Research Student

Research Student

Students wishing to study a specific subject, at either the undergraduate or graduate level, may be admitted as research students ("kenkyuusei").
Research students are not entitled to degrees upon completion of his/her research work.
Please discuss the substance of your research with the professor under whom you wish to study before applying.

About Undergraduate and Graduate Programs charged in the Student Support Office for the fields of Integrated Arts and Sciences

In the case your prospective academic advisor belongs to a following school or programs, please contact our office.
Note:You cannnot inquiry other offices.

●School of Integrated Arts and Sciences

●Integrated Arts and Human Sciences Program in Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

●Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering Program in Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering

●Program of Life and Environmental Sciences in Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life

Notes on application

After consulting with your prospective academic supervisor and getting permission of application from him/her, please get the necessary application documents within the period as follows. We will issue the guidebook and application forms only to those whom we could have confirmed in advance that they have completed the prescribed school years and met the language proficiency requirements. Please observe the period.

<Period of to receive the guidebook and documents necessary for application>

●For admission in April: (Applicant residing overseas) From October 1 to October 31
                                    (Applicant residing in Japan) From January 1 to January 31

●For admission in October:(Applicant residing overseas) From April 1 to April 30
               (Applicant residing in Japan) From July 1 to July 30

(Notice) The deadline is 5 pm on the last day of the period. If the date is Saturday, Sunday, or Public holiday, the day before will be considered that date.

Admission Requirements

- Those who may be admitted to the School of Integrated Arts and Sciences as a foreign research student shall:
(1)have completed of 14 years of formal education in a foreign country.
or
(2)have graduated from a university, or a junior college in Japan ("tanki daigaku", which offers a 2 or 3 years of curriculum-based learning), after having completed 12 years of education in a foreign country.
or
(3)be recognized from the Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences as having the equivalent of one of the requirements listed above.

- Those who may be admitted to the Graduate School as a foreign research student shall:
(1)have completed of 16 years of formal education in a foreign country.
or
(2)be recognized by the Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences as having the equivalent qualifications as a research student.

Application Procedures

[1] Application Form (prescribed forms)
[2] Curriculum Vitae (prescribed forms)
[3] Research Plan as a research student
[4] Letter of Recommendation
[5] Certificate of Graduation or Certificate of Expected Graduation by school most recently attended
[6] Certificate of Degree Conferred or Certificate of Expected Degree issued by school most recently attended
[7] Transcript issued by school most recently attended
[8] Medical Certificate (prescribed form)
[9] Documents that certify the applicant’s language ability
The applicant must have scored 120 points or higher on “Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level N1,” 590 points or higher on “TOEFL” (80 points or higher on iBT), 800 points or higher on “TOEIC”, 6.0 points or higher on "IELTS", 170 points or higher on "Cambridge English", or 425 points or higher on “CET-6” in principle.
notice:Please inquire about the criteria for Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life and Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering.
[10] Documents that certify the applicant’s ability to pay expenses
[11] Survey Items Required When Applying as a Foreign Research Student at the Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences and the School of Integrated Arts and Sciences (prescribed forms)
[12] Application Fee \9,800
[13] Copy of Resident Record /Juminhyo/ (Only required for foreigners living in Japan)

Submit application documents to/Make an inquiry to:
Support Office for the fields of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University
1-7-1, Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima, 739-8521 JAPAN
Tel: 082-424-6415
E-mail: souka-gaku-sien (at) office.hiroshima-u.ac.jp  ((at) in place of @.)

Due Date for Application

Applicant residing overseas: 4 months before admission
(November 30 for admission in April, and May 31 for admission in October)
Applicant residing in Japan: 1 month before admission
(February 28 for admission in April, and August 31 for admission in October)

The original documents must reach us no later than the deadline.

Other

The follow page will provide you with necessary information and outline the regulations commonly applied to all international students, regardless of the fields or levels into which they may seek admission.


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