Study in Japan – Guide for international students -- Jul 23
Many high school seniors choose the US or Europe to study in college: these countries give a great level of education, and you can travel a lot during your summer vacations.

Even though studying can be quite hard and you may refer to your groupmates with the question -- Can you do my homework for me -- it is still worth it. However, there are many other interesting countries to be considered for studying abroad, and one of them is Japan (although not the most frequent choice).

There are many reasons to choose Japan, actually. First, you can receive a wonderful cultural experience, not resembling anything else. Secondly, this country is home to such famous brands as Canon, Nikon, Honda, Toyota, Sony, and Nissan. Even visiting a toilet in Japan can be a great tech experience, not talking about opportunities you may receive graduating from one of the local colleges. This country can be proud of its safety, polite people, and tasty food. What else do you need to hear to apply for a place at one of Japan's universities?

Top things to know about studying in Japan

Many freshmen are afraid to apply for studying abroad because they are not sure they can cope with the workload. In the era of digitalization, you don`t have such a problem anymore as you can always ask for homework help for college students at such services as We don`t say that studying in Japan will be easy, but at least you will get some support once you need it. Once you know the language better, there is so much to do in Japan that you will forget about your difficulties and dive into a new magical world of cultural experiences exchange and making new friends.

Meanwhile, there is something you should know about education in Japan. Many young people here attend two schools during the day to prepare for college, as its admissions process is considered one of the most complicated and competitive. In Japan, you can apply for both public and private institutions: each of them has different requirements, exams, and the general admission process (some even have the limit of applicants). The most popular universities are located in Tokyo, but this city is also known for a high cost of living, so you should think about it before applying.

Exams in Japan are the main reason for your sleepless nights in case you decide you really need this. Even being well-prepared, 40% of students fail to pass the exams and should wait for the following year to try again. The good thing is that once you enroll, you may relax a little bit (but not for a long) because studying is easier than applying. For foreign students, there are certain rules to match:

• Have a legal passport;
• Provide school diploma proving that you completed 12 years of studying;
• Prove that you are able to cover current expenses and tuition fees;
• Provide references from your teachers;
• Prove the knowledge of Japanese as courses are taught in this language.

In fact, it is easier for foreigners to get into Japanese institutions than Japanese students, as the government encourages colleges to diversify the population. In addition, there is a decrease in young Japanese people, which makes many places available for international students. Even though you have such an advantage, you still have to pass an entrance exam, language testing (both English and Japanese), and fight for a place at one of the best universities.

Attending a university in Japan will cost you from 500K to 1 million yen, and compared to other countries, Japan doesn`t associate the cost with quality. When choosing a university, pay attention to the number of credits and all scholarships available, which sometimes can cover all tuition fees. Contact the university in the required city to find out more specific information about their admissions process and key requirements for international students.

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Nov 30
Pandemic-induced school closures saw Japanese children discover the charm of the 50-year-old popular comic series Doraemon, which proved a smash hit this year, according to its publisher. (Japan Today)
Nov 30
A 73-year-old woman has received a doctoral degree for her research into representations of the folklore theme of a night parade of demons, saying her embrace of lifelong learning has brought joy to her life. (Kyodo)
Nov 27
In the waters off Ise-Shima, "ama" (sea women) continue the tradition of free-diving for seafood. (NHK WORLD-JAPAN)
Nov 26
A man who grew up in a foster care home hopes to pass on the love by becoming a foster parent himself. (NHK WORLD-JAPAN)
Nov 23
Yasutoshi Nishimura — the nation’s COVID-19 point man — paused momentarily at one point during a recent news conference, seemingly debating internally how best to broach discussion of virus clusters among foreign residents, a subject that could be a lightning rod for criticism and claims of xenophobia if handled poorly. (Japan Times)
Nov 22
Previously... My name is Sutan. I'm 19-month-old baby living in Tokyo. My mom suddenly said to go buy a bike. I've never ridden a bike before, so I wasn't too happy about it. Anyway, watch the video to see what happens. (Kimono Mom)
Nov 20
A small vessel carrying 62 people, mostly sixth-grade students on a school trip, sank Thursday in the sea off western Japan shortly after all aboard were rescued by Japan Coast Guard ships and nearby fishery boats, the coast guard said. (Japan Today)
Nov 20
Japan is expecting to see a record low number of newborns in 2020, government sources said. (South China Morning Post)
Nov 20
A Japanese welding firm has opened it’s first “welding theme park” in Fukui city in Ishikawa prefecture in Japan. (South China Morning Post)
Nov 19
University students in Japan are finding it tougher to line up graduate jobs, as the coronavirus pandemic casts its shadow over the economy. (NHK)
Nov 19
The number of child abuse cases handled by child consultation centers across Japan in fiscal 2019 rose by 33,942 from the previous year to 193,780, the most since the survey started in fiscal 1990, the welfare ministry said in a preliminary report Wednesday. (Japan Times)
Nov 18
For generations people have been saying there’s no such thing as a free lunch, and in the modern era we could probably add that there’s no such thing as a free-to-play mobile game. (
Nov 18
As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on education systems worldwide, a Japanese program to welcome more than 300,000 foreign students is at a crossroads. (NHK)
Nov 16
Children cheered on the launch of the Crew Dragon spacecraft at a Japanese elementary school from which astronaut Noguchi Soichi graduated. (NHK)
Nov 16
Osaka Castle is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks. It sits on a one kilometre square plot in Osaka and was built in 1583 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. (Ancient Architects)
Nov 15
24hours of Japanese 19 month-old-baby. My name is Sutan. I'm 19month-old baby living in Tokyo. This is my, realistic day from the time I wake up in the morning until I go to bed. (Kimono Mom)
Nov 14
Every Centenarian I talk to, people who are over 100 years old, tell me one of the things to a long life is visiting a Japanese hot spring or onsen regularly. (ONLY in JAPAN)
Nov 12
These creepy Japanese Bedtime stories are even SCARIER than Urban Legends! (MostAmazingTop10)
Nov 12
Police have arrested a 28-year-old teacher over the alleged sexual abuse of a boy while the suspect lived overseas three years ago, reports TBS News (Nov. 11). (
Nov 12
The withdrawal of both yokozuna before the November Grand Sumo Tournament got under way meant that three of the four highest-ranked men fighting on Day 1 came from a university sumo background. (Japan Times)