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Qualifications for Admission

The qualifications for admission differ according to the type of higher educational institution you would like to enroll in. The details are as follows.

Universities (undergraduate level) and junior colleges

A student who has completed his or her secondary education (include high school) and school education for 12 years or more outside of Japan will qualify for admission to a Japanese university. A student educated in a country where primary and secondary education (include high school) lasts for less than 12 years will become qualified for admission if he or she completes a college preparatory course designated by the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and if the student is over 18 years old. Those who have qualifications such as an International Baccalaureate or Abitur and are aged at least 18 years are also qualified for admission to a Japanese university.

Graduate schools

A student who has completed prescribed courses at an institute of higher education outside of Japan will qualify for admission to a Japanese graduate school if the student has completed 16 years of school education (18 years for those enrolling in doctor's programs in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science). Those who are recognized as having academic ability equal to or above that of a college graduate and are at least 22 years in age (24 years in the case of doctor's programs in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science) also qualify for admission to a graduate school.

Colleges of technology

A student who has completed his or her secondary education outside of Japan can transfer to a Japanese college of technology if the student has reached the appropriate age, and if the student is recognized as having an academic ability equal to or above those in the grade that the student would like to transfer into.

Special training college

With the exception of Japanese-language institutes, a person must fulfill the following two conditions in order to qualify for admission to a special training college:


1) They must have completed 12 years of schooling (inclusive of completion of secondary education) outside of Japan. However, because secondary education may last only 10 or 11 years in some countries, such students will become qualified for admission after completion of a college preparatory course for entrance designated by the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and if they are aged at least 18 years.


2) They must meet one of the following three criteria and have the Japanese-language ability needed to study in the special training college.

  • Has studied 6 months or more at a Japanese-language institute accredited by the Association for the Promotion of Japanese-language Education and notified by the Minister of Justice.
  • Is certified at Level 1 or 2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test given by the Association of International Education Japan and the Japan Foundation.
  • Has received at least one year of education at a Japanese elementary, junior or senior high school.

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