Master of Arts Graduate Program in Japanese and Eurasian Studies 2019


Deadline:  15 March 2019
Open to: applicants from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan
Scholarship: The monthly amount of each scholarship is 117,000 yen (the amount is subject to change). In addition, the fellowship will cover the tuition costs of students. The fellows will also be given opportunities to attend conferences and events both in Japan and internationally. Each grantee of The Nippon Foundation Central Asia Fellowship under this program will be provided with return airfare from the international airport nearest to his/her home address in his/her home country to Narita International Airport, Japan. The return airfare will be provided if (s)he returns to his/her home country during the designated period of time.

Description

This is a 1.5-year Master of Arts Graduate Program. Over the course of their studies, students will have an opportunity to receive their education using English- language-based curriculum, in addition to having an opportunity to enroll into complimentary Japanese language education classes. By the end of their studies, students are expected to be proficient in both the English and Japanese languages, in addition to becoming leading specialists in the chosen area of their specialization. The curriculum of the program features, among other subjects, seminars conducted by JICA, the UN, the ADB and governmental agencies, colloquiums based on collaborative research projects and internships at Japanese companies. Those graduating from this program will be in a position to seek employment in academic and research institutions, UN agencies, governmental institutions, and the corporate community.

Established in October 1973, the University of Tsukuba has inherited the history and tradition handed down from its predecessor (Tokyo University of Education), which was founded in 1872. As the first comprehensive university in Japan to be established under a nation-wide university reform plan, the University of Tsukuba emphasizes openness in higher education. It offers students a new system of education and research through its New University administration. In addition to its leading position in university reform, the University of Tsukuba plays a major role as the prime academic facility in Tsukuba Science City, which is the home of many of the nation’s top research institutions. We strive to maintain an exceptional level of education and research, to foster our university’s unique character, and to create an internationally competitive academic institution. The University of Tsukuba offers undergraduate degrees and at the graduate level, master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs. This program heavily builds upon successful experience of conducting training and research within Special Program for Central Asian Countries established in the University of Tsukuba in 2006.

The program is promoted by the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Tsukuba. Successful applicants enroll in the MA Program, which offers more than 50 courses in English, and develops international, interdisciplinary and problemoriented approaches to the understanding of a specific country or an area.

Eligibility

  • Nationality. Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan
  • Age. Applicants who have been born on or after April 2, 1984.
  • Educational background. Applicants who have an undergraduate degree and who have completed 16 years of school education.
  • Language Qualifications. Applicants must demonstrate their English language proficiency by submitting scores received on English Language Proficiency Tests (TOEFL IBT 80, TOEFL CBT 230, TOEFL PBT 500, IELTS 6.0). Knowledge of Japanese language is an asset.  
  • Program start dates: October 1, 2019

Financial Support

Those demonstrating outstanding abilities and achievements will be awarded scholarships (five scholarships per year) on a competitive basis. The monthly amount of each scholarship is 117,000 yen (the amount is subject to change). In addition, the fellowship will cover the tuition costs of students. The fellows will also be given opportunities to attend conferences and events both in Japan and internationally.

Each grantee of The Nippon Foundation Central Asia Fellowship under this program will be provided with return airfare from the international airport nearest to his/her home address in his/her home country to Narita International Airport, Japan. The return airfare will be provided if (s)he returns to his/her home country during the designated period of time.

Application

First stage of the application process: the submission of the Preliminary Application Form. The application form should be sent to:  spca-info@ml.cc.tsukuba.ac.jp

Second stage of the application process: An interview and exam conducted in the applicant’s home country. Applicants will be requested to present supporting documents (only applicable to candidates who pass the first stage of the application process) on the interview day or send them by post to the following address:

SPJES, Special Program in Japanese and Eurasian Studies

Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Tsukuba

Tennodai 1-1-1, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken JAPAN

E-mail: spca-info@ml.cc.tsukuba.ac.jp

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