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.

If you do not find the answer to your question here, please ask us by using Inquiry form.

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Is it possible to have an interview in New York area?

Please note down on the application form a major city in which you would like to be interviewed.

See below for places and approximate periods for the interviews. However, please understand that compliance with your preference cannot be guaranteed. The exact time and place of your interview is notified after the confirmation of your intent to be interviewed. The applicant is responsible for all the expenses incurred when travelling to and from the interview venue.



How is the 'basic', 'intermediate' and 'advanced' defined in the section 'other language ability' of the application form?

The ‘basic,’ ‘intermediate’ and ‘advanced’ is to be marked by self-assessment. Please define by yourself.

I will not be able to obtain my official high school graduation certificate when applying to PEAK. Can I still apply or do I have to wait another year to apply PEAK program after I have officially obtained the certificate?

We also accept certificate of expected graduation.

Please read the Application Guidelines under "Certificate of (Expected) Graduation.
The applicant should submit one of the following certificates:

(a) A high-school graduation certificate or a certificate of expected graduation with graduation to have been achieved by August 31, 2018. (as of 2018 enrollment). If your school does not have the certificate format, please use the PDF format linked below.

(b) A diploma verifying the completion of a high school curriculum (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Abitur, Baccalaureate).

How can I apply for scholarships that are offered through the PEAK program?

Merit-based scholarships are offered by the university. In principle, all the scholarships will be offered when successful applicants are notified of their acceptance to the university. The selection will be made based on the screening process. There is no separate application for scholarships.

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

For example of September 2018 enrollment,
Admission decisions are announced on April 4, 2018
Letter of Intent must be submitted to the PEAK Undergraduate Admissions Office no later than May 10, 2018.

Please read the Application Guidelines under "Overview of the Application Process", "Admission Decisions" and "Enrollment Procedure". The PEAK Undergraduate Admissions Office is not responsible for any delay in the delivery of the documents.

Those who choose to enroll at the University of Tokyo will then receive further information from the university, including details on housing application, payment of admission fee, and visa application procedure.

How will I receive the results for my application?

Admission decisions are announced by using Mypage account, followed by an official letter sent by postal mail.

Successful candidates who provide predicted results of official examinations are granted CONDITIONAL admisson, contingent upon the proof of satisfactory performance in the examinations. The university cannot respond to inquiries regarding the results of any part of the screening process.

Keyword
Mypage

How old can my English proficiency test scores be?

We will only accept test scores that are less than TWO years old.

Those who have NOT received an English-medium education for at least four years of the first six
years of their schooling and at least five years of the second six years of their schooling must submit
scores for one of the following three tests (TOEFL, IELTS or CAE/CPE).

Please read under Official Test Scores for English Proficiency (if applicable) of the Application Guidelines.

I have already begun studies at another university. When applying should I include test scores from my university studies?

We would like to see the results of your most recent academic performance, so all candidates who have already begun University studies should include any relevant records (grades, test scores, transcripts) from that period.

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

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

SAT: a combined score of 2060 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 2017 enrollment are:
SAT: a combined score of 2283 for Reasoning section
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
ACT: an average score of 34
IB: total of 41 out of 42

Average scores of successful applicants for the 2015 enrollment are:
SAT: a combined score of 2296 for Reasoning section
ACT: an average score of 32
IB: total of 39 out of 42

How much does my academic performance at high school weigh during the first screening process? Are there any advantages if I have participated in extracurricular activities?

There are no preferences regarding any documents provided by the candidates. All documents are examined holistically.

Do I have to provide proof of my academic performance in high school?

Yes, you have to submit your academic performance in high school. Please read the Application Guidelines under "Official School Transcripts".

Academic transcripts in English, clearly showing the applicant's secondary school grades (or those expected) at the time of application, must be submitted. The transcripts should contain all the grades obtained in secondary school in the last three years or more and must be SEALED and STAMPED or SIGNED by your school.

If the applicant is already enrolled in post-secondary education, please include transcripts showing grades obtained at the time of application.

NOTE:
Subject Requirements for the Environmental Sciences Program
Applicants applying for the Environmental Sciences Program must submit transcripts that demonstrate they have studied at least TWO science subjects such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology or environmental science in the last two years of their study.

Can I pay the application fee by credit card?

Yes, you can pay the application fee JPY 5,000 by credit card. We cannot accept cash or cheques. Please note that transaction fee is borne by the applicant.

Application materials cannot be reviewed without receipt of the application fee. Refund of the application fee is not possible under any circumstances.

NOTE:
- There will be a transaction fee of JPY432 charged in addition to the JPY5,000 application fee.
- It is possible to use a credit card registered with a third person, such as a parent or a guardian.

Please read the Application Guidelines under Application Fee.

Keyword
credit card, payment

Will I have to travel to Japan to be interviewed?

No, there is no need to travel to Japan during the admissions process. The interviews will be conducted in the country in which you currently reside, in principle.

Please read the Application Guidelines under Screening Process.

Applicants who are selected from the first screening proceed to the second screening. The second
screening is held between February and March.

An applicant is notified whether he or she will be called for the second screening by using Mypage account which will be created upon receipt of your application forms. The applicant must reply promptly to confirm his or her attendance at the interview.

Please note down on the application form a major city in which you would like to be interviewed. However, please understand that compliance with your preference cannot be guaranteed. The exact time and place of your interview is notified after the confirmation of your intent to be interviewed. The applicant is responsible for all the expenses incurred when travelling to and from the interview venue.

During the interview, the applicant may also be asked to provide written answers to questions given by the interviewers. For your reference, sample questions are available here.

If you have any disability that requires special consideration when conducting the interview, please notify the PEAK Undergraduate Admissions Office as early as possible.


I am currently a student at an international school in Japan, where the primary language of instruction is not Japanese. Am I eligible to apply to PEAK?

In these cases, we follow the eligibility requirements set by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

Also please read the Application Guidelines under “Eligibility”.
Students are eligible to apply for PEAK as long as they satisfy BOTH Requirement 1 AND Requirement 2 by August 31, 2018.(as of 2018 enrollment)

If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact the PEAK Undergraduate Admissions Office through the web enquiry form as early as possible.

Requirement 1
The applicant must fulfil at least ONE of the following requirements from (a) to (d).

(a) The applicant must have completed all the requirements of a 12-year school (primary and secondary) education.

NOTE:
Those who have attended schools in Japan that are not certified by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology must contact the university by October 26, 2017, to have their eligibility reviewed by the Individual Admission Review Process. (However, it must be noted that only those who are 18 or older by August 31, 2018 can have their eligibility reviewed.) Applicants who fall into this category must go through this process before they can apply.

(b) The applicant must be at least 18 years of age and have obtained one of the following qualifications:
1. International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) (awarded by the International Baccalaureate Organization)
2. Abitur (designated by the Federal Republic of Germany)
3. Baccalaureate (designated by the French Republic)
4. General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A level) (designated by UK)

(c) If the applicant has passed through an education system that is less than 12 years in length, he or she must be at least 18 years of age, and should have completed the requirements of Japanese pre-university preparatory institutions for students planning to study in Japan, which are designated by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Alternatively, the applicant must be at least 18 years of age and should have received sufficient university education so as to satisfy the 12-year school requirement for entering Japanese universities (for example, if the applicant’s school education was 11 years, he or she should have completed at least one year of university education to be eligible to enroll in the PEAK programs).

(d) The applicant must have passed an official test that shows he or she possesses the academic background equivalent or superior to that obtained from a 12-year school curriculum. In this case, the applicant must be at least 18 years old.

Requirement 2
PEAK is a program designed primarily for students who have been educated in languages other than Japanese. (Students who have received Japanese-medium education are encouraged to apply for April-entry admission.)

In line with this goal, in principle, the applicant must have spent at least FOUR of the first six school years AND at least FIVE of the second six school years studying in languages OTHER THAN Japanese. This means the vast majority of courses must have been delivered in languages other than Japanese.

Requirement 2 is summarized in the following diagram:

I have Japanese nationality. Can I still apply to PEAK?

There are no restrictions based on nationality, and you can apply to PEAK as long as you meet eligibility requirements stated in the Application Guidelines.