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Study in Japan
If you want to study in the Asian continent and enjoy a culture that is
dedicated to discipline as it is to innovation, then Japan is the place
for you. Also known as the homeland of the bullet train, Nintendo Wii,
Ramen noodles in a pot and of course karaoke; you’ll be pleased to know
Japan wants you too. The Japanese government is making an attempt to
attract more international students and they have a set target of having
300,000 foreign students in the country by 2020. With this, more and
more universities are focusing on making life easier for foreign
students. You would note that though the visa application process may
seem a little stern, it is not difficult for students to get visa here.
foreign and international students, there is introduction of more
courses taught partly or entirely in English. Apart from this, the
Japanese institutes are making an attempt at hiring special staff to
support international students. Students coming from international
waters are also permitted to start courses in September (instead of
April, which is when Japan’s academic year usually starts). Also, there
is hiring of more technical staff from outside Japan. There is also a
drastic rise in exchange programs with universities in other countries.
Scholarships and Grants in the Japan
The Japanese government is
aware that students find Japan to be a more expensive country as
compared to other Asian countries. Hence an attempt to offer additional
financial support for foreign students is being offered. You will note
that many university scholarships and grants are available through the
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
and the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO). With more than 780
universities in the country, mostly private ones, there are also private
schemes available along with grants.
Admission to Universities in Japan
Rather than just having a
good GPA (grade point average) or other assessment grades, students
applying to universities in Japan have to take entrance examinations.
The ‘Examination for Japanese University Admission for International
Students (EJU)’ is the standardized test for foreign students. It has
been especially designed to test basic academic skill in areas of
science, mathematics and ‘Japan and the world’. More than 95% of
national universities, 65% of public universities and 44% of private
institutions make the EJU mandatory for entrance.
courses require you to take entrance exam, especially in the fields of
Law, management, etc. The universities may conduct the test online or
even at localized centers across Asia. In some cases, global scores like
GMAT could be accepted too.
Student Visa Requirements for Japan
Status of Residence and Period of Stay
Keep in mind that the
foreign student visa is based on the Immigration Control and Refugee
Recognition Act (“Immigration Control Act”), which stipulates the
procedures related to entry and residence in Japan. It establishes 30
statuses of residence based on which, the relevant foreign national
would be granted visa. Foreign students studying at any of the below
mentioned educational institutions are eligible for a College Student
residence status. This doesn’t include cases where students study at a
night school or through correspondence courses exclusively-
Students studying at universities (undergraduate and graduate), junior
colleges, special training colleges (post secondary courses only),
preparatory educational institutions, colleges of technology.
High school students and advanced and general courses (excludes post
secondary courses) at special training colleges or equivalent
There are 2 ways through which the visa can be acquired.
(1) The foreign student can file an application for a visa directly to an overseas Japanese embassy or consulate.
An employee of the educational institution where admission is granted
makes an application to the relevant immigration office, etc. for a
Certificate of Eligibility for Residence Status (“Certificate of
Eligibility”) on the student’s behalf. When the Certificate of
Eligibility is granted, you can take the same to a Japanese embassy or
consulate and file an application for a visa.
The documents necessary for filing an application for a Certificate of Eligibility are provided on the Immigration Bureau of Japan
arriving in Japan, a students passport would be checked along with
valid visa affixed, Certificate of Eligibility (if one has obtained a
certificate) and ED card (embarkation and disembarkation card. The
passport and visa should be valid, the period of stay requested conforms
to the period as established by law and the student doesn’t qualify
under the denial of disembarkation grounds.
inspection for checks for Certificate of Eligibility and once approved a
seal of verification for disembarkation is affixed on the passport,
either as a sticker or stamp. The disembarkation permit seal contains
all the information such as the status of residence, period of stay and
date of expiration.
Any foreign student granted long-term
residency status in his or her disembarkation permission (hereinafter
referred to as a “mid- to long-term resident”) will be issued a Resident
Card. Some students may be allowed to work art time based on the
residency tenure they have ben granted. All other foreign students in
Japan with the status of residence of College Student or Pre-college
Student, but with a desire to work part time must seek application for
permission to engage in activity other than what is permitted for
Status of Residence Previously Granted and receive approval in advance.
in mind that even with Permission to Engage in Activity other than that
Permitted by the Status Residence Previously Granted, there are
restrictions placed on the amount and type of work you may do. For
example, some adult entertainment business (e.g. Pachinko parlor clerk,
host/hostess of bars and cabarets, etc.) are prohibited.
If you are interested in studying management in
Japan, then you should know that there are 2 main kinds of schools here
for higher education. These include specialized schools and
universities. While specialized schools give you effective management
training in two years, universities have a more general educational goal
and the first degree is awarded after four years of study. Most foreign
nationals prefer studying at universities. But you might need to spend a
year or two in a private preparatory class for passing the competitive
entrance examination at the university. There are three types of
management universities here that include national universities
(kokuritsu), So you can pick from amongst the three. Remember that the
management courses in the bigger cities tend to be more expensive.
doing business administration and management courses, one has the
option of getting many jobs. These include corporate jobs, teaching
jobs, working with start-ups and even the opportunity of starting off
your own business.Top universities include-
- Keio University - Keio Business School
- Kyoto University - Graduate School of Economics
- Wasada University - Wasada Business School
- Kobe University - Graduate School of Business
- Meiji University - Graduate School of Global Business
One of the most intriguing aspects of the
Japanese architecture is that despite being located in a zone that is
prone to earthquakes, Tsunamis, typhoons, etc. their architecture
sustains and stands tall. Be it their oriental classic pieces or even
the contemporary designs, Japanese architecture is something that is a
shining example of merging modernity with tradition. This is the reason
that architecture continues to be one of the most popular subjects to
study here with foreign nationals. Architecture here is not only about
planning, designing and constructing buildings but also focuses on
social values and individuality in their lifestyle. Japan is also one of
the most populated countries in the world, spread across a small area.
Hence the concept of construction here is precision, making room out of
the smallest areas.
The idea is to create students and
practicing architects to foster spatial designers - Students who can
visualize and design living spaces comprehensively. The courses offered
here are extensive and comprise of some aspects of interior and
furniture design too. The teaching staff too comprises of active
architects and students are taken across to studios to gain practical
work experience. Course options include Master of Science in
Architecture, or a Master in Architectural Engineering, or a MSc
Landscape & Well-being, or a MS in Facilities Management.
Top universities include-
- University of Tokyo
- Sophia University
- Hokkaido University
There is no doubt that with the
globalization concept of recent times there has been a sync of both
competition and co-operation among economic entities and activities.
Japan is a nation that is not only one of the most modern and growing
economies in Asia, but is a great center for learning too. With more
inflow of foreign students, and a growing awareness about taking local
business to a global scale, there are many new institutes coming up for
business economics and management to accommodate global developments.
These are mostly postgraduate programs to learn economic and management
theories of the global economy. But there are also many courses
available on the graduate level here.
The Masters of Business
Administration program along with a range of other business degrees
focus on the globalization of economy and management. Students are
educated to make the most of human resources and to cultivate a
universal work culture that suits international corporations. Passing
out after doing a business or administration degree, one can get a job
with the government, international organizations, research institutes,
and excellent business enterprises. The postgraduate courses are usually
2 years long while the graduate ones tend to be around 3-4 years. Both
practical and theoretical knowledge is essential here and students are
offered internships and part-time job options, even when they are
studying. To qualify for the same, there are some private universities
that accept standard scores like GMAT, while there are some that have
unique entrance exams too.Top universities include-
- Nagoya University - Master Economics and Business Administration
- Kyushu University - LL.M. International Economic and Business Law (IEBL)
- Osaka University- MBA Business and Management
- Kyoto University -MBA International Project Management Course
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