Special Program

International Joint Education Program for Science and Technology (IJEP)


Graduate School of Science and Technology (GSST), Kumamoto University aims to become an internationally competitive educational and research institution by providing comprehensive education and research in an open and interdisciplinary environment. As part of this effort we have been promoting the use of English as a teaching language. In 2000 we started a program called Special Program for International Postgraduate Students, in which selected lectures were given in English. The Program helps international students to reduce the burden of studying Japanese, and also helps Japanese students to increase the chance of exposure to English, which is necessary for study and research in science and technology. In April 2007 we opened Global Joint Education Center for Science and Technology to facilitate collaboration and exchange in education between GSST and universities and industries both in Japan and abroad. Division of International joint Education of the Center takes charge of International Joint Education Program for Science and Technology (IJEP), which is a continuous and more developed form of the Special Program. In this renewed program we promote using English in all the lectures offered in GSST, in addition to Project Seminars and Frontier Sciences Special Lectures, which are already given in English. We hope that this program will attract many talented and motivated students from various countries as well as Japanese students.

Contents and Characteristics

All the departments in GSST accept students from International Joint Education Program. Students in the Program take credits according to the requirements of the department. Additionally the students are required to take “Current Science are Technology in Japan” (2 credits) and “English for Science and Technology” (2 credits). All the Lectures offered in GSST are labeled with the categories indicating how much English is used in the class, so the students can choose lectures suitable for their language ability.

Categories of Lectures Textbooks/Materials Speaking Language
English Japanese
English Japanese and English
English English

Recruitment of Applicants

Division of International Joint Education of GJEC will send application information to overseas partner universities. The information will be also available on GSST website. Application from universities other than partner universities is encouraged as well.


To apply for admission you need a prospective professor who would support your application. Therefore those who wish to apply are advised to contact professors ahead of time.

For further information please visit our website at http://www.gsst.kumamoto-u.ac.jp/index_en.html or send email at ask-gsst@kumamoto-u.ac.jp

IJEP Short-Term Exchange Program 2014