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A to Z of Studying in Japan

Is there a hidden trap in studying languages abroad? What are the benefits of choosing a Japanese university? For those who are thinking of coming to study in Japan, we will introduce the main options and features of studying in Japan. Find your own method of studying abroad that suits your purpose and level!

1. Studying abroad at a University

This is an option for those who want to take specialized lectures. The feature is that there are many events such as club activities and school festivals in addition to classes. Japanese universities are largely divided into “public universities” and “private universities”. Public universities generally have low tuition fees and require wide-ranging academic ability for admission, while private universities generally have high tuition fees and tend to cater to a wide level of abilities.

There are two majors, “humanities” and “science”, but the boundary between them is not strict. University is not just about learning work-related expertise, so there is no need to be nervous. However, department transfers are rare in Japan, so please choose your department carefully. Most lectures are in Japanese, but some lectures are given in English and some schools use English.

Also, if you are currently affiliated with a university in another country, your university may have a system for short-term exchange programs instead of the four years. Since rules and standards differ from school to school, it is necessary to gather information carefully. There are also a wide variety of scholarship programs, so some of them are listed here for reference.

List of Universities in Kobe
Japan Student Services Organization
Kobe City Scholarship System

2. Studying Abroad at a Graduate School

Those who want to learn more advanced content can also go on to graduate school. The feature is that there are more people who want to study and research more thoroughly than undergraduate students. The content of your research is often more dependent on the professor you are studying under than on the major itself, so you should consider this when looking for a school. At a graduate school, there are largely master’s programs and doctoral programs. The master’s program usually takes two years, and the doctoral program, five years. It seems that many international students choose a master’s program in Japan for the simple reason that it is longer than an exchange program but shorter than undergraduate study. Lectures are usually in Japanese, but some are given in English.

Source: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

3. Studying Abroad at a Vocational School

This is a recommended option for those who have already mastered Japanese to about Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 2 and are interested in something specific, such as Japanese culture or technology. A high school diploma is required for admission, and the age group of students is relatively low. The content ranges widely from Japanese food and the arts of Anime and Manga, to the car and machine industry and medical and nursing care. It is a feature that you can acquire more practical expertise / skills than at university or graduate school while living in Japan, and in many cases those skills are directly linked to work after graduation. Most courses last for about two years, and usually you will study lectures in Japanese with Japanese people.

Association for Technical and Career Education

Vocational School
kobe study abroad
professional training college in Japan

Did you get an idea of studying abroad in Japan? Kobe City also provides other useful information for studying abroad and finding employment in Japan. Please take a look!