Q & A

*Inquiries most often received at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
If you have other questions about us, please feel free to contact the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Administration Office.

[Q1]
Is it a good idea to visit my potential academic advisor’s laboratory or office before submitting my application?

You will no doubt have such question as whether the potential advisor’s field of research theme is similar to your research interest. We recommend that you contact the advisor yourself. If you do not know how to contact the instructor, please refer to the Academic Staff List on your website to find contact details. Please note, however, that no information will be provided other than that on the list.

[Q2]
Can I apply for this Graduate School and another Graduate School at the same time?

You can apply for two Graduate Schools at once, as long as you meet all the application requirements, and as long as the Entrance Examinations are not held on the same day. Please refer to the Student Application Guidelines for details regarding application dates and entrance examination dates.

[Q3]
Are past examination questions available for reference?

Past examination questions are available for viewing, but they may not be copied or removed. If you would like to view these examination questions, please come to the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Administration Office, Graduate School Section, and bring a piece of personal identification.

[Q4]
Can I take examinations even if I have not completed the prior graduation requirements?

The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a system where a student who has demonstrated outstanding abilities in undergraduate courses may be considered eligible for entrance into Graduate School even without graduating from the undergraduate program.

[Q5]
After high school, I graduated from a vocational college. Am I eligible to take the Entrance Examinations?

Applicants who have graduated from a vocational college or other academic institution will be screened individually for application eligibility. You need to be deemed eligible before applying for the course.

[Q6]
I am an overseas student, and I graduated from university in my home country. Am I eligible to take the Entrance Examinations?

[Q7]
I would like to apply for a position as a research student. What is the application schedule?

The application schedule for research students is as follows:
Entrance in April: February for persons living in Japan, and December for persons living in a foreign country.
Entrance in October: August for persons living in Japan, and June for persons living in a foreign country.
For detailed schedules, please refer to the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, under the heading “Research Students.”
Before applying, you must receive approval from your desired academic advisor, so please be sure to contact that advisor well in advance.

[Q8]
The application schedule for research students is as follows: Entrance in April: February for persons living in Japan, and December for persons living in a foreign country. Entrance in October: August for persons living in Japan, and June for persons living in a foreign country. For detailed schedules, please refer to the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, under the heading “Research Students.” Before applying, you must receive approval from your desired academic advisor, so please be sure to contact that advisor well in advance.

The application schedule for persons applying as students in specific courses is as follows:
Entrance in April: February for persons living in Japan, and December for persons living in a foreign country.
Entrance in October: August for persons living in Japan, and June for persons living in a foreign country.
For detailed schedules, please refer to the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, under the heading “Students in specific courses.”
Before applying, you must receive approval from the instructor in charge of the course in question, so please be sure to contact that instructor well in advance.

[Q9]
What types of grants are available?

Okayama University handles grants from the Japan Student Services Organization, as well as from private sector and regional public organizations.
For details, please refer to the Grants page.

[Q10]
I am a foreign student. Are there any grant systems that I can use?

Grants for privately financed foreign students have different application periods, qualifications, and grant amounts depending on the organizations offering the grants.
For details, please refer to the page on Grants for foreign students.