留学生の方へ – To the international students
Studying at Chiba University
At the undergraduate level there are regular undergraduate students, special auditing students and research students. At the graduate level there are regular postgraduate students and research students.
The academic year is from April to March. The first semester begins on April 1 and ends on September 30, and the second semester begins on October 1 and ends on March31.
Time of admission
Admission for regular undergraduate is in April and non-regular students in April and October. As for admission for postgraduate students, please check below for the details.
How to Apply
Prerequisites, time of application and selection criteria are different for students having different statuses. For details, contact the relevant faculty office.
Most classes at Chiba University are offered in Japanese. The exception is our short-term exchange program called Japan Program at Chiba (J-PAC*) under which classes are offered in English.
Undergraduate overseas students are required to obtain a number of credits in Japanese language and Japanese culture. Other international students except short-term exchange students may choose to take supplementary Japanese language courses if they so wish ; however, any credit will not be granted for these courses.
* J-PAC: This program is only for undergraduate level.
Short-term Student from the sister universities
The short-term student exchange program is a non-degree program for international students who are enrolled at an institution of higher education that has a student exchange agreement with Chiba University and who wish to study in order to learn Japanese and to experience Japanese culture.
Students may obtain credits by course work or by having their research supervised for one semester (half-year program) or for two semesters (full-year program) .
Those students whose Japanese language proficiency is relatively high may be directly admitted to a faculty or graduate school and enroll in regular university courses.
Students of the sister universities are welcome to come and study at Chiba University under the student exchange agreement between the sister university and Chiba University. Our exchange programs allow the students to study or research at the graduate school of their choice for the duration of either one semester or one year. Examination fee, entrance fee, and tuition fee for the students are exempted by the agreement. Exchange students are able to take some courses, and the credits acquired at Chiba University are transferable to their home universities. Interested students should consult their home universities’ international office for detailed information such as requirements for this program, deadline, etc.
Major scholarships available to overseas students are Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships and Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarships.
(1) Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships
Recommendation by Japanese Embassy (arrival in April or October)The Japanese government requests its overseas embassies and/or consulates to advertise to study in Japan on the MEXT Scholarship and to conduct preliminary selection of candidates. The preliminary selection includes (1) selection based on submitted academic records and personal history, and (2) an interview. Based on the results of the above selection process the Japanese embassy and/or consulate then recommends candidates for scholarships to MEXT, where final decision is made. For further information, contact the nearest Japanese embassy or consulate in your home country.
Recommendation by Chiba University (arrival in October)Pursuant to exchange agreements or similar agreements concluded between Chiba University and foreign universities/colleges, Chiba University may recommend the provision of a MEXT scholarship to MEXT to those foreign students admitted to postgraduate courses. Those who has exceptional academic ability and are considered in need of financial assistance. The final decision is made by MEXT.
ScholarshipsA monthly stipend of about 120,000 yen (undergraduate level) or about 145,000 yen (graduate level), round-trip air fare from the student’s home country to Japan and back. Such scholarship students do not have to pay examination, entrance or tuition fees.
(2) Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarships (Gakushu-Shorei-Hi)
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Monbukagakusho) offers scholarships for privately financed international students with a good academic record. As of April 2013, undergraduate student awardees receive 48,000 yen per month, and graduate student awardees receive 65,000 yen per month.
(3) Scholarships by private foundations
There are scholarships offered to international students by approximately 50 private foundations per year. Each organization commonly offers a scholarship of between 10,000 yen and 200,000 yen per month to several students.