FAQs

Graduate Schools

Q:
What is meant by "the former period" and "the latter period" of the doctoral program?
A:
The "former period" of the doctoral program is the master's program, where you can earn a master's degree upon completion of what is typically a two-year course of study. The "latter period" of the doctoral program is the doctoral program, where you can earn a doctoral degree upon completion of what is typically a three-year course of study. To enroll in the latter period of the doctoral program, you must already have a master's degree or a comparable professional degree.

 

Q:
I'd like to know about the entrance examination.
A:
The entrance examination of the master's program generally consists of written tests and an interview. The content and subjects of examinations vary by graduate school. Please check the website of each school.
The entrance examination for the doctoral program also differs by graduate school (e.g., written tests, interviews, presentations on the master thesis, etc.). Please also check the website of each school for details.

 

Q:
When contacting a professor to request to be my supervisor, what documents do I need to send?
A:
Please send your certificate of graduation, intended research plans and curriculum vitae.

 

Q:
I have not received a reply from the professor I have contacted. Why is that?
A:
Since many of the faculty members are not in their office for their research, business trips, and summer holidays, etc. during the University's summer vacation (July, August and September), they may not be able to reply promptly.
In case you contact by e-mail, the characters sometimes can be garbled. If you use a non-Japanese e-mail service, even sentences written in Japanese can be unreadable. When using e-mail, we recommend that you acquire a Japanese e-mail account before you e-mail the professor.

 

Q:
I would like to know the email address of the faculty member whom I wish to be my supervisor.
A:
Not all faculty members of the University make their email address public. If you need to know the email address of the faculty member, please make a request via the inquiry form.

 

Q:
Is there a program in English where I can get a degree?
A:
The University of Tokushima has "the Interdisciplinary Health Care Graduate Program in English".

 

Q:
Can I study Japanese language while I conduct my research at a graduate school?
A:
The International Center offers Japanese language courses in order to provide support for international students in their studies and daily lives. The courses are available for free for every student enrolled in The University of Tokushima. Please refer to the International Center's website for details of the Japanese language courses.

 

Q:
Is it necessary to study as a research student before entering a graduate school of the University of Tokushima?
A:
Many of the current international students spend their first six or twelve months as a research student in order to develop their academic knowledge and Japanese language skills to the level necessary for their studies at a graduate school. If you become a research student, you will study Japanese at the International Center for six or twelve months while you conduct your research at the graduate school you wish to enter. You will be able to get ready to take the entrance examination with necessary knowledge and language skills required of a graduate student.

 

Q:
Do I need Japanese language skills to carry out my research at a graduate school?
A:
Whether you need Japanese language skills depends on each school. Some schools require quite a high level of Japanese language, while there is a program offered in English only. Except for the English-only graduate program, the language basically used in classes is Japanese.

 

Q:
Are there any dormitories? If yes, can I stay in the dormitory?
A:
There are two dormitories for international students. The International House in Kitajima Town has 32 single rooms, 15 couple rooms and 3 family rooms. The International House in Nichia Hall (for female students and researchers only) has 30 single rooms. However, rooms are not necessarily available for all applicants due to the limited number of rooms. Please refer to the International Center's website for details of the International Houses.