Frequently Asked Questions
This is a collection of questions I often get from prospective students. If the question you want answered is not here, please feel free to contact me.
Q: What is the process for application in Graduate School?
Starting in 2013, the university of Tsukuba started an online application system, where you can submit all the necessary documents and payments through the internet. Please check the graduation admissions page for all the information regarding dates, costs and documents for graduate application.
Q: I want to go to Tsukuba for a short term
If you are an undergraduate student, take a look at the Exchange Programs page.
If you are a graduate student, you need to ingress as a "Research Student". Please contact your desired advisor for more details.
Q: How much is the tuition fee at the University of Tsukuba?
If you are a regular student (graduate, undergraduate), the tuition fees as of 2013 are 267,900 yens per semester. More details and current information can be seen in this page.
If you are a short-term exchange student, the tuition fees are based on the number of credits that you take. Note that tuition fees may be waived if your university has an academic exchange agreement with the University of Tsukuba.
Q: Does Tsukuba University offers Japanese classes for International Students?
Yes, the International Student Center offers a variety of Japanese Language classes for international students. After you arrive, you will take an entrance examination to determine what level of classes you should take.
Q: Do you offer classes in English?
Some departments offer programs or classes in English. You should check with each department to find out.
At the graduate level, the Computer Science department offers the "Computer Sciences English Program", where you can take all classes necessary for a master degree in English.
At the undergraduate level, the College of Information Sciences only offers a handful classes in English. We are working to improve on this, but for now, the majority of our undergraduate courses are in Japanese. You can always ask individual professors if they will accept projects or reports in English for their courses, and some do provide English versions of their lecture notes.
Q: Does the university have dormitories for International Students?
Yes, Tsukuba University has four dormitories for students (foreign and Japanese). The dormitories are assigned by lottery, and International students have priority in their first year (usually you have to move out of your room by the end of the first year).
For more information about the dormitories, please check this online document.
Q: Can I rent my own room? How much it costs
Yes, many students choose to rent rooms by themselves, or sharing it with other students. The rent of a 2-room apartment in the university area usually goes from 30.000 to 40.000 yens a month.
Q: How do I get to Tsukuba University?
From Narita, the easiest way is to take the Kintetsu Bus that goes to "Tsukuba Center" - buy a ticket at the counter right outside the disembarkation area. From Tsukuba Center, you can take any bus to the University from platform 6.
More details can be seen at this page.