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Doctor's Program

Outline of the Course

The Ph.D. course is a 4-year program.
The goals of these programs
(http://www.shinshu-u.ac.jp/english/education/graduate.html )

Please be aware of the following conditions;
1. You must have eighteen years of schooling to apply for the Ph.D. course.
2. You must contact your prospective academic supervisor in the field of your interest and obtain his/her permission of acceptance PRIOR TO applying for the doctoral course. Refer to the List of Departments and Research Fields for the Ph.D. Program.
3. A high proficiency in English is a requirement to apply for the Ph.D. program. While almost all lectures are conducted in Japanese, assistance in the form of handouts and presentation materials in English is provided.

Another important note is about the visa. All overseas applicants are required to possess a permit to enter Japan. Refer to the following Two Ways to Enter Japan.

Two Ways to Enter Japan

After the successful documentation prescreening, all applicants must enter Japan to sit for the entrance examination.

The most common way is to register as a research student, kenkyusei, until you enter our Ph.D. course. You may apply for a student visa with a letter of acceptance as a research student from your prospective supervisor. In this way, as you already possess a student visa at the time of entrance examination, there is no need to leave Japan or to change your visa statuses when you start the Ph.D. course.

The other way, which you may find more practical if you sit for the September examination and start the Ph.D. course in April, is to get a temporary single entry visa. You state your purpose to undertake the entrance examination, and intention to return home shortly after the test. Upon passing the entrance examination, you will be able to apply for a student visa with our cooperation.

Obtaining a temporary entry visa or a student visa usually takes a minimum of 2 months. Therefore, to secure your entry into Japan in time, it is advised that your initial contact with your prospective supervisor be done as early as six months prior to the entrance examination period.

Research Student Status) a non-degree research status under the supervision of an academic advisor, up to one year, with possible extensions to a maximum of two years.

Annual Schedule for Admission and Entrance Examination

Admission to the Ph.D. course is currently made twice a year: April and October. For the April enrollment, the examination is offered twice a year: in September and in March. For the October admission, applicants must take the examination in September. The application periods for both enrollments usually fall one or two months prior to the examination periods. A prospective supervisor's approval letter is also a mandatory document to sit for the entrance examination and for a student visa application. Therefore, contacting the supervisor in your field of interest as early as possible is always advised. See the Flow Chart attached at the end of this file.

Admission Application Information

(A) Qualification Assessment

A-1. Eligibility
Applicants must fall into one of the following categories:
S/he must:
(1) have completed eighteen-years of study in a foreign
country, or is expected to do so before admission;
(2) have finished eighteen-years of education in Japan, or is
expected to do so before admission;
(3) be recognized to have the equivalent to the above by the
Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and
Technology; or
(4) be recognized to have the equivalent to the above by the
Graduate Division of this institution.

A-2. Documents & Materials to submit
1. Application Form for Overseas Applicants(Form 5 )
2. Admission Qualification Screening Application (Form 6 )
3. Statement of Purpose (Form 7 )
4. All degree certificates gained in your academic history
5. Transcript
6. Research History Certificate (Form 8 )
7. Research Achievements Report (Form 9 )
8. Please submit a copy of residence certificate issued by the mayor of your residing municipality if you are currently residing in Japan and hold either Residence Card or Foreign Resident Registration Card. If this does not apply to you, please submit a copy of your passport, showing your name, nationality, date of birth, gender and visa.

A-3. Periods of Application for Qualification Assessment
For October Admission) Anytime upon receipt of your submission until mid-June.
For April Admission) Anytime upon receipt of your submission until mid-December
Please be aware that you must contact your prospective academic supervisor and obtain his/her permission of acceptance PRIOR TO applying for qualification assessment.

A-4. Address for Submission :
Admission Office
Graduate Division, Academic Affairs
Shinshu University Graduate School of Medicine
3-1-1 Asahi, Matsumoto, Nagano 390-8621, JAPAN
Tel. +81-263-37-3376
Fax. +81-263-37-3080
mdaigak@shinshu-u.ac.jp

A-5. Notification of the Results
Upon receipt of the results, successful candidates should proceed to the application for entrance examination.

(B) Application for Entrance Examination

Additional Documents to Submit
1. Admission Application Form (Form 1 )
2. Curriculum Vitae (Form 2 )
3. Examinee Card, Photo Card (Form 3 )
 *2 copies of your photo: 4 cm H x 3 cm W, with no hat, taken within the last 3 months
4. Address Sheet (Form 4 )
 *Please write your name, address, and postal code
5. Fee Payment Sheet (Sheet A )
 *Examination Fee ¥30,000-

(C) Entrance Examination Schedule and Method:

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.: English Written Test
1:00 p.m. - : Oral Interview regarding major field
English dictionaries (paper book) are accepted, electronic
devices are not allowed.

(D) Notification of Examination Results

Information regarding the examination results will be posted on bulletin boards. Successful applicants will be notified, in writing, by mail. The results will also be made available on the same day at the Graduate School of Medicine's homepage under Information about the Ph.D. Course.

(E) Admission Procedures

Successful applicants should bring or mail the required documents during the period for admission procedures and pay the admission fee.
(1) Location for admission procedures
Please submit your application package to the same address as detailed in A-4 Application Procedures.
(2) Things to keep in mind regarding application procedures
Any applicant who does not complete his or her application procedures by the stated application deadline will be considered to have declined an admission.
(3) List of documents to be submitted
The list of documents to be submitted for admission, such as an oath and pledge form, will be included in the notification of successful applicants.

  October Admission
Initial Contact Contact your prospective supervisor anytime, no later than three months prior to the entrance examination period so that you may obtain his/her letter of approval in time.
Application for Qualification Assessment Anytime upon receipt of your submission until mid-June
Application for Entrance Examination Monday, July 24, 2017 to Friday, August 4, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
We do not accept applications on Saturday and Sunday.
Mailed applications should arrive no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 4, 2017.
Examination Fee Payment Tuesday, July 18, 2017 to Friday, August 4, 2017
Entrance Examination Wednesday, September 6, 2017
10:00 a.m. -
Notification of Examination Results 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2017
Information regarding the examination results will be posted on bulletin boards.
Admission procedures Friday, September 15, 2017 to Thursday, September 21, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
We do not accept applications on Saturday, Sunday and a holiday.

Flow Chart

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Health Sciences (Japanese version only)

We can only accept students who have enough Japanese language proficiency to be able to take the entrance examination, and all lectures, in Japanese.