Japan is popular for its technological and economical advancement. Every day, researchers and students are engaged across different universities, graduate schools, businesses in unending research, development and creation of newest and latest technology. Japanese higher institution include universities, junior colleges, colleges of technology. However, only universities award bachelor’s master’s, doctoral and professional degrees. More than 70% of high school grads obtain some form of university education.
Benefits of Studying in Japan
Beautiful Nature: Japan is a beautiful country with four distinct and beautiful seasons, rich in natural vegetation and affluent with a nice geography and terrain. Japanese geography has brought Japanese Haiku, festivals, folk art, and other forms of annual activities.
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 some scholarship.
Reviews from Graduates: Based on a research conducted by JASSO collected from international students and their impressions while studying in Japan.
-73% of international students stated that their impression of the country became much 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 their impression of the overall experience of studying in Japan was great.
Thirteen universities currently offer programs taught in english. Japan is very receptive of international students-with more than 130,000 foreign students studying in the country.
Universities in Japan
Japan has 618 universities with graduate programs. Its universities fall into three categories:
-86 national universities
-75 public universities established by local entities.
-457 private universities.
List of Top Universities in Japan
Kyoto University: This is based in Japan’s old capital city of Kyoto.It is the second ranked university in Japan. It also ranks within the world’s top 50 for 18 subjects, including biological sciences, several branches of engineering, material sciences, modern languages, physics and astronomy.
Osaka University: This is located in the most populous city in Japan. Osaka University also known as Handai is ranked 63rd in recent QS World University Rankings. It has a strong reputation across a number of research fields, featuring among the world’s best for 29 subjects.
Tuition and Program Duration
Tuition fees at Japanese universities are comparatively cheap and affordable. While an “in state” student may spend $10,000 per year on tuition, international student fees are several times higher. Tuition fees at Japanese public universities are a mere $5,500 per year. Also at Tsukuba the regular entrance fees and first semester tuition fees are waived for undergraduate English program students. Partial and full tuition fee waivers are available for students from very poor backgrounds.
Also, a wide range of scholarships are available from the university and private plus public organizations.A limited number of Tsukuba scholarships are available, paying for monthly expenses and travel allowance (only first year). There are also a wide range of scholarships directed towards minorities, women or those with high Japanese proficiency.
Tuition for master’s programs runs from about $9,000 to about $15,000 per year. The Japanese Government provides many loan and scholarship options.Masters programs usually last for 2 years. However, students with limited Japanese proficiency may spend 1-2 years learning the language before admission to a masters taught program. Preparatory classes are also 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.
Post-Graduate Study Opportunities
There are many opportunities for international students with graduate degrees to work in an industry or conduct research after graduation. In 2012, about 8,000 foreign students found employment post graduation. 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 masters degree program are eligible for a college student residence permit.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.
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