In April 2016, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) started the Global Scientists and Engineers Program (GSEP).Under this program, qualified international students who have little or no proficiency in the Japanese language are now able to enroll at Tokyo Tech to pursue a bachelor of engineering degree in Japan.
GSEP is a program for international students striving to be scientists and engineers with a global perspective in transdisciplinary fields.Proficiency in the Japanese language is not required for admission, as courses will be taught in English. However, students will be required to study basic Japanese as part of this program, and they will be encouraged to further familiarize themselves with the Japanese language as well as Japanese culture throughout the course of their studies. Students who successfully acquire advanced Japanese skills may take courses taught in Japanese as well.
Ten students will be awarded a four-year scholarship by MEXT in addition to being exempt from paying application, admission, and tuition fees. Some students who will not be able to receive MEXT scholarships, can still be admitted to the program, and apply for other scholarships after their successful admission.
Subjects are prepared in order to equip students with necessary skills and knowledge to do real problem solving on a project. Offered subjects are in the fields of Engineering Mathematics, Fundamentals for Applied Science and Engineering, and Fundamentals for Creative Skills and Management. The Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering is part of the School of Environment and Society.
During the fourth year of their undergraduate study, GSEP students will affiliate themselves with their chosen research laboratory according to their research interest. They can freely choose among the diverse field of specializations of the TSE faculty. They will work on their thesis project in the laboratory of their chosen adviser from the TSE department wherein they will have their own personal desk, a space, and an environment which enables them to truly concentrate on their own research. They will be also able to interact and engage in research activities with other members of the laboratory, many of whom are also international students like them.
After completing the required number of units in the undergraduate course and successfully completing the thesis project, the GSEP student will earn a degree of Bachelor of Engineering from the university.
Applicants must satisfy the stated conditions specified under (A) or (B):
(A) To apply as a student supported by the MEXT scholarship:
(B) To apply as a privately-funded international student:
(Note 1)"Persons who are designated by the Minister" refers to the persons that are specified under bulletin number 153 issued by the Ministry of Education in 1981. They should fulfill one of the following conditions:
(Note 2)"Persons designated by the Minister as well as by Tokyo Tech" refers to persons specified under items 20 to 24 under bulletin number 47 issued by the Ministry of Education in 1948. They should fulfill one of the following conditions:
(Note: they must be at least 18 years old by March 31, 2017.)
Persons who have graduated from a Japanese high school or secondary school (including those who are expected to graduate), as well as persons who have acquired permanent residence in Japan are ineligible to apply.
The top ten applicants who have applied under Eligibility (A) will be awarded the MEXT scholarship for four years.
NOTE:The applicant will be required to withdraw from the MEXT scholarship if he/she is applying for other MEXT scholarships or a scholarship offered by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).
Applicants who have applied under Eligibility (A) who will enroll in Tokyo Tech under a scholarship other than those offered by MEXT, and applicants who have applied under Eligibility (B) who do not reside in Japan may apply for a Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students awarded by JASSO.
Please note that individuals who have been granted the above scholarship cannot apply to receive other scholarships at the same time.
The monthly stipend is JPY 48,000, which is subject to change in accordance with JASSO's directives. This scholarship will be offered from April 2017 to March 2018. But still, applicants will be required to pay the application, admission, and tuition fees even when they are accepted to this scholarship.