The Japanese word for school is Gakkō 学校. We can help you to study at many Japanese language schools (Nihongo gakkō), vocational schools (Senmon Gakko), and Universities (Daigaku) in Japan. Here you will find recommended schools, Japan's 100 highest ranking universities and articles about studying in Japan. Fill out the info request form to get help to choose and apply to schools all over Japan!
Schools in Japan
If you want to stay in Japan for a longer period of time we recommend that you start by learning the language at a Japanese Language School. This will make your life in Japan much easier, and it is a prerequisite for many higher education programs. You can take a language course that lasts from 2-80 weeks. The schools give 4 semesters of 10 weeks per year with start dates in January, April, July and October. To get a student visa you need to study for at least 20 weeks (2 semesters). Your language school can help you prepare for JLPT (the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, and EJU (The Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students). They can also help you apply for Senmon Gakko and universities in Japan.
On this page you find recommended language schools all over Japan. Fill out the information request form to get help.
Senmon Gakko - vocational schools
Practical subjects like design, anime, manga, music, nursing etc. are usually taught by Senmon Gakkos in Japan. They are vocational colleges that only teach in Japanese so you will need JLPT N2-level or higher to study there. The programs are 2-3 years long. After you graduate you can look for employment in Japan. We have a partner who can help you with many Senmon Gakkos in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka. Fill out our info request form to get in touch with them.
Japanese Universities offers four year Bachelor Degrees, Master Degrees and Doctorates. Many Japanese Universities offer a few Liberal Arts programs in English (for example Yamanashi Gakuin University). However, other subjects are usually taught in Japanese which means that you must be fluent in the language and achieve JLPT N1-level and/or pass the EJU-exam. One exception from this is Kyoto University of Advanced Science who teach Mechatronics, Robotics, Mechanics, Electronics and IT in English on all levels.
Popular cities for international students
The most popular study abroad destinations in Japan are Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka.