

A1. Applicants will receive final notification of acceptance no later than March 31, 2018. Applicants who have not been notified by this date, should contact the ITASIA Admissions Office.

OTHER

Q1. Where do students come from?

A1. The ITASIA Program has admitted students from over 25 different countries, with most coming from China and USA (as of 2017).

Q2. How far is the University of Tokyo from Akihabara?

A2. You can walk to Akihabara from the Hongō campus in about 15-20 minutes.