Q: How do I get information on teachers, lectures and student life in the Department of International Studies (DOIS)?
A: The best way to get information on DOIS is to read the “Department of International Studies Pamphlet.”Information on lectures can be found on “Guide to The 20XX Entrance Examination of Master & Doctor Courses”, which can be accessed from the website for information on GSFS entrance examinations. Websites of individual faculty members, which is linked from the website of our department “Faculty members,” should also be helpful.
Q: Is there an information session for the whole department?
A: Briefing sessions for introduction of the Department of International Studies usually take place in May in Tokyo (Hongo Campus) and Chiba (Kashiwa Campus). All core course members usually attend these sessions, so please take advantage of these opportunities. We also hold a briefing session during the Kashiwa Campus Open Campus in October.
Q: Are there any opportunities to attend meetings of each laboratory?
A: Yes. You can contact the faculty member of the laboratory that you are interested in.
Q: Are there any students who enroll while working? Are there any international students?
A: Yes. We have students with professions and international students in both master’s and doctoral courses. Recently, more than half of the enrolled students in the doctoral course are students with professions.
Q: What is the Collaborative Program？
A: It is an area of education and research offered at DOIS by faculty members who belong to organizations other than DOIS. The program includes Collaborative Programs taught by faculty members of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia at the University of Tokyo, as well as Joint Program with JICA taught by visiting faculty professor of JICA. For more information, please refer to Faculty members.
Q: The Department of International Studies belongs to the “Division of Environmental Studies.” Does it mean that the department only covers international studies related to the environment?
A: No. Our research topics are diverse, covering many topics in international cooperation and development, including topics which are not necessarily related to the environment.
Q: Is it possible for students with professions to enroll in the doctoral course?
A: Yes, it is possible. Our department hopes to actively support the academic work of students with professions in the doctoral course and has established a system of credit accreditation. As part of the reform of the admissions procedures, the “Special Selection for Students with professions” program has been abolished from the 2014 entrance examinations. However, this is only a change in the admissions process, and we still offer most of the support for students with professions while they are in school.
Q: My undergraduate grades are not good. Will this affect my admission result?
A: Submitted documents, including undergraduate grades, are evaluated during the oral examination and will affect your admission result. However, poor undergraduate grades do not immediately result in a failure of admission.
Q: What is the success rate for the entraance exam?
A: This information is available on “Admissions” page of the DOIS website.
Q: What is the share of each component of the entrance examination?
A: For the ordinary examination for the Master’s course, 25% is for English (TOEFL-ITP), 35% for specialized subjects, and 40% for oral examination (including screening of documents). (as of April 4, 2022)
Q: Am I likely to fail if I have a low score in English?
A: For the ordinary examination for the Master’s course (Examination Schedule A and Schedule B), we do not set a threshold below which students fail automatically. This holds for English test, specialized subjects (Examination Schedule A), written examination (Examination Schedule B), and oral examination (including screening of documents). Final admission decision will be based on the overall score. Therefore, a low score in English does not mean an automatic failure.
Q: My major in my undergraduate school is not related to international cooperation studies at all. Is there still a chance for me to be admitted?
A: Yes. We do not specify undergraduate degrees to select students. We welcome students with diverse specialties, both in natural sciences or social sciences.
Q: Can I choose a faculty member outside the department as my supervisor?
A: You can choose your supervisor from our Core Members and Collaborative Programs. However, assistant professors do not take students. For details on the faculty members, please refer to Faculty members.
Q: I understand that applicants can choose up to five supervisors and rank them in order of preferences when applying for a Master’s course. What is the percentage that the faculty member of my first choice will become my supervisor after I enroll in the Master’s course?
A: In the past three years, 80% of successful applicants have had their first choice faculty member as their supervisor.
Q: Can I choose more than one supervisor when applying for the doctoral course?
A: No. Please indicate only one prospective supervisor on the “Inquiry sheet.”In the doctoral course, it is essential that the research themes of the supervisor and the student match to some extent, so we ask prospective students to choose only one supervisor before applying for the doctoral course. If you have written names of more than one faculty member on the “Inquiry sheet ” we will treat the first faculty member listed as your first choice of academic supervisor.
Q: Regarding the oral examination schedule (Ordinary Examination) for the doctoral course, “Information on Entrance Examination” states that “Those who are expected to complete a master’s degree program in March should apply for Schedule B below.” I will complete my master’s degree in March. Can I also apply for “Examination Schedule A”?
A: In the examination for the doctoral course (oral examination), applicants are required to make a “research presentation of the master’s thesis (or an alternative research thesis).” Examination Schedule A (Oral Examination) will be held in late August of the year prior to graduation, at which point it is likely that the master’s thesis of applicants who “expect to complete a master’s degree in March of the following year” will not have been completed. We are giving these instructions for the above reasons. However, even if you “expect to complete a master’s degree in March of the following year,” you may apply for “Examination Schedule A” as long as you are able to “give a research presentation of your master’s thesis (or an alternative research thesis)” at the time of Examination Schedule A.
Q: What are the components of doctoral course admission exams (Ordinary examination)?
A: The examination includes document screening and an oral examination. The document screening is based on the documents submitted by applicants. As stated in the “Guide to the 20XX Entrance Examination of Master & Doctor Courses,” the oral examination consists of “Screening of the submitted documents, presentation of a master’s thesis or equivalent research outcomes and a Ph.D. research plan for 15 minutes followed by questions and answers as well as an interview to ask reasons for applying for Ph.D. and other aspects for 15 minutes.” In the past, we have required a written test, but this is no longer a requirement.
Q: Can I visit the faculty member of my preference or consult with them by email prior to the entrance examination?
A: Regardless of whether you are applying for a master’s or doctoral course, it is possible to visit laboratories or contact the faculty members by email before the application deadline. Consulting with prospective faculty members in advance about your research will enable you to confirm whether the research content of the laboratory of your choice fits with your own research plans and will lead to smooth research activities after you are admitted. Especially in the doctoral course, it is essential that the research themes of the supervising professor and the student match to some extent. Therefore, it is advisable to contact a prospective advisor before applying and consult about your research plan. However, it is not a requirement for application. For faculty members’ contact information, please refer to Faculty members.
Q: Does it affect the selection process if an applicant does not visit the laboratory before application?
A: No, whether the applicant has visited the laboratory or not does not affect the selection process.
Q: For the “Statement of purpose,” which is required for the Master’s course, the Information on Entrance Examination states “Use one page of A4 or letter-sized paper.” Are there any format for this?
A: For the statement of purpose for application, the instruction given is: “Statement of purpose containing your goals after entering the program, past academic and non-academic accomplishments (both within and outside of the university in which you studied), and a theme of the master’s research. Use one page of A4 or letter-sized paper. You may insert figures/tables. Handwriting is not permitted but color printing is permitted.” There is no format for this.
Q: I understand that in the “Ordinary Examination for Master’s Course” all applicants are required to take the TOEFL-ITP at the examination site for English examination, but in “Table 2: Examination Schedule” of the Guideline for Applicants, the period for submitting TOEFL and/ or TOEIC score sheets is specified. May applicants submit these score sheets a TOEFL and/ or TOEIC score instead of taking the TOEFL-ITP?
A: No, the applicants taking the Ordinary Examination for Master’s Course may NOT submit a TOEFL and/ or TOEIC score instead of taking TOEFL-ITP. All applicants for Ordinary Examination for Master’s Course must take the TOEFL-ITP at the examination site. “Table 2: Examination Schedule” of the Guideline for Applicants” provides instructions for applicants selecting the “Special Selection for Applicants with Overseas Education.”
Q: Applicants for Special Selection for Applicants with Overseas Education are required to submit TOEFL score. Do Applicants who have graduated from a university in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., etc. educated in English also require TOEFL scores?
A: All applicants for Special Selection for Applicants with Overseas Education are required to submit English language competency test score or take the TOEFL-ITP test on the site. However, if the applicant has completed more than two education levels out of upper-secondary education in certain countries, they can apply for exemption to submit the English language competency test score. For details, please refer to the “Guide to The 20XX Entrance Examination of Master & Doctor Courses.”
Q: In the Master’s Program in International Cooperation, it is explicitly stated that the order of the grades in the examination determine whether or not an applicant can be accepted into the laboratory of his/her choice. What is the percentage that the faculty member of my first choice will become my supervisor after I enroll in the Master’s course? When will my laboratory assignment be announced? Is it possible to decline admission depending on the laboratory assignment?
A: We do not disclose the “admission ratio of laboratories” in the examination. The number of applicants for each laboratory changes considerably from year to year. Laboratory assignement will be informed to applicants with the admission results. Applicants may withdraw admission after receiving a letter of acceptance. Therefore, you may decline admission after the laboratory assignment is announced.
Q: The ordinary examination for the master’s course is held on both “Entrance Examination Schedule A” and “Entrance Examination Schedule B.” If an applicant takes “Examination Schedule A” and is not successful, is s/he allowed to apply for “Examination Schedule B”?
A: Yes, it is perfectly permissible for applicants who were not successful in the “Examination Schedule A” to apply for the “Examination Schedule B.”
Q: It seems that the “Ordinary Examination/Schedule B” accepts only a few students, but exactly how many students will be accepted?
A: It is difficult to give a definite number since it also depends on the number of students who withdraw after being admitted at the Examination Schedule A.
Q: In the ordinary examination for the master’s course held in “Examination Schedule B,” how many students will “pass the document screening”?
A: While it depends on the number of applicants and other factors, we expect approximately 20 applicants.
Q: When and how do you announce the successful applicants of the document screening for the ordinary examination for the master’s course held in “Examination Schedule B”?
A: We expect to announce successful applicants for the document screening in early January. Announcements will be posted on the bulletin board of the department (next to the entrance to the lecture room on the 7th floor of the Kashiwa Campus Environmental Building) and on the website.
Q: Are the content of the written and oral examinations for the ordinary examination for the master’s course in “Examination Schedule B” different from that in “Examination Schedule A”?
A: The evaluation axis of “Examination Schedule B” is different from that of “Examination Schedule A.”
Q: Information on Entrance Examination states that the oral examination for the ordinary examination for the doctoral course consists of “Screening of the submitted documents, presentation of a master’s thesis or equivalent research outcomes and a Ph.D. research plan for 15 minutes followed by questions and answers as well as an interview to ask reasons for applying for Ph.D. and other aspects for 15 minutes.” I wrote my master’s thesis in English. Am I allowed to present my research in Japanese?
A: Yes. Even if the master’s thesis or equivalent research outcomes is written in English, it is perfectly acceptable for applicants to present their research in Japanese.
Q: Can we receive some advice on who would be an appropriate supervisor for the doctoral course based on my topic of interest?
A: Our department does not give specific recommendation on an appropriate supervisor.
Q: Can I contact the supervisors of my choice prior to submitting an application if I want to apply to the Doctoral course?
A: Our department strongly encourages prospective students who wish to enroll in doctoral course to contact the supervisors of your choice prior to submitting an application. Please note that it is prohibited to contact the supervisors of your choice after the application period.