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What procedures do I need to take before I come to Japan and study?

Gateway to Study in Japan - Schedule
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What kinds of information related to study in Japan are available at Japanese diplomatic establishments abroad?
1. Informative materials regarding study in Japan for reading

Japanese diplomatic establishments overseas provide literature related to studying in Japan that you may read at the establishment. They include the following:

  • General information related to studying in Japan (i.e. necessary preparations, educational facilities, immigration procedures, living in Japan)
  • Literature concerning the Japanese system for foreign students
  • Literature related to scholarships
  • Information related to Japanese universities (university and undergraduate department guide), graduate schools, special training colleges and Japanese-language institutes)
  • Information regarding accommodations in Japan
  • Sample entrance examinations for foreign students
2. Consultation by Foreign Student Advisors

Japanese diplomatic establishments in countries where there are large numbers of students interested in studying in Japan have former foreign students and other people who are knowledgeable about Japan on hand to serve as foreign student advisors (please note, however, that they are not full-time staff). They provide assistance as well as consultation. Local explanatory meetings are held once to several times a year in areas that are located at a distance from such diplomatic establishments, so if this applies to you, we suggest that you attend such a meeting.
Six Japanese embassies and consulates (located in Beijing and Shanghai, China; the Republic of Korea; Malaysia; Indonesia; Thailand) have special space set aside to provide information about studying in Japan. Full-time foreign student advisors are on hand at these embassies and consulates to provide information as well as consultation.

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Do I need a guarantor for entry into Japan?

The regulation that made a guarantor necessary to acquire entry and status of residence in Japan was abolished in December 1996. Therefore, you no longer need a guarantor to enter Japan as a foreign student.
However, please note that even if you are Japanese, guarantors are often required in many aspects of life in Japan. For example, you need a guarantor when you are renting an apartment, taking an entrance examination or gaining admission to a Japanese university or special training college. After admission, you may also need a guarantor when you are making an application for a scholarship or tuition subsidies. Guarantors are needed for both Japanese and foreign students alike in such cases. Therefore, although you no longer need a guarantor to gain entry into Japan, there will be many situations when they are needed after you arrive in Japan.
If you are considering studying in Japan, it is important that you inquire with the school you are planning to attend regarding the need for guarantors since policies differ depending on the school. For example, if you are enrolling in a Japanese-language institute, the school may become your guarantor while you are a student of the institute.

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How much tuition and living expenses do I need to study abroad?

Gateway to Study in Japan - Living Cost and Price
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Gateway to Study in Japan - Academic Fees
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I need information on how to apply for a student visa.

Gateway to Study in Japan - Immigration Procedures
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Procedures for Entering and Residing in Japan
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What qualifications do I need for admission to a school in Japan?

A “Temporary Visitor” visa is required when entering Japan to take an exam. When applying for this visa, the exam slip from the concerned school must be presented to the Japanese Embassy or Consulate in your home country. This visa allows the applicant 15, 30 or 90 days stay in Japan. If the applicant is admitted into a school during this period, the applicant may apply to change his/her status to “College Student” in Japan.

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What types and methods are available for studying in Japan?

Types of Programs for Studying in Japan
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I need information on the Japanese educational system.

Gateway to Study in Japan - Japanese Educational System
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Types of Schools
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What degrees can be obtained under the Japanese educational system?
Bachelor's degree

A bachelor's degree is conferred upon those who have completed undergraduate studies. To graduate with a bachelor's degree, a student must study at a university for at least 4 years (at least 6 years in the cases of medicine, dentistry and veterinary science) and acquire at least 124 credits (188 credits in the case of medicine or dentistry and 182 credits in the case of veterinary science).

Master's degree

A master's degree is conferred upon those who have completed postgraduate studies in a master's course. To graduate with a master's degree, a student must study at a graduate school for 2 years in principle (or the required number of years for research courses or fields of specialty that have set a different standard), acquire at least 30 credits in his or her special field, as well as receive necessary research guidance and pass examinations conducted by the graduate school such as writing a master's thesis that is judged satisfactory.

Doctor's degree

A doctorate is conferred upon those who have completed postgraduate studies in a doctor's course. To graduate with a doctor's degree, a student must, in principle, study at least 5 years in a graduate school (3 years for those who have completed a master's program), acquire at least 30 credits, receive necessary research guidance and write a doctoral thesis that is judged satisfactory and pass an examination.

Associate's degree

This is the degree conferred upon graduates of junior colleges and colleges of technology.
Junior colleges: To graduate from a junior college, students must, in principle, attend the junior college for at least 2 years and acquire at least 62 credits in the case of 2-year colleges, or, in the case of 3-year colleges, attend for at least 3 years and obtain at least 93 credits.
Colleges of technology: To graduate from a college of technology, the student must, in principle, attend for at least 5 years and acquire at least 167 credits.

Technical Associate's degree

Graduates of post secondary courses of special training colleges that have been accredited by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as those fulfilling necessary requirements, such as minimum course attendance of least 2 years and a total of at least 1,700 hours of instruction, can call themselves "qualified specialists."

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How do I choose a university?

Gateway to Study in Japan - Selecting Your School
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Types of Schools
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I need information on studying at a Japanese professional training college.

Gateway to Study in Japan - Professional Training Colleges
http://www.g-studyinjapan.jasso.go.jp/en/modules/pico/index.php?content_id=13

Types of Schools Special training college
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I need information on studying at a Japanese high school.

Gateway to Study in Japan - Colleges of Technology and Other Schools
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Types of Schools Colleges of technology
http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/toj/toj0201e.html

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I need information on Japanese language study courses.

Enrolling in a Japanese Language School
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Gateway to Study in Japan - Japanese Language Institutions
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I need information on how to request for brochures from schools and make application, as well as information on the admission selection.

Gateway to Study in Japan - Japanese Language Institutions
http://www.g-studyinjapan.jasso.go.jp/en/modules/pico/index.php?content_id=9

Gateway to Study in Japan - Universities and Junior Colleges
http://www.g-studyinjapan.jasso.go.jp/en/modules/pico/index.php?content_id=10

Gateway to Study in Japan - Graduate Schools
http://www.g-studyinjapan.jasso.go.jp/en/modules/pico/index.php?content_id=12

Gateway to Study in Japan - Professional Training Colleges
http://www.g-studyinjapan.jasso.go.jp/en/modules/pico/index.php?content_id=13

Gateway to Study in Japan - Colleges of Technology and Other Schools
http://www.g-studyinjapan.jasso.go.jp/en/modules/pico/index.php?content_id=14

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How much Japanese language proficiency do I need?

Japanese institutions of higher education basically give all classes in Japanese. Students need Japanese language skills equivalent to those who pass the Level 1 or Level 2 Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JPLT).

University and junior college

There are universities and junior colleges that require a certain score on the JPLT or a certain score on the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) as an item of qualification for acceptance. In addition, some universities and colleges conduct entrance examinations in Japanese in the form of interviews, essay writing or Japanese composition.

Graduate school

There are graduate schools that require a certain score on the JPLT in the selection of examinees for the master’s degree and PhD courses.
In recent years, universities and graduate schools have been offering an increasing number of programs making it possible for students to study in English and obtain a degree.

Professional Training College

A certain level of Japanese language proficiency is required from students who wish to study in a professional training college. For details, please refer to the following website.

Gateway to Study in JAPAN
http://www.g-studyinjapan.jasso.go.jp/en/modules/pico/index.php?content_id=13

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Is it possible to take the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) outside of Japan?

Gateway to Study in Japan Gateway to Study in Japan Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)
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What should I do if my primary and secondary education period is less than 12 years?

The following two ways are available to those who wish to obtain qualification to enter Japanese higher educational institutions if their primary and secondary education period is 10 or 11 years.

1) Enroll in a higher education institutions in their home country for one to two years to finish an education period of 12 years.

2)Complete a preparatory education course designated for university entrance by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan.

Reference: List of Japanese Language Institutions Providing Preparatory Education Courses Designated for University Entrance, prepared by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
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Is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program or Abitur Diploma Program acceptable?

The International Baccalaureate or Abitur qualification of students is recognized as their entrance qualification for Japanese university, junior college, or professional training college, provided that the students are 18 years of age or older.

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What types of scholarships are available?

Gateway to Study in Japan - Scholarships
http://www.g-studyinjapan.jasso.go.jp/en/modules/pico/index.php?content_id=27

Japan Student Services Organization(JASSO) Scholarships for Study in Japan
http://www.jasso.go.jp/study_j/scholarships_e.html

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Are there any scholarships that I can apply for from outside of Japan?

Gateway to Study in Japan - Scholarships
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Can I apply for a scholarship extension or new scholarship while I study in Japan?

If you wish to extend your scholarship while you study in Japan, consult with the school or the scholarship organizer.
You can apply for a new scholarship. The application deadline and eligibility period of a scholarship varies with each scholarship organizer. Consult your school as soon as possible.

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