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Music Liberal-Arts

 

Degree students

Full-time students who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at TCM. TCM offers Undergraduate programs, Master’s programs, and Doctoral programs.

Non-degree students

Exchange students from TCM partner institutions, Graduate school researchers, government scholarship recipients or those who are recommended by a foreign higher education institute to study at TCM for a certain period of time.

When will my enrollment start ?

Degree students

Degree students start their enrollment in April.

  • Students must take placement tests prior to the beginning of the spring semester.
  • MLA students who take the entrance examination for September admission can start their enrollment in September.

Non-degree students

Graduate school researchers start their enrollment in April.
Exchange students start their enrollment either in April or September

  • The date of enrollment may be different for short-time exchange students.

Admissions

How to become a degree student

Take one of the entrance examinations below to be admitted to TCM.

Undergraduate

October Entrance Examination for International Students (April Admission)
Entrance Examination for Music Liberal-Arts Major (April Admission)
February February Entrance Examinations (April Admission)
Entrance Examination for Music-Liberal Arts Major (April Admission & September Admission)
March March Entrance Examination (April Admission)
Entrance Examination for Music-Liberal Arts Major (April Admission & September Admission)

Postgraduate

November Entrance Examination for Master’s Program (April Admission)
February Entrance Examination for Doctoral Program (April Admission)

Please see Admissions for details

How to become an exchange student

How to become a graduate school researcher

Take the entrance examination below to be admitted to TCM.

February Entrance Examination for Graduate School Researchers

Japanese Language Requirement

Degree students (excluding MLA applicants)

As most classes are conducted in Japanese, you should have good command of Japanese language. Applicants must pass at least N2 of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (https://www.jlpt.jp/e/).

MLA applicants

You do not need to submit a certificate of Japanese language proficiency, but we recommend you to study Japanese before you arrive to Japan as some classes are held in Japanese only.

Exchange students

Japanese language ability is not required, but we recommend you to study Japanese before you arrive to Japan if you would like to take some unique classes conducted in Japanese at TCM. As MLA is an English based program, you must have a good command of English to understand MLA classes.

Student Visa

Successful applicants need to apply for student visa in order to enroll in Tokyo College of Music. Some of the documents necessary for visa application must be issued by TCM, so make sure to contact us as soon as possible after the announcement of results.

※ Please note that international applicants who hold a Japanese visa other than a student visa are not eligible for taking the entrance examination for international students.

General Information on Study in Japan

The Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship

Please contact the Japanese Embassy or Japanese Consulates in your country for information about the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship. Application procedures for the scholarship are conducted through the embassies or consulates. Click the URL below for information about Japanese embassies and consulates near you.

https://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/over/index.html

Accommodation

TCM Student Dormitory for Women opened on the Ikebukuro Campus in April, 2022.

See the link below for more information.

Dormitory information

Orientation week in April

Degree students

Before classes and lessons begin, you will have to take solfège and English placement tests and to have a medical checkup. You will also receive information about your courses, course registration and about who to contact if you have any questions or problems.

Research Students

Students must attend orientation to receive information on course registration and life at TCM. Research students will have individual consultations as well.

Research students must register for more than 600 minutes (10 hours) of classes per week in order to qualify for Student visa status.

Orientations for exchange students

Exchange students have to see the staff of International Affairs within a week of their arrival to Japan to start their studies at TCM.

Exchange students must register for more than 600 minutes (10 hours) of classes per week in order to qualify for Student visa status.