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The International Joint Graduate Program in Earth and Environmental Sciences (GP-EES), an integrated education from the Master’s Program through the Doctoral Program, is provided for four years from the 2nd year of the Master’s Program. In addition to the usual courses offered in each department, the International & Interdisciplinary Research Ability Cultivation Program and the Cross-Department & Cross-Border Core Program are provided to impart international quality education in the field of earth and environmental sciences. The former program offers five courses (9 credits): Introductory Lecture on Earth and Environmental Sciences I & II and Advanced Lecture on Earth and Environmental Sciences I, II & III; through which students learn in English the basics of earth and environmental sciences and their application. The latter program includes self-planned seminar and participation in workshop and fieldwork involving graduate students from overseas partner institutions (Practical Course on Earth and Environmental Sciences I, II & III). In the Advanced Experiment on Earth and Environmental Sciences I, students are required to receive internship training at overseas partner institutions for at least six months in principle. Thus, students will acquire cutting-edge research ability, interdisciplinary study ability, communication skills, and leadership skills, the development of which is the goal of our graduate school.

A Qualifying Examination (QE) is conducted at the end of both the Master’s Program and Doctoral Program to guarantee the quality of students. The examination consists mainly of interviews, which are conducted in English with not only Japanese professors but also researchers from overseas universities and research institutes. These interviews aim to guarantee that students in this graduate program have the ability to play active roles in the global environment as well as research ability. Superior doctoral students who have completed this graduate course are expected to have acquired the ability to obtain a research position either in Japan or abroad.

Students from overseas universities participating in this graduate program are required to conduct research as Advanced Experiment on Earth and Environmental Sciences II at Tohoku University for at least six months in principle. (The number of credits offered for the course is equivalent to three, with consideration given to the circumstances of individual countries.)

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