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 and colleges 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. All these are great reasons to consider studying in Japan. Want more?
Why study in Japan?
1. Japan takes education very seriously
The literacy rate in Japan is almost 100%. And that's not all! It has the largest number of Nobel prize winners in Asia, and Japanese students are among the best when it comes to Mathematics and Sciences.
These examples highlight the high emphasis on education and why studying in Japan will be an intense and enriching experience.
2. Live and study in a safe environment
Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, with low crime rates and levels of violence. This is beautifully complemented by a well-established medical system, with affordable costs and modern practices — all playing an essential role in the high life expectancy of Japanese citizens.
3. Scholarships and grants
Various scholarships and grants help international students cover their tuition or living costs at Japanese universities. Some partly waive the tuition fees (30% or 50%), others waive the entire fees (100%).
You can apply for scholarships both before and after arriving in Japan, so take the time to explore your options.
4. Learn Japanese
It doesn't matter whether you're simply passionate about the Japanese language or you want to use it as a key asset on your CV — studying in Japan will provide all the opportunities you need to learn the basics and then slowly master this unique language.
5. Japan's culture is fascinating
Being inhabited for thousands of years, it's hardly surprising that the Japanese culture is so old, rich, and captivating. From its history to its temples, from modern habits to century-old traditions, from summer festivals to local ceremonies — everything is there, waiting to be discovered, understood and appreciated.
We recommend visiting top attractions like Kinkaku-ji, the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, Mount Fuji, Sensō-ji — a historic Buddhist temple, the Tokyo Skytree, the Imperial Palace, the Osaka Castle, etc.
Which universities and colleges 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 universities in Japan we recommend:
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.
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:
Where to study 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:
How to apply
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.
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: