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For applicants residing abroad:

Department of Astronomical Science offers the following types of entrance examinations for applicants residing abroad. For details, please refer to the application guidelines.


【Important notice】
SOKENDAI has been considering restructuring its graduate schools from Academic Year 2023. Due to this, the schedule and application guidelines for the entrance examination for April 2023 and October 2023 admissions are expected to be announced in late August 2022. Details will be announced on this website and on the Sokendai website. We will keep the information updated.


Types of entrance examination

Selection method


Score(s) to be used for paper screening


Schedule(TBD)

Admission Application period Interview Announcement of acceptance
April 2023 (Privately financed) Early October to early November 2022 Early December 2022 late December 2022
October 2023 (Privately financed) Early October to early November 2022 Early December 2022 late December 2022
October 2023 (MEXT scholarship) Early October to early November 2022 Early December 2022 April 2023 (Preliminary) and July 2023 (Final)

Application guidelines

    Privately Financed Students: Guidelines and Forms (SOKENDAI) * for reference
    MEXT Scholarship Students: Guidelines and Forms (SOKENDAI) * for reference

*The application guidelines in the above pages are for FY 2022 admissions.


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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