Study and Research

Procedures required for course registration, examinations, and grading may vary depending on each school and your year. If you have any questions about these matters, please inquire at the office of your affiliated school. This section explains only the points considered to be of concern to all international students.

1. Academic Advisor

Students encountering difficulties related to their studies or campus life may consult with their academic advisors for assistance. Specific walk-in office hours are set at some schools. If not, students are encouraged to make an appointment for a consultation in advance.
For more information, please contact the office of your school.

2. International Student Advisor (Faculty to Promote Internationalization)

International student advisors (faculty to promote internationalization) are in place to support international students at each school. They can provide consultations on various issues related to campus life, study and research, a future career path, or even daily life.
You can see information on international student advisors at each school here.

3. Plagiarism and other misconduct related to academic work and examinations

Students are frequently required to give presentations as well as submit research papers on their studies and research findings at the university. Please be entirely aware that borrowing or quoting someone else’s writing or ideas without appropriate attribution is considered fraudulent use and/or plagiarism and will be subject to penalties. The following are major offences.

It is strongly recommended that students actively attend courses and seminars on writing skills and research ethics offered by the university and learn the appropriate ways to conduct their studies and research.
For example, the Nagoya University Writing Center (Mei Writing) is one such resource.

4. Use of Generative Artificial Intelligence

In light of the increasingly prevalent availability and accessibility of Generative Artificial Intelligence (Generative AI) tools, just a simple command on your PC would answer your questions, create texts and even draw a picture. Use of Generative AI will help you with your study and research in a more efficient and creative way, however, there are inherent risks, including but not limited to academic misconduct, unauthorized disclosure of personal information, and a potential erosion of independent critical thinking.
Nagoya University will keep you updated with our policies to use of generative Al, and we encourage you to use those tools with a discerning and critical mindset.
Nagoya University "Use of Generative AI"

5. Tutors

All international students are eligible to receive tutoring for one year (two years for undergraduate students) after arriving in Japan. Generally, tutors are fellow students majoring in a similar field of study. International students who meet the necessary requirements can also become tutors of other international students. Ask the Student Affairs Division of of your school for further information.

* This handbook was published in AY2017, so please make sure to check the latest information at the Student Affairs Division of of your school. (Check here for the changes of "the Tutoring Hours".)

6. Teaching Assistants (TA)

Teaching Assistants support instructors with selected courses for 2 to 10 hours per week. Master’s students can work as a TA positions in undergraduate courses. Ph.D. students are qualified to hold TA positions in both undergraduate and graduate courses. Please inquire at the Student Affairs Division of your school for further details.