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Spring Semester in Kyoto University

Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES), Kyoto University invites graduate students from IPB University to join Special Audit Student Program for studying at Kyoto University under the auspices of three projects: the “Project for Creation of Trans-ASEAN Environmental and Social Innovators through Development of Overseas Satellites”, the “Top Global University Project”, and the “Reinventing Japan Project”. The course consists of several lecture classes in the GSGES master’s program, supervision on specific research topics by relevant professors at GSGES, a field trip and other educational activities. Number of students from IPB University to be accepted with scholarship is around 5. Yet, this quota may change. The committee will update it during the selection process.

Course Coverage

Opportunity to join the official course of the master’s program at GSGES, supervision and training for your thesis study, and other educational activities such as a field trip. Each applicant may choose subjects according to his/her study topic. Eight credits (compulsory) or more can be obtained from interdisciplinary course work on environmental issues through the spring semester. A certificate will be issued to those who have completed the course requirements (please see below). These credits may be transferred if your graduate school recognizes GSGES credits.

Fields of Study

Environmental management, including science, social science, engineering, and agriculture. See attachment section.

Completion requirements

Presentation of study plan, completion of four compulsory subjects (8 credits), final presentation, study report, interview, continuing contact with the course by SNS or e-mail.

Duration of Stay in Kyoto

Six months (From the beginning of April to the end of September 2021)

Scholarship Coverage

  • A round-trip flight ticket from the nearest airport to Kansai Airport
  • Living expense of JPY 80,000 per month (includes national health insurance and research incident insurance expense)

Qualified Applicants

  • Full-time master’s or doctoral students in IPB University
  • Students from any study program in IPB may apply if suitable with the research theme of this program. See attachment section.
  • Obtaining permission from current supervisors.
  • Having a good skill in English

Required Documents

All document mentioned below, except application form, should be in PDF in 300-dpi resolution, or higher if the text is too small.

  • Fill in the application form. See attachment section
  • Acknowledgement of participance signed by your supervisor, or the head of your department if you do not have a supervisor
  • Academic transcript of undergraduate program in English
  • Latest academic transcript of graduate program in English (skip this if you have not received academic transcript yet)
  • Scan of passport (page with facial photograph and passport number, validity).
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certification of your current student status (Surat Ket. Mahasiswa Aktif)
  • An official certificate to show your English ability, if available. Prediction one is acceptable. But please understand that if the number of applicants exceed our capacity to conduct the interview, those with official one will be prioritized.

Registration Steps and Selection Process

  • Consider carefully the laboratory you are interested to join. See attachment section.
  • Fill in this google form and upload all the required documents there (deadline is December 15 2020, 23.59 WIB)
  • The interview with lecturers from IPB University will be conducted on December 19, 2020 via Zoom. The committee will inform you the schedule through email two days before this date.
  • The documents and interview results are forwarded to GSGES on December 22, 2020
  • Interview with prospective supervisor in GSGES around January 4 to 15 via Zoom. The committee from GSGES will contact you directly.
  • Announcement of final selection results: late January to early February.


Additional Note

  • Please consider carefully before applying this program whether you will get academic problem or not if you stay in Kyoto for 6 months
  • If you obtain administration problem in applying active student certificate or academic transcript in English, please let us know. The committee may give you additional time for several days.

Partner Universities

This program is now open as well for students from the following universities:

– Hanoi University of Science and Technology (INEST) (Vietnam)

– Hue University (College of Agriculture and Forestry / College of Science) (Vietnam)

– Danang University of Science and Technology (Vietnam)

– Royal University of Agriculture (Cambodia)

– Bandung Institute of Technology (SAPPK) (Indonesia)

– University of Indonesia (Indonesia)

– Mahidol University (Thailand)


Information Center


Yuri: 0813-1389-1835

Ardy: 0853-1111-2256


Lecturers in Charge

Dr Ernan Rustiadi (Coordinator of IPB-KU Collaboration)

Dr Nurhayati (Program-specific Associate Professor)

Dr Andrea Emma Pravitasari (Program-specific Assistant Professor)


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