Aiming to Help Students Lead a Fulfilling Campus Life,
We Offer the Following Services
1. Tuition and scholarships
The entrance examination and admission fees are JPY (Japanese yen) 30,000 and JPY 282,000 respectively (as of 2006). The annual tuition of JPY 535,800 (as of 2006) is to be paid in two installments (one in April and one in October). Some students can qualify for a 50% or 100% reduction in admission fee and tuition. Since tuition and scholarships, including academic fees, are subject to change, please inquire at the Faculty Administration Office stated in this leaflet. There are two types of financial aid available from the Japan Student Services Organization, private scholarship organizations and local government offices: student loans, which must be repaid by the borrower after completing a course, and scholarships, which do not need to be repaid. Many of our students receive scholarships from the Japan Student Services Organization. Under the First Stage Scholarship, which is an interest-free loan, Master’s Course students receive JPY 88,000 monthly and Doctoral Course students receive JPY 122,000 monthly. Under the Second Stage Scholarship, i.e. an interest-bearing loan, students in both courses can borrow from JPY 50,000 to JPY 130,000 per month. (The aforementioned amounts of financial aid are the actual monthly amounts from FY 2002). Offers of scholarships are issued in April and May. Those wishing to apply for scholarships are kindly requested to obtain application information available both on the bulletin board and at the student counter at the Faculty Administration Office and undergo the necessary procedures.
2. Living cost and accommodation
The average cost of living in Hakodate is about JPY 100,000 per month, nearly half of which is for housing. Information about housing is available at the Student Department, and the University Co-op can also help students find rooms and apartments.
In addition, students actively exchange housing information. The average rental cost for a room or apartment is JPY 40,000 to JPY 50,000 per month. Hokkaido University has a dormitory called Hokushin-ryo that houses 226 students at JPY 8,000 per month without meals. The dormitory used to accommodate only male students, but starting in October 2005, female students are also admitted. Although it is desirable that students at our Graduate School limit part-time jobs to concentrate on their studies and research, the Student Department can provide information regarding available part-time jobs.
The Hakodate campus has a medical room and a Co-op to improve the amenities of students. The Co-op has a large dining hall, a campus store and a service counter. The campus store deals in books and stationery while the service counter makes travel and hotel reservations and takes care of insurance needs.
Bank cash dispenser located near campus, convenience stores, and restaurants situated near the campus, students can readily arrange most daily commodities. With this environment in and around the campus, therefore, a high level of convenience in students daily lives is maintained.
Living alone away from family sometimes causes students mental and physical stress. Aiming to help solve problems and concerns that they encounter in their daily lives not to mention during the course of their research activities, the teaching staffs of the chairs to which they belong and the general affairs staff counsel about school life. The staff of the medical room provides medical consultation while counselors give mental health consultations.
4. Facilities to assist students
The university library houses one of the largest collections of books and materials regarding fisheries and oceanography in Japan, and up-to-date information is always available. Requests for reference books and books for check out are controlled through a computer by the librarians.
With its operating hours extended the library offers students sufficient resources to collect information and support research activities. The lecture building has a computer room where students can use computers. The laboratory building is well equipped and includes a high-speed network and an SCS (Space Collaboration System) for remote lectures. Official certificates, which are required for various types of applications, can be issued quickly by the ACM (Automated Certification Machine) located campus. Other services to assist students are provided at the administration counter.
5. Future courses
Many students who complete the Master’s Course become national government employees in fishery and marine fields where they can capitalize on their expertise (the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, affiliated research institutions, etc.), researchers at various types of research institutions, local government employees (fishery administration, fishery tests), teachers (junior high and high schools) and employees at a variety of private businesses. They are also expected to work for and play a major role at the FAO, under the umbrella of the UN, JICA and other international cooperation organizations, and a host of NGOs. There are also students who advance to the Doctoral Course to continue their research at the university. Some students who complete the Doctoral Course pursue higher levels of research and solidify their foundation as researchers as postdoctoral fellows through funding from the Japan Society of Promotion of Science and other organizations or by utilizing Hokkaido University’s part-time researcher system. Other students become university instructors and researchers at research institutions in various fields of science. Numerous alumni, including international students and those who completed courses as working adults, have been active in a wide variety of fields concerning fisheries and oceanography both at home and abroad.