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How to Join Us (Foreign Students)

If you share our passion for traffic engineering and the improvement of transportation systems in general, and you have excellent and innovative ideas that you want to implement, you can join us through any of the following procedures listed below.

FOREFRONT STUDIES PROGRAM (only for doctoral students)

The Forefront Studies Program is a scholarship program that provides a course especially designed for foreign students, wherein course works and research supervision are all carried out in English. Those who will pass the selection process will be allowed to enter the doctoral program in October of the following year when the application is lodged. The scholarship is granted by the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho; MEXT). For more details about this program, please go to this site.


Another (and more common) way to apply for the Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship is through the Embassy of Japan in your home country. Applicants are initially screened by the Embassy (or Consulate General for some countries) and those passing the first screening (documentary examination, written test and interview) are then recommended by the Embassy to the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The submission of application documents are usually from February to May (please verify this in your local Japanese Embassy) and the results of the first screening are released around September of the same year. Successful applicants normally come to Japan in either April or October of the succeeding year.

DIRECT APPLICATION for SELF-FINANCED students (i.e. no scholarship)

For those who can afford to pay for their own tuition and other related fees, our laboratory can be directly reached through any means listed in our contact details. If the applicant's qualifications satisfy the requirements of the program being applied for (Master's or Doctoral) and if our academic adviser finds him/her able to adapt not only to our research activities, but also to our everyday laboratory life in general, then the application process is practically straightforward.

Further Details and Other Inquiries

Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have interest in our research or if you have any other inquiries about joining our laboratory, through any of our contact details listed in the Access section of our website.


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