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Study in Japan

Japan is a country of contrasts, preserving old traditions related to the unique Japanese culture, like the Buddhist heritage, and, at the same time, the nation is a leader in scientific research, mostly technology, famous for manufacturing robots. More than 100,000 international students from every corner in the world enrol in Japanese universities every year. Higher educational institutions here focus on academic performance based on innovative and creative ideas, but they also set much value in developing human quality.

Since 1949, there have been twenty-two Japanese (or Japanese born) winners of the Nobel Prize, especially in the fields of medicine, biology, chemistry and physics.

Why Study in Japan?

Because of the welcoming environment,  and the fact that Japan is a leading nation in terms of futuristic technology, engineering, and biomedical research, students find Japan to be a very appealing study option.

Since 1949, there have been twenty-two Japanese (or Japanese born) winners of the Nobel Prize, in the fields of medicine, biology, chemistry and physics. You could say Japan has quite an interesting legacy when it comes to sciences.

The literacy rate of Japan is almost 100% - the biggest in the world. In Japanese culture, education is regarded highly.  So, you’re likely to find yourself in a world-class academic environment.

What to study in Japan

In Japan, universities cover numerous courses that include a variety of fields including Medicine, Business studies, Information and Communication Technology, Engineering and more.

Here are some of the most popular study options in Japan:

Major cities in Japan

Big Japanese cities perfectly blend a unique urban culture along with famous and emblematic Buddhist temples or gardens. You can literally engage in tons of enjoyable social and cultural activities.

Check out some of these cities and learn more about what it is like to study there:

Which universities to attend in Japan

Japan has over 700 universities and higher education colleges. You can enrol at:

  • Colleges of Technology – specialised higher education institutions that prepare students for technical careers. You can also apply to undergraduate and graduate degrees in Engineering, Accountancy, Business Administration, Nursing, Medicine, Architecture, and Law.
  • Specialized and professional training colleges – offer vocational courses in fields like Computer Science, Engineering, Education, Languages.
  • Junior colleges – award mainly associate degrees in subject areas like Economics, Nursing, Liberal Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
  • Universities – provide undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of fields of study.
  • Graduate schools – offer only Master’s and PhD programmes in numerous subject areas.

Examples of top universities in Japan

Practical Information

How to apply to universities in Japan

For most universities in Japan, you can simply apply online by submitting the application form along with all requested application documents. Additionally, you can check an official website dedicated to higher education studies in Japan that offers detailed information about courses provided by all universities in Japan.

Carefully check all the required application documents and make sure they are all translated into English. For instance, an internationally recognised Bachelor's degree or equivalent is the main requirement when enrolling for a Master’s degree at a university in Japan.

  • Make sure to know what the language requirements are, and whether you need to prove skills in English before enrolling in a degree programme.
  • Show how you performed as a student, and be sure to know what your Grade Point Average (GPA) was during your studies.
  • To help your chances of going to Japan, be sure to apply to more than one university!
Make sure you qualify for a Japanese university

Take Preparation Courses: These kinds of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programmes. Try a pre-M.B.A., pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow you to study in the degree programme of your choice.

Improve your English through an English-language prep course: If you’re attending a degree programme in Japan, you will sometimes need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require.

English-language tests

There are over 250 English-taught programmes in Japan.

Universities in Japan will want to see proof that you have good English-language skills, so that you can easily succeed in their courses. Almost all Japanese universities accept these official English exams:

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • C1 Advanced

How to Apply to a Master's in Japan

If you've decided to study a Master's degree at a university in Japan, you will have to gather the right documents to prove that you fit the university requirements. Provide complete personal information, previous qualifications, financial information, and a personal statement.

What documents do I need to provide to apply in Japan?

To apply to a university in Japan you will likely be asked to provide some of the following documents:

  • birth certificate;
  • recent photos;
  • your passport or national identity card;
  • one or more reference letters from past employers or teachers;
  • copies of past diplomas or certificates, including your graduated Bachelor's degree;
  • academic transcripts;
  • letter of intent;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Some form of proof that you can support your stay in the country during your studies.

Depending on the subject or specialization of your chosen Master's, you might also be asked to provide scores for additional tests like the GRE, GMAT or LSAT. Check if your programme requires any of these, or others.

The list of documents depends on the specific requirements of universities in Japan so you might be asked to include additional documents. It’s also likely you’ll have to provide official English translations of your documents, or translations in the local language.

Prove your English skills

Because you’ll study an international degree in English, you'll have to present a language certificate. Some popular options for international students are IELTS, TOEFL or C1 Advanced language certificates. You’ll have to meet a minimum language score set by the university, and your test scores shouldn’t be older than 1-2 years. If you don’t meet the minimum language requirements, you will have to improve your skills and scores by taking an English preparation course.

Application deadlines for Japan

The deadlines for applying to a Master's in Japan are usually during summer (June-July), or in winter (January-February). Keep in mind that some universities don’t have application deadlines, which means you can apply whenever you are ready.

To avoid delays or missed deadlines send your required documents with plenty of time in advance.

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Living in Japan

What is it like to study in Japan

Within Japanese universities, you will have to respect a tight class schedule and attend several courses and seminars each day. Most Japanese professors are friendly with foreign students; but during courses, you are advised to pay attention and ask questions at the end of the lecture.

Apart from the final exam, most courses will also require passing a mid-term exam as well and you should expect assignments, projects or research work every week.

Tuition fees in Japan

Tuition fees at Japanese universities are variable, depending on university and the field of study. The average fee payment for the first-year unit ranges from 7,900 and 15,800 USD/year.

However, you can find study degrees with tuition fees of 3,500 USD/year and others with more expensive fees that lead up to 52,000 USD/year, usually for specialised degrees like Engineering, Business or Medicine.

Accommodation costs

Many universities in Japan offer accommodation for international students. There are rooms and apartments with low rents but availability is usually limited.  A single room in a university dormitory is around 270 USD/month and a double room costs 180 USD/month.

Another option for affordable housing is sharing an apartment; a room in a shared apartment cost between 200 and 500 USD.

Healthcare

Foreign students who plan to live in Japan for a period of more than 3 months have to subscribe to the “National Health Insurance”. Once you arrive in Japan, register for the National Health Insurance at your nearest local office and pay the insurance premium.

You will have to pay the insurance premium monthly once registration is completed.

Food costs

Local supermarkets in Japan have affordable prices, and on average you only spend around 200 USD on your monthly groceries. Most restaurants have high prices; a three- courses meal costs on average 40 USD. However, you can find plenty of street food at lower prices.

If you go to study in Japan expect to need about 800-1,200 USD/month for living costs. 

About Japan

Japan is an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, divided into four main islands: Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku. Honshu is home to Tokyo and many of Japan’s other largest cities, including Yokahama, Osaka, and Nagoya.

The meaning of the name Japan is "sun-origin", the reason why the nation is known as the "Land of the Rising Sun". Although the country’s territory is smaller than California, Japan is presently the 10 the most populous country in the world, with 127.3 million people.

From 1970’s to 2010, Japan was the world’s second largest economy. Today, Japan is famous for scientific and technology advance and innovations, especially in the fields of electronics, automobiles, machinery, earthquake engineering, industrial robotics, and biomedical research.

Most locals don’t speak English, so you will have to learn basic Japanese to adjust easier during your stay in Japan.

In Japan, you would experience four distinct seasons, with mild winters and rare snowfalls, humid springs, and very warm summers. In some regions, winters are cold with frequent snowfalls.

Iconic places to visit

Japan is a unique place that offers memorable experiences to any visitor. You’ll be surrounded by skyscrapers and modern restaurants, but you can also take trips to see Buddhist temples that each showcase Japanese history and culture. Additionally, Japan has fantastic natural landscapes so there are plenty of things you can enjoy, both indoor and outdoor.

Some of Japan’s iconic places are:

  • The Hiroshima Peace Memorial
  • Mount Fuji
  • Temple of the Golden Pavilion.
  • Imperial Palace Tokyo
  • The Island Shrine of Itsukushima
  • Osaka Castle
  • Sensoji Temple
Fun facts
  • Tokyo, Japan’s capital city, is the world’s largest metropolitan area.
  • Japan has one of the highest life expectancy, since more than 50,000 people there are over 100 years old.
  • Square-shaped watermelons are grown by Japanese farmers for easier stack and store.
  • Sleeping on the job is acceptable in Japan, as it's viewed as exhaustion from working hard.
  • Japanese people have 20 different ways for saying "sorry."
  • The term karaoke means "empty orchestra" in Japanese.
  • Japan is home to over 3,000 McDonald’s restaurants, the largest number in any country outside the U.S..

Listed Institutes in Japan

Fukui-shi

Fukuoka-shi

Kawasaki

Nagoya-shi

Osaka-shi

Saga-shi

Sapporo-shi

Sendai

Tokushima-shi

Tsukuba

Yokohama-shi

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