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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Aug 10
Unreported World is in Japan to meet some of the country’s ‘Junior Idols’. (Unreported World)
Aug 09
Japan is Asia's first industrialised economy, yet it ranks 121, below Angola on the Gender Gap Index. (CNA)
Aug 08
Teachers and education officials are calling for students to pay special heed to the risk of heat exhaustion this summer as schools across Japan shorten their summer holidays and hold more classes than usual to make up for closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Times)
Aug 06
The population of Japan has fallen for the 11th straight year. The amount of the decline has set a record for six years in a row. (NHK)
Aug 05
NHK will reduce the number of its satellite television channels from the current four to two. The public broadcaster announced Tuesday it also plans to consolidate its two AM radio channels into one. (Japan Times)
Aug 05
The government said Tuesday it has been allowing the entry of foreign nationals teaching at international schools and their families as exceptions to the travel ban imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Japan Times)
Aug 04
The Ministry of Justice will update the English translations of Japan's business-related laws and regulations. (Nikkei)
Aug 04
Students in Japan are having a much shorter summer break this year to make up for classes that were cancelled in the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic. (NHK)
Aug 03
Data compiled by Japan's welfare ministry shows the proportion of male workers who took paternity leave in 2019 edged up from the previous year but still remained low. (NHK)
Aug 02
The shocking revelations contained in the report "I Was Hit So Many Times I Can't Count," released by Human Rights Watch on July 20 exposing the abuse of child athletes in Japan, came as no surprise to those of us close to the world of Japanese sports administration. (Nikkei)
Aug 02
Popular YouTube channel and website The Black Experience Japan features interviews with dozens of black residents of Japan. (
Jul 31
Japanese women and men retained second and third places, respectively, on the world's average life expectancy ranking in 2019 as both groups topped a previous record for the eighth straight year, health ministry data showed Friday. (Kyodo)
Jul 31
An adviser for a health division at Minato Ward this week provided guidance to bar hostesses in the Roppongi entertainment quarter about how to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, reports TBS News (July 27). (
Jul 31
Single bananas. Hard boiled eggs. Chocolate chip cookies. In convenience stores across Japan these items all have something in common: they are routinely sold tightly swaddled in plastic wrapping. (CNN)
Jul 27
The health ministry will conduct its first nationwide survey, possibly as early as next month, to look into how the coronavirus pandemic has affected mental health, according to ministry and other sources. (Japan Times)
Jul 26
Many schools across Japan resumed classes in mid-June after a months-long closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Teachers are scrambling to get their programs back on track with new educational methods that are both safe and effective. (NHK)
Jul 24
Against the backdrop of mounting tensions between Western nations and China, Japan is taking new steps to safeguard its own advanced research, including tightening the screening of foreign students and researchers to prevent leaks to foreign countries of advanced technologies, particularly those with possible military applications. Visas for foreign researchers will be more closely reviewed. (
Jul 23
Using Twitter in Japan just got a lot more complicated. The country’s Supreme Court has ruled that users who retweet copyright-infringing images can have their details passed onto rightsholders — whether they knew the pic was in violation or not. (
Jul 23
Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have been briefed on efforts to support children living in poverty amid the new coronavirus outbreak. (NHK)
Jul 23
Japan will begin granting re-entry to foreign residents who have been locked out of the country for months by a travel ban aimed at limiting the spread of the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday. (Japan Today)