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Japan or ‘’Nippon’’ ‘’Nihon’’ or as more widely called ‘’The Land of the Rising Sun’’ is an island country located in East Asia in the northwest of the Pacific Ocean. It consists of five main islands and spans in an around 7,000 island archipelago.he country is rather mountainous, but the coastal life will also give you the opportunity to explore the numerous islands as you study abroad in Japan. Imagine visiting Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, located on the island of Honshu. The famous Mount Fuji is actually the second highest volcano located in an island in Asia and has the seventh highest island mountain peak on earth. More than 300,000 international students over the years have chosen Japan so far as their study destination, for multiple reasons. No matter which major you are interested in studying, if you study abroad in Japan, you will get experience of living in the world’s third largest economy, since Japan is a great financial power.

The country is a member of numerous international organizations like the United Nations (UN), the Organization for Economic Co-operations and Development (OECD) and the Group of Seven (G7). In addition, the country is ranked fourth in relation to military power, is a pioneer with contributions in science and technology and maintains one of the world’s highest life expectancies! First of all, Japanese universities have excellent reputation and facilities. Their global reputation in terms of innovation and research is reflected in the fact that almost 40 of their institutions are ranked among the World’s Top 200 universities. Secondly, Japan is ranked first in the Top 10 Places to Study Abroad in Asia for experiencing a new culture and second overall in Asia.  Japan has everything an ambitious student needs, in order to experience a life-changing academic experience with promising career prospects. Read through our Study in Japan Guide to find out why Japan is a great place to live and study as an international student.

Capital: Tokyo

Currency: Japanese Yen

Climate: A Humid Monsoon Climate

Language: Japanese

Population: 125,480,000

Government: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy

Major cities: Osaka,Hakone,Kobe,Yokohama

Key industries: Automobiles, Consumer Electronics, Computers, Semiconductors, Copper, Iron and Steel, Petrochemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Bioindustry, Shipbuilding, Aerospace, Textiles, and Processed foods.

  • High quality of Education
  • One of the wealthiest country in the world
  • Fascinating Culture
  • Degrees and short term programs offered entirely in English
  • Excellent employment opportunities for International students
  • Affordable Tuition fees and generous scholarships
  • Safe and secure, with an excellent medical system
  • You can earn a degree and learn Japanese at the same time
  • Learn about Japanese culture, history and nature
  • Learn from Japan’s holistic approach to educating the mind and body
  • Japan fosters your self-discovery and adventurous spirit
  • Lifelong friendships and future career connections
  • Japan for International Students

The Japanese government has made a big effort to attract international students in the last decades, by offering financial support to students through scholarships, a variety of English-taught programs and also by hiring teaching staff from all over the globe with the aim to make the academic environment more diverse and welcoming to international students. The University of Tokyo, Kyoto university and Tokyo Institute of Technology are considered the top universities in the country, ranked very high in the world university rankings. 

Japan has one of the most highly educated and skilled populations in the world. This is one of the key factors for the country’s post-war economic takeoff and rapid growth.There are private and public schools at all levels from kindergarten to university. Public schools charge very affordable fees and are popular choices for compulsory education up to lower secondary levels (junior high school). From upper secondary level education, a private school can be an investment for the fierce competition for university entry. Job opportunities are closely linked to your university degree.The Japanese university system offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees in a range of fields and disciplines. Higher education in Japan is provided by either private or public universities and junior colleges. The governmental authority responsible for education, culture and language matters is the Japanese Ministry of Education and Culture (MEXT). The education culture in Japan is based on the Shinto, Buddhism and Confucianism philosophy and during the 19th and 20th century has adopted various reforms through the adaptation of rules from various education systems, aiming towards the internationalization of education.The Japanese university system is characterized by equality, quality and performance. In Japan, an average student scores 540 in reading literacy, mathematics and science based on the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), making the country one of the top countries in students’ ability and skills globally.


  • Bachelors-The duration of Bachelor’s studies (学士gakushi) in Japan is four years except medical, dentistry, veterinary and pharmacy programs which last up to six years of studies. In junior colleges, the duration of studies is two to three years, depending on the department and program. Most universities and junior colleges in Japan have their academic year from April to March of the following year. The first semester runs from April to September, while the second from October to March.In order to be eligible for Bachelor’s studies in Japan as an international student, it is mandatory to have completed at least 12 years of formal education in your home country. In case you haven’t completed the compulsory 12-year education, you are still eligible to apply, but you will be asked to pass the national entrance examination test which will confirm your qualifications for studies in the country. Furthermore, you need to provide your high school transcript of records, a personal statement letter and possibly letters of recommendation.Overall, if your Bachelor’s is taught in English language, you need to provide proof of language proficiency through language tests like TOEFL or IELTS.


  • Masters-Postgraduate studies (修士xiūshì) in Japanese universities combine lectures, research, various projects and the writing of the student’s dissertation. In order to be eligible for a Master’s degree in Japan, you need to have completed a four-year Bachelor’s in education. The duration of Master’s in Japan is two years for the majority of programs and a student will be awarded with a Master’s degree after the completion of 30 course credits. For your Master’s admission, you need to provide your Bachelor’s transcripts, two letters of recommendations, a personal statement letter where you can describe why you want to be a part of the particular program and possibly your resume and working experience, along with a research proposal for your dissertation.
  • Kyoto University
  • Osaka University
  • University of Tokyo
  • Tohoku University
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Energy Science and Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematical and Computing Science
  • Innovation Science
  • Luxury Marketing
  • Entry Requirements and Cost of Education in Japan
  • Course Duration: 4 Years
  • Academic Requirement: 75% - 80% in Plus Two
  • Course Cost: 12,40,000 YEN to 28,30,000 YEN
  • Course Duration: 2 Years
  • Academic Requirement: 75% in Bachelors
  • Course Cost: 12,50,000 YEN – 44,00,000 YEN
  • Part time work rights of 28 hours per week during semesters and 40 hours per week during vacations.
  • 1 Year stayback option for Bachelors and Masters
  • January
  • April
  • July
  • October

You will need your own funding to support your study in Japan. However, the good news is that there are plenty of scholarships available for international students to apply for. It is possible to get a scholarship that covers part of your costs on degree programs at Japanese Universities. However, it is much harder to get scholarships for Japanese language courses and exchange semesters.Some scholarships are long term up to a year, paid monthly, while other scholarships are one time amounts covering 25-100% percentage of your semester tuition fee. Most scholarships are only eligible for enrolled students with a student visa, which means you will have a better chance to apply after having started your study in Japan. The scholarships are usually awarded based on a combination of academic performance, extracurricular activities, and financial needs.

  • Kyoto University of Advanced Science scholarships
  • Scholarships at Yamanashi Gakuin University
  • Big discounts at ISI
  • 50% scholarship at Waseda BK in Tokyo
  • Enjoy the contrast of 2 Cities of japan
  • Japanese online courses in July
  • DreamStudies study abroad scholarship
  • DreamStudies scholarship guide

As a graduate student, internships can prove to be a vital link for a seamless transition from your college campus to a high paying job. Internships while studying abroad help you gain real world experience by developing essential skills that employers look for - confidence, communication, professionalism and work ethics. Being an intern adds significant value to your resume and helps you build a professional network, ultimately enhancing the chances of getting your dream job.>


  • You can opt for paid or unpaid internships and prepare for a global career while you are pursuing the program, during the vacation, or soon after graduation.
  • Internships may be part-time or full-time. They are usually part-time during a university semester and full-time during the summer, winter or Easter holidays.
  • Semester internships are available during spring, summer, fall, and winter semesters.
  • The internships abroad usually last an entire semester and some may even last an entire year. The longer duration programs help you to explore the work processes and acquire the technical know-how.
  • Some internships are paid while others help you to earn academic credits.
  • <The duration and stipend vary depending on the university or the organization.

Living Cost - 138,000 Yen per Month

Funding should be shown as Students or Parents Account or Educational Loan(Have to submit documents)

  • SSLC Certificate
  • Plus-Two Certificate>
  • Degree Certificate Original or Provisional( didn't get original certificate)
  • Semester Wise Marksheets (All semester)
  • Degree Consolidated Mark Sheets
  • Recommendation letters from past teachers and professors.
  • Proof that you have sufficient finances to support your studies and living costs in Japan.
  • Statement of high school grades or an accredited high school diploma.
  • Original copy of your valid passport.
  • 6 passport photos.
  • A letter of good standing from the Ministry of Internal Affairs in your home country.
  • Pass the university entrance exam. The exam will include basic academic questions in addition to language-related questions.
  • Pass a TOEFL exam.
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