• Non-Degree Research Student (Kenkyusei)

    Based on the COVID-19 situation from now on, the University of Tsukuba could possibly cancel the intake of international non-degree research students for 2021 or change the application process. Check the website for the latest information.

     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 their 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 academic advisor under whom they wish to study during their research period at our university. The selection is made by a screening of the application documents. The applicant is not required to come to Japan for the selection. 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 Schedule

    Admission timing

    Submission timing (Web application)

    Submission periods of application documents
    <Must reach us>

    Announcement of selection results



    September 23 (Wed)  to October 9 (Fri) 15:00 JST, 2020

    September 23 (Wed) to October 19 (Mon) , 2020

    Early January




    March 22 (Mon) to April 9 (Fri) 15:00 JST, 2021

    March 22 (Mon) to April 19 (Mon), 2021

    Early July




    May 22 (Fri) to June 5(Fri) 15:00 JST, 2020

    May 24 (Mon) to June 14 (Mon), 2021

    Mid. August



    Application Guide

    1) Application Process Overview Chart 

    2) Application Guide for International Non-Degree Students for AY 2021 Admission 

    3) Enrollment Guidebook for International Students (2021-2022)


    Application Process

    Please refer to Application Process Overview Chart and Application Guide for International Non-Degree Students for AY 2021 Admission.

    1) Establish contact with the faculty member directly by e-mail or post using the Researcher Information Online System (TRIOS) 1)   as a reference. Obtain his/her informal consent to be your prospective academic advisor. He/she will notify you of the reference number which is required to be entered during the web application process.


    ●You should contact a faculty member 2-3months in advance of web application, considering that it may take some time before your reference number is provided even after getting the prior consent.

    ●The Division of Student Exchange is not available for referrals of faculty members and inquiries of e-mail addresses, etc.

    ●Please click here for the location of each program office, the list of websites and contact information.


    Necessary information to contact Prospective Academic Advisor:
    1. Academic record (from elementary school to university/graduate school),
    2. Employment record 3. Research achievements made in the past few years, eg. the graduation thesis, research topics 4. Statement of reason why you chose the prospective academic advisor 5. Statement of reason why you chose University of Tsukuba 6. Research plans 7. Statement of the presence or absence of desire to go to graduate school (master’s or doctoral program) 8. Method of financial backing during your stay in Japan 9. Language proficiency level in Japanese and English


    2) Payment methods of application fee (9,800 yen)

    Pay by credit card
    To payment website

    Pay at a convenience store
    <To September 30, 2020>  <From October 1, 2020>
    To payment website

    * 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.

    3) The application must be made on the web entry system linked below.
    Research Student Admissions Web Entry

    ●Downloaded application form must be printed into PDF copies (①.&②) .
    ●It is not possible to login the application system after the application period ends.

    4) Send the printed application forms with required documents as registered mail.

    ●Use EMS (Express Mail Service) or any other methods through which the application documents can be tracked. The application submission period will be strictly observed.
    ●For required documents, please check Application Guide for International Non-Degree Students for AY 2021 Admission


    University prescribed forms

    1) Letter of Recommendation (PDF / WORD)

    2) Application Checklist for International Non-Degree Research Students for AY 2021 (PDF


    Applicants who need to obtain a Student Visa

    Together with the application form and 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 issuing visas" (Japanese/English) (PDF)
    • ► Checklist at the filing of COE application (PDF
    • ► Application for certificate of eligibility 1 (PDF / EXCEL)
    • ► Application for certificate of eligibility 2 (PDF / EXCEL)
    • ► Application for certificate of eligibility 3 (PDF / EXCEL)
    • ► Application for certificate of eligibility (Entry example) (PDF
    • ► Request form for proxy for application for the certificate of eligibility (PDF / WORD) 2019.12 updated
    • ► Written oath for defraying expenses (PDF /WORD)
    • ► Written oath for defraying expenses (Entry example) (PDF)


    Selection result

    Click here

    Contact Information
    Division of Student Exchange (International Student Exchange), Department of Student Affairs, University of Tsukuba
    (Remove "#" from the above e-mail address before sending email.)
    *Our FAQ provides answers to the inquiries we often receive from applicants.
    Please check it before making an inquiry.

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