Prospective Students

Global Scientists and Engineers Program (GSEP)

GSEP is an undergraduate program for four-year Bachelor of Engineering Degree.

Tokyo Institute of Technology Global Scientists and Engineers Program (GSEP) 2021 Application

Enrollment Date:
April 1, 2021
Number of Students:
8 recipients of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) scholarships for up to four years, and 10 privately funded international students
Department:
Application Period:
August 17, 2020 - September 4, 2020
Type of Degree:
Bachelor of Engineering

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 an undergraduate 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 will be encouraged to further familiarize themselves with the language and culture throughout the course of their studies. Students who successfully acquire advanced Japanese skills may take elective courses taught in Japanese from third-year.

Eight (8) students will be awarded a four-year scholarship by MEXT in addition to being exempted from paying application, admission, and tuition fees. Additionally, ten (10) privately funded international can also be admitted to the program. The privately funded international students can apply for other scholarships upon entering Tokyo Tech.

2. Program and Policy

Program:

Students admitted to GSEP will study under the Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering. 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. GSEP is a transdisciplinary 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 that covers various fields of science and engineering. Students can choose courses from which they will acquire advanced knowledge and ultimately work on a topic according to their research interest from the various fields of expertise of the faculty in the department. Detailed program information can be found on 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. We aim to develop individuals who can create new technologies, values, and concepts to meet social demand, and are willing to address complex global issues by taking a multi-perspective approach while applying expertise in science and engineering. Students will be equipped with competencies for problem setting and solving, creative thinking, and execution. Studying at the Department will suit applicants who prefer not to focus on one specific and established discipline of science and engineering. 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
  • eagerness to be acquainted with various disciplines and fields of science and engineering
  • enthusiasm to study science and engineering alongside liberal arts
  • 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.

(3)
Applicants must be born on or after April 2, 1996.
(4)
Overseas applicants must have either completed (or be expected to complete) 12 years of regular schooling or graduated from the equivalent of Japanese high school prior to arrival in Japan. Those who have acquired a qualification to enter a Japanese university by other means are also eligible (see (B) (3)).
(5)

Accepted applicants should arrive in Japan between April 1 and April 7, 2021 as designated by MEXT.

(6)
Accepted 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 no longer be qualified to be a MEXT scholarship recipient 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 required to withdraw from the scholarship):
(a)
those who are military personnel or military civilian employees at the time of their arrival in Japan or during the provision of the scholarship;
(b)
those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by MEXT;
(c)
those who are/were recipients of a Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship;
(d)
those who are applying for other programs under which a scholarship will be awarded by the Japanese government (MEXT);
(e)
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 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 2021;
(f)
those who are planning to receive a scholarship from an organization other than the Japanese government (e.g., a government organization in the applicant’s country) after the start of the MEXT scholarship period;
(g)
those who were expected to graduate but could not satisfy the required academic conditions and qualifications; and
(h)
those who already plan, at the time of application, to engage in long-term research activities outside Japan (i.e., internships, fieldwork, etc.) or take a long-term absence.

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

(1)
Applicants must not hold Japanese nationality and are required to possess a College Student (ryugaku) Visa or intend to acquire one by the time of their enrollment.
(2)
Applicants should be at least 18 years old by March 31, 2021.
(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, 2021, they are still eligible to apply even if they are under 18 years old.).
(3)
Applicants must have completed or be expected to complete a 12-year regular education outside of Japan by March 2021 (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 be designated by the Ministry (see Note 1), or be designated by the Ministry as well as by Tokyo Tech (see Note 2).
(4)
Applicants who fall under the following conditions may have their admission/acceptance to the program nullified.
-applicants who were expected to graduate but could not satisfy the required academic conditions and qualifications by the date separately specified by Tokyo Tech
(5)
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 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, 2021.
      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 that covers subjects required for enrolling at a Japanese university, provided by an institution listed in the bottom section of Table 1outer.
      3.
      Have completed an educational program outside of Japan at an institution that is regarded as an upper secondary school in the country, with a primary and secondary education period of longer than 11 years, and have satisfied other criteria specified by the Ministry. The accredited educational programs are separately designated by the Ministry.
      4.
      Have completed an educational program in Japan at 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 2outer(original list in JapanesePDF).
      5.
      Have completed an educational program in Japan at 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 JapanesePDF).
  • (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:
    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 that functions as both 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

Admissions Division
Student Services Department
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Email address: nyu.gsep@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, or International school graduates who satisfy the criterion noted below, and are individually assessed and recognized by Tokyo Tech, will be regarded as having academic ability equivalent to or higher than that of a Japanese high school.

        • Persons who are at least 18 years old by March 31, 2021.

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

Assessment period: July 8, 2020-August 21, 2020

Required Documents

(1)
Application for Individual Assessment of Admission Eligibility (Word file)Word / (PDF file)PDF
(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)
If the applicant is a university student, an enrollment certificate or a copy of student ID card

Applicants are required to send the above documents by email to the Undergraduate Admissions Group, Admissions Division, Student Services Department of Tokyo Tech, with the following email subject:

April 2021 GSEP Application - 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. All documents must arrive Undergraduate Admissions Group, Admissions Division, Student Services Department of Tokyo Tech, by September 4, 2020.

(b) Potential applicants applying for exemption from English test score submission

Applicants of the following nationalities are eligible for exemption from submitting English test scores required under “Application Procedures (7), 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)
  • (1) Application for exemption of TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS test scores (Word file)Word / (PDF file)PDF
  • (2) Photocopy of applicant’s passport with photo

Applicants are required to send the above documents by email to the Undergraduate Admissions Group, Admissions Division, Student Services Department of Tokyo Tech, with the following subject line:

  • April 2021 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 by September 4, 2020.

5. Application Procedures

Application Documents

Please download a set of application documents and follow the procedures below.

Application Documents
Documents form

(1) Application form for GSEP

This must be completed and duly signed by the applicant.

(2) Questionnaire

This will 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

This will be used to classify and verify submitted application documents.

(4) Photocopy of Passport

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).

(5) Photocopy of Official Transcripts from High School

Submit a photocopy of the official transcript displaying the grades of all the years in high school. 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). Translations should be certified by a public institution or the issuing the high school.

Applicants who skipped grades are required to submit certified documents of proof.

(6) Photocopy of Certificate of Graduation or Expected Graduation issued by the Applicant’s High School

If the applicant is a university student, an enrollment certificate or a copy of his/her student ID card is required.

If the applicant cannot get a hold of such certificates, then he/she is requested to submit an official document verifying the high school graduation date.

(7) Photocopy of TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS Test Scores

Applicants will be required to submit their English proficiency test score from a test taken on or after September 4, 2018. Scores from the following tests will be accepted: TOEFL-iBT, TOEFL Paper-delivered Test, TOEIC Listening and Reading, or the IELTS Academic Module.

As an exceptional measure for applications for the AY 2021 GSEP, test scores from the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Test or the TOEFL ITP Plus for China Solution will also be accepted.

In addition, downloaded score reports will be accepted provided they are from the TOEFL-iBT, TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Test, or TOEFL ITP Plus for China Solution. Applicants must request ETS to send official score reports directly to Tokyo Tech, whose institutional code number for TOEFL is 0215.

Other than the above, score reports downloaded from the internet and printed will not be accepted. Applicants must submit photocopies of the original paper score reports.

Note that Tokyo Tech will not accept score reports from the Institutional Testing Program of TOEFL (TOEFL-ITP) and TOEIC (TOEIC-IP), TOEIC S&W, or other proficiency tests not specifically listed above.

If applicants are unable to submit the test scores designated above due to COVID-19-related matters, they must submit a written statement explaining the reason (no prescribed form).

Native English speakers can be exempt from submitting English test scores by following the procedure stated under "4. Individual Assessment Prior to Application".

(8) Verification of Application Fee Payment

When the “Payment Verification” page appears on the screen at the end of the payment process, save that page as a PDF file and send it with other application documents.

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

Submission of Application Documents

The completed application documents must reach the Undergraduate Admissions Group of Tokyo Tech no later than September 4, 2020.

When all the application documents are prepared, and prior to submitting them, applicants must notify the Undergraduate Admissions Group of their application by email with the following subject line:

  • Notice of intent to apply for GSEP 2021 (name of the applicant)

Applicants must include the following information:

(1)
Full name
(2)
Nationality
(3)
Email address

(Please do not attach application document files to the email.)

Contact

Undergraduate Admissions Group

Admissions Division
Student Services Department
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Email address: nyu.gsep@jim.titech.ac.jp

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.
3.
Applications should keep the original copies or certified true copies (certified by the high school) of academic transcripts, graduation certificates, etc. Applicants who pass the secondary screening and are admitted to the GSEP program will need to provide them before the semester starts. Submitted documents will not be returned under any circumstances. Should a document not be re-issued, please submit a certified 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, it may result in losing his/her eligibility.
6.
Applicants with disabilities and other health-related are requested to notify the Admissions Division prior to the application period.

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 17 - September 4, 2020
Preliminary Screening Results Announcement
September 18, 2020
Preliminary Screening Results will be announced at the top of this web page.
Secondary Screening
September 23 - October 28, 2020
Admissions Results Announcement
November 20, 2020
The results will be announced at the top of this web page. Inquiries by email will not be accepted.
Enrollment Procedures
March 22, 2021
Start of the Semester
April 1, 2021

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 documents listed below to certify qualifications or further support their application (submission of the documents is not mandatory).

Note: The secondary screening may be conducted online if deemed necessary in response to COVID-19. If that is the case, the procedures will be announced when the preliminary screening results are released.

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, Enrollment Fees and Tuition

Application Fee
JPY 17,000
Enrollment Fee
JPY 282,000
Annual Tuition
JPY 635,400

(Enrollment fee and tuition are subject to change.)

Applicants must pay the stated application fee by the following credit card within the payment period specified below.

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

Payment Period: August 17, 2020 - September 4, 2020

Please see the secure online payment website for details on payment.

When the “Payment Verification” page appears on the screen at the end of the payment process, save that page as a PDF file and send it with other application documents.

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 cases:

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)
3.
Applicants who will receive the MEXT Scholarship and enroll in Tokyo Tech.

In cases 1 and 2, the applicant will be responsible for any bank remittance or handling fees incurred.

Exemptions and postponements for enrollment fee and tuition are possible. Students intending to apply for an exemption or postponement must submit the relevant applications, which can be found in the enrollment procedure packet.

8. Scholarships

(1) MEXT

The top eight applicants who have applied under Eligiblity(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 enrollment fee or tuition.
  • 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:

Those who are applying for other MEXT scholarship programs such as those requiring a recommendation from the Japanese Embassy or Consulate General, or a scholarship of the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) will be required to decline candidacy of the MEXT scholarship offered under the GSEP.

Once enrolled at Tokyo Tech, MEXT scholarship students will have their academic achievements reviewed every year. If they fail to obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.3 or fail to meet academic standards set by Tokyo Tech, they will be disqualified from receiving the scholarship.

(2) Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

Applicants who will enroll in Tokyo Tech under a scholarship other than those offered by MEXT and 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 the directives from JASSO. This scholarship will be offered from April 2021 to March 2022. 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 scholarships available for outstanding international students at Tokyo Tech other than MEXT or JASSO. However, those scholarship usually will be awarded after studying for some period of time after admission and require students to attain a certain level of good academic performance.

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. Further details will be provided together with the Notification of Admission Results at a later time.

Inquiries

Undergraduate Admissions Group,
Admissions Divison
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 address nyu.gak@jim.titech.ac.jp