1.CAMPUS Asia Program
Q1.Is the CAMPUS Asia Program not just the program running at the University of Tokyo?
A.The CAMPUS Asia Pilot Program is the name of an initiative promoted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Science (MEXT) under the name "Re-Inventing Japan Project." It has been initiated through a collaboration between three countries, Japan, China and South Korea, to promote inter-university exchanges. 10 participating universities in each country run programs jointly with partner institutions in the two other countries.
The Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo (GraSPP) was one of the 10 Japanese institutions selected to start its own CAMPUS Asia Program in 2011. GraSPP has tied up with the School of International Relations at Peking University (SIS) and the Graduate School of International Studies at Seoul National University (GSIS) to form a consortium to create three-way foreign exchange programs and double degree programs.
Q2.Will I be able to take Chinese language and Korean language lessons while studying at PKU and SNU?
A.Yes. In the CAMPUS Asia Program, all participating students are strongly encouraged to study the two languages during their periods of study abroad. Requirements vary. For Double Degree students registered with GraSPP and studying at PKU, taking the Chinese language course offered there is part of the requirements and those students will get a grade and credit. However, it is not compulsory for a Foreign Exchange student to take Chinese at PKU. Foreign Exchange students are permitted to take the Chinese language course as auditors without credit, and this we strongly encourage. While at SNU, tuition for participating students attending SNU language classes offered outside the GSIS curriculum will be fully covered. In all cases, language classes are either mutually tuition waived or fully covered by government subsidies.
Q3. Thesis is not required at GraSPP unless students intend to enter a PhD program. What about at SNU and PKU?
A.All Double Degree students at either SNU or PKU must write a thesis at the school chosen.
Q1.I'm considering a Double Degree (DD) with Peking University (PKU).
What is the timing for application?
A.In principle, the accreditation system at PKU does not recognize credits earned at other universities unless the student is also registered as a student at PKU. Therefore, a typical DD student who studies at PKU in his/her 2nd year needs to be registered at PKU when that student is in their 1st year. For example, if you want to study at PKU from September 2015, it is necessary for you to apply for a double degree at PKU by the end of March 2014 to be registered as a student at PKU from September 2014. (information valid as of June 2013)
Q2.What level of English proficiency is required?
A.The following TOEFL scores are required.
The University of Tokyo
(Double Degree and Exchange) TOEFL iBT85 (CBT 230, PBT 570)
(Double Degree) TOEFL iBT100 or above
(Exchange) TOEFL iBT90 or above
Seoul National University (Double Degree and Exchange) TOEFL iBT88 or above
The main purpose of this study abroad program is not to strengthen students' English skills. The program is meant to enable those students who already have sufficient English proficiency to study their areas of expertise in greater depth. Although students with relatively low TOEFL scores can apply for this program, they are expected to understand that their goal is to advance their specialist expertise and that, in order to achieve this, they must make serious efforts to reach the required level of English competence before study abroad.
Q3.I want to join the Campus Asia Program. Is it possible in this program to opt to go to just one of the partner universities?
A.No. You are required to earn credits at both SNU and PKU. Students cannot choose between SNU and PKU; they must study at all three universities. A three-way academic and cultural experience is the cornerstone of this program. We offer participating students a unique opportunity to broaden their intellectual horizons, and this is not negotiable.
Q4.I am a student in GraSPP but am not in the CAMPUS Asia Program. Can I study at SNU or PKU?
A.Call for applications for foreign exchange and double degree programs will be made whenever it is available. You can apply even if you are not a program student.
Please note that candidates(applicants)of Peking University must be non-Chinese citizen in order to participate in the double degree program or non-degree program, due to the Peking University's policy.
Q5.Can students from PKU or SNU take Japanese language class at GraSPP?
A.Yes. International students at GraSPP can take its specially customized Japanese language class according to their level, and CAMPUS Asia students from PKU and SNU in particular are strongly encouraged to do so. They can also take the Japanese class provided by the University (if spots are available and there is no timetable conflict with the curriculum). Japanese language classes are free of charge.
Q1.What levels of language proficiency in Chinese and Korean do I need?
A.Since you can take all the necessary courses at SNU and PKU in English, there is no formal requirement for you to have any knowledge of the Chinese or Korean languages. However, in order to make the most of your study and your experience, it is essential that you take steps to gain some basic knowledge of both Korean and Chinese (language "survival" skills at least, such as some simple daily conversational phrases) before you go.
Q2.I am a non-Japanese national. Can I apply for the Program?
A.Japanese and Korean nationals enrolled at GraSPP are only eligible to join the CAMPUS Asia Program at this moment. However, although their fees are waived by SNU and PKU for their study periods at those schools, Korean nationals are not eligible for scholarship (stipend and accommodation expenses) from China.
Ateention: Chinese citizen cannot participate in the double degree program or non-degree program, due to the Peking University's policy.
Q3.What are the prerequisites in order to receive an exemption from submitting my TOEFL scores?
A.An applicant is exempted from submitting TOEFL if he/she earned a bachelor's degree, a master's degree or the international equivalent thereof, from an institution in the U.K., Ireland, the U.S.A., Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
Q4.I am currently living outside Japan. Can I apply for the Program?
A.Yes. However, you must be able to present yourself at the Graduate School of Public Policy at Hongo Campus at a designated date and time for an interview for enrollment. No travel costs for the interview will be covered.
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Q5.Would it be advantageous for me to submit my TOEFL score anyway, even though I have completed my undergraduate degree in the United States?
A.Submitting your TOEFL scores would not be especially advantageous, but we would refer to the score when making a decision on your application.