FAQ

The faq category of the Dual Ph.D. Program

FAQ

English ability

How much English ability should I have to enroll in the Dual Degree?

Equivalent to TOEFL IBT, scores of 80 overall and 20 in each area, or IELTS, scores of 6.5 in each area are required. However, even if a student doesn’t meet the language requirements, she or he may be admitted with the approval from the U of S (in that case, they must meet the requirements before attending at the U of S in year two). Please find the language requirements on the following website:

http://www.usask.ca/cgsr/admission/language.php

Degree

What happens when a student cannot meet the U of S academic requirements to receive a Ph.D. degree?

If the student fails to meet the requirements of the U of S, a Ph.D. will not be awarded from the U of S. However, if the student meets the requirements of UGAS, a Ph.D. will be awarded from UGAS only.

What happens if a student quits UGAS while attending the U of S? Will they still get a chance to receive a Ph.D. from the U of S?

A Ph.D. will not be awarded from the U of S because the academic requirements of the U of S will not be met if you quit UGAS.

Period of tenure at the U of S

One, or one and half years depending on individual research progress.

Admission

Please tell me the admission process

Applicants must attend an entrance examination in English at Iwate University or U of S. During the entrance examination, UGAS and U of S advisory committee members will oonnect via tele conference. Each applicant will perform an oral presentation of his/her master’s thesis and present a research plan for the doctoral course (about 20 minutes for both topics). Another 10 minutes will be spent for a question and answer session regarding his/her research and background.

When is the Entrance Examination scheduled?

Entrance Examination dates will be announced to applicants individually after organizing schedules of advisory committee members at the U of S. Applicants for the entrance in October will take the examination in late August and applicants for the entrance in April will take examinations in late January or early February.

Expenditure

How much do Dual Ph.D. students have to pay for fees and tuition?

≪Paying to Iwate University (expected amount)≫
Application fee : 30,000yen
(applicants who graduated from, or who are expected to graduate from a master’s course at a constituent university from September 2011 to September 2014 are exempted from the application fee)
Registration fee : 282,000yen
(applicants who graduated from, or who are expected to graduate from a master’s course at a constituent university from September 2011 to September 2014 are exempted from the application fee)
Tuition : 535,800yen
※※UGAS students should pay tuition to Iwate University at the posted rates for the full duration of the school period including when they are attending the U of S.

≪Paying to University of Saskatchewan (expected amount)≫
Application fee : $90CAD
Students Fee : While attending UGAS—About $65 per year
While attending U of S—About $930 per year -This includes extended health and dental benefits.
※Student fees are for Infrastructure, usage charges and other student services. Dual Ph.D. program students must pay the student fees to the U of S directly. The amount of student fees may change annually, so please view the following U of S website:

http://students.usask.ca/current/paying/student-fees.php

How much is typical, full-time first year expenses at the U of S?

・Books and Supplies : about $1,350
・Residence※ : about $3,296–$8,112
※Costs vary depending on residence choice. The numbers included here are based on rates for off-campus residence at Seager Wheeler (apartment-style accommodation) versus on-campus residence at Voyageur Place. FYR: http://explore.usask.ca/moneymatters/index.php
・Daily travel expense : about $500/year
・Other expenses (clothes, recreation) : about $1950/year

http://www.usask.ca/cgsr/admission/expenses.php

Please tell me about residence while attending U of S.

Students will live in university residences or off-campus apartments.
Students are responsible for organizing their own accommodation.
The residence in U of S (available to Graduate students)
・Assiniboine/Wollaston Halls  
・Graduate House
・Voyageur Place, College Quarter and Seager Wheeler  
・Souris Hall (family only) The following U of S website provides information and resources on available student residences:
International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC)
http://students.usask.ca/current/international/arrival/accommodations.php
The University housing website
http://livewithus.usask.ca/

Is there any financial support while studying?

Financial support from UGAS, Iwate University

SystemContentAvailable Support while studying at the U of S
Exemption from Registration fee paymentBased on financial difficulties, half or the full amount of registration fee may be exemptedCapable of applying when entering
Postponement of Registration feeBased on financial difficulties, registration fee may be postponed until the posted due dateCapable of applying when entering
Exemption from TuitionBased on financial difficulties, half or the full amount of tuition fee in one semester may be exempted
Research Assistant100,000 yen or 390,000 yen may be paid based on work as a research assistant×
UGAS Student Research Project (research grant support)A successful applicant (in the first grade or second grade) will receive individual research funding up to 300,000 yen. While studying at UGAS, it is possible to apply for Dual Ph.D. students.×
Tuition Waiver Program for Doctoral Students
“Kenkyu suiko Kyoryokuin”
Half or the full amount of tuition fee in one semester may be exempted by pursuing doctoral research
Travel expense supportOne round travel expense from Japan to Canada will be provided

Other financial support other than University

SystemContentAvailable Support while studying at the U of S
JASSO scholarship (loan) for Japanese StudentsType 1 (monthly) 80,000 yen or 122,000 yen
Type 2 (monthly) 50,000 yen -150,000 yen

Application is necessary
JSPS fellowship200,000 yen per month
If your application for the JSPS research fellowship for young scientists is accepted, a monthly scholarship will be granted. This amount is subject to change.

Application is necessary
JASSO scholarship (long term study at foreign countries) for Japanese students118,000 yen per month
If your application is accepted, a monthly scholarship will be granted. This amount is subject to change.

Application is necessary