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Hokkaido University

Graduate School of Engineering

English Engineering Education Program (e3), Doctoral Course

Hokkaido University’s English Engineering Education Program was established in 2000 and ever since was expanding the English environment and promoting international spirit of Graduate school of Engineering. Program offers courses from almost all engineering fields in English for International and Japanese students. It assists students in the pursuit of high quality global education, supports students’ initiatives and enhances cultural exchange. e3 offers a number of scholarships for talented students.

School of Engineering is Hokkaido University’s largest, with nearly 3,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students including a large proportion from overseas. You will be studying engineering at one of Japan's most prestigious universities in an atmosphere where knowledge, research and expertise is shared; where learning & intellectual growth are stimulated and cherished. If you’re looking to share in the advanced knowledge in the field of engineering that Japan is renowned for, in a multi-cultural environment where English is the main spoken language, e3 is for you.

Degree Information
Degree Doctoral
Type of Degree PhD
Subject - Engineering (Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, etc.)
Major Applied physics
Material Science and Engineering
Mechanical and Space engineering
Human Mechanical System and Design
Energy and Environmental System
Quantum Science and Engineering
Field Engineering for the Environment
Engineering and Policy for Sustainable environment
Architectural and Structural Design
Human Environmental System
Environmental Engineering
Sustainable Resources Engineering
Duration 3 years (can be shortened up to 2 years for students with high academic achievements)
Entry Date October 1, 2016 / April 1, 2017
Location Faculty, Graduate School and School of Engineering
Hokkaido University
Kita 13, Nishi 8, Kita-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628, Japan
Area Hokkaido & Tohoku Region (Sapporo, Sendai, etc.)
Postgraduate Program Started 2000
No. of Students 127 (113 International students, 14 Japanese students)
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members 312
Tuition Fees 847,800 yen:
Tuition: 535,800 yen per year
Entrance fee: 282,000 yen (upon enrollment)
Additional Information Japanese Government MEXT e3 scholarship
e3 is allocated 16 full-support scholarships for Master’s and Doctoral students. Admission is from October only. Apply directly to the program. Application deadline is November 15th. Benefits: Monthly allowance of 145,000 yen for PhD or 144,000 yen for Master’s program; tuition and admission fees are not collected; travel expenses to Japan are supplied.
Support for privately funded students
MEXT honors scholarship (reservation system and system for enrolled students)
Financial assistance of 48,000 yen/month (for 6 to 12 months) is available for a number of students with good academic performance.
Tuition fee waiver - waiver/discount of tuition fees can be granted.
Pay-back system for Doctoral Students – full tuition fee support through the combination of tuition fee waiver and research assistant employment is available.
Other scholarship programs (inquire directly to the concerned organization):
Japanese Government MEXT scholarship (Embassy recommendation) - you may also apply for another type of MEXT scholarship through the embassy.
Chinese Scholarship Council - apply through the HU Beijing Office.
AUN/SEED-Net (JICA) –scholarship for students from ASEAN countries.
ABE initiative (JICA) – scholarship for young African professionals.
Pacific -LEAD S (JICA) – scholarship targeted to 14 countries of South-Pacific region
Admission Information
Admission Capacity Not specified
Application Type Open to everyone
Eligibility 4 year Bachelors Degree + 2 years Master's degree or equivalent
Above average grades - 3.0 on a 4 point GPA Scale*
English proficiency to the equivalency of IELTS 6.0 TOEFL 79
TOEIC 670, or MTELP 75
* If your grade is below the minimum requirement, you may either appear for an entrance exam at the university or enroll as a research student first and then take the entrance exam after you arrive in Sapporo.
Application Period April admission: November 15 of the preceding year
October admission: May 31 of the same year
October admission with MEXT e3 scholarship: November 15 of the preceding year
Examination Type & Date 1) Documents screening and on-line interview (applicants with high academic achievements can be accepted directly by the results of documents screening and on-line interview)
2) Written and oral examination
April admission: Middle of February
October admission: Middle of August
Presence in Japan Required for Screening Process Applicant with high academic achievements may be enrolled directly by results of documents screening / on-line interview without a need to arrive to Japan. Otherwise applicants should appear for the written and oral examination.
Admission Fee Application fee: 30,000 yen (only applicants who passed preliminary screening will be asked to pay)

As of February 1, 2016


University and program information, costs, dates, policies are subject to change; please confirm important facts with university admission personnel.