International Application

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The First Period Application Deadlines by 17:00, October 31st, 2018 (JST).
The Second Period Application Deadlines by 17:00, January 31st, 2019 (JST).

All application material must reach the Admissions Division,
Discovery Program for Global Learners.

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1. Who can apply

 

For International Admission, applicants must satisfy ONE of the following requirements:

(a) Complete a 12-year course of education as designated by the Ministry of Education in Japan or abroad prior to enrollment (students who have skipped grades are also eligible).

(b) Complete 11 years of education abroad, plus a Japanese university pre-sessional course designated by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan), and be 18 years of age or older prior to enrollment.

(c) Earn certification or test results equivalent to a 12-year course of education outside of Japan, and be 18 years of age or older prior to enrollment.

(d) Complete 11 years of education as designated by the Ministry of Education in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and earn a high school completion certificate.

(e) Earn an International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Full Diploma) from the International Baccalaureate Organization and be 18 years of age or older prior to enrollment.

(f) Earn an Abitur from the Federal Republic of Germany and be 18 years of age or older prior to enrollment.

(g) Earn a Baccalaureate from the French Republic and be 18 years of age or older prior to enrollment.

(h) Earn a GCE Advanced Level (GCEA) required for university matriculation in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and be 18 years of age or older prior to enrollment.

(i) Complete 12 years of education in an internationally-certified program (WASC, CIS, ACSI), and be 18 years of age or older prior to enrollment.

2. Application Periods for April and October 2019

 

Application periods for April 2019:

  1. October 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018

Application periods for October 2019:

  1. October 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018
  2. December 3, 2018 to January 31, 2019

3. What to submit

 
(1) To be submitted ONLINE:

Application form

Personal statement▼

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ID photo▼

  • Submit a color photo 4cm long × 3cm wide taken within the last 3 months, showing a front view without a cap or hat, above chest level, with a solid-color background.
  • The photo will be used to identify the applicant at the interview.

Application fee▼

  • Submit the application fee of ¥17,000 via credit card using the online application system.
  • If payment by credit card is not possible, please contact the Admissions Office at admission_discovery@adm.okayama-u.ac.jp for other payment options.
(2) To be submitted BY POST:

Application documents▼

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Official transcripts▼

  • If you have already graduated from secondary school, submit full transcripts of all classes taken (most recent 2-3 years).
  • If you are still in secondary school, submit transcripts of all classes completed to date (most recent 2-3 years).
  • If you have attended more than one secondary school, submit transcripts from each school (most recent 2-3 years).
  • If you are currently in a tertiary and post-secondary educational institute, submit transcripts of all classes completed to date.
  • Transcripts may be photocopies, but they must be enclosed in a sealed envelope and signed across the flap by a school official.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English or Japanese must be accompanied by an English or Japanese translation.

School profile▼

Complete the online form, enclose in a sealed envelope and ensure that it is signed across the flap by a school official.

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Certificate of graduation or statement certifying expected graduation date▼

  • Applicants who have already graduated from secondary school should submit a photocopy of their graduation certificate.
  • Applicants who have not yet graduated will be required to submit a copy of their certificate after arriving on campus.
  • Certificates in language other than English or Japanese should be accompanied by an English or Japanese translation.

※Use online form for statement certifying expectation graduation.

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【PDF】

Letter of Academic Evaluation▼

  • The Letter of Academic Evaluation must be written by someone at your secondary school such as a school principal, counselor, or teacher, even if the evaluator does not know or remember you well.
  • The evaluator should confirm your years of attendance and graduation date, and provide information about your academic performance while at the school.
  • The Letter of Academic Evaluation must be in English or Japanese.

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Letter of Recommendation▼

  • The Letter of Recommendation should be written by someone who knows you well and has interacted directly with you in a supervisory position at school, work, or through extracurricular activities – a teacher, manager, boss, coach, or advisor.
  • In addition to commenting on your ability to work independently, think creatively, communicate effectively, and maintain motivation, the recommender should also provide information about your personal interests, abilities, and accomplishments.
  • The Letter of Recommendation must be in English or Japanese.

【Word】

【PDF】

Standardized Test Results (OPTIONAL)▼

  • Applicants who have taken standardized exams typically used for university admission in their country, such as the SAT or ACT, may submit photocopies of official results.
  • Applicants who reside in countries where the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) is offered may submit photocopies of official scores.
  • Applicants who have an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma should submit a photocopy of their diploma and an official certificate of their IB exam results, issued by the International Baccalaureate Office.
  • Applicants who have not yet received their IB Diploma should send official transcripts of IB predicted scores, endorsed by the principal or a guidance counselor at their school. Please note that once applicants are admitted, they will be asked to submit a photocopy of their IB Diploma and an official certificate of their IB exam results.

Official English Proficiency Test Scores▼

(REQUIRED for nonnative speakers of English who have not received their last three years of formal education in English)

  • Scores must have been received in the last two years. Unofficial score reports or photocopies are acceptable for the application process. Original certificates will be required at the time of enrollment.
  • The Discovery Program does not have minimum required scores. English ability is evaluated through a range of tools including standardized tests scores, writing samples, and interviews.
  • Students must submit scores from one or more of the following tests: Cambridge English / The EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency (実用技能英語検定) / GTEC CBT / GTEC for STUDENTS / IELTS / TEAP / TEAP CBT / TOEFL iBT / TOEIC Listening & Reading Test / TOEIC Speaking & Writing Tests / TOEIC Speaking Test / TOEIC Writing Test (including former TOEIC Test / TOEIC Speaking & Writing).

Proof of Japanese proficiency▼

(REQUIRED for nonnative speakers of Japanese applying for April admission)

  • Applicants for April Admission must submit photocopies of N1 Japanese Language Proficiency Test scores, or other test scores or documents demonstrating similar ability.
  • Applicants for October Admission who have taken the Japanese Language Proficiency test are encouraged to submit their scores as optional material.

4. Selection Procedure

 

Important Dates

  APPLICATION PERIOD 1 
(April or October Admission)
APPLICATION PERIOD 2 
(October Admission only)
Application period October 1, 2018 – October 31, 2018 December 3, 2018 – January 31, 2019
Results of first screening announced November 22, 2018 (13:00 JST) February 22, 2019 (13:00 JST)
Skype connection test November 28, 2018 March 6, 2019
Final screening (Interview) December 1, 2018 (on campus) 
December 2, 2018 (online)
March 10, 2019 (online) 
March 12, 2019 (on campus)
Results of final screening announced December 14, 2018 (13:00 JST) March 21, 2019 (13:00 JST)
Deadline to complete admission procedures January 18, 2019 May 9, 2019

※JST: Japan Standard Time

5. FAQ

 

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