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Why study in Japan?

There are many reasons to study in Japan. The first and foremost is the cultural experience. Japan has one foot firmly rooted in East Asian culture but they also have a strong influence of Western and American culture. However on top of that you have truly unique Japanese cultures that don’t resemble anything else.

Japanese pop culture attracts loads of young people around the world. Many students learnt their first Hiragana characters while reading Japanese Manga and first got exposed to the spoken language when watching Anime. J-pop, Cosplay, and Japanese fashion all have a strong appeal as do the more traditional culture with Samurais, temples and ancient stories.

Japan is also the home of some of the world’s leading tech and car companies such as Sony, Nikon, Canon, Hitachi, Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan etc. Just going to the toilet in Japan can be a technological experience. At the same time Japan is also a very traditional society where job applications are written by hand and salaries often are paid in cash. Simple things that you can do online in many countries might require a personal visit to an office in Japan.

How much does it cost to study in Japan?

Schools in Japan charge a tuition fee and a number of other smaller fees. A one year course at a Japanese language school costs approximately 800000 Yen, excluding living costs such as accommodation, food and travel etc. Universities cost approximately twice as much, about 1600000 Yen per year but prices differ from school to school.

Many people think that Japan is expensive but this is not entirely true. Shopping and food are often cheaper than in Europe, not least considering the quality that you get. Student accommodation, on the other hand, can be a bit costly in Tokyo considering the size and standard that you get.

The Japanese language and language levels

Is it difficult to learn Japanese or is it easy? The answer is that it is both difficult and easy. Japanese pronunciation is rather easy. Japanese consists of 46 syllables that can only be pronounced in one way. Almost all of those syllables exist in English and other European languages so you can master the pronunciation rather quickly and people will often understand you when you read Romanized written in our alphabet. Japanese also use thousands of English loan words, gairaigo, that has been adapted to Japanese pronunciation. Once you master this you will have immediately have access to a huge vocabulary.

At Japanese language schools you can study Japanese from beginner level to advanced level. However many schools ask that beginners have at least a passive knowledge of Hiragana and Katakana when you start a long term course in Japan. You can learn those on your own by for example memorizing one character per day. Here are some resources for learning Hiragana and Katakana on your own.

Student visa to study in Japan

Many nationalities can take a short language course in Japan for up to 90 days on visa waiver. Some nationalities can even extend this with another 90 days. Read more about visa free entry to Japan.

If you want to study in Japan for a longer period of time you will need to apply for a student visa. This procedure starts with applying to and becoming accepted by a school in Japan including sending the school a number of visa related documents. You will need to apply to your school approximately 6 months before the course starts. Then they will send you a Coe, Certificate of Eligibility, about 1 month before your course starts. With this document you can do the final visa application at the Japanese Embassy in your home country.

Work in Japan as a student

Students that have obtained work permission are allowed to work part time in Japan. Then you can work 28 hours per week on school weeks and 40 hours per week during semester breaks. Students are not allowed to take any jobs related to night clubs or adult entertainment. This even includes being a DJ or working as a dishwasher in a night club.

The work permit is a sticker in your passport. To obtain it you must be in Japan on a student visa. The easiest way to get the permit is to apply directly at the immigrations in the airport when you first arrive in Japan. Then you can get it immediately.

Scholarships for studying in Japan

We have a language school partner in Tokyo that offers 50% scholarships on the tuition fee for American students. We also have several partners who offers discounts for other nationalities up to 90000 yen off the official price. Fill out an information request to get the scholarships.


Accommodation in Japan

The standard for student housing is simple in Japan. Rooms are small and insulation is poor. You will depend on your AC for heat in the winter and cooling in the summer.

Most students stay in either host families, share houses or apartments. We can help you to find accommodation in Japan at discounted prices.

Benefits of Studying in Japan

Learning Japanese while earning a degree

I feel that this is one of the best benefits you can get. In most Indian schools, the opportunity to learn a new language is very less, let alone Japanese. Students who wish to remain in Japan and work after graduation may enjoy a significant advantage over language majors.

Japan is a safe, peaceful place to study

Unlike Indian Universities, often situated in the heart of cities and bombarded with sounds of car honks and slow moving traffic, Japanese Universities are relatively more serene and safe. You don’t have to worry about the book you left under your desk or if it is safe to return home after the sun sets.

Improving your employability

Study abroad is an impressive part of any resume. Employers value the skills you learn as an international student. As well as the personal growth you will undergo studying in a Japanese University will help improve your international awareness and employment opportunities. Internationally aware employees are in strong demand, and many companies actively recruit students with overseas learning experience – especially if they are able to speak a second language.

Low tuition fees and generous scholarships

Tuition fees are comparatively cheap in Japan. While an “in state” student in the US may spend $10,000 a year or more on tuition, with “out of state” and international fees being several times higher, tuition fees at Japanese public universities are a mere 535,800 yen (approximately $5,500) a year. Furthermore, a wide range of scholarships are available, both from a university, and from public and private organisations. You can also check out The University of Tokyo, PEAK – Programs in English at Komaba for an in-depth explanation about the fees and scholarship structure at Japan’s top university, University of Tokyo.

Please give it a go, the kind of exposure you get in a Japanese University is impeccable!






Japan Rank 2019 University Prefecture
1 Kyoto University Kyoto
2 The University of Tokyo Tokyo
3 Tohoku University Miyagi
4 Kyushu University Fukuoka
=5 Hokkaido University Hokkaido
=5 Nagoya University Aichi
7 Tokyo Institute of Technology Tokyo
8 Osaka University Osaka
9 University of Tsukuba Ibaraki
10 Akita International University Akita
11 International Christian University Tokyo
12 Hiroshima University Hiroshima
13 Waseda University Tokyo
14 Keio University Tokyo
15 Hitotsubashi University Tokyo
16 Kobe University Hyogo
17 Sophia University Tokyo
18 Kanazawa University Ishikawa
19 Chiba University Chiba
20 Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Tokyo
21 Nagaoka University of Technology Niigata
22 Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology Tokyo
23 Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) Tokyo
24 Okayama University Okayama
25 Ochanomizu University Tokyo
26 The University of Aizu Fukushima
27 Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) Oita
28 Yokohama National University Kanagawa
29 Toyohashi University of Technology (TUT) Aichi
30 Yokohama City University Kanagawa
31 Kyoto Institute of Technology Kyoto
32 Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology Tokyo
33 Ritsumeikan University Kyoto
34 Kanda University of International Studies Chiba
35 Doshisha University Kyoto
36 Tokyo University of Science Tokyo
37 Kwansei Gakuin University Hyogo
38 Osaka City University Osaka
39 Tokyo Metropolitan University Tokyo
40 Nagasaki University Nagasaki
41 Rikkyo University Tokyo
42 Toyota Technological Institute Aichi
43 The University of Electro-Communications Tokyo
44 Shibaura Institute of Technology Tokyo Tokyo
45 Niigata University Niigata
46 Fukuoka Women’s University Fukuoka
47 Shinshu University Nagano
48 Akita University Akita
49 Gakushuin University Tokyo
50 Osaka Prefecture University Osaka
51 Kobe City University of Foreign Studies Hyogo
52 Yamaguchi University Yamaguchi
53 Chuo University Tokyo
54 Meiji University Tokyo
55 Gifu University Gifu
56 Hosei University Tokyo
57 University of Fukui Fukui
58 Tsuda University Tokyo
59 Yamagata University Yamagata
60 Kansai University Osaka
61 Tottori University Tottori
62 Gunma University Gunma
63 Saga University Saga
64 Ehime University Ehime
65 Kagoshima University Kagoshima
66 Kindai University Osaka
67 Nagoya City University Aichi
68 Future University Hakodate Hokkaido
69 Shizuoka University Shizuoka
70 Kansai Gaidai University Osaka
71 Aichi Prefectural University Aichi
72 University of Shizuoka Shizuoka
73 Toyo University Tokyo
74 Nagoya University of Foreign Studies Aichi
75 Meiji Gakuin University Tokyo
76 Saitama University Saitama
77 Utsunomiya University Tochigi
78 Aoyama Gakuin University Tokyo
79 Akita Prefectural University Akita
80 The University of Kitakyushu Fukuoka
81 Kyoto University of Foreign Studies Kyoto
82 Soka University Tokyo
83 Kochi University of Technology Kochi
84 Tokushima University Tokushima
85 Iwate University Iwate
86 Ibaraki University Ibaraki
87 Juntendo University Tokyo
88 Kagawa University Kagawa
89 University of the Ryukyus Okinawa
90 University of Toyama Toyama
91 Kyoto Sangyo University Kyoto
92 University of Miyazaki Miyazaki
93 Musashi University Tokyo
94 St Luke’s International University Tokyo
95 Showa Women’s University Tokyo
96 Hamamatsu University School of Medicine Shizuoka
97 Mie University Mie
98 Tokyo University of Agriculture Tokyo
99 Dokkyo University Saitama
100 Shimane University Shimane
101 University of Hyogo Hyogo
102 Kitasato University Tokyo
103 Konan University Hyogo
104 Nagoya University of Commerce & Business Aichi
105 Otaru University of Commerce Hokkaido
106 Sapporo Medical University Hokkaido
107 Seikei University Tokyo
108 Seinan Gakuin University Fukuoka
109 Showa University Tokyo
110 Tokyo Woman’s Christian University Tokyo
111 J. F. Oberlin University Tokyo
112 The  Jikei University School of Medicine Tokyo
113 Kogakuin University Tokyo
114 Nara Women’s University Nara
115 Nihon University Tokyo
116 Oita University Oita
117 Toho University Tokyo
118 Tokai University Kanagawa
119 Tokyo International University Saitama
120 University of Yamanashi Yamanashi
121 Aichi Medical University Aichi
122 Fukuoka University Fukuoka
123 Japan Women’s University Tokyo
124 Meijo University Aichi
125 Muroran Institute of Technology Hokkaido
126 Nara Medical University Nara
127 University of Niigata Prefecture Niigata
128 Reitaku University Chiba
129 Ryukoku University Kyoto
130 Tamagawa University Tokyo
131 Tokyo City University Tokyo
132 Chiba Institute of Technology Chiba
133 Chukyo University Aichi
134 Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts Kyoto
135 Fukuoka Institute of Technology Fukuoka
136 Fukushima University Fukushima
137 Nippon Medical School Tokyo
138 Shiga University Shiga
139 Teikyo University Tokyo
 140 Tokyo Denki University Tokyo
141 Aichi University Aichi
142 Fujita Health University Aichi
143 Fukui Prefectural University Fukui
144 Kanagawa University Kanagawa
145 Kansai Medical University Osaka
146 Kyoai Gakuen University Gunma
147 Miyazaki International College Miyazaki
148 Osaka Jogakuin University Osaka
149 Prefectural University of Hiroshima Hiroshima
150 The University of Shiga Prefecture Shiga
151 Yamaguchi Prefectural University Yamaguchi


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