Study in Japan – Guide for International Students

Are you an international student planning to study in Japan, Europe, USA and the UK? What are your main goals for studying abroad? Do you have an employee, a current student of higher education who wishes to continue further in-depth study in Japan or are you a high school student wishing to enter Japan through an exchange study program.

Your perspectives may vary as a foreign student depending on your area of interests, goals, priorities, and even immigration issues that may be unique in each of your country of origin. This guide will give you a clear idea on how to plan and apply for a Japanese university admission for your preferred degree and major.

Preparing for the Application

A university admissions agent may be helpful to you or not based on your time and level of understanding of the application procedures and guidelines for a foreign study program in Japan. Your country’s Ministry of Higher Education can help you give enough information about available scholarships or financial aids for your chosen program.

Another institution that you have to ask is your current school or university. You may also inquire about private services for an exchange study program for less than a year study in Japan. If you are a currently working, ask for your company if they offer graduate study or even doctorate study to any foreign country, especially Japan.

Know your sources of funds. Will you be funded by your parents, sponsored by any relative abroad, company paid or with a full scholarship from cultural missions or fellowship? Will the funds fully suffice for the whole duration of your study in Japan to complete your degree program? Does it include food, accommodation and other expenses?

Applying for a Japanese University Admission

Japan is not a native English speaking country so you have to learn the basic Japanese language as a language requirement to study in Japan. The EJU or the Examination for Japanese University Admission is what mainly concerns graduate and post-graduate international students who are applying for a Japanese university admission.

Passing the EJU lets you get higher chances of admission. Other requirements include admission essay to your desired program of study in a particular university, student’s CV, passport, Transcript of Records with the required GPA, letters of recommendations, financial guarantee and other certification that pertains to your desired program of study.

Some applications are done online but the required documents or even the application fees are sent directly to the university through courier or regular postal service to prove the originality and authenticity of your documents.

Post Application Concerns

You should wait for about 4-6 weeks to get your application result from your chosen university and program. You will then be notified from the mail about the status of your application. If you are admitted, the university will send you a Letter of Acceptance along with the immigration instructions for your Ryugaku or student visa. You have to confirm acceptance of this visa by visiting the Embassy and have your visa stamped to your passport after paying the required fee.

You can now arrange for a travel to Japan. Make sure that you have everything you need in traveling to Japan. You also need to book for a hotel online so you have a place to stay upon arriving at the airport.

Laurent Brandt enjoys writing about Japanese history, culture, and tourism. Please visit the following link to find more information on how to study abroad in Japan.

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