Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. About Kyushu University

What kind of university is Kyushu University?

Founded in 1911, Kyushu University celebrates a history dating back more than 100 years. While guaranteeing educational quality at an international level, Kyushu University aims to be a top-level education and research hub marked by vitality and a willingness to address future issues with continual and autonomous reforms.
The university consists of 12 undergraduate schools, 18 graduate schools (graduate educational organizations), 16 faculties (graduate research organizations), 4 professional graduate schools, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Faculty of Arts and Science, and 5 research institutes. Also incorporating a substantial library and one of Japan’s largest university hospitals, it has developed into one of the nation’s leading core universities.

Where are Kyushu University’s campuses located?

The university is based in Fukuoka City, which enjoys convenient transport links to many cities in Asia.
There are four campuses in total: the Ito Campus, the Hospital Campus, the Ohashi Campus, and the Chikushi Campus.
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What kind of undergraduate and graduate schools does Kyushu University have?

There are 12 undergraduate schools and 18 graduate schools.

Who should I contact if I wish to study at Kyushu University as an international student?

If you wish to study at a Kyushu University graduate school: Please contact the relevant student section at the graduate school in question.
If you wish to study at a Kyushu University undergraduate school: Please contact the Admission Division.
Click here for further information if you wish to study at Kyushu University as an international exchange student.

Where can I find out about the academic year at Kyushu University?

Click here for details.

2. Degree Programs

Are there any degree programs taught in English?

Kyushu University has a number of international courses that enable students to gain a degree through the medium of English.
There are 5 undergraduate courses and 64 graduate courses.
We plan to increase the number of international courses in the future, as needed.
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How should I go about looking for a lecturer to become my supervisor?

Please use the Kyushu University Researcher Information database to find out which faculty members’ fields of specialism correspond to yours. Please also check each graduate school’s website to find out which faculty member would be most appropriate to approach from the perspective of undertaking ongoing research and then contact them directly by e-mail, etc. If you cannot find their contact details or are otherwise unable to get in touch with them, please inquire with the administrative department of the school/faculty to which that faculty member belongs.

3. Scholarships

How do I go about becoming a recipient of a Japanese government (Monbukagakusho) scholarship (government-sponsored international student)?

There are two routes: (1) embassy recommendation, involving recommendation by the Embassy or Consulate-General of Japan in your own country, or (2) university recommendation, involving application via the prospective university in Japan. Click here for details.
Please also refer to the following.
・Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports Science and Technology (MEXT)

What kind of scholarships are available for privately funded international students?

The scholarships offered by private foundations, etc. include the Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship administered by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) and Kyushu University’s own Friendship Scholarship. Please refer to the following for details.
・Click here if you are already enrolled as a student at Kyushu University
・Click here if you are considering studying abroad at Kyushu University in the future

Who should I contact if I wish to apply for a scholarship for privately funded international students?

[If you are already enrolled as a student at Kyushu University]
Please contact the Student Affairs Section of the undergraduate/graduate school at which you are enrolled.

[If you are considering studying abroad at Kyushu University in the future]
Once you have decided on the undergraduate/graduate school at which you wish to study, please contact that school’s Student Affairs Section.

Can I apply for a scholarship for privately funded international students if I do not speak Japanese?

Students may apply for the Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship and the Kyushu University Friendship Scholarship even if they do not speak Japanese.
The requirements for scholarships offered by private foundations, etc. vary according to the type of scholarship. Some scholarships require the application forms to be completed entirely in Japanese, while others permit them to be completed in English. Some scholarships require applicants to undergo an interview, with some conducting those interviews in Japanese only, while others permit them to be conducted in English if preferred. Click here to check each scholarship’s application guidelines for details. Please note that your chances to apply for a scholarship will be greater if you can speak even a little Japanese.

4. Dormitories, Visas, and Other Aspects of Student Life

Are there any student dormitories?

Newly enrolled international students may apply to live in Dormitory I, II, or III; Ito Harmony House; Ijiri International House; or Fukuoka International House. Click here for details.

How do I apply for a student visa?

The Support Center will assist you in applying for a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE). Click here for details.

My visa is due to expire soon. What should I do?

You need to complete the procedures required to extend your period of stay. Click here for details. Please come to the Support Center if there is anything that you do not understand.

How do I get to the dormitory from the airport?

You need to complete the procedures required to extend your period of stay. Click here for details. Please come to the Support Center if there is anything that you do not understand.

Is there anyone who can give me advice if I have a problem?

The International Student Center has an International Student Counseling Office, which can provide international students with advice on various matters concerning their studies and daily life. Click here for details.

I’m returning home soon. What do I need to do before I leave?

There are various things you must do before you leave Japan for good. Click here for details. Please come to the Support Center if there is anything that you do not understand.

I want to get a part-time job. What should I do?

If you wish to get a part-time job, you must apply for permission to engage in activity other than those permitted under the status of residence previously granted and be granted this permission by the immigration bureau. Click here for details. However, it is not recommended that government-sponsored international students engage in part-time work.

5. International Student Exchange

I want to study at Kyushu University on an exchange program. How do I apply?

Please consult the department in charge of international student exchange programs at your university. Application methods and deadlines differ from one university to another.

Is it possible to study abroad at Kyushu University as an exchange student with a tuition fee waiver if my university does not have a student exchange agreement with Kyushu?

No, it is not. Only students from universities that have concluded a student exchange agreement with Kyushu University may apply to become exchange students.

Where can I check the syllabus?

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I want to know about next year’s subjects and syllabuses.

The subjects and syllabuses are not finalized until shortly before the beginning of the semester.
Please refer to the information from the previous academic year.