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Special characteristics of our School of Medicine

Q. What kind of doctors do you train?
A. We provide medical education that accords with global standards and that is characterized by its highly global outlook. We foster doctors with advanced and integrated medical treatment capabilities who are capable of performing on both the domestic and international stages and also able to become play core roles in regional medicine. By fostering doctors with advanced communication skills in Japanese and English and who have world-standard medical treatment skills we ensure that they have strong practical skills appropriate for a wide variety of clinical environments and situations such as providing care for foreign patients visiting Japan for treatment, and providing on the scene treatment to disaster victims around Japan and the world. It is our hope that graduates of the IUHW School of Medicine gain the capabilities to allow them to one day play active roles around the world, and we believe it is this very kind of professional who is suited to playing important roles in domestic community healthcare by taking advantage of their advanced medical treatment skills.

Entrance Examination

【Common FAQs in all categories of the Entrance Examination】

Q. Are the written examinations of all subjects in the 1st phase screening entirely the computer-based examinations (multiple choice format マークシート方式)?
A. Apart from the essay examination, the written examinations in the 1st phase screening are the computer-based examinations (multiple choice format).
Q. Is there any advantage or disadvantage in the science subjects one selects?
A. There is no advantage or disadvantage since the evaluation of science subject scores is carried out after adjusting them in accordance with the overall average scores for each subject.
Q. Do you set the minimum score in each subject of the 1st phase screening?
A. No. Whether to pass the 1st phase screening or not depends on the total scores of all subjects and the application materials.
Q. What format is used for the essay question and what kind of question is asked?
A. The so-called thematic format is used and applicants are given 60 minutes to write an essay (600-charater in Japanese or 300-word in English) on not only a medical issue but also a current social issues.
Q. Is the result of the written examinations in the 1st phase screening carried over and utilized in the 2nd phase screening?
A. Yes. The final decisions are made based on a comprehensive evaluation of the results of the 1st phase screening, 2nd phase screening, and documents applicants submitted beforehand.
Q. Do I need to stay at the venue all day for the 2nd phase screening individual interviews?
A. You will not be required to stay at the venue all day. We will assign the time you need to arrive at the venue based on the start time of your interview (you can check the date of your interview and the time you need to arrive by together with your 1st phase screening pass/fail results online). You will be able to leave immediately once your interview finishes.
Q. There will be the individual interviews twice in the 2nd phase screening, how is the difference between first and second?
A. The individual interviews are carried out in two 30-minute segments with different interviewers. During the interviews, applicants will not only be asked about their reasons for applying based on what they have written in their application documents, but also be asked for the essay in the 1st phase screening, opinions and thoughts on a number of general current social issues.
Q. Is there a break time between the first and second interviews?
A. There is a break time of roughly 5 minutes between the two interviews. Please note that there is a
Q. How many interviewers do I have in my interview?
A. Basically, you have three interviewers. However, it is subject to change.
Q. What is the graded evaluation?
A. It does not make scores or points, but we evaluate among the evaluation criteria which is set up as five-grade evaluation of A to E in advance. We find out that which one is the exact evaluation criteria to correspond.
Q. Do you hold an Aptitude Test in the individual interview?
A. No.
Q. How do I know the examination result?
A. Please confirm individually on the online application website "My Page" when you created at time of application. We do not post the examination results of the 1st and 2nd phase screening on the bulletin board in the university.
Q. How late can applicants on the waiting list be contacted with an admission offer?
A. Although it depends on whether any successful applicants decide to opt out after receiving an admission offer, people on the waiting list could potentially be contacted at any time up until the IUHW School of Medicine's entrance ceremony.
Q. Do you hold separate admission examinations based on high school recommendations and AO entrance examinations? And are there special entrance examinations and special admission conditions for adult students?
A. No.

【Common FAQs in the Special Entrance Examination for International Students, Returnee Students and Students of International School】

Q. What is the acceptance rate of the Special Entrance Examination?
A. In previous year, the acceptance rate of the Special Entrance Examination for International Students was 23 %, and for Returnee Students and Students of International School, it was 1.6%.
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Q. What is the difference between the 1st round examination and the 2nd round one? Is one advantageous over the other? Also, if my application for the 1st round examination is not successful, can I reapply to the 2nd round examination?
A. There is no advantage or disadvantage in applying to either. We hold the special entrance examinations twice a year on the assumption that applicants from various countries have different school calendars. Also, you can reapply to the 2nd round examination if your application for the 1st round examination is not successful.
Q. Are applicant’s age, gender or nationality advantageous or disadvantageous?
A. No. We spend long time on carrying out careful evaluations of all applicants in every category of the entrance examination, and we do not, of course, change the standards with which we evaluate applicants simply based on their age, gender or nationality.
Q. Can applicants take the written examination, essay and individual interview in English?
A. Applicants of the Special Entrance Examination for International Students can select either in English or in Japanese. However, all examinations in the 1st and 2nd phase screening for Returnee Students and Students of International Schools are conducted by only English*.
* Regarding the essay examination, applicants write about 300-word in English.
Q. Where in Tokyo is the examination taken place?
A. The venue is scheduled to be at IUHW Tokyo Akasaka campus (near at Akasaka-Mitsuke Sta) .
Q. Are the past Special Entrance Examination papers available for purchase?
A. No. We do not disclose and publish the past Special Entrance Examination papers.
Q. What is the scope of written examinations in the 1st phase screening?
A. The scope of Mathematics and Science examinations follows the latest syllabus of EJU (standing for Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students) conducted by JASSO (standing for Japan Students Services Organization), and please select the course 2 of Mathematics. English examination is to confirm that applicants have an adequate English command, at least TOEFL iBT 80 or 6.0 of IELTS.
Q. Can I apply to the Special Entrance Examination even if I have not taken EJU?
A. Yes. However, if you have taken the EJU and wish to submit the transcript of EJU, please submit a copy of the examination voucher and the transcript of the examination*.
* Sessions of the EJU considered for the screening will be only those conducted between June 2018 and August 2019.
Q. What kinds of information are needed to fill in “Activities and Award” of application materials?
A. Please fill in the prescribed form with your activities and awards in various fields, which are not written in your high school transcript, but considered to be your strengths. We’d like to evaluate all applicants from various aspects. However, we do not evaluate you negatively even if you do not have any activities and awards to fill in.
Q. Could I receive an additional evaluation if I have TOEFL or EJU scores?
A. We do not add the points, but as the application guideline describes, the final decision is based on the application materials such as English and other certifications as well as the results of the 1st and 2nd phase screening. Also, the application materials are used as references for individual interview in the 2nd phase screening.
Q. I understand all applications are accepted through the online. So do I not need to send original documents such as an academic transcript or certificate by mail?
A. All application materials have to be sent to the Admissions Office as attachments by E-mail. However, if documents of any certificates, especially the academic transcript or certificate of graduation, are “Valid if in sealed”, please ask your school to send them by registered express mail to the Admissions Office. You will be needed the original documents if you successfully pass the entrance examination. Therefore, please make sure to keep them even though your application has completed.
Q. Is it possible to enroll in September or other month except April based on my high school calendar?
A. No. All students will be enrolled in April.
Q. Can I reapply to the General Entrance Examination or Entrance Examination based on the National Center Test for University Admissions in order to aim at becoming the special scholarship student after I pass the Special Entrance Examination?
A. Yes. If you become the special scholarship student, you pay the student fee for the special scholarship student, or in the case you have already paid, we pay back the difference. And even if you fail the General Entrance Examination or Entrance Examination based on the National Center Test for University Admissions, it does not affect your successful applicant status of the Special Entrance Examination.
* Apart from the examination of English and an individual interview, all examinations in the General Entrance Examination or Entrance Examination based on the National Center Test for University Admissions are conducted in Japanese.

【The Special Entrance Examination for International Student】

Q. I have dual nationalities of Japan and other country. Can I apply to the Special Entrance Examination for International Students?
A. Those who have Japanese nationality (including dual nationalities) and foreigners having permanent residential status in Japan are not eligible to apply to the Special Entrance Examination for International Student. Please consider to apply to the General Entrance Examination or Entrance Examination based on the National Center Test for University Admissions. If you satisfy the requirements for the Special Entrance Examination for Returnee Students and Students of International School, you are able to apply to it.
Q. How much will it be the exact amount as the “Supporting Documents for Paying Capacity”?
A. It is approximately ¥6,000,000 which can cover the first year’s tuition fees (¥4,500,000), the living expenses and others.
Q. Do you have the scholarship programs for international students?
A. We There is a special scholarship program for international student of the school of medicine called “IUHW Half Scholarship”. It offers a half amount of the students fees for six years those who had especially left superior result in the “Special Entrance Examination”. However, those who receives the “IUHW Half Scholarship” must be living at the dorm and suppose to participate in clinical training at the time of the first semester of the sixth grade at designated facilities by university. In addition, it is required to work at the designated medical facilities in Japan or the home country during the duty period as a doctor after obtain the medical license. (The duty period including a two years of the initial clinical training period).

【The Special Entrance Examination for Returnee Students and Students of International School】

Q. I see that the enrollment capacity is “Small number”. What the exact number of successful applicants do you have?
A. We require the returnee students and students of international school to have an adequate academic skills and an aptitude fitting for enrolled students of IUHW the School of Medicine. We also require them to have the cosmopolitan thinking and English skills for mediating between international students and Japanese students. Therefore, no applicants may pass the Special Entrance Examination if we cannot find an appropriate applicants. In previous year, 1 out of 62 applicants passed (total number of 1st and 2nd round).
Q. Are students graduating from international school in Japan eligible to apply?
A. If you have an eligibility for admission to bachelor’s degree program of universities in Japan set by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (hereinafter referred to as MEXT), and have spent more than 2 years and graduated/expected to be graduating from International School in Japan, it is possible for them to apply. Please see the website of MEXT about the details of eligibility for admission to bachelor’s degree program of universities in Japan, or ask IUHW Admissions Office. You can also check your eligibility for admission to bachelor’s degree program of universities in Japan by asking the National Center for University Entrance Examinations.

【Common FAQs in the General Entrance Examination and Entrance Examination based on the National Center Test for University Admissions】

Q. Is it possible to apply simultaneously for the General Entrance Examinations and Entrance Examination based on the National Center Test for University Admissions?
A. Yes, please be sure to refer to the 2020 guidelines for School of Medicine applicants when submitting applications.
Q. I read that applicants who can select to have their interviews partially conducted in English. Is there any advantage in doing so?
A. Applicants will not be advantaged simply by selecting to have their interviews conducted partially in English. If applicants are unable to communicate adequately in English, they will be unable to adequately communicate their answers to the interviewer and there may be cases in which this could conversely adversely affect how they are evaluated.
Q. Are past examination papers available?
A. Past General Entrance Examination papers are compiled in the “Entrance Examination Question Sample Answer Compilation" (published by the International University of Health and Welfare) and Sekaishishosha-Kyogakusha Co., Ltd.'s “University Entrance Examination Series" (the so-called “Akahon"). Both are scheduled to be published in early July.
Q. If School of Medicine special scholarship students decide to opt out after being offered admission, does their place go to someone else on the waiting list?
A. No. Even if School of Medicine special scholarship students decide to opt out, their place does not go to someone else on the waiting list.

Tuition Fees

Q. What expenses are there besides tuition fees?
A. In addition to tuition fees (¥18,500,000), the following annual fees are required: ¥70,000 deposits for overseas clinical training, and ¥30,000 toward an education support group consisting of guardians of students that works to supports education activities. In addition to this, there is the cost of textbooks and reference books for compulsory and elective courses, transportation and accommodation costs when travelling to engage in clinical training, and costs relating to vaccinations and preparatory study for national examinations, and so on. Since the IUHW School of Medicine also distributes a significant amount of its study materials online it is necessary to purchase a computer that has adequate specifications to access this material (if you do not already own one at the time of your admission). Note that the cost of the textbooks and study materials for students admitted in 2019 was ¥87,000 (this is the cost for one year only).
Q. Is there a scholarship program for students with outstanding grades?
A. Every year, the top three most outstanding students (in each grade) receive an Annual IUHW School of Medicine Award for Outstanding Grades. The recipients of these awards receive the following scholarships: Students who place first receive the equivalent of one year's tuition fees, and students who place second and third receive the equivalent of half a year's tuition fees (the scholarship money is paid directly toward covering tuition fees). Note that no annual awards for outstanding grades are given to students from their fourth year onward as their classes are focused on off-campus clinical training.

Teaching Staff

Q. What kind of people teach at IUHW?
A. Approximately 750 medical doctors were already tenured with the IUHW group, but with the opening of the School of Medicine we have selected approximately 300 outstanding new teaching staff members from a pool of more than 500 applicants. Professor Yutaka Kawakami, who had studied the cancer immunotherapy at Keio University, has been inaugurated as the Dean of the School of Medicine since this April. Professor Motofumi Yoshida, who played a central role in establishing the common achievement test OSCE (objective structured clinical examinations) system during his time at Kyushu University has assumed the roles of vice-dean of the School of Medicine and chair of the Department of Medicine. Professor Haruko Akatsu, who, for many long years was involved in medical care and medical education at the University of Pittsburgh and Stanford University in the United States, is now overseeing education at IUHW as Dean of Medical Education.
Q. What are main strengths of IUHW as an educational organization?
A. One of the strengths could be said to be the fact that we have a large number of teaching staff members from overseas in addition to Japanese teaching staff members with extensive overseas experience in medical care and education. We have approximately 150 Japanese teaching staff members with at least one year of overseas medical care or educational experience (of these, more than 50 have at least three years of such experience), and some studied at Harvard University, Stanford University, and the University of Oxford. We have also employed a large number of full-time instructors from Western and Asian countries and elsewhere. We have also established a “Office of Medical Education" with approximately 25 full-time staff, a number that is unparalleled by any other university. The center will work to ensure that students receive high-quality education, including clinical training, from the time they enter the university right up until their graduation.

Curriculum and Classes

Q. What are the special characteristics of the curriculum?
A. The main features are:
1. A focus on fostering in students the high ethical standards demanded of doctors through practical education on the nature of medical professionalism.
2. The majority of subjects feature classes conducted in English in order to foster doctors able to perform both domestically and overseas.
3. The provision of more than 90 weeks of clinical clerkship.
4. Classes that make use of the world's largest medical education simulation center to foster advanced general clinical capabilities, etc.
Q. How many classes are conducted in English?
A. . Classes in the first and second grades are primarily conducted in English. Not all classes, however, are conducted in English. The specialized terminology and so on required for national examinations are taught in Japanese and classes dealing with matters such as ethics and law are taught in Japanese as it would otherwise be difficult to adequately communicate to students all the nuances involved.
Q. What kinds of measures are provided for students who lack confidence in their English capabilities, and what kinds of supplementary study etc. is provided?
A. Students attend intensive classes aimed at enhancing their English abilities. We assemble language instructors to conduct English classes tailored to students' English abilities every afternoon. We also utilize non-Japanese English-language teachers to help enhance students' English skills.
Q. What kind of measures and supplementary study is provided for international students who lack confidence in their Japanese capabilities?
A. In October 2016, we established a comprehensive preparatory Japanese language course for internationals students to help those hoping to gain admission to the School of Medicine. After entering the university, international students will continue to be provided with sufficient Japanese-language education to help them engage in medical care in Japan and to enable them to sit the National Medical Practitioners Qualifying Examination. Narita International Exchange Center also supports international students’ university life and holds the events such as international parties and field trips.
Q. Are regular tests after an enrollment conducted in English?
A. Basically, the examination of the subject which conducted by English has to be done in English. The examination of the subject which conducted by Japanese has to be done in Japanese likewise.
Q. Is it possible to transfer the credits which I already obtained from other universities to IUHW, or do you accept the transfer admission?
A. No. All students must start from scratch alongside our curriculum, and we do not accept the transfer admission.
Q. Do you take a thorough approach to helping students prepare for the National Medical Practitioners Qualifying Examination?
A. Classes are primarily conducted in English until the end of the second grade, but from the third grade, almost all classes are conducted in Japanese aimed at enhancing students' clinical capabilities with the objective of preparing them for the National Medical Practitioners Qualifying Examination. In their sixth grade, following clinical training, students receive lectures providing a general overview of what they have studied thus far. We also have a dedicated 24-hour student study room located next to the library.

Clinical Training

Q. Where is the clinical training conducted?
A. Clinical training is conducted both in Japan and overseas. In Japan, clinical training is conducted in coordination with our five affiliated hospitals such as IUHW Mita Hospital (the five hospitals have a total capacity of 1,153 beds) and other related educational hospitals. The IUHW Narita Hospital (Narita City, Chiba Prefecture) is scheduled to open in 2020 and we intend to make this our primary clinical training institution. We intend to have sixth year students engage in at least 4 weeks of clinical training overseas. To this end we have concluded international exchange agreements with universities and medical institutions in countries and regions around the world.
Q. I have heard that clinical training is primarily conducted at two affiliated hospitals. Could you please provide specific information about where clinical training is conducted and from what year?
A. According to our current plan, of the 140 first-batch students who entered IUHW in April 2017, roughly half will, from 2020 when they will be in their fourth grade, will engage in clinical training from April to July at IUHW Hospital (Nasushiobara City, Tochigi Prefecture) and IUHW Shioya Hospital (Yaita City, Tochigi Prefecture), and the other half will engage in clinical training in IUHW Mita Hospital (Minato Ward, Tokyo), IUHW Atami Hospital (Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture), and IUHW Ichikawa Hospital (Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture). The students who train at IUHW Hospital and IUHW Shioya Hospital and the students who train at IUHW Mita Hospital, IUHW Hospital, and IUHW Hospital will switch venues following the summer holidays. IUHW Narita Hospital, which is scheduled to open in April 2020 when the first batch of students will be commencing their fourth grade at IUHW, will not be ready to provide clinical training immediately after opening. It is expected that the students will be able to commence clinical training at IUHW Narita Hospital from their fifth or sixth grades. The hospital will be 8km as the crow flies from Narita campus, but we plan to provide a shuttle bus service. In preparation for the provision of clinical training to medical students, IUHW Hospital is also constructing a five-story accommodation building along with a five-story research building and a new hospital building providing an additional 55 beds. The accommodation building is completed in 2018, and has 116 rooms, a large communal bath, seminar rooms, and so on.
Q. What about the place for the clinical training and the fees for that?
A. We will conduct a clinical training at their request at the first semester of the sixth grade during 4 to 10 weeks. (The location for the international student will be their own countries and spend for 10 weeks.) The acceptance countries for the clinical training will be the affiliated countries of approximately 20 countries/ regions. Regarding the expense, the prospects for the clinical training in Asian countries will be ¥70,000 per year as a reserve fund, but if you have a clinical training in Europe and America, the own expenses will be expected to increase.

Campus Life

Q. Is there a dormitory for students?
A. We have a dormitory which has an-individual rooms for all of the residents called "Narita International House" 15 minutes away from the Narita Campus by bus or 20 minutes by bicycle.
International students are given the priorities to live in the dorm in a preferential manner. The dorm fee will be cost ¥22,000 per month and the utility expense will be cost ¥3,000 per month and the food expense (breakfast and dinner) will be ¥30,000 per month. Also 20 Japanese students from each grade are selected to live in 3 years.
Please see https://narita.iuhw.ac.jp/igakubu/en/life/lifesupport.html
Q. How much does it cost to rent an apartment around Narita campus?
A. The average for the one room (separated kitchen) around the Campus will be cost around ¥45,000 to ¥65,000. If you go more further from the university, the average of the price will be cost around ¥30,000. There are a couple of real estate companies which offer students a good deal, and their information is put on our website.