Selecting Your School

How do I choose the school that best suits my needs?
Pay close attention to the following three tips and select your school cautiously.
★ Field of study
・・・ What do you truly want to study? Does that school really have that course? Check thoroughly on this!
★ Your ability
・・・ Know your ability and select a school that allows you to sit for exams from several schools that match your level. Your exam results may not be good enough for the school you applied to. It is therefore wise to take the exams from a few schools.
★ Your future career goals
・・・ Well-known schools may not always suit for you! Please check out the characteristics and specialties of schools
If you choose the wrong school, you will not only waste a lot of work, time and money but your mental being is also affected

Points to consider when selecting universities
Set your priorities! Which suits you best?
①Contents of lectures and research Is the lecture you really want to take or research you plan to conduct offered?
②Program Will it be a degree course as that taken by Japanese students? Does the course allow the degree be taken in English?
Will it be a short course in which you can learn Japanese language or Japanese culture?
③Research facilities Are the research facilities comprehensive?
④Proven intake records and support system
for international students
Are there any additional classes for Japanese language? Are there staffs to assist international students or tutors to help them in their studies and living?
⑤Accommodation Are there any school dormitory or student residence? Will there be any housing information service?
⑥Exam for admission Does the school have a system that accepts admission before one leaves for Japan? What subjects are tested?
Are you good at these subjects?
⑦School fees and other fees How much are the school fees? Can you afford to pay for the duration of your studies?
⑧Scholarship and financial assistance Are there any scholarship or fee waiver programs in this school? What are your chances of receiving a scholarship?
Can they be applied earlier before leaving for Japan?
⑨Locality and environment Is the school in a quiet environment conducive for studies? Will it be in the city or in the country?
Will you be able to adapt yourself to climate change?

Reference : access websites to search for useful information
Universities, Colleges and Japanese Language Institutes (JASSO)
Japanese Colleges and Universities Search (English)
Japan Study Support


Is there any ranking system for universities?
In Japan, there is no public ranking system on universities.
There is a deviation value which is used to indicate the difficulty level of exams for university admission taken by Japanese high school students. Whatever it may be, you have to bear in mind that this shows only the difficulty level of exams taken by Japanese high school students and is in no way indicative of the quality or standard of the school.

I am not sure where I should study. I would like to know the difference between urban and rural areas.
〈Advantage points on urban areas〉
〈Advantage points on rural areas〉
・Offers convenience in terms of the number of schools
・Offers convenience in terms of transportation and
・Offers convenience in terms of entertainment
・Diverse interpersonal relationships in
highly-populated area
・Many opportunities for students to work part-time
  ・A cheaper standard of living compared to cities
・Special program classes available due to the small number
of international students
・Closer relationship fostered with local people
・Traditional culture is part of their everyday life
・Many local specialties and rich nature

Points to consider when choosing Japanese language institutions
Set your priorities! Which suits you best?
①Type and duration of course General course? Course to pursue undergraduate study? Course to enter graduate school? Course to enter professional training college?
Course on business Japanese? Short-term course? Individual lesson?
Note: Students who have only completed 10 or 11 years of elementary and secondary education must choose “university preparatory course” when opting for further undergraduate study
②Class composition Are the classes divided accordingly to cater for students with varied levels of Japanese proficiency?
How many students are there in the class?
③Basic subjects Are basic subjects (English, mathematics, physics, chemistry, social science, etc.) required for admission into universities offered?
④Total hours of classes What are the total class hours and the hours of each subject?
⑤Educational environment Is the commute from your residence convenient?
⑥Accommodation Are there any school dormitory or student residence? Does the school introduce apartments for rent?
⑦Career guidance and student's life consultation Does it provide guidance on further study and consultations on everyday life?
⑧Career or academic path of graduates Where did graduates move on to upon graduation? Were they able to enter the school of their choice?
⑨Educational standard How are the graduates' results of Japanese Language Proficiency Test or Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)?
⑩Number of teachers What is the student to teacher ratio?
⑪School fees Is the school fees appropriate to the class hours, teachers and facilities?
⑫Admission test Is it based only on application screening or does it include interviews with the student’s guarantor or contact person in Japan? Is the admission process also conducted overseas?
⑬Student ratio by country of origin Are there more students from kanji-using countries? Are there any special considerations given to these students from non-kanji-using countries?