Eligibility & English Language

Eligibility & Selection Preferences

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of application;
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Japan;
  • Be a female, degree seeking undergraduate student enrolled at a Japanese university (B1, B2, B3, or B4);
  • Be majoring in a science or engineering field;
  • Have the conversational English-language competence to successfully conduct research in a U.S. university lab;
  • Preference will be given to students who express a demonstrated interest in graduate study in a S&E field, either in Japan or the U.S.

English Language Competency

The language of research host labs at Rice University is English and all selected participants must have the English-language ability necessary to successfully complete a research experience in the U.S.

To Apply: The online application for the program must be written in English and Skype interviews in English will be conducted with all program finalists in mid-November.

If Selected: If you are selected as a program participant, you will be required to provide proof of English language ability in one of the following ways.

  • Option 1: Pass an English Language Interview with the Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication (CWOVC) at Rice University; conducted via Skype.
  • Option 2: Provide Proof of IELTS Score of 7 or above
  • Option 3: Provide Proof of TOEFL Scores of:
    • TOEFL Paper-based: 600 or above
    •  TOEFL Computer-based: 250 or above
    • TOEFL Internet-based: 90 or above

More information on proof of English language competency will be provided to program participants in November.

Rice OISS Volunteer English Language Classes
Each semester, Rice’s Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) offers free, volunteer taught English Language & Culture Classes.  Students must enroll in at least one of these class but may opt to take as many of these free classes as they would (provided it does not conflict with your research internship requirements).  More information on enrolling in these classes will be provided to selected participants in late January or early February.

Language Exchanges
The Rice University Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication also hosts a Japanese Language Table. The Japanese language tables are open to anybody at Rice interested in learning Japanese and native speakers are encouraged to attend. More information on the schedule for the Japanese language table meetings will be provided to Nakatani RIES fellows upon arrival at Rice.

Online Resources for Learning English

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