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For applicants residing abroad:

The Department of Astronomical Science has changed the application process for applicants residing abroad (Privately Financed Students/ MEXT Scholarship Students through University Recommendation). The new process will be applied to students who enroll in or after April 2017.

The Department of Astronomical Science will use the following score(s) to select applicants who will start their courses in April 2017 or later.


Applicants for the five-year doctoral course

Applicants for the three-year doctoral course

All applicants must take the test(s) listed above and submit the score(s) by the application deadline. Only scores recorded within two years before the application deadline date are acceptable.

However, submission of English Score Record is not required in case of satisfying both of the following two conditions:
(1) Those who have taken more than half of their high school classes in English.
(2) Those who apply as Privately Financed Students (i.e., not as MEXT Scholarship Students through University Recommendation).


[Schedule]
Admission Application period Interview Announcement of acceptance
April 2019 (Privately financed) From October 15, 2018 to November 14, 2018 December 14, 2018 January 31, 2019
October 2019 (Privately financed) From October 15, 2018 to November 14, 2018 December 14, 2018 January 31, 2019
October 2019 (MEXT scholarship) November 15, 2018 December 15, 2018 March 2019 (Preliminary) and May 2019 (Final)

For more details, please refer to the application guidance at the following links.
    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 Student Affairs Section
Research Promotion Division, Administration Department
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)
E-mail: daigakuin[at]nao.ac.jp


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