Education in Japan

A survey conducted in May, 2010 says that there are 1.5 million international students in higher education institutes all over the globe. Among them, an average 141,774 students study in Japan. The survey has concluded that it is the state of the art facilities available in the Japan colleges and universities and the secure atmosphere in the country that attracts the foreign students to Japan. The Asian country’s institutes have a variety of general to professional courses on offer.

Requirements for International Students to Study in Japan

  • Student visa
  • Letter of recommendation from principal of college / university the student has taken admission in
  • Passport valid up to 3 months after end of course
  • Passport size photographs
  • Proof of statement of payment of registration fees

Top Colleges in Japan

Names of the College Courses Offered
Aichi Institute of Technology
  • Graduation in Management, Engineering and Information Science
  • Master’s and Doctorate in Information Science and Management
Asahikawa Medical College Degree in Basic Medicine, Clinical Medicine, Nursing, Internal Medicine, Anatomy, Physiology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Biochemistry, Surgery, Pathology, Dermatology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Opthalmology, Gynecology, Radiology, Microbiology and Parasitology
Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts Graduation in Liberal Arts, Contemporary Social Studies, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Culture & Representation, Human Life & Science, Literary Studies and International Social System Studies
Fuji Women’s College Graduation in Christian Studies, Philosophy, Languages, Communication, Anthropology, Law, Sociology, Economics, History, International Relations, Human Life Science, Clinical Dietetics, Environmental Studies, Social Welfare, Psychology, Music, Ecology and Early Childhood Care Education
Fukuoka Dental College Bachelor’s in Dentistry and Health Sciences

Top Universities in Japan

Name of the University Courses Offered
Baika Women’s University
  • Master’s in Human Welfare, Clinical Psychology, Japanese, American and English
  • Doctorate in Children’s Literature
Aichi Medical University Post graduation in Medicine and Nursing
Akita University
  • Post graduation in Education, Human Studies, Medicine, Engineering and Resource Science
  • Certificate course in Japanese Language & Paintings, Sports, Judo and Communication Studies
Aichi Prefectural University
  • Post graduation in Foreign Studies, Japanese, Education & Welfare, Nursing & Health, Information Science & Technology
  • Graduation in International Studies, Human Development, Nursing and Health
Edogawa University Post graduation in Philosophy, Sociology and Media Communications

Scholarships in Japan for International Students

  • The Japanese Government MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) Scholarship Program
  • The Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship Program
  • The Tokushukai Scholarship Foundation
  • Graduate School of International Development Nagoya University Asia Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program
  • Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) scholarships
  • The Japan – United States Educational Commission (Fullbright Scholarship Program)
  • Panasonic Corporation Scholarship
  • The Satoh Artcraft Research & Scholarship Foundation
  • The Hitachi Scholarship
  • LOTTE International Scholarship Foundation

Educational Expenses

The approximate education expenses in Japan for an international student are:

  • Degree and post graduation courses – 600,000 Yen to 1,000,000 Yen per year
  • Short term courses – 80,000 to 140,000 Yen per year
  • Accommodation – 50,000 to 80,000 Yen per month

Students Visa

The following documents are necessary to get a student visa in Japan:

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months after completion of course
  • 2 passport size photographs taken not before 6 months from the date of visa application
  • Completed and signed visa application forms available at the embassy and the consulate in Japan
  • Proof of registration at a college / university
  • Proof of funds to bear expenditure for the course and stay in Japan
  • Proof of certificate showing purpose of visit

Education System

The different stages of the education system in Japan are:

  • Elementary school level
  • Junior high school level
  • High school level
  • University level