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Key facts

  • Currency
    Yen ¥
  • Student population
    2.8 million
  • Language
    Japanese
  • Universities
    770

Why study in Japan?

As the industrial and technical hub of Asia, Japan has been at the forefront of progress in many areas – from the bullet train to robots to telecommunications. The country also has a rich cultural heritage for students to experience.

Japan’s major cities are exciting but safe, and the quality of life across the country is good. Another attraction for students is the high standard of the country’s educational system.

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Where can you study in Japan

Student life in Japan will vary depending on where you choose to study – living in Tokyo, for example, is likely to be expensive, but you will find the choice of restaurants and cultural attractions to be plentiful. If you live in the countryside or in the suburbs your day to day life will be much quieter, and you may have more opportunities to take part in sports – something that is an important part of Japanese culture.

Many international students choose to travel whilst studying abroad, and Japan offers many opportunities for this. The country’s transport systems are advanced, and always on time, connecting many major cities to each other with ease.

What is the cost of study in Japan?

Japanese tuition fees vary between ¥536,000 and ¥1,726,000 depending on many factors including whether the university is public or private. Compared to the UK and the US, fees in Japan are generally low.

The cost of accommodation in Japan varies depending on where you decide to study – for example whether you are in the centre of a city or not will make a large difference. Tokyo is by far the most expensive place to live in Japan.

What are the requirements to study in Japan?

Qualifications

All universities have different requirements for programs, but as a general rule, students must have completed 16 years of formal education (including an undergraduate degree), or 18 years for medical and dental courses.

You may need to complete The Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) for the Japanese university of your choice.

English language tests

International students wanting to study in Japan, in English, will need to prove their English language proficiency to the university they are applying to. The specific university will be able to advise on whether they require a TOEFL or IELTS certification, and the required score.

Japan student visa

To get a visa to study in Japan you must get a Certificate of Eligibility issued from the university you have confirmed your place at. When you have your Certificate of Eligibility, you can apply for a student visa at your nearest Japanese embassy or consulate.

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