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Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Program Admissions

Wherever you currently live, you can simply apply through the Nagoya University Online Admissions System. We employ a comprehensive selection approach and the admission consists of two parts: paper-screening and interview/oral examination. There will be no paper examination during the screening process; thus, your academic background will be evaluated based on your school records, essays, and recommendation letters while we also take into consideration non-academic activities, such as extra-curricular activities or volunteer work.
Based on the application documents submitted, short-listed applicants will be invited for the next screening, an interview/oral examination, which will be conducted via video conference system or Voice over Internet Protocol.
The admissions results will be announced on the online admissions system and you will also receive an email of your application status change.

IMPORTANT DATES for 2024 Admissions (in Japan Time)

  • 1st Round
    • Online Application System Opens
    • Online Application System Opens

      November 10, 2023 at 9:00

    • Application deadline
    • Application deadline

      December 12, 2023 at 16:00

    • Finan decision announcement
    • Final decision announcement

      Mid-March

  • 2nd Round
    • Online Application System Opens
    • Online Application System Opens

      January 12, 2024 at 9:00

    • Online Application System Opens
    • Application deadline

      February 1, 2024 at 16:00

    • Online Application System Opens
    • Final decision announcement

      Mid-May

Note: There will be no Second Round for the Biological Science Program (School of Science), the Social Sciences Program and the Japan-in-Asia Cultural Studies Program.

 

Start

  • Check Eligibility Criteria
    All applicants with international qualification must fulfill one of the requirements. If you are not sure about your eligibility, please send the Contact Form to the Admissions Office a month before the first day of the application round for which you are applying.

    1. The applicant must have received education primarily outside of the Japanese education system for at least two years during the last three years of his/her secondary education, and must fall under one of the classifications (a - c) below. Applicants who fall under eligibility category 1 might be required to submit scores from one of the national examinations. For more details, please refer to the guidelines for country specific qualification and recommended documents.

    a. The applicant has completed, or is expected to complete, a 12-year curriculum by September 30, in an education institution located in a foreign country*1 (including any period spent in education in a regular course of study in Japan) or has completed an equivalent education program that has been designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT). *2

    b. The applicant has acquired, or is expected to acquire the International Baccalaureate, the Abitur, the Baccalauréat, or the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level (A-Level) by September 30.

    c. The applicant has completed or is expected to complete, a 12-year education curriculum by September 30 in a school accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), the European Council of International Schools (CIS)*, or New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

    *1 Upon completion of the 12- year curriculum, students are qualified for admission to a university in a respective country.
    *2 For more details, please refer to admissions requirements.

     

    2. The applicant must have passed a recognized test/examination to determine whether he/she possesses academic ability equivalent or superior to that obtained from a 12-year curriculum in a foreign country’s education system and will be at least 18 years old by September 30. Applicants who fall under eligibility category 2 must submit scores from one of the standardized or national examinations.

    3. Applicants who do not fall under any of the eligibility provisions in 1 to 2 and will be at least 18 years by September 30 must go through an individual review process. Please contact the Admissions Office before November 10.

     

Step 1

  • List of Required Documents
    Admissions Related Documents
    After you complete your online application, the admission office will start to check the documents that you submit both through the system and via post and inform you of any missing documents in order to help you complete the application by the deadline. The message function can also be used on the online admissions system, which makes it easier for us to communicate with you regarding your application documents.
    Your application will be evaluated for the primary screening without original or certified true copies received. However, if you pass the primary screening , please submit all original or certified copies of the documents with * by the designated deadline. See Step 4 for more details.
      • Academic Transcript*

        Please submit grades/marks from last two or more years of high school. Academic transcripts must include the school’s official seal or signature.

      • Certified Scores from National Exams*
        Guidelines for Country Specific Qualifications and Recommended Documents

        Please check the document above to see qualifications by country and what documents must be submitted. Applicants who fall under eligibility category 2 must submit their scores from one of the standardized or national examinations. This document does not cover all countries’ information.
        Note: For applicants who have not graduated from their high schools at the time of application, we expect them to submit the latest academic records/results, predicted scores or forecast of the final results with their application.

      • Standardized Test Scores*

        Submit scores from a standardized examination. Applicants who fall under eligibility category 2 must submit their scores from one of the standardized or national examinations. Official scores should be sent to the Admissions Office, directly by the testing institution.
        SAT institutional code: 6535
        ACT institutional code: 5480

        In case the official score report does not arrive at our office by the deadline, please upload a soft copy of your score report or screenshot of the scores on the online admission system.

        Note: For applicants who have not graduated from their high schools at the time of application, we expect them to submit the latest academic records/results, predicted scores or forecast of the final results with their application.

      • English Language Proficiency Test Score*
        See Appendix 1

        Please submit scores/proof of the English proficiency requirement. Applicants who have received less than four years of education in a middle/secondary or high/upper secondary school in which English is the primary language of instruction must submit an English proficiency test score. Official scores should be sent directly from the testing institution by the deadline.
        TOEFL institutional code: 7256
        IELTS: Nagoya University International Programs
        DET: Nagoya University Undergraduate Admissions


        Please see the admission requirements for other English language qualifications that we recognize. In case the official score report does not arrive our office by the deadline, please upload a soft copy of your score report or screenshot on the online admission system.

      • Two Essays

        Upload the two required essays on the online admissions system. Essay questions can be found on the last page of the admission requirements. Each essay should be in Word format. Essay 1 would be about 200 to 300 words while essay 2 would be 400 to 500 words long in English.

      • Two Reference Letters
        See Appendix 2

        Submit two reference letters. Letters need to be sent directly by your referees either through the online admissions system, from the official school email address or by post. Please follow the instructions on the online admission system. If your referees prefer to submit the evaluation by post, you need to fulfill the part for applicants first and pass it to the referees.

        One reference must come from a teacher (Referee A) in the field (subject area) the applicant wishes to major in, and the other reference must come from a teacher or counselor (Referee B) who is able to evaluate the applicant’s character.

        Referees need to be employed at an accredited education institute where the applicant has been or is currently enrolled

      • Nagoya University Global 30 Scholarship Application and Income Statement (for students applying for scholarships)

        When you submit your application for the G30 International Programs, you will automatically be considered as an applicant for the G30 Scholarship. Please upload both a scholarship application form and an income statement of your financial supporter on the online admissions system. The income statement should cover the annual income and be translated into English. If you have decided not to be considered for the G30 Scholarship, it is not required to submit.

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Step 2

  • Apply through Admissions System
    Online Admissions System

    After creating your account, you will be asked to input your personal information and academic background into the online admissions system. You also need to upload soft copies of most of the supporting documents onto the system in order to complete the online application. However, you still need to submit originals or certified true copies of some required documents if you pass the primary sceening (see Step 4).

    Tcens Tutorial: How to fill out online application form
    Pay Application Fee via the online admission system using PayPal, Flywire or Domestic Bank Transfer.

    Once you complete your online application, you are required to pay a non-refundable application fee (5,000 JPY) via the online admission system using PayPal, Flywire or Domestic Bank Transfer. Note that if you choose to pay through bank transfer, it will take longer to confirm your payment and issue the application number. After you complete your payment, an application number will be given to you and you can check your application status by logging into the Online Admissions System.
    Please note that you will be considered an applicant only after the application fee is paid. Upon confirmation of your payment, the Admissions Office will check your application documents and contact you regarding any missing documents through the online admission system.

Step 3

  • Take an Interview

    The primary and final screening results will be announced on the system on the date specified on the admission requirements, so please make sure to check the results as soon as possible. Especially when we announce the primary screening result, interview details will be shown on your page including the date and the interview method and you can just reply to our invitation through the system. The interview/oral examination will take about 45 minutes for Engineering and Science programs and about 30 minutes for Social Sciences and Japan-in-Asia Cultural Studies programs. As it is important for us to receive your response, please keep checking your page even after you complete the online application.

    • How to prepare for the interview?

      As a part of your interview/oral examination preparation, please take a look at the videos available in the following link to familiarize yourself with mathematics questions that will be asked during the interviews for the Engineering and Science programs.

      Pre-College Mathematics

Step 4

  • Submit Original / Certified True Copies Before the Deadline

    Your application can be complete and evaluated for the primary screening without submitting the original documents to us. However, we still require documents with * to be original or certified true copies if you pass the primary screening. If you submit only soft copies at the time of application, please send the original or certified true copies by the following deadline (please refer on how to submit these documents here. You can ask your counselor to contact the Admissions Office directly, regarding document submission.

      First Round Second Round
    Deadline of Submission of Original Documents
    (For applicants who passed the primary screening only)
    March 6, 2024
    16:00
    (Japan Time)
    April 26, 2024
    16:00
    (Japan Time)
    Note:

    1. Any of the application documents submitted cannot be returned under any circumstances. Thus, if the original document can be issued only once, please submit a certified true copy. The certified true copy can be issued by your school, the Japanese embassy, or a notary office. For more information about the supporting documents, please click here for the admission requirements.

    2. Applicants who do not submit the originals by the designated deadline will be excluded from the secondary screening stage (interview).

    Postal Address:
    Admissions Office, International Program, Nagoya University
    Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8601 Japan
    *We recommend that you send your documents by registered express mail or an equivalent air courier.
    (e.g., Federal Express, DHL, UPS, etc.)

Step 5

  • See Admission Result and Pay Registration Fee

    Admission results will be announced via the Online Admissions System by the dates indicated in our admission requirements. Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list will also be notified via the Online Admissions System.

    • Pay Registration Fee

      To pay the registration fee (JPY 282,000), please refer to the notification on the Online Admissions System and make payment via PayPal or Flywire (recommended) or through domestic bank transfer by the designated deadlines. The sender shall be responsible for any service charge related to bank transfers. The payment deadline for applicants who were selected as Nagoya University Global 30 Undergraduate Scholars is set earlier (see the admission requirements) scholarship recipients should confirm the information on their notifications and make the payments accordingly.

Step 6

  • Complete Pre-arrival Procedures

    Pre-arrival information will be sent to successful applicants via the Online Admissions System.

    Visa Application (Only for Non-Japanese Nationals/Non-Japanese Permanent Residents)

    Non-Japanese nationals must obtain an appropriate visa to stay in Japan. As the most common visa among international students applying to study in Japan, the Student visa permits you to study at Nagoya University. Your student visa processes begin after your application to get an immigration document called “Certificate of Eligibility” is accepted by Nagoya University. To apply for the "Certificate of Eligibility", students are asked to submit two ID photos, a copy of their passport, and a bank statement which verifies that their financial supporter has funds equivalent to JPY 1,000,000 or more. The bank account may be held in the name of students or their financial supporter. Students who receive the Nagoya University Global 30 Undergraduate Scholarship also need to submit a bank statement which verifies that their financial supporter has funds equivalent to JPY500,000 or more.
    When your Certificate of Eligibility is available, you are required to apply for a visa at the nearest Japanese diplomatic missions (embassy or consulate). It usually takes a couple of weeks after your application is submitted to the regional immigration office (Nagoya Immigration Bureau). Detailed information will be sent to admitted students.