Q 1. Is there any system for waiver of tuition fees?
There is a system for waiving tuition for students citing economic
difficulties and whose academic work is deemed of a high standard. Applications for tuition
waivers are offered once each semester each year and are decided on the basis of a fixed
Q 2. Does the Department have a research assistant system?
The Department does employ research assistants, chosen from among
current graduate students, to perform support tasks relating to research and teaching, and a
system is in place for allowing RAs to perform duties beneficial to their own research in
the Department. A salary is paid for the services performed as a form of financial
Q 3. Where is the Department located? At Hayama? Or Kyoto?
The headquarters of the Department of Japanese Studies and the base for research guidance
and dissertation writing is on the premises of the International Research Center for
Japanese Studies, located in Kyoto. Some functions for all students of Sokendai, such as the
entrance and degree-awarding ceremonies, are held at the Hayama campus, headquarters of
Q 4. Is it necessary to choose an academic supervisor before applying for
Yes, it is necessary to choose an academic supervisor and to
consult with the supervisor about the contents of your research before applying for
admission. The department administrative staff does not suggest faculty advisors, so
applicants should check the faculty profiles provided in the Department brochure and at the
Department website in making their choice.
Q 5. Does the Department grant degrees to students residing elsewhere?
Currently many of our students are working toward their degrees
while living in areas distant from the Department headquarters. It is necessary, however, to
be attend in person the lecture class part of the requirements for the degree.
Q 6. Is it possible to enroll in October?
The Department of Japanese studies no longer offers October
Q 7. Is it possible to apply to another department in the School of Cultural and
Social Studies at the same time?
No. Dual application is permitted for study if it is in other
schools at Sokendai.
Q 8. Does the Department have Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (DC1, 2)
fellowships (for doctoral course 1 and 2)?
As of FY 2020, the Department has 2 doctoral course fellowship
students (One awarded a grant in 2019 and another in 2020).