Prospective Students

Information for International Students

Programs for International Study

Study to Acquire a Degree

Courses are taught in English while some study of introductory Japanese is required.

Students intending to obtain a bachelor's degree in programs other than those above are required to have sufficient Japanese language ability. For details, see Bachelor's Degree Programs (conducted in Japanese).

International Non-Degree Study

Reasons to Choose Tokyo Tech

Before Joining an International Program

Research and Courses at Tokyo Tech

Bachelor's Degree Programs (conducted in Japanese)

Entering Undergraduate School for a Bachelor's Degree

There are three undergraduate schools at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech): the School of Science (5 departments), the School of Engineering (16 departments), and the School of Bioscience and Biotechnology (2 departments). Students who complete the credits of the courses required by their departments are eligible to graduate and receive a bachelor's degree. International applicants may be admitted to Tokyo Tech via the methods detailed herein. Lectures for Bachelor's Degree Programs at Tokyo Tech are conducted in Japanese. Individuals who wish to enroll as undergraduate students must acquire sufficient competence in Japanese prior to admission.

International applicants may undergo the same screening as Japanese applicants by taking the National Center Test for University Admissions and the Tokyo Tech general entrance examination. Alternatively, international applicants may be admitted under the status of International Students. In order to do so, they must take the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU), administered by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), and Tokyo Tech's Special Screening Examination for privately funded international students.

For applicants who have graduated or are expected to graduate from a college of technology or a junior college, an Undergraduate Transfer Entrance Examination is offered. This examination comprises two categories, General Screening and Special Screening. Transfer is possible in the 2nd or 3rd year for the School of Science and in the 3rd year for both the School of Engineering and the School of Bioscience and Biotechnology.

Entrance examinations are also offered prior to arrival in Japan for Japanese Government (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, hereafter MEXT) Scholarship Undergraduate Students who have been recommended as candidates for undergraduate studies at a Japanese university by the Japanese embassy or consulate in their home country, and for students in the Japan-Korea Joint Exchange Program in Science and Engineering.

Undergraduate Entrance Examination Schedule

Examination Category
Application Guide Available
Application Period
Examination Date
Interview Date
Announcement of Results
General Entrance Examination
(same as for Japanese students)
late January to early February
1st exam:
late February
2nd exam:
mid-March
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1st exam:
early March
2nd exam:
late March
Special Screening Examination for Privately Funded International Students
late November
late December
late January
late February
early March
Undergraduate Transfer Entrance Examination (General Screening)
May
early July
late August
late August
mid- September
Undergraduate Transfer Entrance Examination (Special Screening)
May
mid-June
late June
early July
mid-July
Japanese Government (MEXT)Scholarship Students with Embassy Recommendation (Undergraduate)
early January
mid-February
early March
Japan-Korea Joint Exchange Program in Science and Engineering Students
early November, the previous fiscal year
mid-February
early March
Note:
Interested applicants should refer to the Japanese web site for prospective studentsouter for the latest information.

Special Screening Examination for privately funded international undergraduate students

Individuals who wish to be admitted to Tokyo Tech should pay close attention to the information below before applying. Lectures for Bachelor's Degree Programs at Tokyo Tech are conducted in Japanese. Individuals who wish to enroll as undergraduate students must acquire sufficient competence in Japanese prior to admission. Interested applicants should confirm whether they meet the conditions to apply to Tokyo Tech. Please refer to the Application Guide for details.

Names of schools / departments and number of students admitted

  1. 1.
    School of Science (5 Departments): A few students
    1. 1-1.

      Mathematics

    2. 1-2.

      Physics

    3. 1-3.

      Chemistry

    4. 1-4.

      Information Science

    5. 1-5.

      Earth and Planetary Sciences

  2. 2.
    School of Engineering (16 Departments)
    : A few students for each department, a total of 40 students (of which 20 study International Development Engineering)
    1. 2-1.

      Metallurgical Engineering

    2. 2-2.

      Organic and Polymeric Materials

    3. 2-3.

      Inorganic Materials

    4. 2-4.

      Chemical Engineering(Chemical Engineering Course, Applied Chemistry Course)

    5. 2-5.

      Polymer Chemistry

    6. 2-6.

      Mechanical Engineering and Science

    7. 2-7.

      Mechanical and Intelligent Systems Engineering

    8. 2-8.

      Mechano-Aerospace Engineering

    9. 2-9.

      Control and Systems Engineering

    10. 2-10.

      Industrial and Systems Engineering

    11. 2-11.

      International Development Engineering

    12. 2-12.

      Electrical and Electronic Engineering

    13. 2-13.

      Computer Science

    14. 2-14.

      Civil and Environmental Engineering

    15. 2-15.

      Architecture and Building Engineering

    16. 2-16.

      Social Engineering

  3. 3.
    School of Bioscience and Biotechnology (2 Departments): A few students
    1. 3-1.

      Bioscience

    2. 3-2.

      Biotechnology

Eligibility

Applicants who satisfy all of the following conditions are eligible to apply

  1. 1.
    Persons who are not of Japanese nationality.
  2. 2.
    Persons with a status of residence that poses no obstacle to university admission under the Immigration -Control and Refugee -Recognition Act of Japan, and to whom either of the following applies.
  3. a.
    Persons who have completed 12 years of school education overseas or will complete them by March of the year of admission, or persons specified by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (excluding international schools in Japan approved by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as providing the same courses as in Japanese high schools) (Note 1)
  4. b.
    Persons who have obtained a Swiss International Baccalaureate (awarded by the International Baccalaureate Organization, a foundation established under the Swiss Civil Code), a German Abitur (recognized in all states of Germany as qualification for university entrance), or a French Baccalaureate (recognized in France as qualification for university entrance), and who will be 18 years of age by March of the year of admission.
  5. 3.
    Persons who have taken the "EJU" (Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students) in Japanese as a Foreign Language (Listening, Listening/Reading Comprehension, Reading, Writing) and basic academic proficiency in Science (Physics, Chemistry, and Course 2 Mathematics (may be taken in either Japanese or English)) administered by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) in the previous year of admission, and attained a score of 260 or more points out of a total of 450 in Japanese as a Foreign Language and 280 or more points out of a total of 400 in Science.
    (Test scores may only be used once, either in June or in November.)

Note 1: "Those specified by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology" refers to

*
Persons who have passed a qualification test overseas approved by a country other than Japan (including tests equivalent to national qualification examinations) that certifies that their academic proficiency is equal or superior to those of Persons who have completed 12 years of school education in the country concerned, and who will be 18 years of age by March 31 of the year of admission.
*
Persons who have graduated from a school overseas equivalent to a high school (including those who have passed qualification test overseas approved by the country concerned that certifies that their academic proficiency is equal or superior to those of Persons who have graduated from such a school), and who have completed an appropriate program of preparatory education for admission to a Japanese university specified separately by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and who will be 18 years of age by March 31 of the year of admission.

Note 2: Persons who have graduated from a Japanese high school or middle school (or are expected to graduate from a Japanese high school or middle school) and have Permanent Residency Status for Japan, may not apply using this method.

Application Requirements (only the primary items are listed below)

  1. 1.
    Application for Admission, Photograph Card, Examination Card (with photograph attached), etc.
  2. 2.
    Academic Transcript
  3. 3.
    (Expected) Graduation Certificate
  4. 4.
    Copy of Examination Card for EJU
  5. 5.
    Certificate of Registered Matters (TOUROKU GENPYOU KISAIJIKOU SHOUMEISHO)
  6. 6.
    Entrance Examination Fee

Admission Decision

  1. 1.
    1st Selection; Academic proficiency tests (in mathematics, physics, chemistry, English and Japanese) held in January
  2. 2.
    2nd Selection; Interviews held in February

Undergraduate Transfer Entrance Examination (General/Special Screening)

Students seeking transfer entrance to Tokyo Tech should pay close attention to the information below before applying. Interested applicants should contact the Admission Division to confirm whether they meet the conditions to apply to Tokyo Tech. Please refer to the Application Guide for specific details.

Names of schools / departments and number of students to be admitted (including Japanese students)

School of Science (5 Departments): A few students

  1. 1-1.

    Mathematics

  2. 1-2.

    Physics

  3. 1-3.

    Chemistry

  4. 1-4.

    Information Science

  5. 1-5.

    Earth and Planetary Sciences

School of Engineering (16 Departments): Up to 20 students

  1. 2-1.

    Metallurgical Engineering

  2. 2-2.

    Organic and Polymeric Materials

  3. 2-3.

    Inorganic Materials

  4. 2-4.

    Chemical Engineering (Chemical Engineering Course, Applied Chemistry Course)

  5. 2-5.

    Polymer Chemistry

  6. 2-6.

    Mechanical Engineering and Science

  7. 2-7.

    Mechanical and Intelligent Systems Engineering

  8. 2-8.

    Mechano-Aerospace Engineering

  9. 2-9.

    Control and Systems Engineering

  10. 2-10.

    Industrial and Systems Engineering

  11. 2-11.

    International Development Engineering

  12. 2-12.

    Electrical and Electronic Engineering

  13. 2-13.

    Computer Science

  14. 2-14.

    Civil and Environmental Engineering

  15. 2-15.

    Architecture and Building Engineering

  16. 2-16.

    Social Engineering

School of Bioscience and Biotechnology (2 Departments): Up to 10 students

  1. 3-1.

    Bioscience

  2. 3-2.

    Biotechnology

Eligibility

  1. 1.
    School of Science, School of Engineering, and School of Bioscience and Biotechnology (General Screening)

    Individuals who have graduated from a college of technology or junior college, or who are expected to graduate from such an institution by March of the year of admission.

  2. 2.
    School of Bioscience and Biotechnology (Special Screening)

    Individuals who have graduated from a college of technology or junior college, or who are expected to graduate from such an institution by March of the year of admission, and who have been recommended by their school principal in good faith.

    Note:
    The School of Bioscience and Biotechnology conducts two categories of transfer entrance examination: Special Screening and General Screening. Application qualifications, procedures, and screening methods differ between the two categories.

Transfer Year

  1. 1.
    School of Science: transfer is possible in the 2nd or 3rd year of the Bachelor's Degree Program
  2. 2.
    School of Engineering: transfer is possible in the 3rd year of the Bachelor's Degree Program
  3. 3.
    School of Bioscience and Biotechnology: transfer is possible in the 3rd year of the Bachelor's Degree Program

Application Requirements (only main documents are listed)

  1. 1.
    School of Science, School of Engineering, and School of Bioscience and Biotechnology (General Screening)
    1. 1-1.

      Transfer Entrance Application for Admission Form, Examination Card, Photograph Card

    2. 1-2.

      Academic Transcript

    3. 1-3.

      (Expected) Graduation Certificate

    4. 1-4.

      Entrance Examination Fee

    5. 1-5.

      Educational Background Sheet

  2. 2.
    School of Bioscience and Biotechnology (Special Screening)
    1. 2-1.

      Transfer Entrance Application for Admission Form, Examination Card, Photograph Card

    2. 2-2.

      Academic Transcript

    3. 2-3.

      Reason for Application Sheet

    4. 2-4.

      (Expected) Graduation Certificate

    5. 2-5.

      Entrance Examination Fee

    6. 2-6.

      Educational Background Sheet

Admission Decision

  1. 1.
    General Screening: Selections are made in late August based on applicants' academic transcripts, academic proficiency tests, and interviews.
  2. 2.
    Special Screening: Selections are made in late June based on applicants' academic transcripts, reasons for application, short essays, and interviews.

    Please click hereouter for Application Guide. (Japanese)

Japanese Government Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Scholarship Students with Embassy Recommendation (Undergraduate)

In order to be admitted as an embassy-recommended Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship undergraduate student at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), applicants must first pass the MEXT Scholarship Student Examination administered by the Japanese embassy in the applicant's home country. Interested applicants should contact the Japanese embassy or consulate in their home countries for information about examination qualifications, schedules, and recruitment.

Applicants selected as MEXT Scholarship Students usually enroll in a yearlong preparatory school at either the Osaka University Center for Japanese Language and Culture or at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies before entering the four-year Bachelor's Degree Program. The preparatory program provides intensive Japanese training courses, as well as other preparatory courses for university entrance such as Japanese culture and society, mathematics, English, physics, chemistry, and biology. Students who successfully complete this preparatory education will take entrance examinations administered by certain universities specified by MEXT, including Tokyo Tech. Upon passing the entrance examination for Tokyo Tech, a student will be admitted to the Institute.

Successful applicants will receive the following scholarship allowance.

Allowance Amount:

120,000 yen/month

Travel Expenses:

In accordance with MEXT regulations, each grantee will be provided with an economy class air ticket between the international airport closest to the student's place of residence in the student's country of nationality and Narita or Haneda International Airport.

School Fees:

Application, admission, and tuition will be waived.

Japan-Korea Joint Government Scholarship Program for Students in Science and Engineering Departments

Based on the Japan-Republic of Korea Joint Declaration issued in October 1998, this program aims to enable promising Korean students to acquire cutting-edge technological skills and knowledge by studying at science and technology universities in Japan. Additionally, the aim of the program is to deepen mutual understanding between Japan and Korea through international student exchange.

Applicants are selected from students recommended by their high schools in Korea through a 1st screening administered by the Korean government. These applicants then take an examination administered by the Japanese government, and successful applicants are then assigned to appropriate Japanese universities. Successful applicants undergo preparatory education in Japanese, specialized subjects (mathematics, physics, chemistry), and English for six months starting from March before their arrival in Japan in October. After this they undergo further preparatory education in Japanese and specialized subjects at the International Student Center at their assigned university. Students then take the entrance examinations administered by universities specified by the Japanese Government (MEXT), and are admitted to the university concerned if they pass the entrance examination.

The National Institute for International Education Development (NIIED) in Korea administers all procedures from recruitment to screening. Interested applicants should contact the NIIED for detail information.