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Outline of Entrance Examinations & Application Qualifications

Application Qualifications

There are a number of ways by which admission to Shiga University can be achieved. In addition to sitting the same general entry examinations as Japanese applicants, it is also possible for international students to apply for admission by sitting the foreign-nationality international student special selection examinations. Listed below are the application qualifications for the foreign-nationality international student special selection examinations broken down by program, potential students should confirm whether or not they have the qualifications to sit such entry examinations.

With regard to general entry (including examinations for transfer admission to the Faculty of Economics and admission to the Graduate School of Economics Doctoral Course), please refer to the examinations information page.

Or, it is possible to download and read the “Admission Guide for International Applicants”(in PDF format)

Requirements for Admission as an Undergraduate Student

An international applicant for admission as an Undergraduate Student is anyone who:

  1. is NOT a Japanese citizen
  2. has completed (or will have completed by March 31, 2007) 12 years of school education outside Japan or equivalents as recognized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT); included here are those who have reached 18 years old and have any of the following qualifications:
    #1 International Baccalaureate awarded by the International Baccalaureate Office founded according to the Swill Civil Code
    #2 Baccalaureate to enroll in a university in the French Republic
    #3 Abitur to enroll in a university in the Federal Republic of Germany
  3. has obtained or will have obtained the visa status of “college student” as stipulated by Japan's Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act
  4. has taken the designated subject(s) in Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) administrated by Japan Student Services Organization 1) in June or in November, 2006, or 2) in June or in November 2007
    For information or inquiry about undergraduate admissions, contact:
    Admission Office Shiga University
    1-1-1 Banba,Hikone, Shiga, Japan 522-8522
    Tel: +81-(0)749-27-1023 Fax: +81-(0)749-24-8645
    E-mail: nyuushi@biwako.shiga-u.ac.jp
Faculty of Education Special selection examinations for privately-funded foreign-nationality international students(in Japanese only)
Faculty of Economics Special selection examinations for privately-funded foreign-nationality international students(in Japanese only)

Admission as a Master's Course Student

The Graduate School of Education posts recruitment information for all applicants, and there will be no separate opportunity for international applicants. International applicants are selected on the basis of the same criteria as applied to the Japanese applicants. The Graduate School of Economics provides recruitment and selection especially for international applicants.

Graduate Student(Doctoral Course)Application Qualifications

There are no international student special selection examinations. Please apply via the general entry examination method.

3rd Year Transfer Admission Examinations

There are no international student special selection examinations. Please apply via the general entry examination method.

Admission as a Research Student

Undergraduate Research Student
An applicant for admission as an undergraduate research student shall be anyone who has completed an undergraduate course (including those who have completed 15 years of school education outside Japan), or anyone who has demonstrated an equivalent ability.
Graduate Research Student
An applicant for admission as a (master’s course) graduate research student shall be anyone who has completed a graduate school master's course, or anyone who has demonstrated an equivalent ability.

Admission as a Non-Degree Student

For people who have completed the standard courses of a school education, etc., after consideration by the faculty or research school, they may be permitted admission to the university as non-degree students in accordance with those courses that they have completed.

*In some cases where an applicant is a foreign national, in order to obtain the “college student” status of residence, the applicant may have to enroll in courses that total 10 hours (600 minutes) a week or more.

Faculty of Education Outline of Faculty of Education Non-Degree Student Applications
Faculty of Economics Outline of Faculty of Economics Non-Degree Student Applications

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