Kyoto Styudy

Preparations for Studying in Japan

There are procedures you must accomplish before and after you come to Japan. Be sure check here to be sure to not miss any important requirement.

Examination procedures

In the entrance examinations for various schools, in addition to the standard entrance examinations for Japanese test takers, there is also a special selection process for international students. The entrance examinations are administered in combination with various examinations, including the “Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students” and the “Japanese-Language Proficiency Test”, so please check with the school to find out about the details of their entrance examination.
The following are the two examinations that the majority of international students are required to take. (There are also universities which have their own examinations.)

● Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)

It is an exam which measures Japanese ability and basic academic skills (science, core subjects, mathematics), and is used by universities (undergraduate) as an admissions test. You do not need to come to Japan to sit the exam, and it can be taken in 17 cities in 14 countries. Please select the subjects specified by your school of choice and sit the exam.
◆ Test dates: Twice a year in June (first test) and November (second test)
»Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students

●Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

It is a test to measure and certify Japanese ability of people who are not native speakers of Japanese. It is used by various schools as a prerequisite for sitting the entrance examination, and it can be taken either in Japan or overseas.
It has a variety benefits, such as being recognized as school units or graduation qualifications, as well as preferential treatment at companies and social qualifications.
◆Test dates: Twice a year in July (first test) and December (second test)
»Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

Immigration proceedings

After you have received approval for admission to the school, you will need to obtain a visa to enter Japan.
In Japan, the activities and statuses of foreign nationals in Japan are classified into 30 types of “Status of Residence”, and each of status has a set “period of stay” (how long you can stay in Japan). International students attending universities and Japanese language schools in Japan are grated the status of “College Student”, so please apply for a “College Student” visa.

● How to Apply

  • □ The person who wants to study in Japan applies for a visa at the Japanese Embassy.
  • □ The staff of educational institution the applicant plans to enter applies to the Immigration Bureau for a “Certificate of Eligibility” to be issued. After the “Certificate of Eligibility” has been issued, the person wishing to study in Japan applies for a visa at the Japanese Embassy.

* The documents required at the time of application vary depending on the school you apply for, so please check with the school directly for details.

● Items necessary to enter Japan

  • □ Approval for admission from a study institution in Japan (such as a Japanese language educational institution or university)
  • □ A passport
  • □ A visa from the Japanese embassy
  • □ ) A Certificate of Eligibility (if it has been issued)

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Scholarship proceedings

Scholarships are being paid to international students by various organizations. The qualifications and amounts vary. The two main periods for scholarship applications and offer results are as follows.

Before you come to Japan

Scholarships where you can receive application and offer results before coming to Japan (only a few available)

After you come to Japan

Scholarships where you receive application and offer results after you have come to Japan and entered the school

* The documents required at the time of application vary depending on the school you apply for, so please check with the school directly for details.

●Screening test:

Document review, written test on general education, knowledge of specialist field or language expertise, oral interview, etc.

●How to apply:

In most cases you will apply through the school you are enrolled at. Please ask the international student office of the school for more information.

* There may be restrictions on applications depending on the type of scholarship (age, country of origin, designation of enrolled schools and major field of study).

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