Q: How do I enroll in the postgraduate (doctoral) program?
A: A person who has a Master’s degree or equivalent application qualifications may take the entrance examination. We also maintain a program designed especially for people who hold jobs in the working world. If you enroll in the Master’s program (first part of the doctoral program) at one of the four university graduate schools in this consortium, from that point on you may take advantage of the resources of all four universities for your studies.
Q: What are the majors in the Master’s program (first part of the doctoral program)?
A: We plan to accept students with a wide range of majors including the Humanities, with a focus on Science.
Q: Can a male student enroll in the program at Ochanomizu University?
A: No. Ochanomizu University is a women’s university and accepts only female students. However, Tokyo Medical and Dental University is coeducational, so both male and female students enrolled in this program through the university can take classes at any of the four universities.
Q: Can I take the entrance examination in English?
A: It is possible to take the entrance examination in English, but after enrolling, classes are offered only in Japanese. We are looking into offering classes taught in English in the future. There are some classes that are taught in English available in the Master’s program. Another approach would be to study Japanese while in the Master’s program, then progress to the doctoral program. Students in Japanese Studies departments who have the desire to join this program may take the entrance examination in Japanese.
Q: Can I study Japanese?
A: Yes. Tokyo Medical and Dental University and Ochanomizu University both have special programs for exchange students who wish to study Japanese. Ochanomizu University in particular has a course designed for students of the Consortium, allowing students to pursue their specialized studies while also studying Japanese.
Q: Please tell me about Japan’s university and graduate school system.
A: More detailed information is available on other parts of the website. Please look around.
Q: Please tell me about life in Japan.
A: The international exchange center at each university offers lots of information. For more information please look at those website sections.
Q: What time of year are seminars held to explain about enrollment and when are the entrance examinations?
A: Explanatory seminars are scheduled to be held in April (for Ochanomizu University) and in June/July (for Tokyo Medical and Dental University). An “open campus” day is also held for those interested in taking the graduate school entrance examination. Please check our website. Entrance examinations will be held in the summer of 2013 and winter of 2014 (additional recruitment).
For Exchange Students:
A: Tokyo Medical and Dental University also has an October enrollment system for exchange students. This system is for students who live outside of Japan and do not speak Japanese, allowing them to take the entrance examination and enroll. For more details, please refer to that section of the university’s website. But please be aware that after enrolling, classes in this program will be held in Japanese.
Q: How much is the tuition?
A: The tuition at Tokyo Medical and Dental University and Ochanomizu University for this program is _____ yen. There is also a separate enrollment fee of ____ yen that is required.
Q: Are any scholarships available?
A: There is a tuition waiver system for students with an outstanding academic record. There is also a system for lifestyle support that is used by a lot of students. It involves working as a TA or RA while doing research or studying. (Availability depends on the academic year budget.) We also provide information on private scholarships and other such opportunities.
Q: Is career counseling available?
A: Yes. With the participation of faculty in career counseling, the following types of support systems are available. Student assistance/health care support (Tokyo Medical and Dental University), a women’s career assistance office (Ochanomizu University), and support from professional career counselors (Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Kitasato University), etc.
Q: Where in Japan are the four universities located?
A: The four universities are located in the center of Tokyo. The universities are just one hour from Narita International Airport or about 30 minutes from Tokyo International Airport. All four can be reached using the JR Yamanote Line or subway, making it easy to get from one university to another. It is an ideal environment for study or research. A map is provided on the Access page of this website for your reference.
Q: Can the website be viewed on a smartphone or other mobile device?
A: Yes. When viewing this website on a smartphone or other device with a smaller screen than on a personal computer, the page size will automatically be adjusted for optimal viewing on the device. It is very easy to read, so please try it.
Q: Is it possible to put an icon on my home screen on a smartphone?
A: Yes. On iOS (an iPhone, etc.), when the website is displayed in Safari, tap on the Share button. Select the choice labeled “Add to Home Screen.” When the “Add to Home” screen appears, you can edit the name, then tap on “Add” to create the icon. On an Android device, basically you create a bookmark, then tap and hold on the bookmark to bring up a menu from which you can select “Add Shortcut to Home Screen.”