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Study in Japan

Everything you need to know about studying in Japan as an international student.

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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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What are the best programs in Japan?

Undergraduate degrees in Japan offer both four year bachelor’s and six year professional degrees. After completion of a bachelor’s degree, students will have the option to continue their education with a master’s of arts (MA) or master’s of science (MSc) degree.

Those studying for a professional degree will learn practical skills so they can go on to work in the field that their degree is in.

Unlike British or American university systems, which often work on a modular basis or include a Grade Point Average (GPA), the Japanese education system grades its students using just one or two assessments.

There is a variety of highly regarded institutions in Japan including specialist business schools, medical universities and engineering universities. Whether you’re looking to study for a bachelor’s, master’s, MBA or PhD, Studee can help you find the perfect place to study abroad.

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What is the cost of studying 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.

Key facts

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

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.

Universities in Japan

What are the requirements to study in Japan?


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.

How to study in Japan

  1. Find the university in Japan you want to study at, and choose a program
  2. Create an account on the university’s admission platform
  3. Complete the online application with personal information and your academic background
  4. Upload and submit the required documents; these can include digitally scanned copies of any certificates proving your achievements, a statement of purpose, and recommendation letters
  5. Pay the application fee and submit the application
  6. You may be contacted by the university for an interview over the phone or in person
  7. Receive an offer for the university
  8. Accept your place and pay any deposits or fees - you’ll then receive a Certificate of Eligibility
  9. Apply for a Japanese student visa at an embassy or consulate with your Certificate of Eligibility

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