HOKKAIDO UNIVERSITY FISHERIES SCIENCES

Japanese HOKKAIDO UNIVERSITY

Application guidelines

Important notice to international applicants to the Graduate School of Fisheries Sciences, Hokkaido University

 

Master’s Course

International Student Entrance Examination(For Apr.2020 and Oct.2020 Admission)

Doctoral Course

International Student Entrance Examination(For Apr.2020 Admission)

 

Applicants must contact their prospective supervisor before applying.

Contact details of faculty members are listed on this website :
List of faculty members

 

 

How to become a graduate student or research student

1. The 4 steps

1 Find a supervisor To enter Hokkaido University as a graduate student or research student, you must first find a faculty member who is willing to supervise your research. Be sure to contact a faculty member before you apply.
2 Apply (See Sec. 2 and 3 below)
3 Take the entrance examination* The entrance examination is held in Hakodate, but in some cases, the exam may be held as a video conference. Please consult with your proposed supervisor.
If you are required to come to Hakodate, you will need to obtain a temporary stay visa at your local Japanese Embassy.
4 Begin the enrollment procedure If you pass the application process, you must submit the necessary documentation, pay the entrance fee, and complete other necessary procedures to enroll.
Once you receive a Letter of Acceptance from Hokkaido University, you can apply for a student visa at your local Japanese Embassy.

* Not required for research students.

 

2. Application calendar

International students entering the MS course can enroll in April or October. Applications are accepted during two application periods each year.

MS course

First application period

Second application period

Application guidelines become available at fisheries school website Early June Early November
Preliminary screening Late June- early July Mid-November
Results of preliminary screening Mid-July Early December
Application period (pay examination fee) Late July – early August Mid-December
Examination About Aug 20 (2019) About Feb 19 (2020)
Results Early September Early March
Enrollment October or April April or October

Students entering the PhD course can enroll in October or April.

PhD course

October enrollment

April enrollment

Application guidelines become available at fisheries school website (http://www2.fish.hokudai.ac.jp/) Early June Early November
Preliminary screening Late June- early July Mid-November
Results of preliminary screening Mid-July Early December
Application period (pay examination fee) Late July – early August Mid-December
Examination About Aug 21 (2019) About Feb 19 (2020)
Results Early September Early March
Research students

April enrollment

October enrollment

Application period Early January Early July

 

3. Application materials

Required documents/fees:

Research student

Master’s course

PhD Course

Application Form and Resume (Curriculum vitae)

Graduation certificate (diploma)

Transcript from last school attended

Application essays

Score sheet of an English-language proficiency examination (TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS)

Letter of Recommendation from your academic advisor at the last school attended

Three copies of Master’s thesis

Three copies of Master’s thesis abstract (about 3000 characters in Japanese or 1200 words in English)

Examination/application fee 9,800 yen 30,000 yen

30,000 yen

Examination/application fees can be paid using a credit card:
http://e-apply.jp/e/hokudai-fish/

 

4. Entrance examination

Master’s course PhD course
Examination Interview
20-minute presentation of Master’s degree study
  • For those who do not speak Japanese, the examination can be conducted in English.

 

5. Expenses

Master’s course, PhD course

Research student

Entrance fee

282,000 yen

84,000 yen

Tuition (per semester*):

267,900 yen

178,200 yen

*One academic year = two semesters