As of May 21st, 2021

Program Outline

This program is for graduate school students outside of NAIST who wish to receive research guidance at a laboratory in NAIST. We offer to receive students who belong to partner institutions which are based on academic exchange agreements as Special Research Students (graduate school student level).

*To partner institution study abroad coordinators: If students are nominated by your institution for student exchange with NAIST, please contact the Division for Global Education (dge[at] prior to students contacting NAIST professors, so that we can confirm their official status at your institution.

*Please note the following points:

    • All foreign nationals (except for those holding Permanent Resident or Special Permanent Resident status in Japan) are at least 5 months prior to the planned starting date of studies at NAIST.
    • Pre-application procedure for exchange students
    • Acceptance as a Special Research Student is dependent upon laboratory and professors' individual condition, etc.
    • Acceptance as Special Research Students only guarantees research guidance and experience in a laboratory at NAIST. Special Research Students are not permitted to take classes. However, upon separate application as special auditing students, the students may be permitted to take classes upon faculty approval.

Please see the following Guidelines for Special Research Student Applications (Request for Supervision of Research) for further information about Application Procedure, Enrollment timing, and Housing.

Nomination Deadlines

We do not have specific nomination deadlines, so please negotiate the starting date, keeping in mind the above procedures and enrollment timing, with host laboratory before submitting the application form.

For issues concerning the following please contact the offices below

Accepting procedures for Special Research Students
International Student Affairs Section: ryugaku[at]

General information and communication issues
Division for Global Education, (DGE): dge[at]