ABOUT JAPAN

Japan is the most developed Asian country that lies on the eastern-most coast of the Asian continent. It is an archipelago of 6852 islands out of which the 4 main islands are Honshu, Shikoku, Hokkaido, and Kyushu. Japan’s immediate neighbors are the Siberian region of Russia, Korea, and China. The population of Japan is around 125,000,000 with 2 million foreign residents. The country’s rich culture is combined with centuries-old traditions and the modern world’s incredible technological developments. Japan holds a unique place in world history even though geographically it is an isolated country. Japan’s scientific advancements and robust economy have always retained its position in the list of powerful countries in the world. From heavy industrial engineering to tourism and public welfare to medicine every sector has made visible progress and innovations. Despite facing the worst destruction by natural forces and war attacks, Japanese people’s strength, unity, and will to uphold their country’s status in the world, has been remarkable. Japanese cuisine, language, and hospitality is a wonderful experience that is hard to find in any other country. It receives thousands of tourists every year to experience its famous cherry blossom season. Japan has a moderate climate in the main islands with areas receiving good amounts of snow and rain.

WHY STUDY IN JAPAN

Japan’s higher education system offers degrees that are recognized and welcomed globally by all multinational corporations and companies. Students who possess Japanese qualifications are preferred for the rigorous training, challenging curriculum, and thorough understanding of the subjects gained through the highly disciplined education structure in Japan. The universities in Japan prepare students for taking up leadership positions and inculcate in them the much required entrepreneurial skills along with a research-oriented approach. The quality assurance and accreditation systems in Japan promise programs that are designed according to the international standards of higher education and use technology in the most effective way.

Every year more than 5000 undergraduate students from the USA, Canada, and other European countries visit Japan to spend a semester abroad or join the summer programs in Japan. Some of these students major in Japanese or Asian studies while others gain firsthand experience in exploring Japanese culture, Arts, language, etc. The most studied courses in Japan are engineering and business administration. Also, you will also find many humanities and social sciences courses that are taught by scholars in this field.

Toyota Motor Corporation, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Japan Post Holdings, Sony Corporation, Mizuho Financial Group are some of the top-ranked companies in Japan. With great employment opportunities, an impressive standard of living, modern infrastructure, and the unending scope for technological research, Japan becomes one of the most livable and progressive countries in the world. The GDP rate of Japan is 0.8% as of 2018.

HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM IN JAPAN

The higher educational institutions in Japan can be divided into 3 categories, national universities, public universities, and private universities. These institutions are established by the Japanese government, local public entities, and educational corporations respectively. Public universities founded by public university corporations have always played an important role in providing high-quality education to the local people and have developed intellectual and cultural centers in the communities. Private universities accounted for 80% of the total universities in Japan and grant degrees to 80% of the university student population. Each private university promotes and built its own foundation and legacy to offer world-class learning facilities to domestic and international students. There are presently 1200 universities in Japan with 3.22 million students admitted with them.

The Higher Education system in Japan is highly learner-centric and it is important that students know their aptitude and interests well before they enroll. In Japan, higher education starts after completing 12 years of primary and secondary education. Students join universities after completing their junior college or high school to earn a bachelor’s degree. The universities in Japan offer a bachelor’s degree of 4 years, the graduate schools offer 2 years of master’s degrees, 5 years of doctorate programs, and 2 years of professional degrees. The junior colleges offer associate’s degrees of 2 to 3 years of duration. The University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, and Osaka University are continuously ranked high in the global university ranking surveys.

COST OF EDUCATION IN JAPAN

The approximate average cost of education in Japan in USD per year is

Undergraduate

Tuition Fees (variable: university and program) Application fees (variable: university and program)
Public Private
$6,000- $26,000 $14000- $32500 $49- $59

Graduate

Tuition Fees (variable: university and program) Application fees (variable: university and program)
Public Private
$9900 - $31000 $18200- $34900 $50- $80

The approximate average cost of living in Japan per year is:

Living Expenses (Variable: city, locality, lifestyle)
Accommodation $7500 - $13000
Food $3,800- $6900
Travel $5900-2180
Books and Stationery $350- $550
Other- clothes, entertainment, internet, etc $3900 - $6100
Total $21,450- 28,730

STUDENT VISA IN JAPAN

Japanese universities, vocational schools, and language schools accept students from different countries who have a valid student visa granted to them for the entire duration of their course. The average duration of a Japanese student visa is from 6 months to 2 years depending on the course length. You can renew your student visa for a further period and if you are able to prove a reason for extending your visa you will be granted one depending on the fulfillment of other requirements. Students visa permits you to work for 28 hours per week while college is active and 8 hours per day during vacations. However, only limited types of jobs are included in this category. The permission to work while studying in Japanese universities will be mentioned on your visa document. Once you receive official acceptance from a school in Japan it might take up to 5 weeks to obtain Certificate of Eligibility (a pre-visa permission). You need to submit all the necessary documents to the Immigration Bureau of Japan and it may take up to 3 months for your visa application to be processed and for you to obtain a valid student visa.

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