International Master Course (IMaC) Okayama


IMaC-Okayama is an educational program organized by the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University. IMaC provides a high-level education course to international and Japanese students enrolled together in specific master classes. Through this program, IMaC-Okayama encourages students to learn and understand interdisciplinary science. Lectures offered in English, start from generalities in fundamental natural science and technology, become gradually more specific and finally reach the level of research of the professors. This program provides international students with the ideal setting for studying abroad (in Japan): by enrolling in the program, students are not only given the opportunity to study at one of the most prominent universities in Japan, but they can also benefit of personal experience and enrichment. Students will live and interact among Japanese people, and they will experience first-hand life style.

IMaC-Okayama has been structured to be highly flexible, specifically for students, as they can select their own education program and combine it or not with research periods.


Timeline for IMaC-Okayama

Application deadline:                             8th November, 2019.

Acceptance notice to the applicants:       By the end of November, 2019.

CESR (for VISA) application:               Immediately after the acceptance*[1]

Expected arrival date:                             Middle March or April, 2020.


Options of this course

If the IMaC students have strong motivation to deepen research approaches, and if the designated research supervisor gives permission, they can perform a research periods in a specific laboratory as research internship students.*[2]  On the other hand, special research students whose main performance should be research internship in a laboratory can join partly in IMaC-Okayama. 


Expected enrolling students

This course is targeted to the inbound Master course students, who are registered as a regular student in the graduate school of the IMaC-Okayama partner universities*[3] having an international exchange agreement with Okayama University.


Status of the IMaC students

The students enrolling the IMaC-Okayama should apply for a special auditor or research student.  If you want to apply as a special research student, you must designate your supervisor (among professors in Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University) and contact with him/her about your research project prior to the application.


Outline of the course

This course consists of (1) lectures, (2) tutorial-studies and (3) group-works.  The lectures (1) are typically delivered with Japanese students.  The tutorial-studies (2) are planned by each professor and performed as face-to-face seminar or group seminar at the professor’s research group.  The group-works (3) are task-solving seminars with several students (including Japanese ones) and contains literature searching, discussion and presentation.


Credit certification

Evaluation of the (1) lectures, (2) tutorial-studies and (3) group works are made by the corresponding professors.  Typically, (1) the lecture is by examinations, reports and contribution to the class, (2) tutorial-study by activity, contribution and reports, (3) group-work by contribution, activity, and final presentation. 

The certification is given by the Dean of the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University. Okayama University will provide students with an official report of their academic records, listing course titles, grades and credits (under our scheme).  Recognition of credits (in ECTS) earned at Okayama University is the responsibility of the students’ home universities. On the basis of studying hours, our 1 credit by lecture corresponds to 15 studying hours in classes, and that by tutorial study or group work corresponds to 30 studying hours in classes.


Term of this course

In this course exchange students will stay in Okayama University up to six months.  The lectures of this course are provided in the 1st and 2nd quarters (the spring semester), according to Okayama University academic calendar.  The 1st quarter usually starts 8th April (8 weeks to the early of June) and the 2nd quarter starts the second week of June (8 weeks to the early of August).  The course students can add the studying weeks in a spring break (March) or a summer break (August) for their tutorial-studies and group works (and research internship).


Academic Curriculum

IMaC-Okayama provides students from partner universities with an excellent opportunity to study interdisciplinary science in Japan with comprehensive learning experiences at Okayama University.

The courses given by the IMaC-Okayama (2020 edition) are listed in the course catalogue .


Application procedure

All applicants must prepare

  • Form 1 (Application),
  • Form 2 (Statement of Purpose and Study Plan) and
  • Form 3 (Letter of Recommendation).

In addition,

  • a scanned copy of your passport (only the page showing your picture and name) and
  • a Certificate of Enrollment from your institute (Form is attached)

are required.

All application forms must be sent by e-mail (as attachments) to:

by the application deadline. Any question or inquire should also be sent to this e-mail address.



*[1] The information about CESR application will be sent to the applicant from the International Affair Department (IAD), Okayama University.

*[2] Prior to application, the applicant must contact the desired research supervisor (by e-mail). If you find some difficulties to reach a suitable supervisor, contact to the IMaC-Okayama committee ( or a University Research Administrator (Dr. Bernard Chenevier:

*[3] If you find some difficulties whether your registered university is the IMaC-Okayama partner university or not, please contact to the IMaC-Okayama committee (