• Non-Degree Research Student (Kenkyusei)

    Regarding the intake of December 2020 for Non-degree research student

    To prevent COVID-19 infection, the government’s declaration of nationwide state of emergency still has been effective. It is very hard to predict the future right now, so that the intake of non-degree research student can be cancelled depending on the situation.
    The latest information will be updated on the university website including the application cancel.
    We would appreciate if you keep checking the university website to collect 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. At our university, most research guidance and courses are conducted in Japanese. Therefore, those who are applying to become research students must have sufficient Japanese skills.
    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 24 (Tue)

    to October 11(Fri) 15:00 JST, 2019

    September 24 (Tue)

    to October 21(Mon) , 2019

    Early December




    March 23(Mon)

    to April 10(Fri) 15:00 JST, 2020

    March 23 (Mon)

    to April 20 (Mon) , 2020

    Early July




    May 22 (Fri)

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

    May 22 (Fri)

    to June 15 (Mon), 2020

    Mid. August


    Application Guide

    1) Application Process Overview Chart 2019.12 Updated

    2) Application Guide for International Non-Degree Students for AY 2020 Admission 2019.12 Updated

    3) Enrollment Guidebook for International Students (2019-2020)

    Application Process

    1) Please refer to Application Process Overview Chart and Application Guide for International Non-Degree Students for AY 2020 Admission.

    2) Establish contact with the faculty member directly by e-mail or post using the Researcher Information Online System (TRIOS) 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.


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

    ●For the location of each program office, the list of websites and contact information are listed on “Miscellaneous” at the end of the Enrollment Guidebook for International Students.

    ●Make first contact with your prospective advisor with time to spare in case you might take time for getting your reference number.


    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


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

    Pay by credit card
    To payment website

    Pay at a convenience store
    To payment website


    4) 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.


    5) 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 2020 Admission


    University prescribed forms

    1) Letter of Recommendation (PDF / WORD)

    2) Application Checklist for International Non-Degree Research Students for AY 2020 (PDF) 2019.12 updated


    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" (PDF)
    • ► Checklist at the filing of COE application (PDF) 2019.12 updated
    • ► 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) 2019.12 updated
    • ► 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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