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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. Although 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, 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 inherent 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 societal affairs-based theme.
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 on whether applicants pass of fail are 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 be at the venue all day for the 2nd phase screening individual interviews?
A. You will not be required to be at the venue all day. We will stipulate the time you need to arrive at the venue based on the scheduled 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 after your interview ends.
Q. I see that there are two separate individual interviews. How do they differ?
A. The individual interviews are carried out in two 30-minute segments using 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 societal issues.
Q. Are the two segments of the interview carried out continuously without a break between?
A. There is a break of roughly 5 minutes between the two segments. There may be as much as a two-hour wait from the appointed time you are asked to arrive and the start of your interview. The use of any electronic devices such as computers, smartphones, and mobile phones inside the waiting room is prohibited, but the reading of reference books etc. while you wait is perfectly acceptable.
Q. How many interviewers do I have in my interview?
A. You have three interviewers. However, in some cases, the number of interviewers may be increased or decreased.
Q. What is the graded evaluation?
A. We evaluates applicants on a scale of A to E set a standard in advance, not giving scores.
Q. Do you hold an Aptitude Test in the individual interview?
A. No.
Q. How do I know whether I pass or fail?
A. Please confirm individually on the 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 22.3 %, and for Returnee Students and Students of International School, it was 9.5%.
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 St) or IUHW Tokyo Nogizaka office (near at Nogizaka St).
Q. Are the past Special Entrance Examination questions available for purchase?
A. No. They are not scheduled to be published.
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. What is the difficulty level of the written examination in the 1st phase screening compared to that of EJU and the General Entrance Examination?
A. It is more difficult than EJU, but not as difficult as the General Entrance Examination.
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 2017 and August 2018.
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 write 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. Is the good record of TOEFL or EJU evaluated as an added points?
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 internet. So do I not need to send original documents such as an academic transcript or certificate by mail?
A. In principle, you scan the all original documents at first, and then update them on the web or send them as an attachments by e-mail. However, you need to send original documents after you pass the entrance examination. So please keep them even after you finish the application procedure.
Q. Is it possible to enroll in September or other month except April based on my high school calendar?
A. No. All students must 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. What is the amount of money I need to prepare for “Supporting Documents for Paying Capacity”?
A. It is approximately 6 million JPY which can cover the first year’s student fees (4.5 million JPY), the living expenses and others.
Q. Do you have the scholarship programs for international students?
A. We have the “IUHW Half Scholarship “for international School of Medicine students who have passed the Special Entrance Examination with an excellent scores. It offers the recipients half amount of the student fees which are applied to admission fee and academic fee. However, please note below.
1) After getting Japanese Medical License and graduating from School of Medicine, recipients of the Medical Scholarship for International Students must be involved in 6 years as medical doctors, for the period specified “Duties period” at clinical institutions in both Japan and their home countries designated by IUHW. An initial period of residency trainings (2 years) after obtaining Medical License will be included in this period.
2) In principle, the recipients are required to live in IUHW dormitory. During the first semester of sixth year, scholarship students must be involved in clinical trainings at clinical institutions outside of Japan designated by IUHW.

【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, 6 out of 63 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 2019 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 questions available?
A. Past General Entrance Examination questions 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.

Student Fees

Q. What expenses are there besides student fees?
A. In addition to student fees (18.5 million JPY), the following annual fees are required: 70,000 JPY deposits toward overseas clinical training, and 30,000 JPY 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 2018 was 87,000 JPY (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 Kiyoshi Kitamura, who was the administrator of medical education at Tokyo University the School of Medicine, now is the dean of the School of Medicine. 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 is the vice-dean of the School of Medicine and chair of the Department of Medicine. Professor Haruko Akatsu, who for many long years had been 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.
Classes, the curriculum, etc.

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 years are primarily conducted in English. Not all classes are conducted in English however. 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 in place 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. In principle, regular tests of the subjects conducted by English are done in English, and ones by Japanese are done in Japanese.
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 year, but from the third year, 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 year, 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 year, 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 year 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 years. 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 expected to be completed during the 2018 academic year, and will have 116 rooms, a large communal bath, seminar rooms, and so on.
Q. At what kind of places will clinical training be provided overseas and what expenses are involved?
A. In the first semester of their sixth year, students will engage in clinical training overseas for 4 to 10 weeks (the length of the training is up to the student). International students will engage in training for 10 weeks in their home country. Clinical training will be carried out in facilities in approximately 20 countries/regions such as Vietnam, Mongolia, and Malaysia. The cost of clinical training in Asian countries should be largely covered by the 70,000 JPY deposits paid annually for this purpose. Since living costs will be higher for students engaging in clinical training in Western countries, they will likely have to cover the additional expenses out of their own pocket.

Campus Life

Q. Is there a dormitory for students?
A. There is an all-private-room dormitory called “Narita International House” located 15 minutes by bus or 20 minutes by bicycle from Narita campus. All international students are given the priority to reside and can stay in 6 years. Also, 20 Japanese students from each grade are selected to live in 3 years. The dormitory fee is 22,000 JPY per month, plus 3,000 JPY for utilities and common service charges, and the meal fee (breakfast and dinner) is 30,000 JPY (this fee is reduced in increments in accordance with the actual number of meals eaten). 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. Renting the 1 room and a kitchen with separated bath and toilet costs approximately from 45,000 JPY to 65,000 JPY, or you can find the one a bit far from Narita campus, which the fee is around 30,000 JPY. We also introduce successful applicants to the local real estate agents, which they do not ask IUHW students to pay the gratuity money, agent’s commissions and renewal fees.