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FAQ - Prospective International Student

As of April 1, 2015

Regarding Yokohama

Regarding Yokohama National University (YNU)

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Regarding Student Life

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Prospective Undergraduate Student

Regarding Undergraduate Student Admissions

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Other Questions Regarding Colleges

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Prospective Graduate Student

Regarding Graduate Student Admissions

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Prospective Research Student (kenkyusei,non-degree)

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Others

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Regarding Yokohama

What is Yokohama like?
Yokohama is the second largest city after the 23 wards of central Tokyo, with a population of about 3.7 million people. It is the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture and has an international trading port with a long history, as well as Japan’s largest Chinatown.
Yokohama is located only 30 minutes from Tokyo (by train), 30 minutes from Haneda Airport (by highway bus) and 90 minutes from Narita Airport (by the JR Narita Express or highway bus).
Are prices high in Yokohama?
They are basically the same as in Tokyo and Osaka.

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Regarding Yokohama National University (YNU)

How can I obtain an English brochure of YNU?
You can download Prospectus and other English brochures from here.
Where in Yokohama is YNU located?
YNU is located almost at the center of Yokohama, in Hodogaya Ward. The campus is a 15- or 20-minute bus ride from Yokohama Station, a 16-minute walk from Mitsuzawa-kamicho Station (Yokohama Municipal Subway), or a 20-minute walk from Wadamachi Station (Sotetsu Line). For details, please click here.
When was YNU established?
YNU was founded in 1949 as the successor to the Yokohama Normal School, the Kanagawa Prefectural Training Institute for Teachers of Supplementary Vocational Education, the Yokohama Higher School of Commerce, and the Yokohama Higher School of Technology.
What colleges do you have at YNU?
YNU has four colleges: the College of Education and Human Sciences, the College of Economics, the College of Business Administration, and the College of Engineering Science.
Does Yokohama National University have any graduate schools?
YNU has five graduate schools: the Graduate School of Education (Master’s), Graduate School of International Sciences(Master’s and Doctorate), the Graduate School of Engineering (Master’s and Doctorate), the Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences (Master’s and Doctorate), and the Graduate School of Urban Innovation (Master’s and Doctorate). For details, please click here.
What is a “Faculty”?
There are currently four research organizations called “Faculties(研究院)” at Yokohama National University. Unlike Colleges and Graduate Schools (which are essentially educational institutions), these Faculties were established to promote research activities at the university more efficiently and effectively. Academic staff of the International Social Sciences, Engineering, Environment and Information Sciences and Urban Innovation departments belong to one of these Faculties and conduct their research along with their educational activities at the Colleges and Graduate Schools.
Does Yokohama National University accept research students?
All YNU colleges and graduate schools accept research students. Admissions are in April and October. For details, please click here.
Does YNU have a Japanese language department? I want to keep studying Japanese at university?
YNU does not have a Japanese language department. However, all international students enrolled at YNU can take Japanese language classes at the International Student Center. For details, please click here.
Can I take classes in English?
Most of the undergraduate and graduate schools classes are taught in Japanese. However, all the classes at Graduate School of Engineering have been taught in English since April, 2015. In addition,YNU does have All-English Programs at both undergraduate and graduate level. Each program conducts its own admissions process separate from regular university admissions, with its own application requirements. Some of the special program classes are open for students who are not enrolled in these programs.
Started in October, 2013, we have a 4- year-program called ‘Yokohama Creative-City Studies’ in which students can obtain Bachelor’s Degree by taking classes only in English. For details, please click here.
How many international students are enrolled at YNU?
About 830 international students are enrolled as of May, 2015. This accounts for 8.4% of its total number of enrolled students, extremely high for the National Universities in Japan. For details including the number of international students by country, For details please click here.

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Regarding Student Life

How much is the tuition?
The tuition is ¥535,800 per year for all colleges and graduate schools. Half the tuition is paid each semester. The amount is the same for both science and humanities courses. In addition, an admission fee of ¥282,000 is charged upon enrollment. For research students, the admission fee is ¥84,600 and the tuition is ¥29,700 per month. This tuition must be paid per year or half year upon enrollment, in accordance with the approved research period. For details please click here.
Are scholarships available?
After enrollment at YNU, students can apply for Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) “Honors Scholarships” and other scholarships. However, not all international students are receiving scholarships. For details please click here.
Is any other economic assistance available?
YNU has a system whereby after enrollment students may apply for waiver of all or half their tuition. There is a screening which examines the student’s economic conditions and academic performance, and not all students who apply receive waivers. For details please click here(Only in Japanese).
Does YNU have dormitories?
We have four dormitories; , Hazawa international residence. Hazawa international residence (built in 2013) owns 157 student rooms (single/married couples). International students can stay here up to 2 years which is renewable until the end of the standard period required for graduation or course completion. However, the maximum period expires on March 25, 2019. The rent of Hazawa international residence is 42000 yen. Ooka international residence and Hazawa international residence accept applicants all year round. For details, please click here.
Does YNU provide information about apartments for rent?
The Yokohama National University Coop provides information about apartments for rent. For details, please click here(Only in Japanese).
They say that a guarantor is required to rent an apartment. What should I do if I have no one I can ask in Japan?
YNU cannot introduce guarantors. Please make use of a private guarantee company.
Can I work at a part-time job?
International students with college student visas may work at part-time jobs within the specified limits if they receive “permission to engage in activities other than those under the status of residence granted” from the Immigration Bureau. The Yokohama National University Coop provides information about part-time jobs. For details, please click here(Only in Japanese).
Does YNU have a student tutoring system?
Undergraduate students can receive tutoring support for two years after they arrive in Japan. Graduate students and research students can receive tutoring support for one year.
Can I participate in club activities?
There are many athletic and cultural clubs that have officially registered with YNU, as well as unregistered groups devoted to many types of activities. International students are welcome to actively participate in clubs and groups which interest them. For the details of club activities, please click here.
Can I receive a Certificate of Eligibility for Residence Status from YNU?
YNU does not apply for Certificates of Eligibility for Residence Status on behalf of applicants. Applicants who cannot submit the application personally often ask relatives in Japan, or the sponsors who will pay their tuition and living expenses in Japan.
Can I attend YNU without a college student visa?
Students can enroll without a college student visa as long as their visa status permits study in Japan. Please note, however, that many services for international students (scholarships, dormitories, etc.) are limited to students with college student visas.
Can I participate in international exchange programs?
International students can participate in international exchange programs. However, some scholarships cannot be disbursed to YNU students while studying abroad. For the details of exchange programs, please refer to the website of the International Student Center.
Do some international students work in Japan after graduation?
The number of international students gaining employment at large manufacturers, financial institutions and other leading Japanese enterprises is increasing. YNU holds employment support seminars and provides other assistance for job-seeking activities by international students in Japan. For the details, please click here.

Regarding Undergraduate Student Admissions

Does YNU have entrance examinations for international students?
All the colleges conduct an entrance examination for privately-funded international students. For details please click here.
Who is eligible to take the entrance examinations?
International students who do not have Japanese citizenship, have completed or will complete a 12-year course of study mostly outside Japan, and have the required credentials for admission with no impediments preventing university admission are eligible to take the examinations. Please make sure to check the application guidlines of the appropriate college for the latest information.
I graduated from a Japanese middle school. Can I take the entrance exam?
Students who finished the last part of their 12-year course at abroad are eligible to take the examinations.
I graduated from a Japanese high school. Can I take the entrance exam?
Students who graduated from a Japanese high school are not eligible to take an entrance examination for privately-funded international students. They must take a regular entrance examination together with other Japanese nationals.
I only attended school for 11 years in my country. Am I eligible to take the entrance exam?
Students who only received 10 or 11 years of primary and secondary education in the countries such as Malaysia, the Philippines must take a preparatory school course designated as a “Preparatory Educational Course for University Admission” by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. For detail please click here.
I did not graduate from high school in my country, but I passed the high school equivalency and university entrance qualification exam. Am I eligible to take the entrance exam?
Eligibility is recognized in some cases but not in others, so please consult with the admissions officer of the college to which you want to apply.
Do I have to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test?
Students are not required to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
Do I have to take the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)?
All undergraduate colleges require prospective international students to take the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) before they can apply for the entrance examination for privately-funded international students. The EJU may be taken in either June or November.
Do I have to take any other tests?
In addition to the EJU, all undergraduate applicants are required to undergo the “secondary” entrance examination of the college to which they are applying. The College of Economics, College of Business Administration, and College of Engineering Science also require TOEFL or TOEIC tests, and the College of Business Administration has a minimum TOEFL score for admission. TOEFL and TOEIC scores must be submitted at the time of application.
Do I have to take the National Center Test for University Admissions?
Students taking an entrance examination for privately-funded international students are not required to take the National Center Test for University Admissions.
What are the secondary entrance examinations for each college?
The College of Education and Human Sciences and the College of Economics conduct interviews, while the College of Business Administration requires short essays and interviews. The College of Engineering Science holds an interview and mathematics examination.
Are the examination questions from prior years available?
While the contents of past interviews are not disclosed, the past essay papers for the College of Business Administration can be seen at the Admissions Division. The mathematics examination for the College of Engineering Science uses the same questions as the College’s general entrance examination, and printed collections of the examination questions are available at bookstores.
Can I apply to both the College of Economics and the College of Business Administration?
You can take the secondary entrance examinations for both colleges, provided there is no time conflict. A single ETS report will do to report your TOEFL score to both colleges, but please make sure to bring your “Examinee Score Report” with you when you submit your applications.
I am not very good at English. Can I still apply?
The College of Economics, College of Business Administration and College of Engineering Science require that you take TOEFL or TOEIC.
Do I have to travel to Japan to take the entrance exam?
For undergraduate admission, only YCCS program issues an admission approval to international students before arriving in Japan. Privately financed international students who apply for College of Engineering are not required to travel to Japan for an entrance exam either.Applicants who apply for other programs, or would like to take individual academic exams must take an exam in Japan.
How do I obtain a visa to Japan to take the entrance exam?
Individuals who require a visa to enter Japan should apply for a short-term stay visa to take the entrance examinations. Please inquire at your local Japanese embassy for details.
Where can I get the application forms?
Application forms are distributed from late November each year. The forms are free, but you must pay the postage costs if you want to receive them by mail. Please confirm the postage costs with the college to which you want to apply. For details please click here(Only in Japanese).
Can the application forms be sent outside Japan?
YNU only mails applications inside Japan. If you live outside Japan, and would like to recieve an application form, please ask an agent who resides in Japan.(your family, friends, acquaintances, etc) If you don’t have anyone to ask, but would like to apply for College of Economics, and College of Business Administration, please ask for an advice on how to get an application form.
Do I have to go to Japan for application?
Students can apply in person at all the Colleges. College of Education and Human Sciences, College of Economics accepts an application form by mail, only if being sent from inside Japan. College of Business Administration accepts an application form mailed from Japan, or from overseas via an agent resides in Japan.

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Other Questions Regarding Colleges

Does YNU have a Japanese language department?
YNU does not have a Japanese language department.
Does YNU have a course of study to become a Japanese language teacher?
The Department of School Education of the College of Education and Human Sciences has a Japanese Language Education major. However, please be reminded that this major is for acquiring a license to teach in Japan’s primary schools. It includes practice teaching, and is not specially designed for international students.
Is there an admissions test for transfer students?
Unfortunately, students from universities and junior colleges outside Japan cannot transfer to YNU.
I have already received a bachelor’s degree. Can I still apply to an undergraduate program?
The College of Economics and the College of Engineering Science Department of Architecture, Infrastructure, Ocean Engineering and Ecosystem Science have systems for the admission of students already holding bachelor’s degrees. The application periods and examination contents are the same as those for Japanese nationals.

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Regarding Graduate Student Admissions

Does YNU have special entrance examinations for international students?
The application timing and guidelines are the same as those for Japanese nationals. However, consideration is often given to international students. For example, examination questions may be presented in English as well as Japanese, and English answers to essay questions may be accepted. Please check past examination questions and confirm with the graduate school to which you want to apply. For details, please click here.
Are past examination questions available?
The past examinations of the Graduate School of Education and the Graduate School of International Social Sciences can be seen at their offices, and those of theGraduate School of Engineering, the Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences, and Graduate School of Urban Innovation can be seen at the Engineering library. Graduate School of International Sciences posts some of the exams on its website. For details, please click here
Where can I get the application forms?
The procedures for requesting applications and the distribution times vary by graduate school, so please visit the website of the graduate school to which you want to apply.
Do I have to go to Japan for application?
Applications can be mainly submitted by mail. Some Graduate Schools such as International Sciences accept an application via their website, or in-person. Application method varies each Graduate School. Please make sure to read requirements for applications before applying.
Do I have to take the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students?
Students are not required to take the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students.
Do I have to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test?
Students are not required to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
Do I have to take the TOEFL or TOEIC tests?
Students who want to apply for the Graduate School of International Social Sciences Department of Economics (both Master’s and Doctoral Program) and Department of International and Business (Master’s Program) or the Graduate School of Engineering (both Mater's and Doctoral Program) are required to take TOEFL or TOEIC. For other graduate programs, they are not obligatory. However, English language testing may be waived if certain standards are met. Please confirm with the application guidelines.
My country has a different university system from Japan, and I don’t know if I can take the entrance examination. What should I do?
There is a qualifications screening period prior to applying, so please directly contact the graduate school to which you want to apply. If your eligibility to take the entrance examination is approved in the screening, you are welcome to apply.
Can I apply to a graduate school for studies different from my undergraduate major?
Applicants can enroll in any graduate school as long as they pass the entrance examination of the graduate school.
Do I have to find my own academic advisor?
Almost all the YNU graduate schools require students to find their own academic advisors. Some application items may require the seal of academic advisor, so please confirm with the application guidelines. You may use the “List of professors available for international students.” on the YNU Admissions homepage to search for your academic advisor.
How can I find and contact my academic advisor?
Please use the “ list of professors available for international students,” on the YNU Admissions homepage to find your academic advisor. You can contact the professors using the e-mail addresses provided or by sending a letter to them at their graduate school.
I sent an e-mail message to the professor I want to be my academic advisor, but received no reply. What should I do?
The professors sometimes cannot reply right away because they are busy or travelling for extended periods. If you do not receive a reply after some time, Try sending another email, or perhaps you could find a different academic advisor as you contact to the department..
I want to be a Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship Student. What should I do?
For details, please read here‘Japanese Government Scholarship Student‘, or the Japanese Embassy’s website..
I want to be a Chinese Government Graduate Student Overseas Study Program Student. What should I do?
Please contact your university’s international department or your Graduate School first, as you need to apply through your university.

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Prospective Research Student (kenkyusei,non-degree)

I want to become a research student (kenkyusei,non-degree) . How can I apply?
If you wish to become a research student, please click here.
Do I have to find my own academic advisor?
All the YNU colleges and graduate schools except College of Economics require students to find their own academic advisors. Some application items may require the seal of academic advisor, so please confirm with the application guidelines. You may use the “ List of professors available for international students.” on the YNU Admissions page to search for your academic advisor.
How can I find and contact my academic advisor?
Please use the “ List of professors available for international students.” on the YNU Admissions homepage to find your academic advisor. You can contact the professors using the e-mail addresses provided or by sending a letter to them at their college or graduate school.
I sent an e-mail message to the professor I want to be my academic advisor, but received no reply. What should I do?
The professors sometimes cannot reply right away because they are busy or travelling for extended periods. If you do not receive a reply after some time, Try sending another email, or perhaps you could find a different academic advisor as you contact to the department.
Can research students (kenkyusei, non-degree) obtain college student visas?
Research students are eligible to apply for college student visas.
I want to be a Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship research student (kenkyusei, non-degree). What should I do?
If you wish to become a Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship Student, please click here.

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Others

Can foreigners become credited / noncredited auditor?
Foreigners can attend classes as credited or noncredited auditors, as long as that is permitted by their visa status. However, to apply for college student visas, credited and noncredited auditors must attend classes for 600 minutes per week at the same school for an entire year. That is equivalent to a minimum of seven 90-minute classes per week. The tuition is ¥14,800 per unit for auditors, and the admission fee is ¥28,200. For normal two-unit lecture classes (90 minutes), the tuition is ¥29,600 per semester.
Which classes can be audited?
The classes which can be audited on a credit or noncredit basis are limited. Not all classes can be freely audited. There are also changes from year to year, so please confirm with the college or graduate school offering the class which you want to audit.

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