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To enter the GSGES as a regular student, you need to pass either of the following entrance examinations (cf. Entrance Examinations). For details, refer to the gudelines of the examinations.
-General Entrance Examination
-IEMP Entrance Examination
To enter the GSGES as a research student, refer to this page.

The IEMP Entrance Examination is an entrance examination for admission to the English-taught “International Environmental Management Program (IEMP)”. This is an entrance examination for outstanding international students, and there are application requirements such as having won a scholarship.

It is conducted in the General Entrance Examination. Working adults can also apply for the IEMP Entrance Examination and other selections if they meet their requirements.

Please refer to the application guidelines.

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Refer to “Faculty Members and Departments.”
Please note that you should contact the faculty member of your interest before application for examination. If you are or have been a student at a foreign university, please contact AAO before contacting the faculty member.
Also, some faculty members and study areas may not be accepting students, so please check the application guidelines to know who are accepting students in the examination.

If you are or have been enrolled at a foreign university, please apply to the AAO.
Otherwise, find the contact information in the individual page of the faculty member in “Faculty Members and Departments” and then contact them by email.

Apply if you are or have been enrolled in a foreign university (not required if you graduated from a Japanese university only). Note that this is not required if you are already enrolled in the GSGES (e.g. research students).

In principle, reapplication is not allowed, but may be allowed depending on the reason the faculty member declined your contact. Please check with the AAO for details.

If you do not receive a reply for several weeks or if the application deadline of the examination is approaching while you are waiting, please contact the GSGES office.

Refer to the following information at the webpage of AAO.
・AAO Application Procedures
・Frequently Asked Questions
If the above does not solve your questions, please contact AAO.

Application for examination Application documents
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It is not necessary to have won a scholarship at the time of application, but you must have won a scholarship at the time of enrollment. (Except in the case you are applying for the Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) or the MEXT Special Scholarship Program, which are offered by the GSGES).

International students can apply for both of the examinations.

You can pursue your degree in English even if you do not enroll in the IEMP course,

Applications from Japanese nationals who have completed most of the curriculum overseas may be accepted.

Please consult with the faculty member of your interest to make a decision.

Eligibility screening is not required if you meet the requirements on the examination guidelines.
If you are not sure whether you meet the following requirements of the Master’s course, contact AAO.
【Master’s course】
・A bachelor’s degree program at a university (minimum of 16 years total education) outside Japan
・A degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree by completing studies with an enrollment term of at least three years (including the completion of such studies of relevant subjects in Japan via a correspondence course provided by a school in a foreign country, and the completion of studies at an educational facility accredited as having an approved curriculum under the educational system of said country, or those corresponding to such studies as designated by the Minister of MEXT) at a university or other school in a country outside Japan (only those universities or schools for which the overall conditions of education and research activities have been assessed by a party authorized by the government of said country or the organization concerned, or those corresponding to such entities as designated by the Minister of MEXT)

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Please ask someone you know who understands Japanese, or refer to conversion sites on the Internet. If you are not sure, you can leave it blank.

Upload your application via Online Application System. For details, refer to the examination guidelines.

Yes. For details, please refer to the enrollment procedure guideline, which will be sent after passing the examination.

No. Please submit the original paper-based documents issued by the university (including attested copies by the university).

No. Please submit the documents issued by the university (including copies attested by the university).

No. (Documents submitted for an entrance examinations which was held within a certain period in the past may be possible. Please contact the GSGES office for details.)

Yes.
Note that pictures or screenshots of online score verification pages, etc. are not accepted. Also note that, as a rule, submission of the original documents for the enrollment procedure must be in paper form issued by the test administration organization.

No. We do not accept English scores sent directly from the test administration organization.

English score is required for the General Entrance Examination.
(It is not required for IEMP Entrance Examination.)

No, they are not accepted. 

 
Taking examination Financial aids
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For the General Entrance Examination, applicants from overseas do not need to travel to Japan, as the interview is administered online. IEMP Special Entrance Examination is administered online only.

Date and time cannot be changed unless there are special circumstances that make it unavoidable. Please note that even in the case of unavoidable special circumstances, we may not be able to accommodate a change.

That depends on the study area or the faculty members. We recommend that you contact them.

We do not disclose how we convert the English scores.

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Please refer to the following page of the University’s website.
Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship
Please note that applications for the MEXT Special Pscholarship Program may be available in the IEMP Entrance Examination. For more information, please refer to the examinations guidelines of the IEMP Entrance Examination.

Applications are available in the IEMP Entrance Examination.
Please note that applicants must go through the eligibility screening before application for the examination.

Please refer to the following pages of the University’s website.
(Japanese students) https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/current/how-to/financial-aid/other-scholarship-opportunities
(International students) https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/education-campus/procedures/scholarships

Please refer to the following pages on the University’s website.
Tuition exemption and admission fee exemption/deferment

Please refer to the appropriate information on the University’s website.
For more detailed procedures, please refer to the guideline of the enrollment procedure for scholarship applications and the notice attached to the “Notice of Success in the Entrance Examination” for the loan repayment exemption offer system.
(Please note that the GSGES does not accept applications for reserved scholarships.)

 
Enrollment Education
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The GSGES office will apply for the “Certificate of Eligibility (CoE)” on behalf of the successful applicants (except for the recipients of Japanese Government Scholarship and JICA students) three months prior to enrollment. Kyoto University International Service Office (KUISO) will then contact you about the necessary procedures. For details, please refer to the information provided with “Notice of Success in the Entrance Examination”.
Reference: Kyoto University International Service Office, “Application for Certificate of Eligibility

Please apply for change of residence status according to the instructions on the guideline for enrollment procedures.

Please refer to the following University website.
Housing Guidebook for International Researchers and Students

In addition, the University’s affiliated facilities are as follows
Kyoto University Lodging Facilities and International House
Applications will be accepted in early January for students enrolling in April and in early July for students enrolling in October. If you wish to apply, please contact your academic supervisor at the start of the application period after you have passed your exam.

 
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See Internship Study for the list of organizations/institutions which have accepted our students recently.

For more information about the program, please check “Guideline for Internship Program” posted in the above page.

The GSGES has concluded double degree programs with the following three universities in its master’s program.
Mahidol University (Thailand), IPB University (Indonesia), and Tsinghua University (China).
For more information about the program, please visit this page (Japanese language only).
*Dispatch to the partner universities is available to master’s students who enroll in April.”

Please refer to this page of the University’s website and the “Guide to Studying Abroad“.
*The above webpages are in Japanese only.