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Undergraduate Admission

This page provides degree-seeking individuals with information for undergraduate freshman admission including application requirements and procedures.

General Admission Process

We begin to release our general admission information containing departmental test requirements from May through June. All applicants, whether domestic or international, must take an appropriate standardized test in their region before they apply. Following the acceptance of applications, each academic department or faculty at Yamagata University will give its applicants an on-campus entrance examination in order to make its final admission decisions. It will then notify the applicants of the outcome by early March, the month before our academic year starts in April.

International applicants who apply to the Faculties of Science and Agriculture are exempted from taking the on-campus entrance examination. This will enable the applicants to remain in their countries throughout our admission process.

For general entrance requirements, download the Admission Process Summary 2017 called
heisei 29 nendo nyuugakusha senbatsu youkou (Japanese) .

Admission Categories

You will fall under one of these categories when you apply. Which category you fall under depends mainly on your academic background and current residential status in Japan.

International Student Admission

If you are a non-Japanese citizen and have completed secondary education outside the Japanese educational system, you are considered an international applicant and must apply for international student admission called shihi gaikokujin ryugakusei nyushi (privately-financed international student admission). To apply, you must reach at least 18 years of age by March 2017, the month before the 2016-2017 academic year begins.

Academic Requirements

You must:

  • complete secondary education or 12 years of formal education in or outside of Japan, or the equivalent that is approved by the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology by March 31, 2017, or
  • hold an International Baccalaureate diploma, or
  • hold an Abitur diploma, or
  • hold a Baccalaureate diploma from France, or
  • graduate by March 31, 2017 from a foreign school approved by an international accrediting organization (WASC, ECIS or ACSI), or
  • pass a preliminary screening test for eligibility by a department, which determines if you have achieved the minimum level of academic preparation comparable to that of secondary school graduates.Click here (PDF) for further information on screening procedures (Japanese).

If you wish to take a preliminary screening test for eligibility, please email to Admission Division, Enrollment Management Department of Yamagata University at nyujishi★jm.kj.yamagata-u.ac.jp for more information.

Test Requirements

Each academic unit at Yamagata University requires its international applicants to take both the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) and an on-campus examination (or another standardized test such as TOEFL), and to meet its departmental requirements.

EJU is a standardized test administered in June and November by Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO). International applicants must take either the June or November test, or both if necessary, and submit a satisfying score report to a department of their choice at Yamagata University upon their application.

EJU consists of several subject tests including Japanese as a foreign language (JFL), math, science (physics, chemistry or biology), and social studies called "Japan and the World." JFL measures the international applicants' reading, listening and writing skills in the target language. All international applicants must take a combination of one or more of these subject tests specified by each department at Yamagata University. The applicants can choose either Japanese or English as the language of exam except for JFL which is conducted in Japanese only.

An on-campus exam consisting of an interview, written test, skill test, or a combination of one or more of these will be given. As mentioned above, international applicants applying to the Faculty of Agriculture or the Faculty of Science are exempted from taking the on-campus exam.

Language Requirements

To comprehend lectures in Japanese at the undergraduate level, international applicants are expected to possess at least a lower advanced level of Japanese or the level N2 of Japanese Language Proficiency Test(JLPT).Mastery of a lower elementary level of Japanese along with a good command of English is expected of exchange students who plan to take courses in the Japan Studies Program (JSP). However, Japanese government scholarship recipients with little or no knowledge of Japanese who are pursuing graduate study or teacher training are required to take a 15-week intensive Japanese course for a semester at the Kojirakawa campus before starting their regular study.

Although no JLPT level is required, the departments measure your target language skills by examining your EJU score for Japanese as a foreign language as well as demonstrated aural/oral skills during an application interview.

How to Apply
To start preparing your application, you will need to request for application forms that are included in our application packet called shihi ryuugakusei boshuu youkou. To obtain the packet and the forms, please see this page (Japanese).
Application Schedule

To apply for admission to a degree program at Yamagata University, you can start preparing your application by collecting information on admission requirements released from May through June and then take the EJU in the region near your residence in June or November before applying to an academic department you wish to enter. Following the acceptance of your application, the academic department or faculty of your choice will give its applicants an on-campus entrance examination before making its final admission decisions and then notify you in early March, the month before our academic year (April - March) starts. Please see the calendar below to plan your application.

April Academic year 2016-2017 begins
May General information on admission for the next academic year is released
June EJU is administered
September Application packets become available upon request
November EJU is administered
January Application deadline
February On-site entrance examinations
  Notification of acceptance for Faculty of Literature & Social Sciences
March Notification of acceptance
  Academic year 2016-2017 ends
April Academic year 2017-2018 begins
Application Period

We will accept applications except Faculty of Engineering(Daytime course) daily between Monday, January 16, 2017 and Thursday, January 19, 2017, Japan time. You can submit your application to the admission office of each faculty below either in person from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm during that period, or by express registered mail by no later than Thursday, January 19, 2017 Japan time. If you need to submit your application to Faculty of Engineering(Daytime course), we will accept it daily between Monday, December 5, 2016 and Friday, December 9, 2016 Japan time. You can submit your application to the admission office of the faculty below either in person from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm during that period, or by express registered mail by no later than Friday, December 9, 2016 Japan time.

Where to Apply
  • Academic and Student Services
    Faculty of Literature and Social Sciences
    Yamagata University
    1-4-12 Kojirakawa-machi, Yamagata City
    Phone: +81-23-628-4207
  • Academic and Student Services
    Faculty of Education, Art and Science
    Yamagata University
    1-4-12 Kojirakawa-machi, Yamagata City
    Phone: +81-23-628-4310
  • Academic and Student Services
    Faculty of Science
    Yamagata University
    1-4-12 Kojirakawa-machi, Yamagata City
    Phone: +81-23-628-4710
  • Admissions
    Faculty of Medicine
    Yamagata University
    2-2-2 Iidanishi, Yamagata City
    Phone: +81-23-628-4710
  • Admissions
    Faculty of Engineering
    Yamagata University
    4-3-16 Jonan, Yonezawa City
    Phone: +81-238-26-3013
  • Academic and Student Services
    Faculty of Agriculture
    Yamagata University
    1-23 Wakaba-machi,Tsuruoka City
    Phone: +81-235-28-2808

To make a phone call in Japan, start with an area code by dialing 0 and then 23, 238, or 235. e.g. 023-628-4301

Documents to be submitted:
  • Application form
  • Photograph (4 cm x 3 cm)
  • Admission ticket
  • EJU Score report
  • Certificate of Graduation
  • Transcript
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope
  • Address labels
  • A photocopy of your passport or a certificate of residence
  • Personal Statement
    A personal statement written in Japanese is required for admission to the following Faculties and Departments:
    • Faculty of Literature and Social Sciences
    • Faculty of Education, Art and Science
    • Faculty of Engineering
    • Department of Mathematics at Faculty of Science
    • Department of Physics at Faculty of Science
Admission Decisions

Notification of acceptance is scheduled to be made for the following dates and times on each campus and our web site (http://www.yamagata-u.ac.jp/goukaku/top.html) in Japanese as follows:

For Departments at Faculty of Literature, Art and Science:
at 11:00 a.m., February 17, 2017

For Departments at Faculty of Education, Art and Science, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine, and Faculty of Agriculture:
at 11:00 a.m., March 7, 2017

For Departments at Faculty of Engineering(Daytime course):
at  11:00 a.m., January 20, 2017

Each department and faculty makes their admission decisions based on the applicant's scholastic aptitude, Japanese language prificiency, EJU scores, interview, written exam, , performance test, personal statement and other submitted documents, or a combination of some of these.

General Student Admission

If you have completed secondary education within the Japanese educational system or its equivalent, you are considered a general applicant regardless of your citizenship and must apply for general student admission called ippan gakusei nyushi, a category that Japanese individuals would normally fall under.

Download the General Student Admission Process Summary 2017 (PDF) in Japanese for admission details as well as instructions to request application forms and a university bulletin.

Academic Requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • complete secondary education or 12 years of formal education in and outside of Japan, or the equivalent that is approved by the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology by March 31, 2017, or
  • hold an International Baccalaureate diploma, or
  • hold an Abitur diploma, or
  • hold a Baccalaureate diploma from France, or
  • graduate by March 31, 2017 from a foreign school approved by an international accrediting organization (WASC, ECIS or ACSI), or
  • pass a preliminary screening test for eligibility, which is conducted by the department to determine if you have achieved the minimum level of academic preparation comparable to that of secondary school graduates. Click here (PDF) for further information on screening procedures (Japanese).

If you wish to take a preliminary screening test for eligibility, contact the Office of Admission.

Test Requirements

All general applicants must take the National Center Test (NCT)(Japanese) held once a year in January, followed by an on-campus departmental exam between February and early March. Following the acceptance of applications, an on-campus entrance examination will be given to general applicants by a department of their choice.

How to Apply

To start preparing your application, make sure to check general admission information released in June. This contains departmental requirements and other important information. Please see the calendar below to plan your application.

April Academic Year 2016-2017 begins
June General information on admission for the next academic year is released
November Application packets become available upon request
January National Center Test (NCT) is administered at YU
February Application deadline
  Entrance examinations are held at YU
March Notification of acceptance
  Academic Year 2016-2017 ends
April Academic Year 2017-2018 starts
Application Period

We will accept applications between Monday, January 23, 2017 and Wednesday, February 1, 2017 Japan time. You can submit your application either in person on Monday to Friday during that period, or send it only by express registered mail no later than February 1, 2017. [We will accept the applications even after February 2, 2017, if they are sent by express registered mail with the postmark by (on or before) January 31, 2017.]

Documents to be submitted:
  • Application form
  • Photograph (4 cm x 3 cm)
  • Admission ticket
  • Certificate of Graduation
  • Transcript
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope
  • Address labels
  • Personal Statement

Other Admissions

Depending on your background, we also have a limited number of seats reserved for other admissions, which typically apply to domestic individuals who seek AO (Admission Office) admission, recommendation-based admission or adult student admission.

Adult Student Admission