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Questions for after admission

1. Laboratory assignment

How is the lab decided for each student?
We provides guidance on research labs soon after the entrance ceremony. We arrange for students to enter the labs according to their request. Students also get a chance to change labs later.
Is there any case of a student not being assigned to the lab requested?
We haven't had such a case so far. If that were to happen, the Dean of the School and the pertinent professors would talk with the student to find a reasonable solution together.
I understand that students can change their laboratory later. Are there any disadvantages in changing labs?
The conditions for completing the Master's Program do not change. But if you have to begin research over again, you will have less time for it.

2. Research theme

Can I choose my research theme freely?
You must consult with your supervisor to decide your research theme. There may be some restrictions due to the number of students in a lab and your own ability and background.
Is my research determined by a supervisor? Or can I do research on whatever I want to.
It depends on your laboratory. If you have a strong desire to do certain research, you will be able to find a laboratory for it. The School incorporates a range of information science reserach possibilities wide enough to welcome your interest. To find an adequate lab, take advantage of an Open Campus event and a short visit before admission, or the laboratory orientation after enrollment, or consult with individual faculty members.

3. Research environment

Can I use Digital Library of IEEE and ACM free of charge?
Yes, you can use freely materials with licensing agreements in the Digital Library. In addition, some laboratories have their own licensing agreements on use of materials.
How is the study environment?
Our computational network system "Mandara" provides a high-performance workstation for each student, links to many powerful servers used for image processing, large-scale calculation and every other purpose. The network system is accessible to every student of this Institute. Listed below is some of our equipment for research and education.
Large scale facilities Rented facilities
  • Experimental facilities for Robotics
  • Experimental facilities for ATM networking
  • A computer aided engineering system
  • An academic channel system
  • A next generation mobile information network system
  • A 3D motion capturing tool
  • A severe environment reproduction system
  • Experimental facilities for multi agents
  • A multi-media information processing system
  • A knowledge information processing system
  • Software development environment systems
  • Image processing systems
  • Word processing systems
  • A dynamic image generation system
  • A scientific visualization system
How much space would I get in my lab?
Each student has his/her own desk and a workstation or PC connected to the network in freely accessible rooms. Each floor has a total of about 187 square meters, each with a slightly different room arrangement, where up to 24 students work.

4. Classes, Curriculum and Short completion

What is the yearly schedule?
There are four quarters per year, and credits are given each term. Other academic institutes generally have two terms each year, with weekly lectures over half a year offering one credit. In our system, courses are generally given twice a week for two months for one credit. Students can thus take more intensive and effective courses.
Here is an example annual schedule.

April 5 Enrollment ceremony
April 8 - June 4 First quarter
June 5 - July 30 Second quarter
August 1 - September 30 Summer vacation
September 30 Commencement ceremony
October 1 Anniversary of the foundation
October 2 Enrollment ceremony
October 7 - November 29 Third quarter
December 2 - February 10 Fourth quarter
February 12 - February 28 Preparatory period
December 24 - January 6 Winter vacation
March 25 Commencement ceremony
Also see the Syllabus and Academic Credits of 2010 for reference.
Do you think I can catch up with the other students even though I don't know much about computers?
We welcome students from other areas of study for interdisciplinary research here, and we provide three basic courses in the first quarter to enable those students to get an idea of information technology more intensively.
Is it hard to get the required credits ?
As seen in the curriculum, we provide a fairly good number of classes. (We offer more than fifty specialized subjects.) Most students seem to get the required credits by the end of third quarter of the first year.
Although they may be busy during that period, they are able to find enough time to work on their own research. It is suggested that you take appropriate subjects for your interests and research theme.
How hard are the classes?
They are not classes that make it easy to get credits, since you enter the School to become an expert in your field. Our curriculum is set up along the lines of the international standard of graduate school education with lectures and practices comply with our syllabus.
I heard that 20 percent of the students are from other fields of study. Are they able to follow the lectures and do research ?
We provide courses for such students on the basics of Information Science and programing. It is not at all impossible to catch up with other students if you apply yourself to serious study.
I heard that the school puts emphasis on both education and research. Which is more focused on?
Both education and research are given great importance.
I am a Master's Program student of another university. I would like to enter the School in fall and complete the program in a shorter time.
It's important to discuss this with the supervisor of the lab at NAIST that you choose and make a thorough research plan.
Can I accelerate my academic course?
According to NAIST regulations, a minimum of one year is required to get a Master's Degree. There have been a few students who finished in one or one and a half years.
A minimum of three years is required to finish both the Master's and the Doctoral programs.

5. Campus facilities and a dormitory

Are there any sports facilities?
テニスコートThe campus has general-purpose playing fields, two tennis courts and other facilities.
Please refer to the Health, Leisure and Recreational Facilities page.
What other facilities are there?
大学会館The University Union provides, for example, a school store, a restaurant, a coffee shop, a Health Care Center, etc. There are convention facilities, the Millennium Hall and a green house. Please refer to the Health, Leisure and Recreational Facilities page.
Tell me about the dormitory.
学生宿舎NAIST on-campus dormitories are 5-story buildings providing rooms for students according to their marital status. Each room in the dormitory is equipped with a LAN connection that provides access to NAIST's Digital Library and other information sources both on and off campus. This enables students to conduct research from their rooms.
For more details, click here.
How many students can the dormitories accommodate?
559 single students, 50 married couples and 10 families.
International students can enter a dormitory preferentially.
Are there an women's dormitory?
We do not have an women's dormitory, but we separate the floor for women as much as possible.

6. Credits

When I was an undergraduate, I took graduate courses and got some course credits in the graduate school of my university. Is it possible to get credit for these at NAIST?
Credits you received in another graduate school as a graduate student will be admitted as the credits of NAIST up to a maximum of ten, if they are recognized to have educational value by the Faculty Council of the Graduate School of Information Science. This does not apply to credits received as an undergraduate.

7. Scholarships and tuition fees

What kinds of Scholarships are available?
1. Japan Student Services Organization scholarships
Applications by individual students go through a selection, and loans are provided to students recognized to have excellent academic achievements and, at the same time, scholastic difficulties for economic reasons. Japan Student Services Organization scholarships include a non-interest type-1 scholarship program and the Kibo 21 Plan scholarship program. Repayment of loans received under the type-1 scholarship program may be entirely or partially exempted if the organization certifies that the recipient has achieved outstanding academic accomplishments as a student.
2. Other scholarships
Showa Education Promotion Foundation scholarships, MEXT self-supported foreign student scholarships, and other scholarship programs are also granted to NAIST.
What expenses do I have besides the tuition fees?
You have to purchase textbooks for your coursework. However, the computers and technical books you need for your research are all available in the labs and the library.
Is there any system to exempt students from tuition fees?
Students who have difficulties in paying the admission and tuition fees may be exempted in whole or in part from payment of the fees if they have an excellent academic record. This exemption can also be made when NAIST feels that there are justifiable reasons which make payment of these fees difficult. For more details, click here.