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  • Student Classification


    The University of Tsukuba classifies its students into the following seven categories. International students are designated as those who possess "College Student" status of residence based on the immigration law.

    Classification Qualifications for enrollment

    Undergraduate Students

    Qualifications for enrollment

    Applicants must be a non-Japanese citizen and have completed 12 years of schooling in a country other than that of Japan.

    Japanese government (Monbukagakusho) scholarship students

    Selection of scholarship students is based on examination of submitted documents.

    Self-supporting international students

    Applicants who will study using private funds must pass the entrance examination at the university after sitting for the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) administered by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), Japan.
    Undergraduate students enrolled at the university for over four years and who obtain the specified number of credits will be awarded a bachelor's degree.
    More information regarding undergraduate student admission is available here.

    Graduate Students

    Qualifications for enrollment (Master's and Doctoral programs)

    Applicants must have graduated from an accredited university in Japan or must have completed 16 years (18 years for medicine-related programs in the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences) of schooling in a country other than Japan.
    In addition applicants must pass the entrance examination.

    Students who enrolled in the master's program for over 2 years and doctoral programs for over 5 years (4 years for medicine-related programs in the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences) after completing the proper courses and research work, will be awarded their respective academic degrees.

    More information regarding graduate student admission is available here.

    Non-degree Research Students

    Qualifications for Enrollment
    Applicants must have graduated from an accredited university and must have completed a 16-year curriculum of school education in a foreign country. Selection of non-degree research students is based on the evaluation of submitted documents, and no entrance examination is conducted. Non-degree research students conduct their designated research under the guidance of an academic adviser and are allowed to audit other courses but no credits are awarded.

    Research Period
    The research period for non-degree research students terminates at the end of the academic year (March 31 of the following year). Should the students wish to extend the research period, an extension up to a total of 2 years may be approved with permission.

    Exchange Students (Tokubetsu Chokogakusei)

    Students of other universities who are taking classes at the undergraduate or graduate levels at this university. Most of them are undergraduate-level students.

    Exchange Research Students (Tokubetsu Kenkyugakusei)

    Students of other universities who are receiving guidance from supervisors at the graduate level at the University of Tsukuba. This classification is mainly for students who are in the 2nd year of their Master's degree programs and above.

    Students of Intensive Japanese Training (Nihongo Kenshusei)

    Students who are attending intensive Japanese language training for six months before beginning their studies as research students.

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