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Graduate Studies in Japan

Tokyo Institute of Technology via edX


This course is designed to help you navigate through your journey in graduate school at the Japanese university of your dreams and beyond. The course will introduce you to universities in different regions of Japan and discuss what sets Japanese graduate education apart from the rest of the world. You will also be guided through the application process and necessary decision-making when planning for your stay in Japan. Finally, you will be given some post-graduation career insights.

This course is made up of interviews with students about their experiences in Japanese universities while offering a glimpse into their daily life, reasons for choosing their paths, and further aspirations. These videos are supported with written materials that go into greater detail about the necessary information you must account for when applying for graduate studies in Japan. What is the application process? How can you sustain yourself while in Japan? What does the research environment look like?

Professor Tomohiro Nozaki on behalf of the Admissions section of the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) shares information about international graduate opportunities. Some materials from Tokyo Tech will also be shared. These materials can serve as your starting point when discussing your own graduate studies plan, whether at Tokyo Tech or at a different Japanese university, in the discussion board.

At the end of each unit, you will meet a researcher, several alumni, and professors who can give you a broader view of what is yet to come after pursuing graduate studies in Japan. You will also be presented with a short quiz that can be a fun reinforcement of what you have learned.


  • Introduction: The Japanese university system and studying at the Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Applying to Graduate School: Finding your advisor and staying organized
  • Funding Your Graduate Studies: Scholarships and financial aids
  • Studying in Japan: Coursework and research
  • Living in Japan: Necessities and utilities
  • Graduation and Beyond: Career support

Taught by

Jeffrey Cross and Tomohiro Nozaki



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