FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

We would like to help you and your family understand about PEAK, University of Tokyo and PEAK admission process. Choose from categories listed below to find answers to the most frequently asked questions about admission to PEAK.

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What are the career paths of PEAK graduates?

The number of PEAK graduates are gradually accumulating over the years and they are very successful.
The majority of them are pursuing post-graduate studies in several top-ranked universities in Europe, Asia and the USA, including the University of Tokyo, while others have found jobs in and outside of Japan.

When are you going to announce the time schedule of the application for new enrollment?

Usually the new Application Guidelines which will be announced on our website in early July every year. So please read the old Application Guidelines for the time being, and confirm the update of the requirements when the new version is released.

I would like to know more about the application process.

We have two screenings, i.e. first screening, which is a document review and the second screening, which is interview. Applicants selected from the first screening will proceed to the second screening. At the interview, the applicant may be asked to provide written answers to questions, of which they have learnt at school, provided by the interviewers. Please refer to the Application Guidelines about application process.

Do we all have to stay at the dormitory?

The dormitory is optional and is usually highly competitive to find a place, however, PEAK students are guaranteed a place at the dormitory for the first two years of enrollment. Because most of the PEAK students stay at the dormitory, students will become very close to each other.

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Dormitory, dorm

My qualification is not listed in Appendix 1 of the Application Guidelines. Does it mean I will not be able to apply?

Basically, we approve the examinations listed in Appendix 1 of the Application Guidelines for PEAK entrance screening. For other examinations or qualifications, we determine on an individual basis, so please contact us through Contact Us.

What are the acceptance rates?

We do not release acceptance rates. However, please refer to the admission results available on the website.

When do I find out whether I will be receiving a scholarship?

Offers of the scholarships, which are all merit-based, will be made at the same time of admission decision on April. However, depending on availability we may be able to offer scholarships after April.

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Scholarship

How long do I have before I decide whether I will accept the admissions offer?

For example of September 2019 enrollment, admission decisions are announced on April 3, 2019 and the Letter of Intent must be submitted to the PEAK Undergraduate Admissions Office no later than May 9, 2019.

Please read the Application Guidelines under "Overview of the Application Process".

How will I receive the results for my application?

Admission decisions are announced by using Mypage account which will be created upon receipt of your application forms, followed by an official letter sent by postal mail.

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Mypage, result

What level of test scores does PEAK expect me to have?

PEAK pays attention to the whole application package as well as the interview. But the following is a general guideline of the minimum scores that our successful applicants generally possess:

SAT: a combined score of 1440 for Reasoning section
ACT: an average score of 30
IB: a total of 36 points out of 42
GCE A Level (General Certificate of Education Advanced Level): A/A/B
Singapore-Cambridge GCE A Level: A/A in H2

Also, average scores of successful applicants for the 2018 enrollment are:
SAT: a combined score of 1529 for Reasoning section
ACT: an average score of 34
IB: total of 39 out of 42

Average scores of successful applicants for the 2017 enrollment are:
SAT: a combined score of 2283 for Reasoning section (Old SAT)
ACT: an average score of 35
IB: total of 40 out of 42

Average scores of successful applicants for the 2016 enrollment are:
SAT: a combined score of 2246 for Reasoning section (Old SAT)
ACT: an average score of 34
IB: total of 41 out of 42

What kind of subjects should I have studied to enter the PEAK program?

Students applying to the PEAK programs are expected to have studied subjects that are commensurate with the respective programs. We expect students to be highly literate and numerate with a broad range of analytical and critical thinking skills. For further information, check the expected background knowledge for each program on our website under Courses. For Japan in East Asia: http://peak.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/courses/jea/jieaback/index.html, for Environmental Sciences: http://peak.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/courses/es/esback/index.html.

How much is the tuition?

Admission fee paid upon enrollment: JPY282,000 (as of 2018)
Annual tuition: JPY535,800 (as of 2018)
The fee is the same for everyone. There is no separate rate for international students. Please note that the fees are subject to change.

Who will be teaching the PEAK classes?

Some of the classes will be taught by professors appointed specifically for this program, and who received their degrees outside of Japan. 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.

Please refer to PEAK People.

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faculty

Do I need to have studied Japanese to apply to the PEAK program? Will my chances of being accepted improve if I have studied Japanese?

No, there is no need to have studied Japanese in advance when applying and 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 will first take a placement test when they arrive in Tokyo. No, it will neither increase nor decrease your likelihood of being accepted to the program.

Can I transfer from another university?

Unfortunately, we do not accept transfer students at the University of Tokyo with the exception of GSC (Global Science Course). You can apply to our PEAK program, but the university level credits you have earned elsewhere cannot be transferred to your credits at this University. For GSC, please visit their website and contact directly to them should you have any questions.