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For applicants residing abroad:

Department of Astronomical Science will change the application process for applicants residing abroad (Privately Financed Students/ MEXT Scholarship Students through University Recommendation), which will be applied to students who will be enrolled in or after April 2017.

Department of Astronomical Science will use the following score(s) for selection of applicants who start their course in April 2017 or later.


Applicants for the five-year doctoral course

Applicants for the three-year doctoral course

All applicants must take these test(s) and prepare the score(s) by the application deadline. Only the score(s) recorded within two years before the application deadline date is/are acceptable.

Applicants who have taken more than half of their high school classes in English do not need to submit English Score Record regardless of their nationality or their place of birth, but they are requested to contact the Graduate Education Support Office in NAOJ well in advance of application for exemption of English Score Record.


[Schedule (planned)]
Admission Application deadline Interview Announcement of acceptance
April 2017 (Privately financed) December 15, 2016 January 2017 February 28, 2017
October 2017 (Privately financed) December 15, 2016 January 2017 February 28, 2017
October 2017 (MEXT scholarship) December 15, 2016 January 2017 March 2017 (Preliminary) and May 2017 (Final)

For more details, please refer to the application guidance at the following link.
    Privately Financed Students: Guidelines and Forms (SOKENDAI)
    MEXT Scholarship Students: Guidelines and Forms (SOKENDAI)

Department of Astronomical Science
School of Physical Sciences
The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai)

Contact Information:
Graduate Education Support Office
Research Promotion Division, Administration Department
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)
E-mail: daigakuin[at]nao.ac.jp


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