Information for international students who want to join us
Takeo Igarashi ( User Interface Research Group )
1) Enroll in the Graduate SchoolOur group is a part of Computer Science Department, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology. We are accepting graduate students in master's and doctor's program. Master's program takes 2 years and doctor's program takes 3 years. You must take an entrance exam and pass it to join us. It happens in August and February to start in October and April, respectively. See here for details. You can see the past exams in the same page (we provide English versions). If you have procedural questions, please contact the Office of International Students. If you decide to take an exam, please contact me beforehand.
Note that our university or our group does not provide any finantial support (you need to pay tuition, approx 500,000YEN per year). You must be self-funded or need to find finantial support by yourself. I would recommend you to apply for Monbukagakusho (MEXT) scholarship. Another possibility is Panasonic Scholarship. We do not give informal acceptance to MEXT sholarship applicants before passing the exam. Decision will be made at the entrance exam.
In addition to pass the entrace exam to enroll in the graduate school, you need to convince me that you will be productive to join our group (I choose best ones among those who passed the exam). So, if you really apply for the graduate progam, please prepare good research proposals (what you want to work on) and send it to me before the exam (PDF with figures). I will decide based on the content of proposal. Good starting point is to see my past research and students' work. You should als familiazie yourself with publications at related conferences (e.g UIST, SIGGRAPH, CHI, etc.). Good research proposal should start with previous work, identify limitations/problems to solve, and then propose how to solve the problem.
2) Research Student or InternsWe basically do not accept research students or interns. If you want to join us, please enroll in the official graduate program. Exception applies to visitng students (a few months) with strong recommendation from people I know or those with some strong publication (list of past visitors). Here is some funding support for short time stay in Japan ( NSF, JSPS)