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Information for International Students

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Language

At the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, courses are provided in English in principle if international students attend the courses. Students can complete their programs only in English.
For more information on the curriculum, refer to the link below.

  1. Outline of the curriculum
  2. Course subject list - Master's Program
  3. Course subject list - Doctoral Program

Types of entrance exams

The graduate school prepares two types of entrance exams: the general entrance exam (including the entrance exam for working people) and the special selection for international students.

General entrance exam (including the entrance exam for working people)

It is conducted on the Sapporo Campus, where the graduate school is located, in August (first round) and in January (second round) (please note that the second round may not be conducted depending on the outcome of the first round). The first round is targeted at those wishing to enter the school either in October of the same year or in April of the next year. The second round is targeted at those wishing to enter in April of the same year when the exam is conducted.

Special selection for international students

An oral exam is conducted using Skype for those who have difficulty in visiting Japan for an entrance exam and who have obtained an informal approval from the responsible faculty member of the graduate school. Applications are accepted via the application website. The exam is conducted in July for those wishing to enter in October of the same year.

For more information on the qualification review, the application procedures, the screening method and the exam date and time, check the application guidelines for each entrance exam in the link below.

  1. Entrance exam information

Finding a faculty member who hosts international students

  • Using Details of Laboratories and List of Faculty on the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering website for reference to search for a desired faculty member.
    A mismatch between the research of the faculty member and the desired research of the student sometimes occurs. Check the website and papers written by the faculty member carefully.
  • Contact the graduate school
    Send your Curriculum Vitae and previous studies as well as details of your desired research, study plan and faculty member to the Student Affairs Office of the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering by e-mail.

Scholarship information

The graduate school does not have its own scholarship program. If you wish to apply for Japanese Government Scholarship for Overseas Research Students, inform the graduate school accordingly. For more information on the system, refer to the link below.

Japanese Government Scholarship for Overseas Research Students (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology website)

Educational programs

In addition to the regular curriculum, the graduate school provides the Medical Physics Educational Program (including the Rare/Pediatric Cancer Biomedical Science and Engineering Program) and the Medical Device Development Program (only master’s program). A diploma is granted to those who have completed the programs.

Medical Physics Educational Program

This has been accredited as a medical physics education course that meets lecture/clinical standards complying with the education curriculum guidelines set by the Japanese Board for Medical Physicist Qualification (JBMP). Those who have completed this course are given preferential treatment in gaining certification as a medical physicist.
The program includes the Master’s Program, the Combined Master’s and Doctoral Program and the Doctoral Program (for more information, refer to the Medical Physics Educational Program).
In the all programs, students are required to study subjects in the regular curriculum as well as undergraduate subjects provided outside the graduate school.
The medical physicist examination is conducted in Japanese, and most undergraduate subjects are provided in Japanese. Credits earned in an undergraduate school may be recognized in the programs, but if such credits are not enough to complete the programs, students will have to study subjects provided only in Japanese.

  1. List of subjects in the Medical Physics Educational Program

Medical Device Development Program (only Master’s Program)

Students learn basic subjects related to biomedical engineering, including the characteristics and functions of the human body that are necessary for the research and development of medical devices and the effects of radiation on the human body, and applied subjects related to medical device design and the handling of medical images and medical information. These subjects are included in the regular curriculum.

  1. List of subjects in the Medical Device Development Program

For more information on the programs, refer to the link below.

  1. What is a medical physicist?