For Wenjie Lu, a student from China in the Machine Learning/Data Mining Lab, some of the most rewarding aspects of the program involve the chance to make contact with renowned researchers from many different cultures and specialties.
“I chose to study at the University of Tsukuba to help keep my English skills fresh in a Japanese environment and to take classes such as numerical simulations and search algorithms that are not normally available in Japanese,” says Lu. “Many of the teachers have global connections and experience, and the classes here have a different feel — more intense and more interactive.”
The diversity of the University of Tsukuba’s Department of Computer Science — in addition to their international backgrounds, nearly one-third of students are graduates of other universities — ensures connections are made between people with different experiences and abilities. According to Aranha, such cross-disciplinary networks are key to students’ success in finding post-graduate careers as researchers in both industry and academia.
Students in the Computer Science English program can choose to do research in ‘post-petascale’ technologies, where systems, software, and mathematical analysis combine to produce the next generation of number-crunching supercomputers. They can tackle the problem of handling ‘big data’ with improved human–computer interfaces. Or they might choose to find a home with world-class experts in artificial intelligence or robotics.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language.
International students generally have two ways to enter universities in Japan: the first is to enter as “research student (non-regular student)” before being admitted as graduate student (regular student), another is to attend the entrance examination directly. It is recommended to become a “research student” first in our graduate school.
¥535,800 / year
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
The University of Tsukuba established the Tsukuba Scholarship specifically for international students in our English programs. Approximately, five students in Social Sciences and eight students in the Life and Environmental Sciences will receive this scholarship in their first year. There are also second, third, and fourth year versions of the Tsukuba Scholarship.
There are also many scholarships available from outside organizations like the Japanese government, foundations, and companies. We strongly encourage all students to apply for these scholarships in their second and subsequent years.
StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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