I’m currently searching for master’s degree courses in various colleges in Japan and USA. I want to pursue a Computer Science degree specializing in distributed systems. Searching for the right graduate degree courses can get depressing. Here I’m posting various links and leads that I came across through the course of my search.
5 August 2016
Searching for options in Japan and started with University of Tokyo. Most of their courses seem to be in Japanese but there are a few in English as well. This page has some starting info about the English courses. Also found a collection of colleges here.
So apparently the process for getting into a Japanese college for Master’s can take two paths. The first is like so:
- Talk to a professor and gain a research assistantship with him/her.
- Give an exam and enroll for a 2 year master’s course if you pass that exam.
The second is directly give the exam, but I’m not sure how that can be done since they all appear to be written examinations that are conducted in Japan.
16 August 2016
University of Tokyo
UoT seems to have some special selection process for international applicants (link), though it’s not useful for me. There’s a decent contact page here. They’ve also put up a check list for applications here.
Tokyo Inst. of Technology
This also has a good graduate program.Tokyo Inst. of Technology has an international graduate program for overseas applicants. The courses seems to be in English mostly. The school of computer science has also participated in the IGP and accept the IGP(A), IGP(B)3 and IGP(C) types of applicants. I seem to be most qualified for the IGP(A) and IGP(C) applications.
The ‘Education Program of Advanced Information Technology Leaders’ seems to be most relevant to my case. This looks like a good PDF to brief about the program.
All the courses require students to arrange for a Tokyo Tech faculty member to serve as their academic supervisor. This handy web application allows you to do that. They also have the MEXT scholarship for outstanding students.
University of Kyoto
17 August 2016
Continuing my research on Tokyo Inst. of Technology. The PDF I pointed to yesterday brought out an interesting observation - IGP(A) students and IGP(C) students seem to have different course work.
18 August 2016
It seems the IGP C program at Tokyo Tech. is best for me. I will research that further today. Most probably I’ll need to do a 6 month research assistantship first. Here’s a list of the research groups of the Computer Sci. deptartment at Tokyo Tech.
20 August 2016
Tokyo Inst. of Technology
Found a list of faculties under the IGP(C) program here.
23 August 2016
Had a look at Kyushu Inst. of Technology today. The program for international students looks good.
There’s also the MEXT scholarshipfrom the Japanese government.
24 August 2016
Found an interesting FAQ on the UoT website.
25 August 2016
Found some scholarships. Also, I can also enrol as a privately funded research student at Tokyo Tech.
This is a PDF that talks about privately funded research students.
28 August 2016
29 August 2016
4 November 2016
Posting after quite a while!
I’m currently having a look at Linz University, Austria. I came to know one of the research groups there is really good and are making some solid progress in high performant software.
The System Software group looks nice.