Japan is undoubtedly a magnet for foreign students aspiring to study abroad. Japan is known to have high quality and standards for their education; on top of having a culture that has fascinated the world for a long time. Their culture, a unique blend of deeply rooted Eastern influence appropriately merging with Western influence creates an ambience like nowhere else in the world.
Japan is also home to leading companies, especially in technology with renowned brands such as Toyota and Sony, both praised for their working culture and ethic. Additionally, Japan also has a reputation for being incredibly safe, especially for women. If you are planning on studying abroad in Japan, then this things are worth paying attention to:
It is widely known that Japan does not rank highest in English proficiency, thus, the options for programs taught in English is also limited. We recommend anyone planning to study in Japan to take Japan language courses prior to applying for college.
Language schools usually teach four semester of 10 weeks per year. Keep in mind that many language schools will require at least basic knowledge of the Hiragana and Katakana. Not only is Japanese proficiency essential in getting you through school it also helps in your day to day life.
What School to Apply For
When applying for higher education in Japan, you can choose from Japanese universities and vocational school. The later is popular among students aiming to get professional certification. IT is also not uncommon for university graduates to go to vocational school to obtain skill certifications for their degrees.
If you are planning to study in Japan, then aside from the kind of qualifications you are aiming for, also keep in consideration the following: where you want to live and the kind of environment you are comfortable in, if you are planning to work after you finish of pursue higher education, and the kind of activities you would like to supplement your studies with. All the former can be discussed with various agencies available to support people planning to study in Japan.
Applying for School
In Japan, school year begins in April and later in October. However, if you are planning to study there, the application process usually begins 6 months prior due to the visa process complication. Keep in mind that it is usually not advised to apply for multiple schools at once.
While it is very often that people apply for back-up schools, this could risk you in getting blacklisted by the department of visa and immigration. Student visa requirements are after all set by the Bureau of Immigration and visa thus do not vary from one school to another. Whether you are applying for university or vocational school will also affect the application process.
For regular Japanese universities, you will need to submit EJU (examination for Japanese university admission for international students) which is a combination of Japanese language proficiency and basic academic competence. Meanwhile, vocational schools will request JLPT (Japanese language proficiency test for non-native speakers).