Non-degree Research Student

International Student Admission Guide Non-Degree Research Student

Non-degree research students are those persons who conduct research about a specific research topic under the guidance of an academic advisor. Upon receiving permission from their academic advisor or the instructor(s) in charge of courses, Non-degree research students are allowed to attend courses related to the research topic, but they cannot earn credits nor are they eligible to receive Master's or Doctoral degrees.

Prior to application, applicants must obtain the informal consent of the prospective academic advisor to supervise the research activities during the period of non-degree research student. The applicant is not required to come to Japan for selection process because it only proceed through a document screening process. Eligibility criteria clarifies that Non-degree research students must have bachelor's degree, and it is defined that the major purpose for being a Non-degree research student is to prepare for the graduate school admission.

Application Guide etc.

Please make sure to read following Application Guide carefully before getting ready with your application.

Application Process

1) Procedures:

Proceed with the application process in accordance with following steps. For more details, please refer to the "application Guide etc." above.

  • Step1. - Obtain an informal consent from your prospective academic advisor and get the reference number from him/her that is required for web application process.
  • * You need to submit a "Self-Declaration on Specific Categories" filled in necessary items with your resume or research proposal to your supervisor when you request for consent.
    Click here to download the form.
  • Step2. - Complete web entries for Non-degree research student.
  • Step3. - Submit required documents by post.

*The Web application system will be updated in late August.

2) University Prescribed Forms

  • Letter of Recommendation(PDF/WORD)
  • Application Checklist for International Non-Degree Research Students for AY 2024(PDF)

Application Schedule

April 2024 Enrollment

  • Web application Period
    September 19 (Tue) to October 6 (Fri) 15:00 JST, 2023
  • Submission period of application documents (Must reach us)
    September 19 (Tue) to October 16 (Mon) , 2023
  • Announcement of selection results
    Early December 2023

October 2024 Enrollment

  • Web application Period
    March 13 (Wed) to March 29 (Fri) 15:00 JST, 2024
  • Submission period of application documents (Must reach us)
    March 13 (Wed) to April 8 (Mon) , 2024
  • Announcement of selection results
    Early July 2023

December 2024 Enrollment

  • Web application Period
    May 27 (Mon) to June 7 (Fri) 15:00 JST, 2024
  • Submission period of application documents (Must reach us)
    May 27 (Mon) to June 17 (Mon) , 2024
  • Announcement of selection results
    Early August 2024

Application Fee

Applicants can make a payment for application fee (9,800yen) only by credit card, or at convenience stores in Japan. Please check the following payment guide and proceed from either payment site.

Payment guide
To payment website (credit card)
To payment website (convenience store)

*With regard to the payment period, please refer to 4. (3) in University of Tsukuba Application Guide. Application will be invalid unless payment is made within the required time period.

Applicants Who Need to Obtain a Student Visa

Together with the application form and other required documents, the submission of application documents for the "Certificate of Eligibility" (COE) is needed to obtain a student visa you will be required if you pass. COE application documents must be sent by post during the application period together with other application documents.

Documents required for COE application

  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and procedures for obtaining visas (English)(PDF)
  • Checklist at the filing of COE application(PDF)
  • Application for certificate of eligibility (3 sheets in total) (EXCEL)
    * Handwritten applications will not be accepted.
  • Application for certificate of eligibility (Entry example)(PDF)
  • Request form for proxy for application for the certificate of eligibility(PDF/WORD)
  • Written oath for defraying expenses(PDF/WORD)
  • Written oath for defraying expenses (Entry example)(PDF)
  • COE FAQs for non-degree research students(PDF)

Selection Result

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  • Contact Information
  • Division of Student Exchange (International Student Exchange), Department of Student Affairs, University of Tsukuba
  • Email: isc#@#un.tsukuba.ac.jp
  • (Remove "#" from the above e-mail address before sending email.)
  • *Our FAQprovides answers to the inquiries we often receive from applicants.
  • Please check it before making an inquiry.
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