Students wishing to study a specific research subject under the supervision of an assigned supervisor, may be admitted as research students ("kenkyuusei") for 6 months or 1 year. Research students are not entitled to degrees upon completion of his/her research work. Most applicants for admission to a graduate school gain admission to the University as a research student first.
Applicants must meet one of the following qualifications:
【Admission to School of Engineering】
① Completion of 14 years of formal school education outside Japan.
② Graduation from a university, or a junior college in Japan, after having completed 12 years of school education outside Japan.
③ Recognition from Hiroshima University as having the equivalent of one of the requirements listed above.
【Admission to Graduate School of Engineering】
① Completion of 16 years of formal school education outside Japan.
② Recognition by Hiroshima University as having the equivalent qualifications as a research student.
２．Approval from the Supervisor
Those wishing to study as a research student are required to obtain an approval from the supervisor in advance.
Research fields of each supervisor can be researched in the "Profiles of Faculty and Research Scholars List" on the Departments' website.
Applicants must obtain TOEIC score of 420 or above, TOEFL PBT score of 443 or above, TOEFL iBT score of 43 or above, or JLPT N2 level or above and have face-to-face interview by the supervisor to certify his/her communication ability. In case applicants living outside Japan have no opportunity to have face-to-face interview, the assigned supervisors should confirm their communication level by other appropriate methods.
※Applicants wishing to be admitted into Master's program must submit one of the above English score sheets at the time of application. So, please prepare a transcript before the entrance examination.
４．Enrollment Period and Research Period
Enrollment date：April 1 or October 1
Research period：6 months or 1 year
Research students may apply for a renewal of this period if necessary for the purpose of their studies.
The total period as a research student is limited to 2 years.
５．Period of Acceptance of Application
※Applicants living outside Japan
（April Enrollment）Must arrive no later than the end of November of the previous year
（October Enrollment）Must arrive no later than the end of May
※Appricants living in Japan
（April Enrollment）Must arrive no later than the end of February
（October Enrollment）Must arrive no later than the end of August
If the application deadline occurs on Saturday or Sunday, the deadline shall be Friday of the week.
６．Required Documents for Application and Application Fee
① Application Forms (prescribed forms)
② Personal History (prescribed forms)
③ Original copy of Graduation certificate (Diploma) or original certificate of Expected graduation issued by the university attended (School seal is required).
④ Original copy of Academic transcript issued by the university attended (School seal is required).
⑤ Recommendation Letter issued by the Dean of the faculty or your supervisor at the university attended (School seal, title and signature of recommender are required).
⑥ Certificate of health (prescribed forms)
⑦ Statement of Financial Support (prescribed forms) and Certificate of Bank Account of the financial supporter
※You need to submit a Certificate of Bank Account to prove that you have minimum of 480,000 yen for attending a half year or 960,000 yen for attending more than one year in your bank account. A half year research student who will proceed to a graduate school also need to submit a certificate of minimum of 960,000 yen.
⑧ Copy of Certificate of English or Japanese communication ability (Refer to the above "3. Language Requirements").
⑨ 1 photo for student ID card (4cm tall and 3cm across)
⑩ Application Fee：9,800 yen
⑪ Copy of residence card (This applied only to applicants currently living in Japan).
Those who living outside Japan should submit after coming to Japan
※Documents written in a language other than Japanese or English must be accompanied by a Japanese traslation.
The name, status, and contact address of the translator should be specified in the translation.
７．Admission of Enrollment
Successful applicants will be notified of entrance procedures separately. The admission fee must be paid within the payment period and the entrance procedures should be completed. After the above procedures are completed, a "Notice of Research Permission" will be sent out.
The applicants living outside Japan will be notified of sending a "Notice of Acceptance" and the support system which helps to obtain student visa for entry to Japan.
Applicants should follow the instructions.
８．Admission Fees and Research Fees
Admission fee：84,600 yen
Research fee：29,700 yen (Annual fee：356,400 yen)
The 6 months research fees (178,200 yen) must be paid per semester within the payment period.
*The above figures are valid as of March 2018. Should the amount be revised at the time of or after enrollment, students will be required to pay the revised fee.
*For more information about the expenses living at Hiroshima University, please refer to the following website;
① The examination fee, admission and tuition fees, once paid, will not be returned.
② The Graduate School will cancel successful examination results of applicants or admission of students in whose application documents falsification or misrepresentation is found after the examinations or admission.
③ The Graduate School will cancel admission of students who apply as students expecting to graduate (or complete the required course) and fail to graduate (or complete the course) by the day of admission.
④ Please contact Student Support Office as soon as possible if for some reason or other you cancel your application after it has been submitted.
⑤ If additional research is necessary after the period of enrollment, research students should apply for a renewal 30 days before finishing the research.
⑥ No document submitted in support of an application will be returned.
Student Support Office (International Affairs Section), Graduate School of Engineering, Hiroshima University
1-4-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima, 739-8527, Japan
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