Prospective Students

Global Scientists and Engineers Program (GSEP)

GSEP is a new undergraduate scholarship program for four-year Bachelor of Engineering Degree.

Tokyo Institute of Technology Global Scientists and Engineers Program (GSEP) 2018 Application

1. General Prospectus

In April 2016, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) started the Global Scientists and Engineers Program (GSEP). Under this program, qualified international students who have little or no proficiency in the Japanese language are now able to enroll at Tokyo Tech to pursue a bachelor of engineering degree in Japan.

GSEP is a program for international students striving to be scientists and engineers with a global perspective in transdisciplinary fields. Proficiency in the Japanese language is not required for admission, as courses will be taught in English. However, students will be required to study basic Japanese, and they will be encouraged to further familiarize themselves with the language as well as Japanese culture throughout the course of their studies. Students who successfully acquire advanced Japanese skills may take courses taught in Japanese as well.

Ten students will be awarded a four-year scholarship by MEXT in addition to being exempted from paying application, admission, and tuition fees. Several students who will not be able to receive MEXT scholarships can still be admitted to the program, and apply for other scholarships after their successful admission.

2. Program and Policy

Program:

The curriculum at the Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering includes science, engineering, management, and liberal arts courses. Transdisciplinary knowledge is essential for scientists and engineers to solve real-world global problems as well as to acquire intercultural leadership skills and future vision. GSEP is an interdisciplinary program that is not limited to any specific science or engineering field. Many of the core courses will be team-taught using a project-based learning format which covers various fields of science and engineering. Students can choose course topics from which they will acquire advanced knowledge. Detailed program information can be found in the websites below.

Policy:

The Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering in the School of Environment and Society offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs for scientists and engineers with a global perspective in a transdisciplinary field. Both the fields of science and engineering are transdisciplinary in nature. For example, the field of robotics requires knowledge of mechanics and electronics, possibly even biology; nuclear technology involves understanding of physics, chemistry, material science, mechanical engineering, architecture, and construction engineering; and environmental engineering incorporates various fields of science and engineering, as well as social sciences like economics, political science, and sociology. The impact of science and engineering is global. Therefore, we are looking for talented students with:

  • Interest and determination to solve global problems through science and engineering
  • Willingness to explore and create new knowledge
  • Interest in understanding different cultures and values
  • An open mind toward new activities and new ways of thinking

3. Eligibility

Applicants must satisfy the stated conditions specified under (A) or (B):

(A) To apply as a student supported by the MEXT scholarship:

(1)
Applicants must be residing outside of Japan.
(2)
Applicants must be nationals of a country with which Japan has diplomatic relations. A person who has Japanese nationality at the time of completing the application for the MEXT scholarship is not eligible. However, persons who hold dual nationality (Japanese and that of another country) and whose place of residence at the time of application is outside of Japan are eligible to apply as long as they renounce their Japanese nationality by the date of their arrival in Japan.
(3)
Applicants must be born between April 2, 1996 and April 1, 2001.
(4)
Applicants must have completed 12 years of regular schooling or have graduated with a high school equivalent (acceptable by Japanese standards) by March 2018.
(5)
Applicants should arrive in Japan between April 1 to April 7, 2018 as designated by MEXT.
(6)
Applicants must acquire a "College Student"(ryugaku) Visa before entering Japan. Please also note that individuals who change their visa status after arrival in Japan to a category other than "College Student" will lose their MEXT Scholarship from the date the visa category changes.
(7)
Persons falling under any of the following conditions are ineligible for the MEXT scholarship (if any of the conditions are discovered after the start of the MEXT scholarship period, the student will be forced to withdraw from the scholarship):
(a)
Those who are military personnel or military civilian employees at the time of their arrival in Japan
(b)
Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by MEXT
(c)
Those who are/were recipients of a Japanese government scholarship
(d)
Those who are currently enrolled at a Japanese university with a "College Student" (ryugaku) residence status, or those enrolled or scheduled to be enrolled at a Japanese university as privately financed international students from the start of the scholarship application period to the start of the provision of the scholarship. This does not apply to currently self-financed international students at Japanese universities who will complete their studies and return to their countries before the end of March 2018.
(e)
Those who are currently applying to programs offered by other universities supported by the MEXT scholarship, or recipients of financial support for international students from the Japanese government (MEXT) or JASSO (including those who are expected to continue as recipients of that support after the semester in which they began receiving the funds).
(f)
Those who were expected to graduate but could not satisfy the required academic conditions and qualifications.
(g)
Holders of dual nationality at the time of application who cannot prove renunciation of their Japanese nationality by the time of arrival in Japan.

Note: Those who are currently applying for the MEXT scholarship under recommendation of the Japanese Embassy or Consulate General are ineligible.

(B) To apply as a privately-funded international student:

(1)
Applicants can be residents of Japan or countries abroad.
(2)
Applicants must not hold Japanese nationality, and are required to obtain a visa that will not interfere with enrollment at Tokyo Tech under the "Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act". Holders of dual nationality at the time of application must renounce their Japanese nationality by the time of their enrollment.
(3)
Applicants should be at least 18 years old by March 31, 2018.
(Note: If applicants have completed 12 years of regular schooling or have graduated with a high school equivalency (acceptable by Japanese standards) by March 31, 2018, they are eligible even if they are under 18 years old.).
(4)
Applicants must have completed or be expecting to complete a 12-year regular education outside of Japan by March 2018 (excluding Japanese programs located outside of Japan that have been recognized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (hereinafter referred to as "the Ministry") as an equivalent to a Japanese high school program), or are designated by the Ministry (see Note 1), or are designated by the Ministry as well as by Tokyo Tech (see Note 2).
(5)
Applicants should arrive in Japan in March.
(6)
Applicants must possess a "College Student" (ryugaku) visa or intend to acquire said visa by the time of their enrollment.
(7)
Applicants who fall under the following conditions may have their admission/acceptance to the program nullified.
(a)
Applicants who were expected to graduate but could not satisfy the required academic conditions and qualifications.
(b)
Holders of dual nationality at the time of application who are not able to prove the renunciation of their Japanese nationality by the time of their enrollment.
(8)
Those who have passed the examination for the GSEP program cannot apply for additional entrance examinations at Tokyo Tech. Exceptions can be made if a letter of withdrawal submitted by the applicant to the GSEP program is approved by Tokyo Tech.
  • (Note 1)
    "Persons who are designated by the Ministry" refers to the persons that are specified under Bulletin Number 153 issued by the Ministry of Education in 1981. They should fulfill one of the following conditions:
    1.
    Have passed a qualification examination outside of Japan that determines they have a regular 12-year education equivalency. In addition, they should be at least 18 years old by March 31, 2018.
    2.
    Have completed an upper secondary educational program outside of Japan, as well as one of the following preparatory programs:
    a)
    a training course listed in the top and middle sections of Table 1outer,
    b)
    a preparatory program which covers required subjects in order to enroll in a Japanese university provided by an institution listed in the bottom section of Table 1outer.
    In addition, they should be at least 18 years old by March 31, 2018.
    3.
    Have completed an educational program in Japan from an institution that is regarded as an upper secondary school in a country with a primary and secondary education period of 12 years. Institutions that fulfill this condition are listed in Table 2outer(original list in Japanese outer). Additionally, they should be at least 18 years old by March 31, 2018.
    4.
    Have completed an educational program in Japan from an institution that is regarded as an upper secondary school in a country with a primary and secondary education period of shorter than 12 years. Institutions that fulfill this condition are listed in Table 3outer(original list in Japanese outer). Additionally, they should be at least 18 years old by March 31, 2018.
  • (Note 2)
    "Persons designated by the Ministry as well as by Tokyo Tech" refers to persons specified under items 20 to 24 under Bulletin Number 47 issued by the Ministry of Education in 1948. They should fulfill one of the following conditions:
    (Note: they must be at least 18 years old by March 31, 2018.)
    1.
    Have acquired a diploma granted by the International Baccalaureate, a foundation established under the Swiss Civil Code.
    2.
    Have acquired an Abitur Certification, a designation in the Federal Republic of Germany and other countries, which functions both as a school graduation certificate and a college entrance exam.
    3.
    Have acquired an International Baccalaureate Diploma, a qualification for university entrance recognized by the French Republic as well as universities worldwide.
    4.
    Have acquired a General Certification of Education (A Level), a qualification for university entrance recognized by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and other countries.
    5.
    Have completed a regular 12-year education at an institution approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (based in the state of California in the United States of America), the Association of Christian Schools International (based in the state of Colorado in the United States of America), or the Council of International Schools (based in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland). Please contact the following organizations to find out whether each school has been accredited.
  • (Note 3)
    Persons who have graduated from a Japanese high school or secondary school (including those who are expected to graduate), as well as persons who have acquired permanent residence in Japan are ineligible to apply.

4. Individual Assessment Prior to Application

Potential applicants who wish to apply under the conditions stated in (a) or (b) below are to inquire via the following contact details and attach the requisite documents before proceeding with the application.

However, if the application deadline is approaching, the applicant must include in the inquiry all the required application documents, and send them by email to the following address as soon as possible.

Contact:

Undergraduate Admissions Group
Student Services Department
TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Email address: nyu.gak@jim.titech.ac.jp

(a) Potential applicants that require “Individual Assessment of Admission Eligibility”

Nationals of countries that do not require 12 years of education to obtain a university level education but who satisfy both criteria noted below, and are individually assessed and recognized by the Tokyo Institute of Technology Undergraduate School, will be regarded as having an academic ability equivalent to or higher than that of a graduate of a Japanese high school.

  • Persons who are at least 18 years old by March 31, 2018.

Applicants that require an Individual Assessment of Admission Eligibility must contact Tokyo Tech as soon as possible.

Assessment period: July 14, 2017 - August 31, 2017

Required Documents

(1)
Application for Individual Assessment of Admission Eligibilityouter
(2)
Graduation certificate or expected graduation certificate issued by the applicant's high school
(3)
Official transcript issued by the applicant's high school
(4)
Certification of admission from the university at which the applicant is enrolled (only required for corresponding applicants)
(5)
School certificate and official transcript from the university at which the applicant is enrolled (only required for corresponding applicants)

Applicants are also required to send an email stating the applicant's request for Individual Assessment of Admission Eligibility to the Undergraduate Admissions Group, Student Services Department of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, with the following email subject:

  • Email subject:
    April 2018 GSEP Application for Individual Assessment of Admission Eligibility (Name of the Applicant)

The results will be sent by email. Potential applicants are not required to wait for the results and should proceed with their application. However, a note must be included in their application stating that the "Application for Individual Assessment of Admission Eligibility is also included". All documents must arrive by September 7, 2017.

(b) Potential applicants wishing to be exempt from English test score submission

Applicants of the following nationalities are eligible for exemption from submitting English test scores required under "Application Procedures (8), TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS test scores". Please contact Tokyo Tech to request exemption beforehand.

Nationals eligible for exemption from submitting English test scores
Documents necessary to request exemption
  • United States America
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
(countries where English is used as a native language)

Applicants are also required to send an email stating the applicant's request for exemption to submit English test scores addressed to the Undergraduate Admissions Group, Student Services Department of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and with the following subject line:

  • April 2018 GSEP Application for Exemption of English Test Scores (name of the applicant)

Results regarding request of exemption will be sent by email. Potential applicants are not required to wait for the arrival of the results and should proceed with their application. All documents must be received by Tokyo Tech before September 7, 2017.

5. Application Procedures

Application Documents

Required application documents will vary according to the applicant’s eligibility. Applicants should download the set of documents that correspond to their eligibility.

required:Y, not required:N

Application Documents
Eligibility
(A)
(B)
(1) Application form for GSEP
(2) Questionnaire
To be used by Tokyo Tech to communicate with applicants during the application process. Contact details must be typewritten to ensure that their contact details are legible.
(3) Check Sheet
To be used to classify application documents and verify the documents being submitted.
(4) Application form for MEXT Scholarship
N
(5) Passport photocopy
Please ensure that the applicant's name, nationality, date of birth, and photo are shown on the photocopy. For applicants currently residing outside of their home country, a photocopy of their visa (if applicable) is also required. Applicants who currently reside in Japan are required to submit documents that can validate their period of stay and status of residence, such as their Certificate of Residence (juminhyo), or a photocopy (both sides) of their Residence Card (zairyu card). Photocopies of Certificates of Residence will not be accepted.
Y
Y
(6) Official Transcripts from High School
Only the original and/or certified copies will be accepted. If transcripts cannot be provided in English by the high school, the applicant is requested to write and attach an English translation together with the official document(s).
If the applicant is currently enrolled in a university, official transcripts issued by the university are also required.
Applicants who skipped grades are required to submit certified documents of proof.
Y
Y
(7) Certificate of graduation or expected graduation issued by the Applicant’s High School
Only the original or a certified copy of graduation or expected graduation will be accepted.
If the applicant is currently enrolled in a university, official transcripts issued by the university are also required.
If the applicant cannot get a hold of such certificates, then he/she is requested to submit through other means such as notarized documents that state the date of high school graduation.
Y
Y
(8) TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS Test Scores (no photocopies -- only original documents will be accepted)
Applicants will be required to submit their English proficiency test score from a test taken on or after September 7, 2015. Only scores from the following tests will be accepted: TOEFL-iBT, TOEFL-PBT, TOEIC Listening and Reading, or the IELTS Academic Module. Scores from other proficiency tests – both TOEFL and TOEIC’s institutional testing programs (TOEFL-ITP, TOEIC-ITP, TOEIC-IP), TOEIC Speaking and Writing, TOEIC Speaking, and TOEIC Bridge – will not be accepted.
Applicants can request the ETS or the British Council to send official score reports directly to Tokyo Tech, whose institutional code number for TOEFL is 0215.
Native English speakers can be exempt from submitting English test scores by following the procedure stated under "4. Individual Assessment Prior to Application".
Note: The applicant will need to submit the test scores to Tokyo Tech, together with the rest of the application documents.
Y
Y
(9) The "Payment Verification" page (printed copy)
Please print out the "Payment Verification" page that will appear on the screen at the end of the payment process and include the sheet in your application package.
Tokyo Tech will NOT accept any payments made by cash or check.
N
Y

Submission of Application Documents

The completed application documents must reach the Admissions Division of Tokyo Tech no later than September 7, 2017 by registered mail, courier service, or other similar services.

Mailing Address:

Undergraduate Admissions Group
Student Services Department
Tokyo Institute of Technology
W8-103, 2-12-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8550 JAPAN
Tel: +81-3-5734-3990

Note:

1.
Tokyo Tech will not accept any documents received after the stated deadline or any incomplete applications.
2.
Tokyo Tech cannot respond to inquiries regarding receipt of individual application documents. The applicant is responsible for the tracking and receipt verification of all materials. Tokyo Tech strongly encourages sending the documents by registered mail, courier service, or other similar services that provides tracking numbers and receipt verification services.
3.
Submitted documents will not be returned under any circumstances. Tokyo Tech will not provide photocopies of the submitted documents. Please keep a copy of all documents for personal reference. In the case where a document cannot be reissued, please submit a certified or notarized copy instead.
4.
Admission to the program can be withdrawn by Tokyo Tech at any time, even after enrollment, if the application documents are found to be invalid or to contain false information.
5.
Applicants will be contacted by email when additional documents are required to be submitted. Therefore, applicants are urged to check their email at least once a day. If the applicant fails to read and reply to email messages within the application period, that may result in losing his/her eligibility.

6. Admissions

The admission process consists of two screenings:

Preliminary Screening
Evaluation of submitted documents
Secondary Screening
Interview and written examinations (Written examination will cover high school level mathematics, physics, and chemistry)

Important dates:

Application Period
August 1 - September 7, 2017
Preliminary Screening Results Announcement
September 22, 2017
Secondary Screening
September 22 - November 2,2017
Admissions Results Announcement by mail
November 21, 2017
The results will be sent by mail. Inquiry by email is not accepted.
Enrollment Procedures
March 27, 2018
Start of the Semester
April 1, 2018
Secondary Screening:
Only those who pass the preliminary screening are eligible for the secondary screening, which normally takes place in the applicant’s country of residence. Details will be sent after the preliminary screening. For the secondary screening the applicant may bring the following documents to certify qualifications or to further support their application (submission of the documents is not mandatory).
The Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)
Official score report (subjects not specified)
Present the original to verify authenticity and submit a copy.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Official Transcript of grades for the full IB Diploma (subjects not specified)
Present the original to verify authenticity and submit a copy.
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
Tokyo Institute of Technology SAT Institution Code:6787
Official score report (subjects not specified)
Print and bring an online score report. The applicant is also requested to ask the College Board, the testing organization, to send an official score report directly to Tokyo Tech. The SAT institution code for Tokyo Tech is 6787.
American College Testing Program (ACT)
Tokyo Institute of Technology ACT Institution Code:1357
Official score report (subjects not specified)
Print and bring an online score report. The applicant is also requested to ask the ACT testing organization to send an official score report directly to Tokyo Tech. The ACT institution code for Tokyo Tech is 1357.

7. Application, Admission, and Tuition Fees

Applicants who are selected as recipients of the MEXT scholarship are NOT required to pay application, admission, or tuition fees. Applicants who are successful but NOT selected for the MEXT scholarship will be required to pay the following fees:

Application Fee
JPY 17,000
Admission Fee
JPY 282,000
Tuition Fee (yearly)
JPY 535,800

(Admission and tuition fees are subject to change.)

Applicants who applied under Eligibility (A) are not required to pay the application fee within the application period.

However, applicants who are not successful, or are successful but not selected for the MEXT scholarship, are required to pay application fees after being notified of the admission results. Applicants should prepare payment for the fee upon application. We accept the following credit cards:

  • VISA
  • MasterCard
  • JCB
  • American Express
  • Alipay
  • China UnionPay

Tokyo Tech will provide details on application fee payment together with the Notification of Admission Results. Applicants who applied under Eligibility (B) must pay the stated application fee by credit card within the payment period.

Payment Period: July 25, 2017 - September 7, 2017

Please see the secure online payment website for details on payment

Please print out the "Payment Verification" page that will appear on the screen at the end of the payment process and include the printout in your application package.

Tokyo Tech will NOT accept any payments made by cash or check.

The application fee is non-refundable. However, the application fee may be refunded for the following reasons.

1.
Applicants paid the application fee but did not submit their application documents
2.
Applications could not be processed by the Admissions Division (e.g., lacking necessary documents)

Exemptions and postponements for admission and tuition fees are possible. Students that would want to apply for an exemption or postponement must submit the relevant applications, which can be found in the admission procedure packet.

8. Scholarships

(1) MEXT

The top ten applicants who have applied under Eligibility (A) will be awarded the MEXT scholarship for four years. Eligibility requirements for the MEXT scholarship can be found here.

  • Students who have been accepted for a MEXT Scholarship will not be required to pay the application, admission, or tuition fees.
  • The MEXT scholarship provides a monthly stipend of JPY 120,000 for undergraduate students. The amount of the stipend is subject to change in accordance with the directives of the MEXT scholarship program.
  • In accordance with MEXT regulations, students will be provided with an economy class air ticket from the international airport closest to their place of residence in their country of nationality to Narita or Haneda International Airport.
  • NOTE:
    The applicant will be required to withdraw from the MEXT scholarship if he/she is applying for other MEXT scholarships or a scholarship offered by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).

(2)Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

Applicants who have applied under Eligibility (A) who will enroll in Tokyo Tech under a scholarship other than those offered by MEXT, and applicants who have applied under Eligibility (B) who do not reside in Japan may apply for a Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students awarded by JASSO.
Please note that individuals who have been granted the above scholarship cannot apply to receive other scholarships at the same time.

The monthly stipend is JPY 48,000, which is subject to change in accordance with JASSO's directives. This scholarship will be offered from April 2018 to March 2019. Applicants will still be required to pay the application, admission, and tuition fees even if they are granted this scholarship. Applicants who currently reside in Japan are not eligible to apply for this scholarship and are instead requested to follow the instructions provided at the following website:

(3) Others

There are many scholarships available for outstanding international students at Tokyo Tech other than MEXT or JASSO. However, they may not be awarded in time to coincide with your admission.

9. Visa Application Procedure

Tokyo Tech will process the Japanese visa applications for those selected as MEXT scholarship-supported international students. For those selected as privately-funded international students, the Visa Consulting Service entrusted by Tokyo Tech will assist in applying for their Certificate of Eligibility, which is necessary for obtaining a Japanese visa. Note that this process will require a service fee of JPY 3,240 (subject to change) after enrollment at Tokyo Tech. Further details will be provided together with the Notification of Admission Results at a later time.

Inquiries

Undergraduate Admissions Group,
Student Services Department
Tokyo Institute of Technology
2-12-1 W8-103 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8550 JAPAN
Tel: +81-3-5734-3990 (Office Hours: 9:00-17:00 except 12:15-13:15)
Fax: +81-3-5734-3676
Email: nyu.gak@jim.titech.ac.jp