1. About the Program
Q. Can I do a double major?
A. Students are not able to do a double major for the time being.
Q. Can I apply to both of the programs (Japan in East Asia and Environmental Sciences) at the same time?
A. No, you cannot. Please choose one when you apply.
Q. How many students will be admitted to each course?
A. Each program is designed to accommodate approximately 15 students each year.
Q. Can I transfer from another university?
A. Unfortunately, we do not accept transfer students at the University of Tokyo. You can apply to our program, but the university level credits you have earned elsewhere cannot be transferred to your credits at this University.
Q. Do I need to have studied Japanese to apply to the PEAK program?
A. No, there is no need to have studied Japanese in advance when applying.
Q. Will my chances of being accepted improve if I have studied Japanese?
A. No, it will neither increase nor decrease your likelihood of being accepted to the program.
Q. I am currently taking Japanese language lessons. Do I need to provide any certificates or test results to prove my Japanese language ability when I apply?
A. There is no need to submit proof of your Japanese language ability as part of your application package, although you are welcome to do so. Students who previously studied Japanese will first take a placement test when they arrive in Tokyo.
Q. Can I learn Japanese language as part of the PEAK program?
A. Yes, taking Japanese language classes in order to acquire foreign language credits is mandatory for the completion of PEAK.
Q. If I’m admitted to PEAK, is it possible to take classes offered in Japanese as well?
A. Those who wish to take classes offered in Japanese can do so and earn credits as long as their Japanese level is sufficient to do all of the required work for the class.
Q. Who will be teaching the PEAK classes?
A. Some of the classes will be taught by professors appointed specifically for this program, and who received their degrees overseas. In addition, as both programs are interdisciplinary and broad-based in scope, classes will also be offered by other faculty members from a wide range of departments across the University.
Q. I heard that the Japanese academic calendar starts in April. Is this the case for the PEAK program?
A. No, the PEAK program starts in October. The first semester classes start in October and end in January, with a two-week winter break around the New Year. The first two weeks of February is the final exam period. The second semester classes will start in April and end in mid-July, followed by the final exam period in the end of July and the first week of September. August is the summer break period at our University.
Q. How much is the tuition?
A. The annual tuition is 535,800 yen (as of 2012). A one-time enrollment fee of 282,000 yen (as of 2012) is charged at enrollment.
Q. Is the tuition fee for international students the same as for Japanese students?
A. Yes, tuition is the same for everyone. There is no separate tuition rate for international students.