Career and Vocational Support
Long-term Course System
The Long-term Course Student System allows students to flexibly acquire a degree over a period of time that exceeds the standard Master's degree period (2 years); this is often due to individual circumstances including full-time employment, etc. This system only applies to the Master's program.
If accepted as a long-term student, the maximum period of study is 4 years with a tuition fee equal to that of the 2-year program (standard course of study). It is to be paid by the student, with the total amount divided according to yearly, pre-recognized academic terms (semesters).
Those who wish to participate in long-term courses must submit the necessary documents in advance, including the "long-term student application form" along with other requested documents, which will be subject to review.
Persons eligible for the long-term student application include anyone who belongs to the following categories:
- Persons employed at a job where they work 32 hours or more per week.
- Persons who find it difficult to enroll as full-time students due to childcare needs, long-term care needs, etc.
- Childcare needs apply to persons with children who are preschool-age or younger.
- Long-term care needs apply to persons responsible for the care of another person (care recipients). Applicable care recipients include the following:
- Parent of Spouse
- Grandparents, siblings, or grandchildren living with applicant
- Persons who may find it difficult to enroll as full-time students due to physical disability or illness.
The long-term student application form is available for download here (Japanese).