The ISP is a cross-disciplinary educational science program for international students interested in pursuing a degree in the natural sciences. The goal of the program is to educate students in an ensemble of scientific disciplines in the world’s most important and influential language. The program’s strong cross-disciplinary nature also bridges the gaps sometimes existent between the individual core scientific disciplines (biology, chemistry, and physics). Students will be given an initially broad education across the scientific spectrum, and then allowed to specialise in their later years in accordance with their own interests.
The program fundamentally consists of a four-year Bachelor’s degree and a two-year Master’s degree. The latter of which will include an active research component, where the students will be affiliated with one of the university’s prestigious graduate schools to learn the techniques and skills to flourish as scientists or researchers in, or out of academia. With Hokkaido University’s advanced graduation initiative, we offer the opportunity for highly motivated and capable students to graduate from the Bachelor’s and Master’s components in 3.5 and 1.5 years. This gives a combined course of only 5 years, which is shorter than most international universities, giving graduates the edge in an ever competitive job market.
Taught by our international faculty; the students have the opportunity to obtain an undergraduate education in the international language of science, English. This, combined with Japan’s record of scientific excellence, gives the ISP students knowledge, skill-set, and majesty of professional level English. Indeed, the program endeavours to provide students with the skills highly valued from those of a scientific background, including deduction, investigation, reasoning and problem solving.