In the 21st century, science and technology play a crucial role in the advancement of society. Therefore, universities specializing in science and technology are more important than ever. Among the leading universities in Japan, it would be a mistake not to mention the Tokyo Institute of Technology, which is also known as Tokyo Tech. With a history stretching back over 130 years, Tokyo Tech has been a key player in the transformation of Japan throughout the 20th and 21st centuries into the technological giants it is known today. With the mission of becoming the world’s leading science and technology university, Tokyo Tech continues to develop global leaders in the fields of science and technology, focusing on solutions for global issues.

Review and Ranking

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According to the Times Higher Education (THE) (2020), Tokyo Tech is ranked 3rd in Japan and ranked 20th internationally in Engineering. With its long history of teaching and research, Tokyo Tech graduates have excellent prospects after graduation. Many of the alumni of this university currently have a crucial role in Japanese society. When it comes to the employment rate, The New York Times ranks Tokyo Tech 14th in the world. Of the approximately 10,500 students studied in a total of three campuses — two in Japan’s clean, vibrant capital, and one in adjacent Yokohama, half are in their bachelor’s degree program while the other half are in master’s and doctoral programs.

Tokyo Tech, with its significant contribution to a better Japan, has made itself become one of the most prestigious places to study in the country. Without further ado, let’s figure out the competitiveness being admitted to this fine institution!

English Undergraduate Program

Global Scientists and Engineer Program (GSEP) is the only English-taught program available at Tokyo Tech. This program is targeted at students who have little or no proficiency in Japanese but have long nurtured a dream of becoming scientists and engineers with a global perspective in transdisciplinary fields. Started from 2016, GSEP conducts all courses entirely in English, allowing qualified international students to pursue an engineering bachelor’s degree in Tokyo Tech. Students admitted to the GSEP program will belong to the Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering which includes science, engineering, and management courses. In the TSE department, you can study subjects in the fields of engineering mathematics, fundamentals for Applied Science and Engineering, and fundamentals for Creative Skills and Management. You are also provided with transdisciplinary knowledge at Tokyo Tech, which is essential for scientists and engineers to utilize a set of soft skills needed to solve real-world global problems and approach a future vision. 

More information about the TSE department can be found in the TSE Brochure.

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Admissions Process 2021:

Admission DateApril 1, 2021
Application PeriodAugust 17 – September 4, 2020
Preliminary Screening Results
September 18, 2020
Secondary ScreeningSeptember 23 – October 28, 2020
Admissions Results AnnouncementNovember 20, 2020

Number of admitted students:

  • Students supported by MEXT (being exempted from paying application, admission, and tuition fees up to 4 years): 8 
  • Privately-financed international students: 10

You can apply either as a student supported by MEXT scholarship or a privately-financed international student. You must check the criteria carefully stated in the following categories:

1. Apply as a student supported by the MEXT scholarship:

  • Must be residing outside of Japan.
  • Must be nationals of a country with which Japan has diplomatic relations.
  • Must be born on or after April 2, 1995
  • Overseas applicants who have completed (or are highly expected to have completed) 12 years of regular schooling or have graduated from the equivalent of Japanese high school prior to arrival in Japan. 

2. Apply as a privately funded international student:

  • Must not hold Japanese nationality
  • Must possess a College Student (ryugaku) Visa or intend to acquire one by the time of enrollment.
  • Must have completed or expect to complete a 12-year regular education outside of Japan by March 2020 
  • Should be at least 18 years old by March 31, 2020.

(Note: If applicants have completed 12 years of regular schooling March 31, 2020, they are still eligible to apply even if they are under 18 years old).

Required documents:

1) Application form

This must be completed and duly signed by the applicant.

2) Questionnaire

This will be used by Tokyo Tech to communicate with applicants during the application process. 

3) Check sheet

This will be used to classify and verify submitted application documents.

4) Photocopy of passport

Applicants who currently reside in Japan are required to submit documents that can validate their period of stay and status of residence (ex. Certificate of Residence (juminhyo), or Residence Card (zairyu card))

5) Photocopy of official transcripts from high School

If transcripts cannot be provided in English by the high school, you must attach an English translation together with the official document(s).

(6) Photocopy of Certificate of Graduation or Expected Graduation issued by the Applicant’s High School.

If you are a university student, an enrollment certificate or a copy of an ID card is required.

(7) Language test scores

You will be required to submit their English proficiency test score from a test taken on or after September 5, 2017. Only scores from the following tests will be accepted: TOEFL-iBT, TOEFL paper-delivered Test, TOEIC Listening and Reading, or the IELTS Academic Module.

Downloaded score reports will not be accepted. Submit the original or photocopies of paper score reports sent by ETS or the British Council.

IMPORTANT NOTES: Score reports from the Institutional Testing Program of TOEFL (TOEFL-ITP) and TOEIC (TOEIC-IP), TOEIC S&W, or other proficiency tests not specifically listed above are NOT ACCEPTED.

(8) The “Payment Verification” page (printed copy)

Please print out the “Payment Verification” page that will appear on the screen at the end of the payment process and include the sheet in your application package.

Tokyo Tech will NOT accept any payments made by cash or check.

Submission of application documents

All required documents must be sent to the Admissions Division of Tokyo Tech no later than September 5, 2019, by mail with the following mailing address:

Undergraduate Admissions
GroupStudent Services Department
Tokyo Institute of Technology
W8-103, 2-12-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8550 JAPAN
Tel: +81-3-5734-3990

Studying Japanese at Tokyo Tech

Even though you will study all subjects in English under the GSEP program, you are still required to study basic Japanese and will be encouraged to familiarize yourself with Japanese culture and further advance your Japanese language ability. The ability to study Japanese in Japan is a valuable experience that Tokyo tech seeks to provide for all of its international students. That is the reason why Tokyo Tech has Japanese language programs available at all levels, which are taught through the Japanese Language and Culture Course. 

For further details about Japanese language courses, please visit this site.

An exciting journey in the Land of the Rising Sun is awaiting you!

To sum up, the Tokyo Institute of Technology is a leading institution abundant in academic resources and scholarships to apply for. For students who are particularly dedicated to studying science, engineering, and technology, Tokyo Tech is undoubtedly the perfect fit for you!