Graduate Programs


Information for international students who want to join us

We are accepting graduate students in master's and doctor's program.
Graduate students from any country are welcome to our institute. Our laboratories are engaged in several graduate programs, including Graduate Schools of Medicine, Chemistry, and Life Science. Our staff scientist (Professor, Associate professor, and Assistant professor) will be happy to promote research with you, an ambitious young scientist. Now please visit the individual home page in which you are interested, and write an e-mail to the PI!

Graduate School of Medicine

Research Project Principal investigator e-mail

Investigation of molecular mechanism involved in the CNS disorders caused by damaged neural stem/precursor cells and identification of their therapeutic targets

Toru Kondo, Ph.D.
(Stem Cell Biology)


Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Differentiation of immune cells

Ken-ichiro Seino, M.D., Ph.D.


Elucidating the carcinogenic mechanisms and generating anti-cancer drug leads

Masahiro Sonoshita, Ph.D.
(Biomedical Oncology)


Study on 3D genome organization and related diseases

Ken-ich Noma, Ph.D.
(Genome Biology)


Molecular mechanism of chronic inflammation induced by T cell-medaited cytokines and neural signaling

Masaaki Murakami, V.M.D., Ph.D.
(Molecular Psychoimmunology)


Molecular mechanisms of autophagy and liquid-liquid phase separation involved in various life phenomena

Noda Nobuo, Ph.D.
(Biological Molecular Mechanisms)


Control of immunological function and its application to immunotherapy for cancer, allergy, and autoimmune diseases

Hidemitsu Kitamura, Ph.D.
(Functional Immunology)


Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering

Research Project Principal investigator e-mail

Sensing mechanisms and signaling pathways for the activaton of innate immunity

Akinori Takaoka, M.D., Ph.D.
(Signaling in Cancer and Immunology)


Cellular polarity and mechanics in normal and diseased contexts

Fumio MOTEGI, Ph.D.
(Developmental Physiology)


Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering

Research Project Principal investigator e-mail

Generation of Animal Models for Cancer, Immune, and Infectious Diseases

Kumiko Yoshimatsu, D.V.M., Ph.D.
(Laboratory of Animal Experiment)


Graduate School of Life Science

Research Project Principal investigator e-mail

Physiological significance of asymmetry of membrane phospholipids

Kazuma Tanaka, Ph. D.
(Molecular Interaction)


Understanding the cell fate determination by post-translational modifications and inter-organelle communications, and the interactions between immune and nervous systems

Tomohiko Okazaki, Ph. D.
(Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology)


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Graduate School of Medicine


Master's Program
Doctoral Program

General Bracket

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Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering


Master's Program
Doctoral Program

General Bracket

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Graduate School of Life Science


Master's Program
Doctoral Program

Special International Student Selection Bracket *

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* This bracket is only for applicants who are unable to come to Japan to take the examination, and received a written recommendation from a supervisor based on proficiency and scholastic aptitude

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees for Hokkaido University graduate are as follows
Tuition ¥535,800
Entrance fee ¥282,000
Exam fee ¥30,000

*It is not necessary for Japanese Government Scholarship students to pay the entrance examination fee, entrance fee and tuition fee, but other students must pay these fees.

Exemption from tuition

Regular students who have excellent academic records but are unable to bear the cost of tuition for financial reasons may have fees waived or reduced by 50%.
In 2007, approximately 96.4% of waiver applicants in the first semester and 97.4% of waiver applicants in the second semester were successful in having their fees waived or reduced by half.

Guidelines for Applicants

» Graduate School of Medicine

» Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering

» Graduate School of Life Science

Steps to take enroll at Hokkaido University as a graduate or research student:


  • Find a faculty member in that field
  • Apply to that faculty member for acceptance
  • Obtain informal consent for acceptance from that faculty member
  • You need to have completed procedures 1 to 4 six months prior to intended enrollment
  • Request an application form for the major or from the graduate school you wish to enter
  • Pay the examination fee
  • Submit the application
  • Take the entrance examination (not required for research students)
  • Receive a letter of acceptance
  • Apply for housing facilities for international students
  • Apply for a student visa
  • Come to Japan
  • Enroll Hokkaido University
Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) scholarship

If you wish to receive the Japanese Government Scholarship (i.e., if you wish to be a Japanese Government Scholarship Student), you can apply through the Embassy of Japan or Hokkaido University. To apply through the Japanese Embassy, please ask for details at the nearest Japanese Embassy/Consulate by March of the year before the year of intended entrance.

List of Japanese Embassies and Consulates (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan)

University recommendation

Students coming to a Japanese university from their own country can apply for the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarship through the university in Japan which they intend to enroll in.
Please ask for application details at the Student Exchange Office.