Why Study in Japan?
Japan has an increasingly fast-paced economy, and its social system has advanced at an incredible rate because of this. The educational system is relatively new and streamlined, and you will get a modern and relevant higher education. The government has set a target of welcoming 300,000 international students by 2020. This has led to the universities making the application process much easier for students. You will find both public and private institutions in Japan, offering a wide range of courses in a variety of fields.
There are over 700 higher education institutions in Japan, with a large majority of them being private. You will find 16 of Japan’s institutions in the 2022 QS World University Rankings top 500. The highest ranked of these is the University of Tokyo, which is placed at 23rd. The next highest ranked is Kyoto University, which is placed at 33rd. Of these 17 top 500 ranked institutions, 5 are also in the top 100.
The fantastic education system is complemented by the uber-modern cities and beautiful countryside. The deep traditions and fascinating history offer exploration opportunities to tourists and students alike, with the intrigue of the Japanese culture drawing people in. Japan is a multi-faceted country, with something to offer everyone.
Common Student Questions
Q. Can I study in Japan for free?
A. Higher education in Japan is not state-subsidised for international students, meaning that you will have to pay at least some tuition fees. Compared to the UK and USA, however, tuition fees in Japan are pleasantly affordable. You may also be able to access scholarships that decreases your tuition fees. We have more information about tuition fees to study in Japan in our Costs of Studying in Japan section.
Q. Can international students study in Japan?
A. There are a growing number of courses being offered in English by Japanese universities, meaning that it is becoming more accessible to international students who do not speak Japanese. It is common to be offered free Japanese language courses alongside your studies, which would be a great opportunity for any student. If you will be staying in the country for more than 3 months, you will need to obtain a visa. We have more information about that in our Japanese Student Visas section.
Q. Is Japan a good place to study as an international student?
A. Japan is known to be one of the safest countries in the world. International students will feel at home and safe when they choose to study and live abroad in Japan. Japanese society also places importance on education, meaning that their system is designed for success.
An island country in East Asia, Japan is located in the Pacific Ocean. Often called the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’, Japan is home to almost 126.7 million people, making it the 10th most populous country in the world. Japan has a highly skilled workforce, and has one of the most highly educated populations in the world. In 1947, after World War II, Japan renounced their right to declare war. Despite this, they maintain a modern military for self-defense and peacekeeping purposes. Citizens of Japan enjoy the highest life expectancy in the world, but has a low birthrate and aging population.
The country’s nearest neighbours are China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia. Japan is an archipelago, and is made up of almost 7,000 separate islands. The country is known for its beauty and modernity, with majestic landscapes, including Mount Fuji. The diverse geography of Japan means that the climate differs across the country. It experiences four distinct seasons, with warm summers and cool winters.
The culture of Japan is diverse, and a blend of ancient traditions with modern western values. There is a wide range of cultural expression, with Buddhist temples dating back many centuries and ancient wood prints. As well as this, Japan is known for its poetry, dance, music and unique animation styles all over the world.