Japanese Language Institutions

Is it required to be proficient in Japanese to study in Japan?
Normally, lectures in Japanese higher educational institutions are conducted in Japanese and your Japanese language ability is expected to be at a Level N1 or a Level N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) in order to keep up.
These levels are equivalent to 600 ~ 900 or more hours of Japanese language study. If studied overseas, though it varies with each person, it may take long time to achieve these levels of proficiency. On the other side, if intensive study in Japan, it would take about 1-2 years while being exposed to Japanese culture.

Admission into Japanese higher educational institutions requires 12 years of elementary and secondary education to be completed.
※Students who have completed at least 11 years of school curriculum for colleges of technology or at least 16 years of school curriculum for graduate schools.
Students from India, Phillippines, Malaysia, Myanmar and other countries who have completed only 10 or 11 years of education have to either ① study for another 1 or 2 years in a higher educational institution such as a university in their home country; or ② study in a specific course called the “university preparatory courses” for 1 year ~ 2 years before being eligible to apply for admission into Japanese higher educational institutions.

● List of university preparatory courses which are designated by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology - Japan

Types of Japanese language institutions
Japanese language institutions are categorized by its controlling entity, objective, admission requirements and others. Shown here are details on status of residence, number of institutions and student enrollment.
  Japanese language institutions Preparatory Japanese language courses offered at private universities Japanese language department in junior colleges,
universities and graduate schools
Controlling entity Educational foundations (Specialized training colleges, miscellaneous schools),
public interest incorporated foundations, corporations, voluntary organizations, individuals and etc
Private universities and junior colleges National, local public and private universities
Objective ①Learn Japanese language or②Learn Japanese language for further study Learn Japanese language for further study Earn a degree
Admission requirements ②Is for students who have completed 12 years of elementary and secondary education
※“University preparatory courses” is for students with less than 12 years of elementary and secondary education
Students who have completed 12 years of elementary and secondary
Depends on course for admission
Duration of course 1 year, 1 year 3 months, 1 and a half years, 1 year 9 months, 2 years 1 year ~ 2 years 2 years ~ 5 years
Status of residence College Student College Student College Student
Preparatory Japanese language courses offered at private universities : also called preparatory Japanese language that are set up in private universities and junior colleges. Japanese language, Japanese culture, Japanese affairs and other basic subjects for entrance into universities are offered. Students planning on further study in universities may use the admission on recommendation system, if available, for admission into the university or proceed to other university of their choice. The advantages here would be the ability to use the university’s facilities and services.

Documents for submission
Application form
Curriculum vitae
School transcript
Graduation certificate
Proofs of financial means (including the documents on a guarantor providing means to support the applicant)
Screening fee (about JPY 20,000 to JPY 30,000)
(Certificate of Japanese language proficiency)
(Medical certificate)
Different schools may require different sets of documents for submission. It is best that you inquire directly to the school you have chosen on the documents to be submitted.

Entrance exam
Most of the time, the selection process is based on screening of documents. However, some schools may conduct overseas exams and/or interviews with the exam applicant, guarantor or contact person. If the applicant has passed the selection screening test, the school will proceed with the Certificate of Eligibility for a Status of Residence application on behalf of the applicant. Please refer toimage“Immigration Procedures”on P.32 ~ P.34 on the processes involved from this stage onwards.

Reference : access websites to search for useful information
For searching Japanese language institution (Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education)
For the list of Preparatory Japanese Language Programs at Private Universities and Junior Colleges (JASSO)



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