RE Admission

English Language Requirements

Excellent written and verbal English language skills are required. Applicants whose first language is not English and whose bachelor’s degree is not from an institution at which English is the language of instruction must submit proof of English language proficiency within the past 2 years. The minimum score requirements for TOEFL or IELTS are listed below:

  • 600 TOEFL paper-based
  • 100 TOEFL internet-based
  • 7.0 IELTS academic version

The following applicants are exempt from submitting a score sheet.

  1. Applicants whose first language is English.
  2. Those who graduated from a university or a graduate school located in a country where English is the first language.
  3. Those who completed an undergraduate or graduate degree programme taught in English. In this case, please submit a certificate showing that the programme you attended was taught in English.
  4. Applicants who submit proof by any other means that have proficiency in English equivalent to that described in item 2) or 3).

Tuition Fees

USD 3,000 (JPY 300,000)


Applicants must provide:

  • A completed online Application with photo and signature at
  • Proof of enrolment in a master’s or Ph.D. degree programme if you are a postgraduate student
  • Original transcript of academic record
  • A detailed proposal of the research topic, and explain how it will link the current university thesis topic to that of climate change if you are a postgraduate student
  • TOEFL scores or equivalent proof of English- language proficiency for non-native speakers or those who do not have an academic degree in an English-speaking country and
  • Minimum of two references; one from the supervisor and one from another faculty member.

Application Deadline

The current application deadline for spring 2014 courses is available at UN-CECAR Applications website and cover students from abroad and for students within Japan.

Please address specific queries to:
  • Application procedure, acceptance policies, and student logistics (Ms. Wilma James, UNU-IAS, james <at>
  • Program content, resource persons and collaboration (Mr. Hide Mohri, UNU-IAS, mohri <at>

Student Support and Accommodation

UNU-IAS assists students throughout the courses, acknowledging that students may experience difficulties in adjusting to a new country and culture. Students can stay in low-cost accommodation arranged by UNU-IAS at a nearby hotel. Further information on payment and hotel reservations will be provided to successful applicants.