1. About University of Aizu

(1) Why choose University of Aizu?

The University of Aizu is the first university in Japan solely dedicated to computer science and engineering. Our university offers advanced ICT (Information Communication Technology) and English education with unique computer environment and international campus. We are proud of our outstanding faculty, of whom around 40% from different countries in the world.

(2) What is your university mission?

Our mission is to foster the experts in computer science and engineering field, and foster students the innovation spirit and enterprising consciousness.

(3) Is any special provision made to help new students settle into the university?

As soon as you are admitted into our university, we will help you apply for a student visa and prepare enrollment. During your university time, our faculty members will offer expert instruction and support in learning, and our staff will help you handle the troubles in living. In addition, Japanese students will support you as a buddy so that you can get used to a new college life in Aizu as early as possible through daily life conversation. When you get in trouble for study, staff members at Global Office for Learning Support will help you in English.

(4) What curriculum do you follow?

Our curriculum follows CS2005 and CSC 2013 which are guidelines for Computer Science education indicated by ACM/IEEE.

(5) What opportunities do you have to develop ICT skills?

We have various Student Cooperative Class Projects (SCCPs) to help you get hands-on research experience, have start-up Workshops to help you realize your ideas, and have many internship opportunities in Japanese and overseas companies to facilitate practical learning.

(6) Where do your faculty members come from?

Our faculty members are openly recruited from the world. The experts in related research fields are recruited from 16 countries.

(7) What is your faculty-to-student ratio?

Our faculty members provide accessible instruction with a student-faculty ratio of approximately 10:1.

(8) What is the average class size at University of Aizu?

Most undergraduate classes have 20 or fewer students on average.

2. Admission and examination

(1) Where can I find the Application Guide and related materials?

Please find the Application Guide, Application Form, and Form of Letter of Recommendation from the following page.

(2) Will the classes be conducted entirely in English?

Yes, all educational activities, including lectures, exercises, homework, tests, presentations, are conducted entirely in English.

(3) Do I need Japanese language proficiency?

Japanese language ability is not required. We will provide Japanese language classes for international students to help you improve Japanese language ability and learn Japanese culture.

(4) What kind of examinations should I take?

Our examination process consists only of documentary screening. However, if needed, an online interview via Skype will be conducted.

(5) What kinds of documents should I prepare?

The following six documents are required.

  1. Application Form
  2. Diploma, Certificate of Expected Graduation, or Certificate of Enrollment;
  3. Certificated Transcript (issued by the applicant's high school, etc.)
  4. Certificate of Academic Proficiency (Results of SAT, IB, EJU or HKDSE)
  5. Certificate of English Proficiency (Scores of TOEFL-iBT, IELTS, TOEIC, or EIKEN)
  6. Letter of Recommendation

For details, please refer to Application Guide below, especially item 3. Application Requirements and item 6.(4)Application Documents.

(6) Can I apply for the ICT Global Program if I have Japanese nationality?

Yes. A Japanese student can also join the program and study in the University of Aizu in English as long as he/she meets the application eligibility.

(7) Can a non-Japanese student living in Japan apply for the program?

Yes. A student living in Japan can apply for the program as long as he/she meets the application eligibility. He/she can apply for the program in the same way as students living overseas.

(8) Can I apply with my Cambridge International Examination (CIE) Advanced Levels (A-Levels) as that is recognized as equivalent to SAT or IB?

We are sorry but currently the CIE A-level cannot be accepted for the admission application. If possible, you can take the SAT, IB, EJU, ACT or HKDSE for admission. For details, please refer to Application Guide item 3. Application Requirements (2).

(9) Do I also need SAT 1 (Mathematics and English)?

SAT 1 is not required. If you would like to take SAT, please submit the results of Mathematics level 2 and Science (Physics). For details, please refer to Application Guide item 3. Application Requirements (2).

(10) Can I submit my application online?

You can email all the documents in a PDF format in advance. In the case, we will check and correct the documents via email to give you some instruction for its revision. Please make sure that you have enough time to prepare for the application documents.

(11) Should I appear for the entrance examination held in the University of Aizu for the undergraduate admission?

There is no need of appearing for the entrance examination. Our admission is based only on documentary screening. However, if necessary, an online interview via Skype will be conducted.

(12) Will I be given any assistance for acquiring a Student Visa?

After you have been admitted to our university, our staff will contact you to help you apply for a student visa.

3. Education contents, curriculum, and degree, future career

(1) Will my bachelor's degree be in "Computer Science and Engineering" or something relating to the field of Computer Science and Engineering?

You will obtain the diploma of the bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering.

(2) Is it possible for a student in this program to take ICT courses in Japanese?

Yes, you can also take the courses given in Japanese for credits, which are similar or equivalent to the courses in the Advanced ICT Global Program. However, the credits for the Bachelor's degree in this program should be acquired mainly from the courses taught in English.

(3) Will I have opportunities to study and do any activity with Japanese students?

We have a buddy program in which Japanese students support your daily life and study as a buddy individually. You can also play sports and go shopping with them. Further, you can spend a fun time with Japanese students through activities of Global Lounge, circle and laboratory.

(4) Is there Japanese language and cultural education in the program?

Sure. Japanese language classes at the beginner level, the intermedia level, and the business level will be offered to improve your Japanese proficiency gradually. In addition, a course of Aizu Study in English will be offered to help you obtain insights into Japanese culture and history.

(5) Is it possible to work in Japan after graduation?

Yes, there is great possibility to work in Japan after graduation. Many overseas graduates of UoA are working at excellent Japanese companies or organizations.

(6) Is there any support for job hunting?

Yes, except for lectures on job hunting and career design, we will provide information of companies on requests and give guidance of job hunting. Moreover, our staff can give person-to-person instruction on career development, as well as job-hunting skills to international students. Besides, persons in charge of employment from leading companies and relevant specialists from recruitment magazines are invited to our employment guidance meetings.

(7) What level of Japanese is required for job hunting?

It depends on your targeting companies or institutions. Generally, N2 is required at least.

4. Tuition, fee, expenses, etc.

(1) What are the tuition, admission fee, and examination fee?

Tuition 520,800 JPY (around 4,000 USD) per year. Payment in two installments of 260,400 JPY each by the end of Apr. and by the end of Oct.

Payment for Admission
Admission Fee Insurance Fee Others Total
564,000 JPY 3,300 JPY 82,300 JPY 649,600 JPY

Living Expenses
Housing Food Recreation Total
20,000~60,000 JPY 30,000 JPY 10,000 JPY 60,000~100,000 JPY

*Living expenses depend on where and how you live, but these are approximate costs of living in Aizuwakamatsu city.

(2) Could the tuition, admission fee, and examination fee be exempted?

Our tuition is set to a reasonable level, i.e. 520,800 JPY a year. Basically we will not give the exemption of tuition.

(3) Is there scholarship available at the time of admission?

After enrollment, there are opportunities for applying scholarships. Here is the list of potential scholarship programs for international students.

Competitive Scholarship Programs (partial list)Monthly Amount
Japanese Government Scholarship Program 117,000 JPY
Japanese Government Scholarship Program (Top Global University Project) 117,000 JPY
Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for privately-financed international students 48,000 JPY
Rotary Yoneyama Scholarship 100,000 JPY

(4) Can I do part-time jobs while studying in the University of Aizu?

Yes, but with some restriction to foreign students. For details, please refer to the link below.

5. Life and environment

(1) Do you provide an on-campus accommodation for international students?

Yes, we provide an on-campus dormitory for international students. Please visit the following website for detailed information.

(2) What kinds of social activities can I join and enjoy?

Many kinds of activities are held in the university. Just mention a few, visiting villages and contacting Japanese families is fun and helpful to understand the traditional Japanese culture and life style.Further, many international students join activities of Aizu Wakamatsu International Association.

(3) Do I have internship opportunities in Japanese companies?

Internship in Japan or overseas are encouraged. We can introduce the internship programs for you.

(4) Where is the University of Aizu located?

The University of Aizu is located in Aizuakamatsu city, Fukushima Prefecture, about 320km north of Tokyo, about 190km south of Sendai, and about 100km east of Niigata.

(5) What kind of effects did the accident in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant have on Aizuwakamatsu city?

Aizuwakamatsu is located about 100 kilometers to the west of the Fukushima nuclear power plants. The Aizu region was hardly affected by the accident. The radiation level has been at the safe level since the Great East Japan Earthquake. This is a good place to live with kind local citizens, healthy food, and a safe environment.

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