FAQ

As of December, 2015

A)  About the City of Yokohama and Yokohama National University (YNU)

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B)  About the YCCS Program

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C)  About Admissions to the YCCS

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D)  About Fees and Costs of the YCCS

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E)  About Dormitory and Living

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F)  About Japanese Visa to the YCCS

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A)  About the City of Yokohama and Yokohama National University (YNU)

A-01)  What is Yokohama like?
Yokohama is Japan’s second largest city with a population of 3.7 million, neighboring Tokyo. Travelling between the two metropolises by train takes only 30 minutes. Ever since the port of Yokohama was opened in the 19th Century, the industrious and creative locals of Yokohama have been playing a dynamic role in Japan’s modernization. While Yokohama is known as a fashion-conscious city, where its citizens enjoy a convenient and comfortable urban lifestyle, many places of historical and scenic interest are also easily accessible in the greater Yokohama area. Yokohama is a cosmopolitan city that hosts many international conferences, art exhibitions and sports events. It was the top venue of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan and 2010 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). The Yokohama Triennale, an international exhibition of contemporary art, is held every three years.
A-02)  Where in Yokohama is YNU located?
YNU is located almost at the center of Yokohama, in Hodogaya Ward. The campus is a 15- or 20-minute bus ride from Yokohama Station, a 15-minute walk from Mitsuzawa-kamicho Station (Yokohama Municipal Subway), or a 20-minute walk from Wadamachi Station (Sotetsu Line). For details, please click here.
A-03)  When was YNU established?
YNU was founded in 1949 as the successor to Yokohama Normal School (established in 1876), Kanagawa Prefectural Training Institute for Teachers of Supplementary Vocational Education (established in 1920), Yokohama Higher School of Commerce (estanlished in 1923), and Yokohama Higher School of Technology (established in 1920).
A-04)  How many international students are enrolled at YNU?
There are some 900 international students enrolled at YNU. For details please click here.
A-05)  What colleges does YNU have?
YNU has four colleges:
  • College of Education,
  • College of Economics,
  • College of Business Administration,
  • College of Engineering Science, and
  • College of Urban Sciences.
In the YCCS Program, students can take classes offered by all these four colleges in English. Students can also take classes taught in Japanese offered by these four colleges if they meet the conditions of the Japanese language fluency and YCCS enrollment qualifications.
A-06)  Does YNU have any graduate schools?
YNU has five graduate schools:
  • Graduate School of Education (Master's),
  • International Graduate School of Social Sciences (Master's and Doctorate),
  • Graduate School of Engineering (Master's and Doctorate),
  • Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences (Master's and Doctorate), and
  • Graduate School of Urban Innovation (Master and Doctorate).

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B)  About the YCCS Program

B-01)  What is the YCCS Program like?
The YCCS Program offers innovative interdisciplinary urban studies that will produce leaders whose skill sets include intercultural communication skills in English and Japanese. The YCCS students are expected to develop key skills for global leadership such as multilingual and cross-cultural communication, teamwork, leadership, project planning and organizing; as well as to acquire professional knowledge in their major.
B-02)  What majors can I study in the YCCS Program?
YCCS offers the following three majors:
  • “Urban Cultural Creation”,
  • “Urban Social Management”. and
  • “Urban Creative Technologies”.
You will choose one area as your major in your second year. The other two will automatically become your minors, as the YCCS Program provides multidisciplinary studies to the students. For details, please refer here.
B-03)  Do I have to decide my major at the time of application submission?
Yes, you have to nominate one in your application form. However, this is not your last opportunity to decide your major. You will finalize it after exploring various topics in fundamental education and workshops in the first two years.
B-04)  What are the graduation requirements for the YCCS program?
This program has compulsory subjects, including intensive Japanese language/Japanese culture courses, global leaders' skills subjects, educational materials creation study, practical business guidance study and a graduation thesis project, and students are required to obtain certain number of mandatory credits according to each grade year.
Regarding Japanese language abilities, intensive courses will be held for first and second-year students. Before the end of the second-year, students who come from countries that use Kanji are exptected to pass Level 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, and students who come from countries that do not use Kanji are expected to pass Level 2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. In addition, all students of YCCS are expected to pass Level 1+ of the Business Japanese Language Proficiency Test before graduation.
Regarding English proficiency, students are expecteed to reach an IELTS Comprehensive Score of 7.5(Writing 6.5) or its equivalent by graduation. A total of 100 credits including the mandatory credits are required to begin graduation thesis projects. Students may start after they are assigned to the academic advisor in charge of research and necessary procedures are finished.
No student with a GPA below 2.0 in our university's standard can graduate from the university.
The Japanese immigration bureau does not allow foreign students visa extension if their academic performance is not good, while they may be enrolled for a maximum of 8 years in the university. Students who cannot graduate within 8 years after admission will be expelled from the University. Further detailed explanations will be provided at the time of admission.
B-05)  What kind of jobs can I get after I graduate from the YCCS?
At the time of your graduation, you will have a variety of options for your future career, such as
  • Government officail in the field of international planning and development
  • International organization Staff
  • Business manager candidate
  • International school teacher
  • Regional manager or an engineer
  • Advance to graduate school
and many more.
B-06)  Do some international students work in Japan after graduation from YNU?
There are numbers of international students who find employment at large manufacturers, financial institutions and other leading Japanese enterprises. YNU holds employment support seminars and provides assistance for international students seeking jobs in Japan. For the details, please click here.
B-07)  Can I go to a graduate school after I graduate from the YCCS?
Yes, you can. Since you will be awarded a Bachelor’s degree at graduation, you will be able to apply to YNU graduate school as well as to other graduate schools in Japan and any other countries.

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C)  About Admissions to the YCCS

C-01)  What is the entrance examination like for the YCCS?
You will be assessed based on the submitted materials: application form, academic transcripts (including national or standardized examinations), certificate of English language proficiency, the contents of video presentation and letter of recommendation, etc.
Some applicants may be invited for an interview, or given additional assignments to ascertain their academic capabilities. The interview will take place via the internet, using such services as Google Hangouts or Skype. Those who are invited to an interview will be notified by e-mail.
C-02)  Do I have to travel to Japan for admissions assessment?
No. YCCS applicants do not need to come to YNU for the assessment.
C-03)  Who are eligible to apply to the YCCS?
Please check the eligibility from the Application Guidelines.
C-04)  Do I have to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test?
No, you do not. The YCCS applicants are not required to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test for YCCS. However, if you do have any record of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and other language tests, you need to attach with your application.
C-05)  Do I have to take the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)?
No. The YCCS applicants need to submit their application forms, self-introduction video and required documents directly to YNU. For details please refer to the Application Guidelines.
C-06)  Do I have to take the National Center Test for University Admissions?
No. YCCS applicants are not required to take the National Center Test for University Admissions.
C-07)  Can I apply without my passport?
No. All applicants including Japanese nationals are required to submit a copy of their passport page that shows their face. If the applicants are international applicants and are currently living in Japan, they are also asked to submit a copy of their residence card (both sides.).
C-08)  I am interested in learning Japanese. But I cannot speak Japanese at all at the moment. Am I still eligible to apply?
Yes. YCCS applicants are not required to speak Japanese at all at the time of their application and admission. YCCS classes will be taught in English at the beginning of the first year, while the YCCS students are required to study Japanese language intensively for their first two years. There will be classes taught in English and Japanese from their third and fourth year.
C-10)  What scores are required for the TOEFL or IELTS to demonstrate my English proficiency? If my score is lower than the requirement, am I still eligible to apply?
The level of the YCCS applicants’ English proficiency must be TOEFL iBT 80 / IELTS 6.0 or above. You are not eligible if you do not satisfy the requirement.
C-10)  I have TOEIC score. Can I use the score to prove my English proficiency?
No. We do not accept TOEIC score for our screening process, as the TOEIC is not an academic-type proficiency test. We recommend you take either TOEEL or IELTS before submitting your application, if you are not a graduate from an English-speaking international school.
C-11)  How can I pay the application fee?
From outside Japan, applicants can pay by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, American Express, MUFG, DC, UFJ, NICOS) and UnionPay cards. In Japan, applicants can make the payment at convenience stores as well as by credit cards and UnionPay cards. For details, please refer to the Application Guidelines.
C-12)  What should I do if it is difficult for me to get a letter of recommendation from the principal of my high school? I graduated from my high school many years ago.
In principle, YCCS applicants are required to have a letter of recommendation from the principal of their high school. However, contact us with your details if you believe that your individual circumstances would need our special consideration.

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D)  About Fees and Costs of the YCCS

D-01)  How much are the tuition fees?
Currently, the tuition is 535,800 yen per year. Half the tuition is payable each semester. The same fee is applied to both science and humanities courses and to both Japanese and international students. In addition, an admission (administration) fee of 282,000 yen will be charged upon the first enrollment. For details please click here.
D-02)  When will I pay admission fee and tuition fee?
You will need to make your payment of the admission fee by the beginning of May, while the tuition fee is payable within the first month of every semester.If you are a scholarship holder from a government or foundation, there will be separate arrangements for these payments. You will find out more details after you are accepted for admission.
D-03)  Are there any scholarships or financial support available at YNU?
There will be scholarships in the amount of 300,000 Japanese yen once only on your arrival. It will be almost the same amount as your admission fee. This scholarship was established by the University as an YCCS program grant and only YCCS students may apply. Monthly scholarships in amount of 48,000 Japanese yen which will be provided by the Japanese Student Service Organization (JASSO) may be available for the first 6 months (conditions apply). This scholarship is limited to students with a foreign student residence status with their "College" visa, and study without any other scholarship. The scholarship is given to students who are superior in academic performance and character but have financial difficulties paying for their studies.
There are also "Honors Scholarships" which are provided by JASSO to waive half the tuition or the full tuition fee if your academic performance is ranked as among the best at YNU (university-wide). For details please click here.
Furthermore, YNU has a tuition fee waiver system which is provided to the best academic performers (about top 10% or less in a class) each semester. Although the application can be made straight after admission, a recommendation by the faculty in charge of YCCS is required.
D-04)  How much are the YCCS students’ minimum expenses?
The minimum financial costs of 4-year study at the University is more than 6,400,000 Japanese Yen for the following fees and costs, where the average annual cost is approximately 1,600,000 Japanese Yen at minimum. The prospective newcomer has to have his/her financial resources that can cover these fees and costs. However the financial sponsor(s) does not have to be himself/herself or his/her guardian.
  1. Admission fee
    282,000 Japanese Yen (a single payment in late April for your formal admission in the following October)
  2. Annual Tuition fee
    535,800 Japanese Yen annually (One semester tuition fee is 267,900 Japanese Yen and payable in the first month of every semester. The tuition fee may be varied after the admission.)
  3. Self-study expenses
    approximately 120,000 Japanese Yen annually for software and local activities.
  4. Living expenses
    at least 80,000 Japanese Yen a month or more
  5. Health insurance and living insurance fees about 30,000 Japanese Yen annually
  6. All other necessary expenses
D-06)  What kind of insurances should I enroll in?
In this program, you are obliged to enroll into both the following (1) Medical insurance and (2) Living insurance the entire time of enrollment at the University.
  1. Medical insurance (National health insurance, etc.)
    At the time of residential registration at the municipal office with jurisdiction over YNU (Hodogaya ward office, Yokohama City) after entering the dormitory, you will enroll in the national health insurance.
    The insurance fee is approximately 13,000 Japanese Yen annually is at your own expense in the case of tax-exempt students and shall be paid by the monthly due date.
    Around April every year, the municipal office of your residence asks for a confirmation of residence. Make a declaration of income and residence. If you fail to declare this, your national health insurance fee becomes about 70,000-150,000 Japanese Yen annually.
    If you are a Japanese resident and are already enrolled in the national health insurance but live outside Yokohama city, you need to change the address on resident card and national health insurance at the time of entering the Minesawa International Student Dormitory.
    If you are not in a position to enroll the national health insurance under some circumstance, you need to enroll again using the municipal relief system. Please consult the University.
    If you are a Japanese resident and already enroll medical insurance like welfare insurance/fraternal insurance etc. or overseas travel insurance, you do not need to enroll the national health insurance by submitting the certificate of the enrollment.
  2. Living insurance
    Living insurance is the general insurance combining accident insurance for injuries and illnesses while a student, liability insurance and fire insurance.
    At the admission orientation, YCCS students are to enroll in Gakken incidental disaster student life comprehensive insurance (type C) provided by the Japan Educational Exchanges and Services for 4 years.
    The insurance fee including optional coverage is approx. 50,000 Japanese Yen, which is at your own expense. If the attendance period at the University is more than 4 years, you need to do the extension procedure every year.

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E)  About Dormitory and Living

E-01)  Where do YCCS students live in?
This program obliges all the YCCS students to enter the dormitory for their first year. This is because the program aims at training facilitators and group leaders and puts an importance on team work and group work as an educational basis.
The designated dormitory for students is called Minesawa International Student Dormitory and islocated 15minutes by walking from the University.
The date of dormitory admission will be informed in July with the official letter of admission acceptance.
Expenses for dormitory are approximately 10,000 Japanese Yen monthly including common service expenses.
As electricity and water bills are at your own expense, they vary depending on the season, but are approximately 5,000 to 10,000 Japanese Yen monthly.
From the second year onwards, the University helps you preferentially to enter the other student dormitory (Ooka International Residence). The boarding expenses are 41,000 Japanese Yen monthly. The price includes service fees for water and internet, while you have to pay a power bill. It takes about small one hour from the University, and is a little far compared to Minesawa International Student Dormitory. You may also have an option to enter a private apartment nearby the University. Note that the average commuting time is one and a half hours.
E-02)  Does YNU provide information about apartments for rent?
The Yokohama National University Coop provides information about local apartments and flats for rent.
E-03)  Can I do a part-time job in Japan while I study?
There are strict Japanese government regulations about part-time jobs for student visa holders in Japan. Also, the YCCS curriculum and its intensive Japanese language studies require a lot of homework during your first two years. The prospective income from any part-time job you could do in Japan under such study circumstance would not be sufficient to cover your tuition fee and living costs, particularly if you only speak elementary Japanese or less at the time of first enrollment.
Furthermore, with regard to engaging in activities outside the scope permitted of visas (side jobs), students are required to submit an application to the faculty in charge. You may be punished if you engage in a job that negatively or considerably affects your studies.
E-05)  Does YNU have a student tutoring or support system?
Yes. Every undergraduate student can receive tutoring support for two years after they arrive in Japan. In the third year, you will also probably become a tutor for your younger students in the YCCS Program.
E-06)  Can I participate in club activities and social clubs at YNU?
There are many athletic and cultural clubs available at YNU. International students are welcome to participate in these clubs and groups. For the details of club activities, please click here.

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F)  About Japanese Visa to the YCCS

F-01)  Can I receive a Certificate of Eligibility for my study visa from YNU?
Yes. When you currently do not have any Japanese visa and residence status in Japan, the University will process the Certificate of Eligibility for Resident Status on your behalf under procedure of proxy application.
When the University applies a foreign student residence for you, the Japanese Immigration Bureau will review record of overseas travel, record of entry into Japan, record of tax payments, criminal activities and social status of you and your family. Moreover, under agreements of Japanese and foreign governments, the amount of visitors may be limited. Our proxy application of Certificate of Residence does not guarantee that you will obtain a Certificate of Residence or visa. You will be notified of the details when you receive notice of your successful admission to the program.
F-02)  Can I attend YNU without a college student visa?
Yes. However, you need to have another appropriate Japanese visa that permits you to study at a university. Some examples of these Japanese visas are "College Student Visa", "Permanent Resident Visa" and "Dependent Visa".
Please note that although there are scholarships and welfare systems for foreign students and privately financed foreign students in Japan, if your status is not as a foreign student, you may not be eligible for such benefits. You can ask more details after you are enrolled in the YCCS Program.
F-03)  Can I bring my family to Japan with me?
Yes, but the proxy application procedure is applied to prospective newcomers only. The University office does not provide any support for other persons such as spouses or supporters. If you want to bring your spouses or supporters, wait for about one year after you are formally accepted as a student, find an appropriate residence for them, and then you may bring them yourself.

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