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Professional Training Colleges

What is your dream profession?

Specialized training colleges offering postsecondary courses are called professional training colleges and is one of the institutions classified under higher educational institutions. These colleges provide the learning of know-how, technology and skills useful in one’s future job and life as well as to improve their education. There are various colleges in different fields such as the medical care, technology, culture and general education, business, personal care and nutrition, education and welfare, fashion and home science, agriculture and much more. Certification is available for the following professions.
Animator, movie director, producer, game creator, interior designer, architect, system engineer, and more.
Those courses usually take 2 years to complete but more than 40% of the students are taking the 3 and 4-year course. The special feature of a professional training college is the variety of courses offered according to the skill and certification required.

The 6 check points when selecting a professional training college
Is the college officially accredited? Non-accredited colleges do not give out "diploma" title.
How is the course syllabus and the quality of its lecturers? Be sure to check the curriculum and the lecturers.
Are the facilities and equipments adequate? Check from pictures or information materials.
Does it have a career guidance system? How are the results? Compare and study the career guidance policy, are the results? guidance method and the actual employment results.
How much is the total academic fee? How much for the first year? What about the second year onwards? When are payments due?
What are the opinions of others? This is the time you use your friends or the international students network.

Admission into professional training colleges
One of the following qualifications must be met for admission into professional training colleges.
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology - Japan
   
Students who have completed 12 years of school curriculum in foreign countries.
Students who have passed the academic qualification exam equivalent to the completion of 12 years of school education overseas, and must have reached 18 years of age.
Students who have completed their study at international schools in Japan recognized as equivalent to senior high schools overseas, and must have reached 18 years of age.
Students possessing international qualifications such as the International Baccalaureate, the German Abitur and the French Baccalaureate, and must have reached 18 years of age.
Students who have completed the 12 years of school curriculum at international schools accredited by an international accrediting body (WASC / CIS / ACSI) set up in Japan, and must have reached 18 years of age.
Students recognized as having academic abilities equivalent or better than upper secondary school graduates in an individual entrance qualification examination conducted by the professional training college, and have reached 18 years of age.
  ※For ① ~ ③ , school education less than 12 years has to be supported with a completion in recognized university preparatory courses or courses at training facilities.
Reference : access websites to search for useful information
Information on professional training colleges
(National Association of Vocational Schools of Japan
Information on professional training colleges in each prefecture)
http://www.zensenkaku.gr.jp/association/index.html
Search for professional training colleges
(Metropolitan Tokyo Professional Institution Association)
http://tsk-school.com/from-now.php/
List of professional training colleges that accept international students
(National Association of Vocational Schools in Japan)
http://www.zensenkaku.gr.jp/cource/vocational_ college/standing/ukeireko.pdf

Japanese language proficiency
Any one of the following qualifications must be met.
Students who have undergone Japanese language education for more than 6 months at institutions accredited by the Minister of Justice.
Students who have passed Level N1 or Level N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test conducted by JapanEducational Exchanges and Services and the Japan Foundation.
Students who have undergone Japanese elementary school, lower secondary school and upper secondary school education for more than 1 year.
Students who have scored more than 200 points in their Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students [Japanese as a Foreign Language (the total of reading comprehension, listening and listeningreading comprehension) ]
Students who have scored more than 400 points in their BJT Business Japanese Proficiency Test (BJT) conducted by The Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation.
※ For inquiries on BJT Business Japanese Proficiency Test, please contact the following :
BJT Business Japanese Proficiency Test
The Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation
398 Gojokarasuma-cho, Matsubara-sagaru, Karasuma-dori, Simogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8585, Japan
TEL : 0120-509-315 (from Japan). For inquiries from overseas, please contact by e-mail. (E-mail : bjt@kanken.or.jp)

Documents for submission
Application form (school-specific form)
Certificate of upper secondary school graduation
Transcript of the last school attended
Certificate of attendance at a Japanese language institution and the transcript (if applicant is residing in Japan)
Japanese language proficiency certificate (if applicant is residing in overseas)
Other required documents
Documents for submission vary according to professional training colleges. For details, it is best that you inquire directly with the school.

Entrance exam
Entrance exam is a combination of these several tests.
Application screening
Subject test
Interview
Short essay
Aptitude test
Practical test
Japanese language proficiency test and academic ability exam

Qualifications for graduation・completion
  Diploma Advanced diploma
Duration of course 2 years or more 4 years or more
Total class hours 1700 hours or more 3400 hours or more
Qualification for completion Exam results are evaluated for the qualification of course completion Exam results are evaluated for the qualification of course completion
Course structure The curriculum is systematically structured
Upon fulfillment of above conditions, students are awarded the “diploma” or “advanced diploma” when they complete courses recognized by the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology . “Diploma” graduates are eligible to enter a university’s undergraduate program while “advanced diploma” graduates are eligible to enter graduate schools. Graduation is determined based on the results of semester exams, final exams and the student’s attendance records.

In professional training colleges, there are no courses which can be taken in English
※As for information on transfer to universities, please refer to imageUniversity Transfer



 

 



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