School of Humanities/Graduate School of Humanities: How to Apply for Research Student (non-regular student) Program for October 2022 Admission
▸Only those who meet the language proficiency requirements at the time of application (as of March 1st, 2022) can apply.
Definition of Research Student (non-degree-seeking student)
Undergraduate research student: Those who possess a bachelor's degree and conduct research in a specialized field at an undergraduate department.
Graduate research student: Those who possess a master's degree and conduct research in a specialized field at a graduate school.
Requirements for Applicants
Applicants whose native language is neither Japanese nor English must satisfy one of the following requirements:
(1) Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N1 or above (A score above 150 is desirable).
(2) TOEFL - minimum score of 80 iBT; 213 CBT;
(3) IELTS - overall band 6.0 or higher;
(4) Those applicants studying/studied at institutions in English or Japanese-speaking programs and will complete/completed their degrees.
Note to those who wish to apply for English-based G30 graduate programs after accepted as a research student: We highly recommend that you refer to the application requirements for the G30 programs in the following website to see if you satisfy the prerequisites: http://admissions.g30.nagoya-u.ac.jp/apply/#apply_8
1. Find a program and faculty member with whom you wish to work (your prospective academic supervisor).
■ Faculty of Linguistics and Cultural Studies Program (English)
■ Faculty of Japan-in-Asia Program (English)
■ Faculty at the School/Graduate School of Humanities (English & Japanese)
*Please note for some changes in the fields of study after April, 2022
2. Complete the online application.
2A (Group Ⅰ). If your prospective academic supervisor is affiliated to one of the following fields, you need to access Nagoya University Admission Assistance System (NU-AAS) with your research proposal(※) and a copy of your academic transcript and complete the online application.
The application period is March 1st , 10:00 am to 10th, 12:00 pm [JST].
Linguistics, Japanese Linguistics, English and American Literature, French Language and Literature, German Studies, German Cultural Studies, Chinese Linguistics and Literature, Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language, English Language Education, Applied Japanese Linguistics, Chinese Philosophy, Indian Philosophy, Asian History, History of Art, Cultural Anthropology, Socio-cultural Change Studies, Gender Studies, and Media, Culture, and Society.
Please note that you are required to carefully check that all the inputted contents and attached documents are correct before submission.
We do not accept any insufficient or incorrect applications.
2B (Group Ⅱ). If your prospective academic supervisor is affiliated to one of the following fields, please directly contact them by mid-February before you complete the online application (Nagoya University Admission Assisutance System [NU-AAS]). When contacting them, we highly recommend stating your research topic and attaching your CV and research proposal(※).
Japanese Literature, English Linguistics, Philosophy, Greek and Latin Classics, Japanese History, Occidental History, Archaeology, Cinema Studies, Japanese Cultural Studies, Sociology, Geography (graduate research students in Sociology, and Geography are affiliated with the Graduate School of Environmental Studies), and Psychology (graduate research students are affiliated with the Graduate School of Informatics).
→Once you obtain a preliminary approval from your prospective academic supervisor, please access Nagoya University Admission Assistance System (NU-AAS) with your research proposal(※) and a copy of your academic. transcript and complete the online application. The application period is March 1st , 10:00 am to 10th, 12:00 pm [JST].
- For your research proposal, please use the designated form and attach a reference list.
※Research Proposal.docx (Please click and download the form here.)
- Graduate students should submit the academic records for both undergraduate and graduate studies.
- Note that you can only apply to one field from either one of the two options, Group Ⅰ or Group Ⅱ. Do not create multiple accounts using different email addresses.
3. The application guideline will be sent only to those who obtain a preliminary approval after applying for the First Step of NU-AAS. Please apply as instructed in the guideline.
 Application period of Second Step on NU-AAS: April 8th to May10th, 12:00pm (JST)
 Submission period of the original copies and application fees : May 13th to 20th
Q1. Can I apply with a JLPT N1 score lower than 150?
A1. Yes, you can. However, if you intend to enroll in a regular graduate program taught in Japanese, posessing a JLPT N1 score of 150 or above is desirable.
Q2. Can I use a score of TOEIC or CET (College English Test) issued in China as a proof of language ability?
A2. Unfortunately, we accept neither TOEIC nor CET test results.
Q3. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I could not take JLPT. Can I apply without a JLPT N1 score?
A3. You can apply without a JLPT N1 score only if you satisfy one of (2)-(4) in the [Requirements for Applications] above.
Q4. Do I need to submit an academic transcript of my exchange study?
A4. No, you don't.
Q5. Do I need to contact my prospective academic supervisor in advance?
A5. Please read 2A (Group Ⅰ) and 2B (Group Ⅱ) above carefully. If you are applying for Group II, it is mandatory that you contact your prospective academic supervisor in advance. You may also contact your prospective supervisor even if you are applying for Group I.
Q6. I have obtained a preliminary approval from my prospective academic supervisor, could you send me the application guideline?
A6. After you obtain a preliminary approval from your prospective academic supervisor, please first finish the online application (Step 2). We will then send the application guideline by email.
Q7. When will I know the result of First Step of NU-AAS?
A7. Please read "Application Checklist".
Q8. I didn't obtain a preliminary approval from my prospective academic supervisor. I want to know the reason.
A8. Please contact your prospective academic supervisor directly.
Q9. I sent the application materials. Will you let me know when you receive them?
A9. You will only be contacted when we find a problem regarding the application documents.
▶Contact (by emails only):
Mail address: prospective_hum[at]adm.nagoya-u.ac.jp
(Please change [at] to @.)
Please make the title "Application for research student program for October 2022)".
＊Please read carefully all the instructions above and the Instruction Guide and Application Checklist found on the top page of NU-AAS before sending an inquiry.
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