Japan is known for being a highly technologically and economically advanced country. Every day, researchers and students at a variety of universities, graduate schools, businesses, and enterprises are engaged in never-ending research, development, and creation of the next newest and latest theories and technology.Japanese higher education institutions include universities, junior colleges and colleges of technology; however, only universities award bachelor’s, master’s, doctor’s and professional degrees. More than 70 percent of high school graduates obtain some form of higher education.
BENEFITS OF STUDYING IN JAPAN
ITS NATURE: Japan is a country with four distinct and beautiful seasons, rich in nature, and affluent with a variety of geography and terrain.Japanese nature and geography has brought Japanese Haiku, festivals, folk art, and other annual activites
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: According to research conducted by JASSO based on international students studying in Japan, 51.4% of students who come to Japan to study receive a scholarship of some sort!
EXPRESSIONS OF STUDENTS AFTER STUDYING IN JAPAN: According to research conducted by JASSO based on international students and their impressions while studying in Japan.
・73.2% of international students stated that their impression of the country “became better” after living and studying in Japan.
・66.1% of international students stated that their impression of the people “became better” after living and studying in Japan.
・88.0% of international students stated that their impression of their overall experience of studying abroad in Japan was “great”.
- Thirteen universities currently offer programs taught in English.
- Japan is extremely open to international students; more than 130,000 foreign students study in the country every year.
UNIVERSITIES IN JAPAN
Japan has 618 universities with graduate programs. Its universities fall into three categories. They are:
86 national universities
75 public universities establish by local entities
457 private universities
LIST OF TWO TOP UNIVERSITIES IN JAPAN
Based in Japan’s old capital city of Kyoto, Kyoto University, the second highest-ranked university in the country, up one place to rank joint 36th. It also has a strong presence in the QS World University Rankings by Subject featuring among the world’s best in 35 of the 46 subjects covered in 2017. Of these, it ranks within the world’s top 50 for 18 subjects, including biological sciences, several branches of engineering, materials sciences, modern languages and physics & astronomy.
Located in the third most populous city in Japan, Osaka University, also known as “Handai”, is ranked 63rd in the latest QS World University Rankings. It holds a strong reputation across a number of research fields, featuring among the world’s best for 29 subjects. in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, featuring in the global top 50 for chemistry, biological sciences, chemical engineering, physics and astronomy, dentistry and materials sciences.
Tuition and Program Duration
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 (approx $5,500) a year. Furthermore, at Tsukuba the regular entrance fees and first semester tuition fees have been waived for undergraduate English program students. Partial and full tuition fees waivers are even possible for high achieving students from poorer backgrounds.
Furthermore, a wide range of scholarships are available, both from the university, and from public and private organizations. A limited number of Tsukuba scholarships are available, paying a monthly living allowance, and a travel allowance (first year only). A wide range of other scholarships are available, with some directed towards specific nationalities, women, minorities, or those with high level Japanese proficiency.
Tuition for master’s programs runs from about $9,000 (US) to about $15,000 (US) per year. The Japanese government and Japanese universities both provide many options for scholarships and loans. Master’s programs generally last for two years; however, students who are not proficient in Japanese may need to spend 1-2 years studying the language before admission to a master’s program taught in Japanese. Preparatory language classes are available at 66 private universities and junior colleges.
The Japanese academic year normally runs from April through March. There are typically two semesters, with the first semester running from April through September and the second semester running from October through March. Summer break is usually late July to late August, winter break is late December through early January and spring break is late February through early April.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR POST- GRADUATE STUDIES
There are many opportunities for students with master’s degrees to work in industry or conduct research after graduating. In 2012, nearly 8,000 foreign students in Japan found employment in Japan after they graduated. International students must have a specific job offer before they can apply for a change in residency status from student to employment.
International students MUST have a visa. Students enrolled in a master’s degree program are eligible for a College Student residence status. The student can apply directly for the visa through the Japanese embassy or consulate in the student’s home country, or the educational institution where the student plans to study can make an application to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility. Once the student has the Certificate of Eligibility, they will still need to obtain the visa from their home country Japanese embassy or consulate. In addition to the visa, foreign students must register as aliens within 90 days after arriving in Japan at a municipal office in the area where they reside. Students should carry their alien registration card with them at all times once they obtain it.