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Colleges of Technology

Colleges of technology (“Kosen” for short) are colleges offering comprehensive 5-year education programs (5 and a half year for mercantile marine) to lower secondary school leavers and are recognized as higher educational institutions similar to universities. In general, Kosen accepts international students from the third year onwards.

<Special education features of Kosen>
Kosen offer education programs that develop hands-on engineers who acquired world-class expertise and can handle the latest technology, with focus on lab works, practical works and hands-on exercises as well as having advanced theoretical knowledge.
Though most departments in Kosen are related to the industrial field, department on mercantile marine that aim to develop mariners are also available.
Graduates of Kosen are awarded the “associate degree”.
Apart from the 5-year education programs, Kosen also offer a higher 2-year advanced course.
Graduates of 2-year advanced course of Kosen are awarded the “bachelor’s degree”, (the degree which is of equivalent to university graduates), upon passing the examination set by the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation (NIAD - UE).


Transfer into college of technology

Students who have completed or are expected to complete at least 11 years of school curriculum in foreign countries
Students who have passed or are expected to pass the academic qualification exam equivalent to the completion of at least 11 years of school education overseas
Students who have completed or are expected to complete their study at international schools in Japan recognized as equivalent to senior high schools overseas
Students who possess or are expected to possess the International Baccalaureate, the German Abitur and the French Baccalaureate
Students who have completed or are expected to complete the 11 years of school curriculum at international schools accredited by an international body (WASC / CIS / ACSI)
Students recognized as having academic abilities equivalent to upper secondary school graduates
For ①~③, those who completed only 11 years of school education need to complete the university preparatory courses which are designated by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology - Japan or courses at training facilities.


Documents for submission
The Institute of National Colleges of Technology (Kosen) conducts the common selection exam for all the colleges of technology nationwide. The application form has been standardized.

Application form (Kosen-specific form)
Examination voucher and photograph (Kosen-specific form)
Certificate of upper secondary school graduation
Upper secondary school transcript
Copy of resident card
Results of EJU Examination
Transcript of TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS
Plan for financial means
Medical certificate (※ only for those take the exam for maritime technology department)


Entrance exam
The Institute of National Colleges of Technology determines the results by overall evaluation of the following items (Pass/fail is determined in accordance with the criteria set by each college of technology)

Application form
Results of EJU Examination
Transcript of TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS
Assessment of interview

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  Career or academic path after graduation  
 
Many of graduates go to national universities.
 

 

 



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