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Admission procedures

Welcome to this webpage and thank you for considering admission to Tottori University! 

The admission procedure you have to follow depends on the student category you will have after enrolment. Please read the following categories and their descriptions carefully and scroll down or click on the category that fits you to see the admission procedure.

A. International student categories and descriptions

No. Category Description
1 Undergraduate regular students

These are students enrolled in undergraduate programs to earn bachelor degrees upon completion of their studies. Tottori University offers undergraduate programs in the fields of Regional Sciences, Medicine, Engineering, and Agriculture. The period of study for undergraduate programs is four years (or six years in the case of medicine and veterinary).

If you are interested to study at Tottori University as an undergraduate regular student, the first thing you need to know is that basically all undergraduate courses are given in Japanese. So you need to have a sufficient Japanese skill to understand classes, which you will be taking along with Japanese students, and write and pass exams.

One more thing you need to know is that Tottori University does not offer pre-arrival admission. So you need to come to Tottori in person and write entrance exam of the faculty you are interested in.

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Graduate regular students

2.1 MEXT scholarship (Embassy recommenation)

2.2 MEXT scholarship (University recommenation)

2.3 Privately financed graduate students

These are students enrolled in graduate programs to earn masters or doctorate degrees upon completion of their studies. The master’s programs at Tottori University are offered in the Graduate School of Medical Sciences and Graduate School of Sustainability Science, which is comprised of the departments of Regional Sciences, Engineering, Agricultural Science and Dryland Science.  Master’s programs normally take two years, the first year basically devoted for course work and the final for research. Doctoral programs are offered in the fields of Engineering, Agriculture and Medicine and it basically takes three years (or four years for medicine and veterinary) to complete.

If you would like to join Tottori University as a graduate student, the first thing you need to do is find a professor whose research topics are close to your interest and make contact with them. You can use our Online Database to search professors by their Research Field or Affiliation, Name or Keyword. If you don’t find the appropriate professor in the database or if their contact address is not listed, you can contact the International Office.

The admission procedure for graduate students slightly varies depending on whether one wants to enroll as a privately financed student, or a Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship student through Embassy Recommendation or a MEXT scholarship student through University Recommendation. Click on the one you are interested in to see the admission procedure. You can find information about the MEXT scholarship at the Study in Japan website. Please note that availability of scholarships through Tottori University’s recommendation is very limited.

3 Research students (privately financed)

These are students who engage in research activities without taking classes and earning credits. As a rule, this form of enrollment is open only to individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree study in their countries or somewhere in Japan. The period of study is typically one year, but this can be extended by one more year in some cases. Students enrolled in this program do not earn degrees but they use this research period as a preparation for their master’s or doctoral studies.

Applications for research students are basically accepted at any time throughout the year, but you need to find a professor to work with and discuss when to arrive in Japan. You can use our Online Database to search professors by their Research Field or Affiliation, Name or Keyword. If you don’t find the appropriate professor in the database or if their contact address is not listed, you can contact the International Office.

4 Exchange students

Exchange students, also known as special auditing students, are undergraduate or graduate students from our sister universities around the world who come and study with us typically for one year or six months to enhance their understanding about the Japanese culture and society and earn some credits for the regular classes they attend. Exchange students are admitted twice a year at the beginning of the semesters (April and October).

If you would like to study at Tottori University as exchange student, please be sure to have a good command of Japanese language since you are supposed to attend classes in Japanese along with Japanese students.

 

B. Admission procedures

Admission to Tottori University as an international student involves the following procedures.

1. Admission procedure for undergraduate regular students

  1. Download the "Application Guide for Privately Funded International Students" (in Japanese) and check the requirements for admission application.
  2. Take the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU). This exam is given every year in June and November.
  3. Request for a hardcopy of the "Application Guide for Privately Funded International Students".
  4. Send the necessary application documents to Tottori University (around mid January).
  5. Apply for entry visa (temporary stay visa) to Japan (if you are applying from out of Japan).
  6. Take entrance examination at Tottori University (around 3rd week of February)
  7. Notification of exam results (early March)
  8. Application for Certificate of Eligibility (by Tottori University)
  9. Application for College Student Visa
  10. Admission to Tottori University (April 1st)

 

2.1 Admission procedure for MEXT scholarship graduate students through Embassy recommendation

  1. Submit your application documents to the Japanese Embassy in your country (Check application dates on the Embassy website, usually sometime between January and April)
  2. Pass the first screening process (document screening, written exam and interview) at the Embassy (sometime between May and July)
  3. Send the first screening passing notification and all the documents you submitted to the Embassy to your professor and request for a provisional Letter of Acceptance
  4. Submit your provisional Letter of Acceptance to the Japanese Embassy
  5. Final decision of the scholarship will be made by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in Tokyo (around August)
  6. Apply for “College Student” visa at the Japanese Embassy in your country.
  7. Join Tottori University as a research student (usually in April)
  8. Take the Intensive Japanese Language course for 6 months at the Center for International Affairs (April to September)
  9. Prepare for your major study and take entrance exam (October to March)
  10.  Start your major study (April of the following year)

 

2.2 Admission procedure for MEXT scholarship graduate students through University recommendation

  1. Check if your institution has academic exchange agreement with Tottori University (having an exchange agreement helps your application go more smoothly)
  2. Talk to your professor at Tottori University if you can apply for this scholarship and prepare your documents (the time between scholarship announcement and document submission is usually very short, so better to prepare documents well in advance)
  3. Submit your application documents to Tottori University through your professor (from November to early December)
  4. Your application documents will be sent to the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in Tokyo along with the documents of other applicants
  5. Notification of scholarship application result (around June)
  6. Apply for “College Student” visa at the Japanese Embassy in your country (around August)
  7. Join Tottori University as a research student (usually in October)
  8. Prepare for your major study and take entrance exam (October to March or following year)
  9. Start your major study (April or October of the following year)

 

2.3 Admission procedure for privately financed graduate students

  1. Discuss with your professor at Tottori University about your research plan, application documents and deadlines, qualifications for application, entrance exam and other related issues
  2. Request for application package through your professor (around June and October)
  3. Submit your application documents to Tottori University (around July and November)
  4. Apply for entry visa (temporary stay visa) to Japan (if you have to write entrance exam and you are applying from out of Japan).
  5. Take entrance examination at Tottori University (around August and December)
  6. Notification of exam results (around September and late December)
  7. Application for Certificate of Eligibility (by Tottori University)
  8. Application for College Student Visa at the Japanese Embassy in your country (if you are applying from out of Japan)
  9. Admission to Tottori University (April or October)

 

3. Admission procedure for privately financed research students

  1. Develop a research plan and send it to your professor (4 to 5 months before your admission)
  2. Request for application forms and list of necessary application documents through your professor
  3. Submit your application documents to the graduate school of your interest (3 to 4 months before admission)
  4. Notification of application results (issuance of Letter of Acceptance)
  5. Application for Certificate of Eligibility (by Tottori University)
  6. Application for College Student Visa at the Japanese Embassy in your country (if you are applying from out of Japan)
  7. Admission to Tottori University

 

4. Admission procedure for exchange students

  1. Consult the international office in your university about the application process and necessary documents (5 to 6 months before your admission)
  2. Submit your application documents to the international office of your university (4 to 5 months before admission)
  3. Submission of your application documents to Tottori University through the international office in your university (4 months before admission)
  4. Issuance of Letter of Acceptance (2 to 3 months before admission)
  5. Submission of application for Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) by Tottori University on your behalf
  6. Issuance of CoE by the Immigration Bureau of Japan
  7. Sending CoE to the international office of your university (about one month before admission)
  8. Application for College Student Visa at the Japanese Embassy in your country
  9. Admission to Tottori University (April or October)

 

C. Contact addresses for further inquiries

If you have further inquiries regarding the applicaiton procedures, you can contact the international office or registrar offices of each faculty. 

International office:    (TEL)+81857-31-5056

      kokuko-gaku@adm.tottori-u.ac.jp

Regional Sciences : (TEL)+81857-31-5077

     reg-kyoumu@adm.tottori-u.ac.jp

Medicine/Medical Sciences :   (TEL)+81859-38-7100

     me-gakusei@adm.tottori-u.ac.jp

Engineering :      (TEL)+81857-31-5186

     en-kyoumu@adm.tottori-u.ac.jp

Agriculture :      (TEL)+81857-31-5346

     ag-kyoumu@adm.tottori-u.ac.jp