Many courses are taught in English, but studying in Japan also gives you the opportunity to become fluent in another language. Japanese is a valuable language skill for international business, research, and for understanding their vibrant culture.
You can study a degree in Japan at one of five different types of colleges: Colleges of Technology, Professional Training Colleges (‘senmom gakko’), Junior Colleges, Colleges and Universities and Graduate Schools. There is a wide range of courses in Japan to choose from, from language and undergraduate degrees in Japan to post-graduate, MBAs and research study.
Why study in Japan?
There are over 700 universities in Japan, most of which are private. Education is highly regarded in Japan – it has a near-perfect literacy rate and English is a compulsory part of study in Japan.
Japanese Universities have an excellent reputation around Asia and the world – 11 Japanese universities are ranked in the Times Higher Education Supplement Top 200 universities. Most universities in Japan offer many scholarships for international students – which can help with the higher cost of living and tuition fees.
When you study in Japan, you will discover both a high-tech world of the future and an ancient culture – from the bustling 24-hour streets of Tokyo to peaceful Zen gardens and the gentle art of flower arranging. You’ll also meet fellow students from all over the world through your course in Japan – friends who will be a great network for your future international career.
Important information about study in Japan
Learn more about intake dates, application deadlines, student visas and English language requirements before applying to a Japanese University or College.
* Main intake in April each year, but some universities permit students to enter at a different time, such as in October
* Some classes are run year-round, but classes are usually divided into semesters, lasting through the first semester (April – September) or the second semester (October – March).
* There are usually three long vacations at Japanese institutions of higher education during the academic year: the summer break (late July – late August), winter break (late December – early January) and spring break (late February – early April).
* The procedures that need to be taken to enter Japan as a foreign student are as follows: > Gain admission to a higher educational institution > Acquire a passport > Acquire a visa Please inquire at an overseas Japanese embassy or consular officefor details regarding visas. Please note that a “temporary visitor” visa is normally needed to enter Japan in order to take an entrance examination.
* The qualifications for admission differ according to the type of higher educational institution you would like to enroll in. Contact a StudyLink counsellor for more information.
* The preferred tests for entrance into Japanese universities and colleges include: – Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU ), Japanese Language Proficiency Test , TOEFL, Written Examination, Short Essay in Japanese, Interview.