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Planning studies in Japan

Degree Programs in English

As Japanese universities become more globalized, there have emerged programs at universities and graduate schools in which students can obtain a degree by taking classes only in English, and Japanese language learning poses no obstacle. However, no such programs exist at colleges of technology and professional training colleges.

1. Find a school

2. Application materials required

The following are often required to be submitted:

【University】

  1. Application form (university-specific form)
  2. Certificate of upper secondary school graduation (or anticipated graduation)
  3. Upper secondary school transcript
  4. Letter of recommendation from the principal or a teacher from the originating upper secondary school
  5. Certificate of proficiency in Japanese and English
  6. Certificate of proficiency in English (transcript of an accredited English proficiency test such as TOEFL® or IELTS)
  7. Certificate of academic achievement (for an undergraduate course, an official transcript, such as that of the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) scores, Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) scores, or the scores of a high school graduation standardized examination in your home country)
  8. Others

【Graduate school】

  1. Application form (graduate school-specific form)
  2. Certificate of bachelor's degree (or anticipated degree)
  3. Certificate of master's degree (or anticipated degree) (in case of a doctoral course)
  4. Transcript of the last school attended
  5. Letter of recommendation
  6. Research thesis (graduation thesis) and summary
  7. Research plan
  8. Certificate of proficiency in English (transcript of an accredited English proficiency test such as TOEFL® or IELTS)
  9. Certificate of academic achievement (for an undergraduate course, an official transcript, such as that of the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) scores, Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) scores, or the scores of a high school graduation standardized examination in your home country)
  10. Others

Documents for submission may vary according to graduate schools, and some schools require them to be translated into Japanese or English. It is best that you inquire directly with the relevant school for details.

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