This section, FAQ Admissions, is designed for those who wish to apply to MPP/IP via the GraSPP Online Application System. For those who wish to apply for IMF-JISPA Scholarship and GraSPP – Sciences Po Dual Degree Joint Admission, please refer to the respective links found on the type of admissions.Q1.Is there an open campus day or similar event open to prospective applicants?A.No. While GraSPP does not have a specific open campus day, the UTokyo Hongo campus is open to the public. The GraSPP classes are not open for public viewing. (Oct. 9, 2019)
Q2.Can I enroll as a research student prior to entering MPP/IP Program?
A.No. GraSPP does not have research student system prior to entering MPP/IP. (Oct. 9, 2019)
- Q3.How many applicants are accepted for MPP/IP every year?
Q4.Do I need to contact GraSPP faculty before submitting MPP/IP application?
A.No. Since MPP/IP does not have academic advisor to each student, it is not necessary to obtain any permission from GraSPP faculty before applying. (Oct. 9, 2019)
Q5.Do you have any prerequisites of academic background?
A.No. We do not have any prerequisites. Applicants from a broad pool are welcome. (Nov.22 2018)
Q6.I have noticed that the submission of a GRE score is strongly recommended. I have a GMAT score instead. Is GMAT acceptable for application purposes?
A.No. We do not accept score of GMAT. (Nov.22 2018)
Q7.Should the two letters of reference be submitted directly by the referees via the GraSPP Online Application System ?
A.Yes. The referees are requested to send letters of reference electronically via the GraSPP Online Application System. For details, please see the User Guide for Applicants. (Oct. 9, 2019)
Q8.If the date of graduation is indicated on my official transcript, would it suffice as official proof of graduation?
A.No. Unless both of the name and the date of the degree awarded are written on the official transcript, applicants have to submit the official proof of graduation. For details, please see the Application Guidelines and the User Guide for Applicants. (Oct. 9, 2019)
Q9.Is it possible for my college to send official proof of graduation and any official transcripts directly to your office of admissions by express mail?
A.Yes, The original hard copy of official proof of graduation and official transcripts can be sent directly to the MPP/IP Desk from your school. Please obtain the PDF file(s) from your school so that you can upload the file(s) to the GraSPP Online Application System by the application deadline. (Oct. 9, 2019)
Q10.How do I submit official documents through the online application?
A.Please refer to the Application Guidelines. (Oct. 15, 2019)
Q11.Can I directly send the application fee to GraSPP?
A.No. Payment must be made via e-shiharai online payment system. If you do not have credit card of your own, relatives or acquaintances may make the payment on your behalf. If you cannot make the payment through e-shiharai for any reason, please contact the MPP/IP Desk. (Oct. 9, 2019)
Q12.I was accepted to the MPP/IP, but am unable to enroll as scheduled due to personal reasons. Is it possible to postpone my enrollment to the next intake?
A.No. Unfortunately you cannot defer your enrollment as your admission is only valid for the coming intake. If you wish to enroll for the MPP/IP for the next intake, you will have to re-apply and go through the screening process again. (Nov.22 2018)
Q13.Do you have minimum score requirement for English Proficiency tests?
A.No. Score of TOEFL iBT89 or IELTS 6.5 is expected, but scores of TOEFL iBT100 or IELTS 7.0 are strongly recommended. (Nov.22 2018)
Q14.When requesting to send TOEFL official score reports on ETS homepage, what do I choose for "School Type" and "Department Group"?
GraSPP Institution Code for TOEFL is 8554.
Please select as follows on the ETS homepage.
School Type: Graduate Schools
Department Group: Any Department Not Listed
When requesting via FAX or Mail, please enter the following.
Name of Department: leave blank
Department Code: 99
Q15.Is an electronic version of the Official Score Report of TOEFL or IELTS acceptable ?
A.Yes. Either electronic or hard copy is acceptable. (Oct. 9, 2019)
Q16.When does the Official Score Report of TOEFL need to reach your school?
A.As long as you request the testing organization to provide the official score to GraSPP before the online application deadline, you do not worry about when it reaches GraSPP. We do not respond to inquiries whether the score has reached the MPP/IP Desk. (Oct. 10, 2019)
Q17.Is there any preparation advice for Online Timed Video/Written assessments via Kira Talent?
A.No, there is no preparation needed. You will be asked questions to assess general capabilities. (Nov.22 2018)
Q18.I have already prepared notarized translation of official transcript and the proof of graduation. Should I submit the original official documents written in language other than English?
A.Yes, you need to submit the original documents written in original language and the notarized documents in English, both via the GraSPP Online Application System and by post. (Oct. 9, 2019)
Q19.What do I send as the original official application documents?
A.See the following for a list of documents to be sent.
- C. Official Transcript
- D. Official Proof of Graduation
- I. Photocopy of Passport Portrait Page
- K. Letter of Endorsement (If applicable)
- M. Photocopy of Award Letter (If applicable)
- N. Photocopy of Resident Card (If applicable)
Mailing address can be found here.
Q20.I didn’t receive any emails from the MPP/IP Desk on the announcement date. What does that mean?
A.That means you have failed. No annoucement will be made to those who did not pass. Please confirm the announcement available on MPP/IP homepage. (Oct. 9, 2019)
Q1.I do not fulfill the requirements for a scholarship from either ADB or WB since I have no experience working full-time. Are there any other scholarships available from the UTokyo?
A.Successful applicants can apply for scholarships directly from the University of Tokyo. Basically, these scholarships are only available to students who have already been accepted into a program of study at the UTokyo. In many cases, Japanese language skills are required. Therefore, we strongly recommend self-financed applicants to seek a financial support by themselves well in advance.
Q2.As for the UTokyo Fellowship scholarship, it says "for further details, contact the relevant graduate school" in the University website. I would like to know further details such as, the application period and the evaluation method.
A.As for the UTokyo Fellowship, GraSPP cannot introduce any of applicants to this scholarship before their enrollment. As in the reference site, applicants should be formally admitted as a self-funded students with outstanding performance. (Nov.22 2018)
Q3.Can I apply for both scholarship (ADB & WB) if I am eligible for both?
A.Yes, we recommend that you apply for both. However, applicants can only receive one of the scholarships. (Nov.22 2018)
Q4.I am a JJ/WBGSP scholar. How will my admission fee be paid?
A.If you are a JJ/WBGSP, ADB-JSP or JISPA scholar, the admission fees and tuition will be paid to the University of Tokyo directly from those organizations.
Q5.How long does it take to receive the first stipend payment after I submit my bank account information?
A.The first stipend payment should be sent to your account about one month after submitting the details of your account in Japan. So please be well prepared to pay living costs for at least a month until you receive your first stipend payment. If you need to pay the down payment for an apartment rental contract, you will need more cash in hand. (The down payment will not be reimbursed by the scholarship).
Q6.I would like to apply for private scholarships. Could you provide any information for me?
A.If you would like to apply for private scholarships through our university, please submit the “Application Form for Scholarships from Private Foundations” together with your latest transcript (original) after being admitted. The International Student Adviser will then provide you with scholarship information by e-mail as information becomes available. Private scholarships are difficult to obtain in Japan, and they often require high Japanese language ability.
Q7.Can I apply for several scholarships with the university’s recommendation simultaneously?
A.No. You can be recommended by the University of Tokyo for only one scholarship at a time. This rule is in place to save the university any complication should students decline a scholarship which was secured with the university’s recommendation. Therefore, please choose your scholarship applications very carefully when you apply through the university.
Q8.How can I apply for MPP/IP with MEXT scholarship?
1:You are applying for MPP/IP and would like to be awarded MEXT scholarship through embassy.
Unfortunately, MPP/IP’s application schedule is not compatible with that of the MEXT scholarship program since we cannot give you entry permission until March.
2: You are a MEXT scholar enrolled in the other university as a research student and would like to apply for MPP/IP.
All the necessary procedures for transfer need to be done by the university you are currently enrolled at. Therefore, please talk to your international student adviser (or the person in charge of such matters) to check the necessary procedures for transfer and the timing. Be sure to notify him/her about your plan to transfer to GraSPP, since it will be impossible to transfer to a different university as a MEXT scholar if you fail to go through the necessary procedures within the designated time frame.
3: You would like to apply to the Japanese Government (MEXT) scholarship through University Recommendation.
Regarding MEXT scholarship, unfortunately due to the budget constraints, it is not available every year. The chance of being awarded is very slim. (Nov.22 2018)
3. Accommodation & Visa
Q1.I cannot speak Japanese at all and am worried about daily life in Japan. Especially during the initial few weeks after arrival, there are many procedures to go through such as issuing resident card, signing a rental contract, etc. Can I get any help with these procedures?
A.Newly arriving international students will have their own “tutor” (an English speaking senior student) as their supporting partner. The tutor will help you with above mentioned and other procedures and also daily life in general after you arrive in Japan. (Nov.22 2018)
Q2.What are the screening standards for applicants to the international dormitories?
A.Various factors are considered favorable to a student’s application, including the applicant’s financial situation and the balance of student numbers between faculties etc. It is extremely difficult to be accepted to UTokyo dormitories, but Exchange and DD students are prioritized. (Nov.22 2018)
Q3.I am an ADB/WB scholar and will participate in the summer preparatory course. Is it possible for the University of Tokyo to arrange a dormitory room for me during the period?
A.Unfortunately you will need to find accommodation by yourself. For help, see the information package provided by GraSPP.(Nov.22 2018)
Q4.I would like to share an apartment with other students. Is it possible for the university to help me find a roommate?
A.We are unable to help you find a roommate unfortunately.(Nov.22 2018)
Q5.I would like to rent an apartment in Tokyo, but I have no relatives or friends in Japan. Is it possible to ask the university to be my ‘guarantor’ for the contract?
A.Yes, the University of Tokyo will act as guarantor for international students when they rent an apartment. Please visit the International Support Group at our Head Office with your tutor after arriving in Japan. A detailed explanation and necessary documents will be provided. (Nov.22 2018)
Q6.I would like to apply for a dependent visa for my spouse. Should I send the application together with mine to the international student adviser?
A.As mentioned in our documents, support may be provided only to students and not to their family members. Please send us your application only. Your spouse needs to go through visa procedures independently.
4. Course Registration
Q1.Can I also take Japanese-taught courses in addition to English-taught courses as an MPP/IP student?
A.Yes. You may take any Japanese-taught courses with credit. There is no specific requirements for Japanese proficiency but please understand that the materials, exams and reports will all be in (academic) Japanese. Please attend any classes that interest you during the first week in order to decide whether you would like to continue nor not. Be sure to check your completion requirement which includes minimum number of credits for English-taught courses. (Nov.22 2018)
Q2.Will I receive documents regarding the MPP/IP course (eg, detailed information on course content, grading methods and so on) before my enrollment?
A.We will distribute syllabi with detailed information on course content (including grading methods) at the orientation, which will be held before the start of the semester. The same information is also available on our website: http://www.pp.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/education/courses/ (Nov.22 2018)
Q3.Is there a limit as to how many credits I can take per semester?
A.You can register up to 38 credits per year, so please consider this number when registering courses. It’s up to you how you divide those credits between the two semesters.
5. DD & Exchange Program
Q1.When can I apply for the DD/Ex. programs?
A.You can apply for the DD/Ex. programs after information session, generally scheduled for mid-October, until mid-November. (Nov.22 2018)
Q2.How competitive to apply to these programs? How many apply and how many will be nominated?
A.Roughly speaking, about the half of the applicants are nominated to the destination universities in the past years. Usually, 1 - 2 students are nominated to each university both Ex. and DD programs. However, the competitiveness quite depends on the year and your choices of program/university to apply for.
Q3.What is the required TOEFL score to apply to these programs? Can I replace my TOEFL score after submitting application?
A.iBT>90 for DD programs; iBT>85 for Ex. programs at the time of application at GraSPP. (*Some universities require higher score.) Yes, you can replace your TOEFL score as many times as possible before the application deadline.
Q4.Are there other scholarship programs available?
A.There are many types of scholarship programs listed at the “Todai Go Global” site. Most of the past GraSPP students were able to find some scholarship programs on their own for studying at their destination universities.
Post-graduation - Career PathQ1.What kind of career support could I get if I join the program? And If possible, could I also have some more information on the employment outcome of the GrasPP, particularly on the outcome of international students who successfully worked in Japan after graduation?A.Please click here to find 'Career path of MPP/IP students after graduation' The University of Tokyo has been enhancing the alumni network and that may help you to find useful information when you try finding job.