Application Schedule

Application Schedule

Exchange students must be nominated by a partner university first. We inform our partner universities of the nomination and application deadlines every August.

Once we receive a nomination, we ask the partner university that has submitted it to upload the application documents online. The International Center informs the partner university of the URL for uploading the application documents by email.

The following is the timeline for applications and admissions.

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Fall Entry
(Sept. - Jan.)
Spring Entry
(April - Jul.)
End of Mar. End of Oct. Deadline for nominations from partner institutions
Mar. 20 - Apr. 15 Oct. 20 - Nov. 15 Students submit their completed application documents.
For further information, please see the Application Documents page.
Apr. - May Nov. - Dec. Screening at Dokkyo University
Late May Mid-Dec. Approval of admissions and issuing of notifications to home universities.
Dokkyo applies for Certificates of Eligibility from the Immigration Bureau on behalf of the students.
Mid-Jul. Early Feb. Certificates of Eligibility (issued by the Immigration Bureau) are sent to the relevant home universities (by express mail). Students apply for student visas from the Japanese Embassy or Consulate.
Mid-Jul. Early Feb. Students receive their Pre-Arrival Information, including their moving-in dates to the university housing.
Eligible students receive information on applying for a JASSO scholarship.
Early Aug. Mid-Feb. Students submit their Housing Application and Arrival Information forms online.
Late Aug. Early Mar. Students receive information on their housing assignments and the orientation session.
Students receive an email from our student staff about the pick-up service that we provide.
Students arrive in Japan.
Mid-Sept. Late Mar. Students move into their university housing (usually during a three-day period).
Mid-Sept. Late Mar. Orientation for new exchange students, placement test for the Japanese Language Program, and course registration
Students register for all of their courses during the orientation session. To learn more about the courses offered at Dokkyo, please see the Japanese Language Program page.
Sept. 24 Apr. 7 Classes start.
Please note that the start date for the semester is subject to change.