The University of Tokyo is also known as Tokyo Daigaku (東京大学), or Todai (東大). As its name suggests, the University of Tokyo is located in Tokyo, which has also recently been considered the third best city in the world for international students to come to study, according to The Telegraph. In terms of university ranking, Times Higher Education ranks the University of Tokyo within the top 50 globally in 2019 while it is currently ranked third on the national scale. The University of Tokyo features a large scale academic hub with 10 faculties and 15 graduate schools that are home to a total of 30,000 students, in which 2,100 are international students. A long list of UTokyo’s accomplished alumni, including 15 former prime ministers of Japan and 10 Nobel Laureates also speaks for its quality of education.
For international students, the University of Tokyo offers two most common programs: the PEAK program at the undergraduate level and the GSC program for transfer students. This article will walk you through the necessary information about UTokyo’s admissions that you need to know to prepare in advance!
PEAK, which stands for Programs in English at Komaba, welcomes international students who aspire to be young leaders with extensive knowledge and well-equipped with a set of essential soft skills to succeed in the future. Under the PEAK programs, you will study liberal arts for the first two years in the Junior Division and then advance to the two years of specialized studies (Japan in East Asia or Environmental Sciences) in the Senior Division. No prior knowledge of Japanese is required, but you must take basic Japanese language courses along with the core subjects in the curriculum.
For the PEAK program, the brief screening process is as follows:
- Application Period
- Mypage Account for document submission
- First screening: Document Review
- Second screening: Interview
- Enrollment Decision
Before applying, you must make sure you are eligible for PEAK admissions:
– Must have completed all the requirements of 12-year school education.
– Must pass an official test that shows you are qualified 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 by the time of arrival in Japan.
Applicants must submit the following documents. You can access this link to download the sample forms for the required documents below!
(1) Application Form: The application form is available in PDF format. You must fill out the form in PDF and print it out afterwards.
(2) Essay Form:
The essay must be written in English and should be typed, dated, and signed. The form can be downloaded from the PEAK website.
(3) Official School Transcripts:
The transcripts should include all the grades obtained in the last three years (grades 10, 11, and 12 up to the current semester) and must be SEALED and STAMPED or SIGNED by your school.
Please attach an English translation if the official transcript is in another language.
(4) Official Examination Results for Academic Ability (Standardized Examinations)
See “Appendix 1” in this link.
(5) Official Test Scores for English Proficiency (if applicable)
must submit scores for one of the following three tests: TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge English Qualifications (C1 Advanced/C2 Proficiency).
You are expected to have TOEFL iBT scores of 100 or above, an IELTS score of 7.0 or above, or Cambridge English Scale of 185 or above.
(6) Certificate of (Expected) Graduation
Please download a format from PEAK’s website and fill out the form.
(7) Two Evaluation Forms (can be downloaded online)
Evaluation Form 1:
It should be completed by a teacher at the applicant’s high school or university who has enough credentials to assess your academic ability. If you are applying to Japan in East Asia Program, this teacher should be from the social sciences or humanities. Likewise, for Environmental Sciences Program, your teacher should be from a science-related field, such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, or environmental science.
Evaluation Form 2:
It should be completed by any adult who is able to evaluate the applicant’s academic ability. However, the referee must not be an immediate family member or a close relative.
You should paste a color ID photo (passport-style photo) in the box marked “photo” on the application form. This will be used for identifying the applicant at the interview.
(9) Receipt of Payment of the Application Fee
The application fee can be paid by online credit card payment. Cash or cheques are not accepted. If you wish to pay by bank transfer, please contact the PEAK Undergraduate Admissions Office.
Please pay JPY5,000 application fee, along with a transaction cost of JPY500 by following the link below:
(10) Other Documentary Evidence of Achievements (if applicable)
This section is optional but you can submit other documentary evidence of academic achievements or awards for school/ extra-curricular activities if applicable.
If you have general questions about the application, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) at PEAK Q&A!
If you want to hear the acceptance rate, academic life stories from PEAK Scholars, please have a look at this article: https://schoolynk.com/media/articles/42dff203-63f8-4a57-9d35-14bf4678f905
2. Global Science Course (GSC)
GSC is an English-based undergraduate transfer program. Under GSC, you have to already be a student of a university outside of Japan and then transfer to the University of Tokyo in your third year. You will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tokyo if they fulfill UTokyo’s graduation requirements.
- Must have received a minimum of 6 years of secondary (junior and senior high school) and a minimum of 2 years of university education outside of Japan.
- Must have completed basic undergraduate-level classes in Chemistry and at least 2 of the following subjects before applying to GSC: Mathematics, Physics, or Biology.
- Must have gained a minimum of 62 credits corresponding to the UTokyo credit system before applying to GSC.
(Reference: 2 credits consist of 13 weeks of 105-min lectures at UTokyo)
- English tests with the minimum scores as follows:
+ TOEFL iBT: 80
+ TOEFL PBT: 550
+ IELTS: 6.5
For further details about the GSC program, please visit this site.
You might want to hear about what other students say about the University of Tokyo? Check out the community page for the University of Tokyo!
Regarded as one of the most prestigious universities in Japan and being one of the top schools selected for the MEXT’s Top Global University Project, the University of Tokyo is always a dreamplace for international students. No matter how intimidating the admissions process could be, go for your dream! You will never regret your decision!