Prospective Students

Measures to help control infection for international students

For the management of health and control of infectious diseases at Tokyo Institute of Technology, newly admitted international students, regardless of whether they are regular students or non-regular students,are required to submit a health certificate*. In addition, while enrolled at Tokyo Tech, they are required to undergo an annual medical checkup.

International students (including those from other domestic universities, technical colleges, and Japanese language schools) who have passed the entrance exam and whose registered enrollment period will be three months or longer are required to have the health certificate completed and signed by a physician within the three-month period before the designated date of entrance to Tokyo Tech (or within the three-month period before their planned date of arrival in Japan, if their arrival will be later than the date of entrance). In addition, we request that it be submitted prior to the designated date of entrance (or prior to arriving in Japan if the arrival will be later than the date of entrance).

Note that all expenses for this shall be borne by the students.

Please cooperate with our preventive measures against various infectious diseases that could cross international borders to protect your health and wellness and that of your colleagues.

Who should submit?

International students (including those from other domestic universities, technical colleges, and Japanese language schools) who have passed the entrance exam and whose registered enrollment period will be three months or longer

*Does not apply to currently enrolled international students who both stayed in Japan during the previous semester and submitted a health certificate.

Deadline

Before the designated date of entrance to Tokyo Tech (or within the three-month period before their planned date of arrival in Japan, if their arrival will be later than the date of entrance)

Example:
The deadline is March 31 if the date of enrollment is April 1.
The deadline is September 29 if the date of enrollment is September 30.

Health Certificate

Download a form from the link below and have a physician from a medical institution in your home country complete it in either English or Japanese within the three-month period before the designated date of entrance to Tokyo Tech (or within the three-month period before your planned date of arrival in Japan, if your arrival will be later than the date of entrance).

Part I: Tuberculosis (TB) Clinical Assessment
Must be submitted by international students falling under 1. or 2. below. They must undergo an Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) test and have a physician complete the form.
1. Individuals who were born in or stayed long term (more than 6 months) in countries or territories that have a high incidence of active TB.
2. Individuals who have had close contact with persons known or suspected to have active TB.

Part II: Certificate of Vaccinations
Must be submitted by all international students. They must have a physician complete the form.

Important:

  • Those submitting Part I are urged to do so before the designated date of entrance to Tokyo Tech (or before the date of planned arrival in Japan, if your arrival will be later than the date of entrance).
  • Only if there is not enough time will students be able to submit Part II after the designated date of entrance after having received the first round of vaccinations in their home country and the second round in Japan.

Items to Be Included in the Health Certificate

1) Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) results (blood test)*

Individuals from countries with a high incidence of tuberculosis (see link below) are urged to have the IGRA done three months prior to arrival in Japan.

countries or territories that have a high incidence of active TB

*

If you do not have a record of BCG vaccination or there is no medical institution in your country that performs the IGRA, it is possible to substitute this with the Tuberculin Skin Test (TST).

2) Proof of vaccination or history of illness for Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs)

All international students must submit proof of vaccination or history of illness for VPDs. Those without a record of either will be required to be vaccinated.We do not have a specific recommendation for vaccine brands. Please consult with and follow directions of your physician.

1. Triple vaccine or individual shots for measles, mumps, and rubella
Requiring two doses. If there is no history of thea second dose, documentation of a positive immune titer result must be submitted. Those whose titer results show a low immunity level must receive thea second dose.

2. Varicella (Chicken pox) vaccine
Requiring two doses. If there is no history of thea second dose, documentation of a positive immune titer result must be submitted. Those whose titer results show a low immunity level must receive thea second dose.

3. Tetanus vaccine
Requiring one dose that was given on or after January 1, 2012. Those who are/were unable to receive a single antigen tetanus toxoid vaccine must receive the Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) vaccine.
Note: Bacterium that causes tetanus, Clostridium tetani, is present everywhere in the environment such as in the soil and dust, and the disease occurs in many parts of the world including Japan. Tetanus is fatal in about 10% to 20% in typical cases.

How to Submit the Health Certificate

Please submit from this system.

Note: It is not necessary to enter any information into the system if you don’t have any documents to submit.

Online submission is recommended. However, if for some reason it cannot be submitted online, please send the completed form to the address below by post so that it arrives at the Health Support Center before your arrival in Japan.

Health Support Center, Ookayama Campus, Tokyo Institute of Technology
2-12-1 Ookayama, HE-1, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8550, Japan

Personal Information Protection

The collected personal information will be managed in compliance with all the laws and regulations regarding personal information for all the Tokyo Tech students, and will not be used for any purposes other than those indicated in the Policy on Protecting the Privacy of Students, Faculty, and Staff at the Health Support Center

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I have been vaccinated/infected in early childhood. What should I do if I don’t have records?

    If you do not have proof of immunization, do either A or B below.
    A. Take an antibody test. If the antibody titer is below the acceptable level, get vaccinated.
    B. Get vaccinated for MMR, varicella, and tetanus.
    For MMR and varicella, a vaccine should be done twice. If only once, submit a record of positive immune titer.

    Vaccination for tetanus if taken before age 11 requires revaccination. If you have not received vaccination in the past 10 years, a booster is required.

  • I cannot get the required vaccination in my country.

    Get vaccinated upon arrival in Japan. Enter “to be vaccinated upon arrival in Japan” in the Part II form, and upload the form online. Upon vaccination after your arrival, notify the Health Support Center thereof.

Contact

Ookayama Health Support Center

Tokyo Institute of Technology
HE-1,2-12-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku
Tokyo 152-8550 Japan

Tel

+81-3-5734-2065

Email 

healthcertificate@jim.titech.ac.jp