UTRIP was started by the Graduate school of Sciences (GSS) of the University of Tokyo in 2010 to increase internationalization of the GSS.
WHO CAN APPLY?
It is open to all the undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in their junior or senior years at an accredited college or university outside Japan and who are majoring in a natural science or related field.
• Deadlines are generally February-March for summer programs
• TOEFL or the equivalent English proficiency scores are required if you are not a native English speaker or if English is not your first language.
• If, however, you have been educated for a considerably long time at a school that uses the English language for tuition, the TOEFL or equivalent is not necessary.
• The application period is from 12 January till 12:00 a.m. to 18 March 2011, Japan time.
• The selection results are announced by April.
• Online Application consists of five forms: the forms for the basics of your personal profile, Resume/CV, Cover Letter, Academic Record, and Recommendation Letter.
ONLINE APPLICATION FORM:
(Filling the Form)
The application form should be downloaded from the website using the link. http://www.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/utrip/apply-now/index.html
It includes the forms for academic record, Cover Letter, and Recommendation Letter.
The completed Online Application Form should be uploaded to the website below:
INSTRUCTIONS for the INDIVIDUAL FORMS
1. The forms for general matters
The interested candidates are required to state general information in his/her profile. Please note that the Mailing Address should be the one at which you receive official documents from the Graduate School of Science and any concerned ministries and/or agencies. If you have a different mailing address when you are out of town for a considerably long period such as summer vacation, etc., please indicate both addresses.
It should include in-depth descriptions of any work experience, responsibilities or projects relevant to your field as well as the research topics on which you wish to work during the program.
3. Academic Record
It should include proof of enrollment: It is a statement from your university, usually the registrar’s office, verifying the dates for which you have been enrolled as a full-time student. The statement also includes the list of all relevant courses, course numbers, complete course titles (no abbreviations), and a description of course content.
When applying, please submit a copy (a scanned copy) of your academic record, not an official record in the original. An official academic record in the original (with an official stamp affixed and authorized signature) is needed only after admission and notification is issued then.
How to Upload Your Academic Record
• Scan and upload a copy of the front and back of your academic record. The record may be unofficial.
• Confirm that your uploaded record is readable. If your academic record is illegible, it will delay your application.
• Please reduce the file size of your scanned academic record to 4 MB in total to upload.
• If your academic record is in a language other than English, please include an English translation.
• Submit an academic record(s) from each university you have attended for one full academic year (two semesters, three quarters or trimesters) or more, regardless of the number of credits received.
• Any discrepancy between the uploaded academic record and the official record could result in the denial of your application or withdrawal of your offer of admission.
4. Cover Letter
It must contain some important details. Please address the following questions in 500 – 800 words in total:
• Explain your motivations for working on a particular research project that you selected and what you hope to gain from this experience.
• When a faculty member has indicated a prerequisite(s) such as specific knowledge, skill, academic background, course work, etc., applicants must explain how you are technically qualified for the particular research project.
5. Recommendation letter
You are required to submit one recommendation letter issued by your supervisor. The form is attached to the Online Application Form.
• The program is research intensive and students receive quality guidance from the best faculty members.
• It is a good option for those who want to pursue MS or Ph.D. in future.
• Students participating in the program who are highly evaluated by the faculty members will be given priority for receiving scholarships when applying for admission to the GSS the following year.
• The program also includes an excursion outside of Tokyo as well as a short course on the Japanese language and culture.
(For more details you may visit http://www.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/education/programs.html