Entrance exams

Admission Policy

Desired student qualities

The Department of Polar Science expects enrolling students: to have a strong interest in the natural phenomena that occur in polar regions, to understand the objectives of the Department of Polar Science and to have the ambition to tackle the problems they wish to solve by means of theoretical study, observation-based research and experiment-based research.

Basic concepts of selection system for admission

5-year Integrated Doctoral Program
Doctoral Program

Past Entrance Exam Questions for Admission to the Department of Polar Science

Past Entrance Exam Questions for Admission to the Department of Polar Science (in Japanese)

* Due to copyright issues some excerpts from the exams are not included here. If you wish to see omitted questions, please come to view them in person at NIPR

Department of Polar Science Selection for Admission Statistics

The upper figure is for the 5-year integrated program (admission in year 1); the lower figure is for the traditional doctoral program (admission in year 3).

Admission FY 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
applicants 5 3 8 4 8 8
0 0 1 1 5 0
accepted applicants 3 2 5 1 3 4
0 0 1 1 2 0
admissions 3 2 4 1 2 4
0 0 1 1 2 0

* Total for April and October admission selection