Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What are the requirements to study in Japan?

Q: Do you need a certain level of Japanese language proficiency in order to enter a Japanese language school or University in Japan?

A: The answer is both a Yes and No. For Japanese language schools, it is not required for new students to have any Japanese language proficiency, as you are encouraged to start afresh and begin your Japanese language journey with the school. However for certain classes/courses such as “Business Japanese class”, they may require a JLPT N2 level qualification.

For Universities that offer courses and majors in only 100% Japanese (also commonly know as J-track program), you would require a certain level of Japanese language proficiency to enrol. And in such cases, it may be required for you to take the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) before you are assessed for your eligibility to enter the school.

However, there is an increasing number of Universities in Japan that are offering 100% ENGLISH courses (also commonly known as E-track Program or English-taught program), which means you are able to obtain your undergraduate or graduate degree with 100% English as the language of instruction. In this case, NO Japanese language proficiency level is required. On top of this, there would be Japanese language modules covered during your studies in the University, so you would be able to learn Japanese language (for free) as well.

A: The following is a rough timeline which we recommend to our students.

  • 9 to 12 months

    before target admission intake

    Research on study options and gather all essential information.

    Contact our Educational Consultants if you need professional advice or assistance.

  • 5 to 7 months

    before target admission intake

    You should have decided on a list of prospective school(s) to apply to.

    Start sending application and required documents to the school(s). Please prepare to pay the application fee as well.

    Note that the school will inform you on the application deadline for each intake through email. Also, application may close earlier if slots are taken up.

  • Once documents are received/verified by the school

    The school will apply for the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) at the Immigration Bureau in Japan on your behalf. Once the COE is approved and issued, the school will notify you and mail it to you.

  • 2 to 4 months

    before admission

    Upon receiving your COE, you will need to visit Embassy of Japan in Singapore to apply for your student visa.

  • 1 to 3 months

    before admission

    Pay your tuition fess, material fees, facility fee etc. Get ready to make your move to Japan!

  • 12 months

    before target admission intake

    Research on study options and gather all essential information.

    Prepare all necessary documents.

    Contact our Educational Consultants if you need professional advice or assistance.

  • 9 months

    before target admission intake

    This is usually the START of the application period.

    For example, the application period for April 2023 intake is 1st July to 15th July 2022. Before 1st July, you would need to arrange courier mail service for your required physical documents to be sent to the school. Once the application period starts, you should begin your online application and complete it BEFORE the application deadline.

  • 1 month

    after the end of application period

    The school would notify you of your application result. If successful, you would need to make payment for enrolment fee.

  • Upon successful enrolment

    You would receive an email to prepare the documents required for Certificate of Eligibility (COE) application. You only need to reply to the email with all the required documents and the school will apply for your COE at the Japanese Immigration Bureau on your behalf. Make sure to send the documents by the stipulated deadline as well as pay the enrolment fee (if you have not done so). It usually takes about 4-10 weeks for the COE to be issued.

  • Upon successful application and issuance of COE

    Once the school receives your COE, they will arrange for an international courier to deliver the COE to you. And you will need to take this COE to Embassy of Japan in Singapore to apply for your student visa. 

  • 1 to 2 months

    before admission

    Make payment for necessary fees such as Tuition fees. And you can start making flight ticket reservations and other arrangements before moving to Japan.

Q: What is Certificate of Eligibility (COE)?

A: It is a fundamental step towards a student visa. It is NOT the visa. It is a required document you need to apply for your student visa. 

A: Absolutely! There is no restrictions to the age limit. In fact, there are more students over the age of 25 who are interested to study in a Japanese language school in Japan for their future work prospects. 

A: Some jobs taken up by these international graduates  include investment bankers, business analysts in international firms, researchers, anime and media producers, fashion designers, university professors, and many more.

Q: Generally, what is the cost of living in Japan?

A: This depends on individual needs and expenditure. However, according to a survey conducted by a trusted source, for 4 years inclusive of tuition fees, lodging, food, etc, it would cost about SGD 91,777. And for a 6 months short term study, it would cost about SGD 12,990. 

To ease your financial burden, many educational institutions offer scholarships for international students. Please continue reading for more information. Also, you can consider staying in a dormitory on campus (if available).

Q: Are there scholarships available to study in Japan?

There are also various types of scholarships offered by schools in Japan, including one-time scholarships and tuition reduction scholarships ranging from 30% to 100% fee reduction. Scholarship application can be submitted during enrolment application or upon successful school enrolment. Do check with your prospective school on the scholarship application guidelines.

For those planning to obtain a Bachelor Degree, Japan offers many underrated incentives that you may not know. For example, the cost of studying in Japan is cheaper than in countries such as US, UK, Canada, Australia and Hong Kong. This means that you can actually get a highly sought-after degree in Japan for a fraction of what others have to pay in other countries. Moreover, Japan has more than 700 Universities hence offering a wide array of courses, and many universities such as University of Tokyo and Kyoto University are ranked top 100 Universities in the world.

Japan is also one of the safest countries in the world. With a rich culture, generous scholarships, strong support, high employability rate, as well as globally recognised qualifications, there are so many benefits of studying in Japan. This is why we want to act as a bridge between Japan and YOU!

For those who are planning to pick up Japanese language, learning a language in its native country is probably the best and fastest way of mastering it. Moreover, learning the language in Japan itself, you are surrounded by natives and you can readily interact with them in Japanese. You definitely need to speak Japanese and that is how you will really grow and learn. 

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Disclaimer: The information written on this site is accurate to the best of Study in Japan’s knowledge at the time of posting. This information is compiled out of goodwill and for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as an official source of information. Check with the relevant official sources for the latest accurate information. 

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