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This is a guide to the entrance examination for prospective students. Every effort has been made to avoid errors, but be sure to consult the Application Guidelines to confirm dates and other details.



Entrance examination for October 2022 and April 2023

【Important notice】
The educational organization of SOKENDAI will be reorganized in April 2023, and the Department of Astronomical Science, the Graduate School of Physical Sciences will be reorganized into the Astronomical Science Program, The Graduate Institute for Advanced Studies. For more information, see the following website. https://next20.soken.ac.jp/en/home


【2022/9/14】
Announcement about the Entrance Examination to be held in October 2022(PDF)


Five-year Doctoral Program

For admission to the master's course or first half of the doctoral program

*The questions and the answers of the English test are all in English, but the language used in the physics and physical mathematics tests is Japanese. Applicants who are not able to read or write in Japanese must go through a special admissions procedure. For more details, please refer to Japanese Government Scholarship Students or Privately Financed Students.

Qualifications Completion of a bachelor's degree by the month prior to the date of admission.
For details of qualifications, see the Application Guidelines.
Admissions quota Around 5
Qualification Screening period August 29 (Monday) to September 1 (Thursday), 2022
Application period September 22 (Thursday) to September 28 (Wednesday), 2022
Examination schedule October 26 (Wednesday) and October 28 (Friday), 2022
Place of Examination National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
2-21-1 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8588
* From the South Exit of JR Musashi-sakai station (JR Chuo Line), take Odakyu bus No.91 at the No.3 bus stop and get off at the "Tenmondai Mae" bus stop.
* From the North Exit of Keio Chofu station, take Odakyu bus (91 or 51) at the No.11 bus stop, and get off at the "Tenmondai Mae" bus stop.
Access Information
Notification of results Late November 2022
Examination fee \30,000
Written examination Time Subject Score Allocation
90 min Foreign language: English 150
180 min Physics (3 questions), physical mathematics (2 questions)
(written in Japanese only)
400
Applying to more than one department Applicants may apply for up to two programs of their choices. For details, please see the application guidelines.
Selecting a research supervisor Before selecting a research field and supervisor, consult the Application Guidelines and details about research fields on the SOKENDAI website. In addition, when possible we strongly recommend contacting a researcher you want as a supervisor and arranging an interview in advance. You can obtain details about the research and education activities of each instructor by contacting the academic guidance instructor.
For details about academic guidance instructors, click here.

Three-year Doctoral Program

Application for admission to the second half of the doctoral program

Qualifications

Completion of a master's degree by the month prior to the date of admission

For details of qualifications, see the Application Guidelines.
Admissions quota October 2022 admission : a few students
April 2023 admission : Around 1
October 2022 admission Qualification Screening period June 13 through June 16, 2022
Application period July 7 through July 13, 2022
Examination date August 22, 2022
Notification of results Mid-September 2022
April 2023 admission Qualification Screening period November 7 (Monday) to November 10 (Thursday), 2022
Application period December 1 (Thursday) to December 7 (Wednesday), 2022
Examination date January 19 (Thursday), 2023
Notification of results Middle of February, 2023
Place of Examination National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
2-21-1 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8588
* From the South Exit of JR Musashi-sakai station (JR Chuo Line), take Odakyu bus No. 91 at the No. 3 bus stop and get off at the "Tenmondai Mae" bus stop.
* From the North Exit of Keio Chofu station, take Odakyu bus (91 or 51) at the No. 11 bus stop, and get off at the "Tenmondai Mae" bus stop.
Access Information
Examination fee\30,000
 
Selection process Applicants are selected based on a review of written materials, an oral examination and a written examination in English.
Oral examination Details
The applicant makes a presentation about his or her past research followed by an oral examination and an interview about the applicant's future plans and other interests as well as other general topics.
Written examination Details
Foreign language: English (30 minutes)
Applying to more than one department Applicants may apply for up to two programs of their choices.For details, please see the application guidelines.
Selecting a research supervisor Before selecting a research subject, thoroughly consult with the researcher you want as a supervisor. In addition, we strongly recommend taking a seminar in the course led by the researcher you are interested in having as a supervisor.

Application Guidelines

Guidelines and Forms (SOKENDAI)

Application Guidelines for NAOJ Junior Fellow

Application Guidelines for NAOJ Junior Fellow (for students enrolling in April 2023)

Past Entrance Examinations

The following link contains written examinations from past admissions(Japanese site).
・Examinations for the five-year doctoral program (except for Foreign Language :English)


Due to copyright issues, following examinations shall be accessed only in person at our office.
・Written examinations(Foreign Language) for the five-year doctoral program (last 3 times)
・Oral examinations and Written examinations for the three-year doctoral program (last 3 times)


[Location and open hours]
  Graduate Student Affairs Unit
  National Institutes of Natural Sciences, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
  2-21-1 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8588  Access Map
  Weekdays(except year-end and New Year's holidays) 10:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00
[Required ID]
  Student's identification card or Certificate of Status of Residence
  We will hold your ID until you return the exams. You can keep the exams for up to one hour.


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