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General Information for International Students
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 enrollement
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.

Credited Auditors (Kamoku Rishusei)

Qualifications for enrollment

Applicants who are considered academically capable of taking classes in their majors. Credits can be obtained upon passing the examination.
More information regarding credited auditor admission is available here.

Non-degree Research Students (Kenkyusei)

Qualifications for enrollment

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited university and must have completed the course work in an accredited university or college (including a university or college with 16 years or less of total schooling) 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. Should the non-degree research students require credits, they must be registered simultaneously as credited auditors (kamokuto rishusei).

Research period
The research period for non-degree research students terminates at the end of the academic year (March 31 of the following year). In case students wish to extend the period of research, an extension up to a total of two years will be approved.

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.

Intensive Japanese Language Course Students (Nihongo Kenkyusei)

Students who are receiving Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships and have attended intensive Japanese language training for six months before beginning their studies as research students.

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