Foreign students who are considering to study in Japan must know the Japanese admission standards and the unique policies that govern each country and the other special considerations that may exist. Some of the main points you will have to consider in applying for a study program to Japan are your country of origin, immigration rules, preferred course of study and university location and the available funds that you will use throughout the whole duration of your stay in a Japanese university as an international student.
You must also evaluate your capability in learning and using the Japanese language. Do you have basic knowledge of this foreign language? Do you need an intensive course to make you feel at ease with the Japanese language? Do you think you can pass easily such language tests as the JLPT or EJU?
Japanese University Application & Admission Options
Japanese university admission programs actually allow international students to study in Japan for exchange study program while in high school. These universities also give foreign students the privilege to attend an intensive Japanese language course for full mastery of the language and a pre-college priority.
International students who want to enlist in a pre-college program to Japan apply for a Shugaku visa. This entails about 6, 9, 12 or even 24 months of study in Japan. If you are proficient with the Japanese language with enough academic proof to enter university studies, you can now apply for an undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate degree with the Ryagaku visa.
Your secondary diploma and other academic documents will be your main requisites in applying for an undergraduate admission to a Japanese university. This means that you are looking for a bachelor’s degree in the Arts or Sciences. Your major will be based on your particular area of interests or future career plans and business pursuits. Other required documents for undergraduate admission include standardized tests, letters of recommendation, application form and fee, and bank statements or financial support.
If you are an international student seeking a master’s degree in your chosen major from your bachelor’s degree or even from a different area of concentration, you can then proceed to apply for a graduate degree program. The master’s degree program either gives you the opportunity to strengthen and further develop your bachelor education or lets you shift gears to focus on other areas that interest you.
Getting a Ph.D. degree in Japan is always possible as an international student. Some universities will require you of a master’s degree in a related field while others may accept you even without a master’s degree. This actually depends on your chosen program of study.
The doctorate degree is more research-oriented that a master’s degree is usually required. Admission to the graduate and post-graduate admission is almost the same but with some additional requirements to post-graduate admission. Additional documents may include admission essay, the various standardized tests and a graduate research paper.
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