Want to study in Japan? With Jappa tagged as one of the safest countries in the world. There are a wide range of options available to those who want to study in Japan in English, including a range of different subjects at undergraduate, masters and doctoral level. We have piece together a list of Japanese universities offering full degree-length programs in English.
The International University of Japan (IUJ) aims to develop future global leaders capable of finding practical solutions to the various global issues facing the world. With the support from the economic and educational communities, as well as the local Niigata community,
IUJ was founded in 1982 as the nation’s first graduate school in which all courses are offered in English. Since its inception, IUJ has implemented a September enrolment system, opening its doors to students from around the globe. On a campus rich in nature, students from over 40 countries and regions around the globe live together in an environment that fosters friendly competition around the clock and the chance to build lasting friendships and networks that continue on long after course completion.
IUJ offers a place to foster these leaders’ professional knowledge and skills regarding politics, economics and management, and to help them achieve a deep understanding of and human respect for different cultures….Read more
Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology was created in October 2003 with the merger of Tokyo University of Mercantile Marine and Tokyo University of Fisheries to become the only one Japanese university dedicated to education and research in the marine and fisheries field. Both Tokyo University of Mercantile Marine and Tokyo University of Fisheries had great tradition and a long history of nearly 140 years.
Having inherited the rich tradition of the two universities, we have been implementing new initiatives in the marine field to further enhance and develop education and research activities conducted at the university. We aim to meet the expectations of society by making our university, which is the only university dedicated to oceanography and related studies in Japan, one of the world’s greatest universities that can produce international leaders for the industrial, governmental and academic sectors….Read More
In today’s increasingly global society, people are expected to contribute widely to Japan and the world, and to act as leaders for the next generation. Waseda University has produced many wonderful thinkers throughout its proud history. Now the university is focusing on developing global leaders. With your eyes to the world, it is you, the incoming class, who will build the new traditions of Waseda….Read More
Nagoya University (NU) was first founded in 1871 as a temporary hospital and medical school. After undergoing several transitions, NU was established as an imperial university in 1939, and it has grown to be one of the world’s top research universities. Throughout its history, NU has maintained a free and vibrant academic culture, which has cultivated 4 among 10 Japanese Nobel Laureates in 21st century….Read More
The mission of Nagoya University of Commerce and Business is to develop true leaders who, through a “Frontier Spirit”, are equipped to succeed in the world of global business. These true business leaders are skilled individuals who will be able to link Asia with the world, maintain a high sense of ethics in diverse business environments, and realize innovations in the field.
In our efforts to develop business leaders, our business school is reviewed using strict criteria set by accreditation organizations. This has resulted in both our graduate and undergraduate business programs ranking highly worldwide in terms of the education they provide. We have received accreditation from 2 higher education certifying bodies which are not based in Japan, demonstrating the world-class learning that is possible at NUCB.
We provide international students an education in Japan’s business practices while they live in Japan. Through this, these students will be able to become truly international professionals who can succeed not only in their own countries but also at the frontiers of business around the world….Read More
Global society is constantly in motion, driven by the various people of the world, who all hold their own cultures and ideas. In order to take one’s place in this evolving global society, it is essential to develop new modes of freethinking. Since its founding in 1880 under the principles of “Freedom and Progress”, Hosei University has graduated talented individuals who have gone on to promote societal reform in a wide range of fields, as well as contribute achievements in culture and sports.
We nurture the talents and skills of our students so that they can excel on the global stage with our numerous fields of study in 15 faculties and over 200 clubs and unique extracurricular activities, all in 3 distinctive campuses located in Tokyo….Read More
Also known as Todai, the University of Tokyo is Japan’s highest-ranked university and has a plethora of programs available in English, mostly at graduate level.
Architecture and urban planning, international bioengineering, and their Master of Public Policy International Program (MPP/IP) are just a few of the subjects on offer. Take a look at the University of Tokyo website for the full list of graduate degrees taught in English (or you can read about undergraduate English-taught programs here)….Read More
Also located in Tokyo, this private, Jesuit university was the first in Japan to offer programs taught exclusively in English. Opportunities to study in Japan in English at Sophia University include master’s and doctoral programs in global environmental studies, green science and engineering, global studies, and a master’s in linguistics (TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
Although the capital city offers the most options, a Tokyo residency isn’t required in order to study in Japan in English. Hokkaido University has an impressive listing of academic programs for international students. Mechanical and space engineering, applied physics, mathematics, and environmental engineering are among the many possibilities.
Yamanashi Gakuin, an educational institution celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2016, strives to cultivate human resources capable of contributing to society with an international outlook.
In addition to the International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA), a new College being opened pending Ministry approval, the university (YGU), the focal point of the entire Yamanashi Gakuin, offers four undergraduate degree programs in Law, Business Administration, Management Information and Health and Nutrition, and two graduate school programs in Law and Social Sciences.
YGU has a reputation for academic excellence, with high Japanese Civil Servant employment rates and Registered Dietician and Bar Exam pass rates….Read More
The School of Global Japanese Studies (SGJS), Meiji University, has English-based program, English Track. In this program, students are able to earn all the credits of the SGJS in English and obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in 4 years.
This program features a curriculum that concentrates on traditional and modern Japanese culture, as well as Japanese society in the global community, all of which are currently attracting worldwide attention. The Cool Japan….Read More
The School of Global Japanese Studies (SGJS)
B(4yr): Japanese Culture Program, Social Systems Program and International Studies
Science and Technology
12. RITSUMEIKAN UNIVERSITY
Founded as a private academy in 1869, Ritsumeikan University (RU) boasts 14 colleges and 20 graduate schools across 4 campuses in Kyoto, Shiga and Osaka.
RU has actively promoted research collaboration with industry and has made significant contributions to society both nationally and globally through various academic projects.
Ritsumeikan University was selected in 2014 as one of 37 universities for the highly competitive “Top Global University Project” by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT
We provide English-medium undergraduate degree programs.
We launched a brand-new program of Information Science and Engineering from April 2017.
Community and Regional Policy Studies Major (CRPS)
Global Studies Major (GS)
The Information Systems Science and Engineering Course (ISSE) )….Read More
Located in central Tokyo, TUJ is the branch campus of Temple University in Philadelphia, USA. TUJ is Japan’s largest and oldest foreign university. All courses are taught in English and adhere to the same high standards as the main Temple University campus. TUJ was founded in 1982 and designated as the first Foreign University, Japan Campus by the Japanese Ministry of Education in 2005
The Undergraduate Program offers 10 majors: International Business Studies, International Affairs, Asian Studies, Communications, Economics, Art, Psychological Studies, Political Science, Japanese Language and General Studies. TUJ accepts new students every Fall, Spring and Summer semester….Read More
Since its establishment in 1927, Shibaura Institute of Technology has pursued its founding mission of fostering practice-oriented engineers who can learn from and contribute to society, and worked to cultivate science and engineering talent to support Japan’s economy.
In 2014, the university was selected for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Top Global University Project, which provides prioritized support for universities to advance internationalization through partnerships with universities outside Japan and the pursuit of world-class education and research. SIT was one of just 37 out of the 781 universities in Japan to be selected under the project. We aim to provide a truly unique learning environment designed to foster “human resources who can learn from and contribute to the world….Read More
Systems Engineering and Science
Engineering and Design
Yokohama National University (YNU) seeks adventurous, world-class students for the YOKOHAMA Creative-City Studies (YCCS) program. The program will offer innovative interdisciplinary courses for future leaders. The classes will be taught in English, but students will also learn the Japanese language intensively during their studies. Through the program, the students are expected to develop key skills for global leaders such as multilingual and cross-cultural communication, teamwork, leadership, project planning and organizing, as well as to acquire professional knowledge in their major subjects.
YNU also offers 6 Master’s programs and 4 Doctoral Programs in English. In addition, all courses are taught in English at the Graduate School of Engineering Science. For details, please refer to the University’s official website….Read More
[All English Programs]
YOKOHAMA Creative-City Studies Program (Bachelor of Arts)
YOKOHAMA Creative-City Studies Program (Bachelor of Arts)
Engineering and Science
Graduate school of Engineering Management
Founded as one of Japan’s seven imperial universities, Kyushu University has a proud tradition dating back to 1911. Over the decades it has produced layers of talented scholars, public officials, engineers, lawyers, medical practitioners, etc., who contributed immeasurably to the modernization of Japan and the creation of knowledge for the benefit of humankind.
A member of the exclusive RU11, Kyushu University is also one of the foremost research universities in Japan. We are particularly well-respected today for our world-class research in hydrogen energy and our medical school is by any standards top-notch. From an early phase in its hundred year history, Kyushu University had made itself famous for its unwavering commitment to internationalization.
In addition to running close to 60 English-taught degree programs, we have, among other things, continuously strengthened our support apparatus for our international population, and initiated projects with global partners. At Kyushu there are now close to 19,000 students (of which over 10% are from outside Japan) taking a wide range of course offered by well over 2,000 academic staff….Read More
Global 30 Program (Engineering: Undergraduate)
Global 30 Program (Bioresource and Bioenvironment: Undergraduate)
With a history of over 90 years, dating back to the founding of Musashino Girls’ School by Dr. Junjiro Takakusa in 1924, Musashino University is a comprehensive university that has continued to show a precedent in changing with the times.Â A Faculty of Engineering was opened in April, 2015 and we have current plans for opening a Faculty of Global Studies in April, 2016. With 16 Departments over 9 Faculties, including literature, science and medicine, and 9 Graduate Schools, Musashino is a comprehensive University dedicated to continually evolving with the times….Read More
School of Global Studies, Department of Global Business
“Learn to Live and Live to Learn” with the history of 140 years, developing frontiers of “wisdom”
Our founding spirit consists of three main principles: Christianity, Liberalism and Internationalism. Doshisha was founded by Joseph Hardy Neesima in 1875 as the first Japanese school advocating the teaching of Christianity. Doshisha has more than 29,000 students and 1,370 of them are from outside Japan.
We offers English-based degree programs designed for degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students….Read More
The Institute for the Liberal Arts
The University of Tsukuba traces its roots back to a teacher-training school which opened in 1872. This was followed by the opening of the Tokyo University of Education in 1949, and in 1973 the university was relocated and took its current name, re-founded with the aim of building an academic community that extends across Japan and throughout the world.
Dr. Jigoro Kano, who is known as the founder of Judo, served as the principal of the Higher Normal School and the Tokyo Higher Normal School, which were the predecessors of Tsukuba University, for 25 years. He advocated the philosophies of “Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort” and “Mutual Welfare and Benefit”, as well as various educational initiatives such as realizing personal growth through the practice of Judo, the expansion of school education throughout Japan, the active intake of international students, and the development of sports education in Japan. Dr. Kano’s vision revealed not just an education plan for his students, but a model of education for universities in general for nurturing the talents of students and for bringing Japan to prominence on the global stage.
The University of Tsukuba counts among its alumni both Nobel Laureates and Olympic gold medalists. Nobel Laureates include former President of the university Dr. Shin-Itiro Tomonaga and former President of the University of Tsukuba Dr. Leo Esaki (winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics) and Professor Emeritus Dr. Hideki Shirakawa (winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry). In the Olympic Games, Sawao Kato (a professor emeritus of the University) won twelve Olympic medals including eight gold medals between 1968 and 1976 in artistic gymnastics. In recent years, Ayumi Tanimoto won gold medals in Judo at two consecutive Olympics.
Those associated with Tsukuba have won a total of sixty-three medals at the Olympics.
The University of Tsukuba will continue to strive to keep ahead of our ever-changing modern society, developing new educational and research capacities and organizational operations that are highly-adaptable, diverse and globally-minded….Read More
Bachelor’s Program in Global Issues
In August 2010, Osaka University set up International College, the English curriculum and courses, as part of the Project for Establishing Core Universities for Internationalization, more commonly referred to as the Global 30 program.
The College aims to increase the competitiveness of Osaka University by providing an environment that makes it easier for international students to study in Japan and receive a high quality education and, thereby, nurture personnel who can play an active role in the competitive global arena….Read More
There are two degree programs of International College as follows:
- Chemistry-Biology Combined Major Program (launched in October 2010)
- Human Sciences Undergraduate Degree Program (launched in October 2011)
GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION
The qualifications for admission differ according to the type of higher educational institution you would like to enroll in. The details are as follows.
UNIVERSITIES (UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL) AND JUNIOR COLLEGES
A student who has completed his or her secondary education (include high school) and school education for 12 years or more outside of Japan will qualify for admission to a Japanese university. A student educated in a country where primary and secondary education (include high school) lasts for less than 12 years will become qualified for admission if he or she completes a college preparatory course designated by the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and if the student is over 18 years old. Those who have qualifications such as an International Baccalaureate or Abitur and are aged at least 18 years are also qualified for admission to a Japanese university.
A student who has completed prescribed courses at an institute of higher education outside of Japan will qualify for admission to a Japanese graduate school if the student has completed 16 years of school education (18 years for those enrolling in doctor’s programs in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science). Those who are recognized as having academic ability equal to or above that of a college graduate and are at least 22 years in age (24 years in the case of doctor’s programs in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science) also qualify for admission to a graduate school.
COLLEGES OF TECHNOLOGY
A student who has completed his or her secondary education outside of Japan can transfer to a Japanese college of technology if the student has reached the appropriate age, and if the student is recognized as having an academic ability equal to or above those in the grade that the student would like to transfer into.
SPECIAL TRAINING COLLEGE
With the exception of Japanese-language institutes, a person must fulfill the following two conditions in order to qualify for admission to a special training college:
1) They must have completed 12 years of schooling (inclusive of completion of secondary education) outside of Japan. However, because secondary education may last only 10 or 11 years in some countries, such students will become qualified for admission after completion of a college preparatory course for entrance designated by the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and if they are aged at least 18 years.
2) They must meet one of the following three criteria and have the Japanese-language ability needed to study in the special training college.
Has studied 6 months or more at a Japanese-language institute accredited by the Association for the Promotion of Japanese-language Education and notified by the Minister of Justice.
Is certified at Level 1 or 2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test given by the Association of International Education Japan and the Japan Foundation.
Has received at least one year of education at a Japanese elementary, junior or senior high school.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW AND HAVE BEFORE ENTERING JAPANESE UNIVERSITY
Applications, requirements and tuition
Japan is a nation where high school student finalists had to attend two schools daily. It has one of the most competitive tertiary institution admission procedures in the world. Japan has hundreds of national, public and private higher institutions
ENTERING JAPANESE UNIVERSITY
Every University in the country needs to have at least a round of tests or exams before admission. And schools like University of Tokyo usually have more than one round of exams in other to screen out the low-performing candidates early enough and reserve the following rounds of exams to the best performing and competitive of the candidates.
These rounds of exams will require the high school students to spend all night studying to prepare for it. Despite all their efforts and tedious preparations, about 40% of the students perform poorly and thus, are denied the opportunity to attend the University of their Choice.
Some of these applicants would rather prefer to wait and prepare for the following year than to settle for their second or third choice. They are referred to as Ronin. The activity is so common that it is said that a Bachelor degree takes 5years which is supposed to be 4 years.
Courses and subjects in the Universities are not as difficult as their entrance tests. However, once the applicant becomes a full student, completing the degree is easier.
ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION INTO A JAPANESE UNIVERSITY
Foreigners who want to study at a Japanese university must meet the following requirements:
- Have a valid passport
- 12 years of school in your home country or an International Baccalaureate diploma (the German Abitur is also accepted by many universities)
- Proof that you can pay all of your expenses while studying
- Japanese language skills (not technically a requirement, but you will struggle in university courses without a working knowledge of the language)
- References from professors/teachers
- Proof that you can financially support yourself while studying
- High school transcripts and/or diplomas
- Passport-size photographs
Foreigners have an easier time getting into Japanese universities than Japanese students, mainly because the Japanese government encourages a diverse university population (the non-Asian population at most universities is still extremely low, however).
In addition, the decreasing numbers of Don´t think you will be able to apply without taking an entrance exam. While foreign students are not subjected to the sanity-bending rigours of the Japanese exams, they are required to take the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students.
This includes academic and language testing, and is offered twice a year (in summer and fall, respectively). If you are applying to a university that requires English language skills and you are not a native English-speaker, you may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Once admitted, your university will help you obtain your student visa, mainly by providing you with a Certificate of Eligibility. See the Visa and Permits section for more information on applying for a student visa. Student visas for Japan
MORE ABOUT JAPANESE UNIVERSITY TUITION AND FEES
The cost of attending Japanese university usually falls between 500,000 and 1,000,000 yen. Unlike many other countries, Japan does not have a university culture that equates cost with quality. In other words, more expensive schools are not necessarily better schools.
When looking for a Japanese university, consider the number of credit hours offered per term and the quality of the faculty. Depending on your needs, you may find cheaper schools more suitable.
Scholarships are available from almost every Japanese university. Though the application process (like the admissions process) is often extremely competitive, there are some scholarships that cater specifically to foreign and language-exchange students.
Monbukagakasho (Ministry of Education) scholarships can be applied for through a Japanese embassy or consulate in your home country. Often, these cover all tuition, application, housing, and living costs.
Most local governments and civic organizations also offer scholarships to university students. Contact the city hall nearest where you are studying for more information on available scholarships and their application processes.
2018 JAPANESE UNIVERSITY RANKINGS FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Japan gives a wide range of unique opportunities for international students pursing postgraduate studies. Combining a proud academic tradition with rigorous standards and accommodative attitude towards international students, Japan makes for an emerging postgraduate study destination and a great place to study a Masters. Currently, there are over 130,000 foreign students in Japan and increasing by the years.
This page takes a look at how Japanese universities do in current global league tables. The table shows the ranking of Japanese Universities according to their acceptance rate of international students. This analysis was researched and published by Times Higher Education, QS and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).
|Top 10 Japanese Universities in 2018|
|University||THE 2018||QS 2018||ARWU 2017|
|University of Tokyo||46||=28||24|
|Tokyo Institute of Technology||251-300||56||151-200|
|Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU)||401-500||=367||–|
|University of Tsukuba||401-500||=250||201-300|
2018 JAPANESE UNIVERSITY RANKINGS ACCORDING TO ASIAN RANKINGS
Japan holds its own in the global rankings, with five universities in the top 100 of the QS rankings (and 11 institutions in the top 50 Asian universities of that table).
|Top Japanese Universities – THE Asia University Rankings|
|University of Tokyo||8|
|Tokyo Institute of Technology||33|
|Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU)||=60|
|University of Tsukuba||63|
QUICK FACTS ABOUT JAPAN
- Made up of thousands of islands, of which more than 400 are inhabited
- The four largest islands, which make up 97% of Japan’s total area, are Honhū, Hokkaidō, Kyūshū and Shikoku.
- The world’s third-largest economy, after the US and China
- Currency: yen (¥ or JPY)
- Capital city: Tokyo, which is also the largest city with a population of around 13 million in the core of the city (38.6 million in the whole of Tokyo Prefecture) – many consider it the largest city in the world.
- Internet domain is .jp and international dialling code is +81
- Area: 377,864 sq km (similar to Germany)
- Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have a purely ceremonial role.
- Head of government is the Prime Minister (currently Shinzō Abe).
- 20% of the world’s earthquakes occur in Japan.
- Average broadband speed in 2015 was 11.7Mbps (second fastest worldwide behind South Korea).
- Japan’s national sport is generally said to be sumo wrestling, but football (soccer) and baseball are also very popular.
ACCOMMODATION IN JAPAN
Finding accommodation in metropolitan areas such as Tokyo is difficult even for Japanese people. You have to repeat getting on and off at train stations until they get too tired to walk anymore. Furthermore, some landlords and real estate agents are hesitant to rent rooms to foreigners, but you must sum up the courage to go out and look for a room.
Variation of Accommodations
1) School Dormitory:
Some schools have dormitories, while some only introduce private accommodations to foreign students. Please contact your school or university office if you had any difficulty in finding an accommodation after your arrival in Japan.
2) Student Dormitory:
There are student dormitories which are run by government, a local authority or a private organization, but the number of rooms is limited. The dormitory is furnished and rent out cheap, but there are certain requirements for those who want to stay there. There may be some accommodations that can be introduced by your school’s student services office.
3) Council Housing:
It is run by prefectures or other local cities. A foreigner residing in Japan for more than I year, and those who have family living in Japan can apply for such accommodations. However, in areas where public transportation is convenient, it would be quite competitive to get one. For information, please contact a Kanri-bu, Boshu-ka in dwelling house bureau, in your local council office.
4) Company Dormitory:
The Association for Corporation and Promotion of Support for Foreign Students http://www.ryugakuseishien.com/ (in Japanese) (Chuo-ku, Tokyo) act in cooperation with Japanese companies to accept foreign students in a company dormitories. Applications are made through universities.
5) Private-run accommodations:
Flat: two-storied wooden buildings or prefabricated buildings. They are equipped with a kitchen and a shared toilet often with no bathroom.
For more information on the accommodation and its cost, click on this link
IMMIGRATING TO JAPAN: ENTRY APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Obtain enrolment permission
If you plan to enter Japan, first you have to be admitted by a school in Japan. After being admitted, you need to apply for a certification of eligibility with a college student status. Then, go to the Japanese embassy in your home country to apply for the visa for entering Japan.
Apply for visa
After receiving admission, you must follow the procedures to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility from immigration authorities in Japan. A Certificate of Eligibility is issued before a visa application by a regional immigration authority under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice
It cost two months to apply for Certificate of Eligibility of “college student” visa.. After receiving Certificate of Eligibility from the proxy, you should go to Japanese embassy in your homeland to apply for “college student” visa.
DURING THE IMMIGRATION SCREENING PROCESS
Two factors will be inspected when the immigration authority screens your application for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE).
- YOUR ADMISSION STATUS
The immigration authority will inspect your graduate certificate of the latest school you attended in your home country and the admission issued by the school you will enter in Japan.
- FINANCIAL CAPACITY
They will check whether you have sufficient financial resources that cover tuition and living expenses. The immigration authority will inspect certificates of your bank balance and income.
In some cases, the COE will not be issued if your documentation is incomplete, even if you have enough money to cover the expenses for studying in Japan. Study in Japan is impossible without being issued a COE.
Same additional screening will be made when you apply for visa, even if you received a COE. In some countries, there will be an interview. Embassy officials will test your Japanese ability and ask you information about the latest school you graduated from. They will also look over your financial situation. If a visa has not been issued, it is impossible for you to study in Japan even with the admission sent by universities. In such cases, you will have to defer your admission and try again later.