3 Place to Study in Top Japanese Universities

Why should you consider pursuing a degree at a university in Japan? You most probably think that going West for higher studies is a better option - right?

Think again. 

Japanese universities are actually a more viable option to pursue higher studies. Here’s why:

  • Programs are conducted in English
  • High education standards
  • Tuition fees are low
  • Liberal financial aid/scholarships 
  • A peaceful place to study
  • A culturally rich country
  • About 3,00,000 international students are studying at Japanese universities

Many Japanese universities offer study programs at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral level in English.

The top study programs offered by universities in Japan are:

  • Business Administration
  • Social Sciences
  • Healthcare
  • Arts, Design
  • Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Law
  • Technology
  • Humanities
  • Architecture

And more.

To be eligible to apply for a master’s program in a Japanese university:

  1. You must be at least 22 years of age
  2. You must have completed 16 years of schooling
  3. You must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university=

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The top Japanese universities that offer master’s programs in English are:

1. The University of Tokyo

This Japanese university also known as Todai or UTokyo, is a public research university that was instituted in 1877. It is one of the most reputed Japanese universities with notable alumni comprising seventeen prime ministers, sixteen Nobel laureates, three Pritzker Prize laureates, three astronauts and one Fields Medalist.

The University’s mission is to be a world-class platform for research and education, contributing to human knowledge in partnership with other leading global universities. It aims to expand the boundaries of human knowledge in partnership with society.

The master’s programs offered at this Japanese university are:

  • Agriculture
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Informatics
  • Bio studies, Medicine
  • Global Environment Studies
  • Science

For more information
https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/prospective-students/graduate_course_list.html

The Graduate Program admission requirements are:

  1. You must have completed
  2. The entrance exam conducted by The University of Tokyo.
  3. This is an easy exam if you’ve been consistently good in studies.
  4. TOEFL and GRE scores

Although there are no minimum scores expected, the university evaluates applications like their counterparts at the top graduate schools in the USA and UK.
Specific admission requirements for the Graduate Schools at this Japanese university differ.
To know more visit: https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/prospective-students/admissions_gs.html

The acceptance rate hovers around 20%. To stand a chance of being accepted, ensure that your test scores are good. Being a class topper will only make things easier for you. 

Financial aid for the Master’s program is available in the form of scholarships that are offered by private institutions as well as by the University.
For more information: https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/prospective-students/scholarships.html

Application Deadlines

October 1 - 31 for applicants wishing to enroll in April
April 1 - 22 for applicants wishing to enroll in September 

Notable alumni - Yasuhiro Nakasone, Takeo Fukuda, and Hamaguchi Osachi (All former Prime Ministers of Japan)

For more information: https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/

2. Kyoto University

This is the second oldest Japanese university and prestigious university in Asia.   This leading research-oriented Japanese university can boast of notable alumni that include nineteen Nobel laureates, two Fields Medalisst, and one Gauss Prize winner. 

The University’s mission is to sustain and develop its historical commitment to academic freedom and to pursue harmonious coexistence within the human and ecological community on this planet.

The master’s programs offered at Kyoto University are:

  • Graduate School of Economics
  • Graduate School of Arts Science
  • Graduate School of Science
  • The Graduate School of Engineering
  • Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Graduate School of Medicine
  • Graduate School of Frontier Sciences
  • Graduate School of Information Science and Technology
  • Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies
  • Graduate School of Public Policy

To know more visit : http://www.opir.kyoto-u.ac.jp/study/en/curriculum/inenglish/

The Graduate Program admission requirements are:
  1. An eligibility screening prior to your submission of application documents may be necessary
  2. An entrance exam comprising the subject of the graduate school
  3. TOEFL and GRE scores

Ensure that your scores are high to stand a better chance of being accepted. Specific admission requirements for the Graduate Schools at this Japanese university differ.
To know more visit : https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/about/publications/admissions-guide-for-international-applicants.html

The acceptance rate is 37%. While this may look easy, you must be competitive and begin preparing for your application well in advance.

Scholarships for international students are available but the selection is competitive. So it’s best you ensure you have the resources before heading to this Japanese University. For more information : https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/current/how_to/financial_aid/scholarships-applied-for-through-the-university-1

Application Deadlines

The online application invariably commences on 1 November.
The deadline for submission of all application documents is in early February.

Notable alumni - Hideki Yukawa, Kenichi Fukui, and Shinya Yamanaka (All Nobel laureates)

For more information: https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/

3. Osaka University

This Japanese university also known as Todai or UTokyo, is a public research university that was instituted in 1877.  It is considered among the top three Japanese universities and its graduates have one of the highest employment rate in 400 major Japanese companies.

The University’s mission is to provide education in science and technology through leading-edge R&D in a conducive environment that can make a real contribution to society.

Osaka University has 16 graduate schools that foster excellent professionals.

 The Graduate Schools are:

  • Graduate School of Letters (Humanities)
  • The Graduate School of Human Sciences
  • The Graduate School of Law and Politics
  • The Graduate School of Economics
  • The Graduate School of Science
  • The Graduate School of Medicine
  • The Graduate School of Dentistry
  • The Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • The Graduate School of Engineering
  • The Graduate School of Engineering Science
  • The Graduate School of Language and Culture
  • The Osaka School of International Public Policy
  • The Graduate School of Information Science and Technology
  • The Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences
  • The Graduate School of Law
  • The United Graduate School of Child Development

For more information : https://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/academics/graduate

The Graduate Program admission requirements are:
  1. TOEFL and GRE scores. Your scores should be on par with requirements for similar programs in the USA and UK.
  2. A screening method, unique to each Graduate School is employed to select students

Specific admission requirements for the Graduate Schools on this Japanese university differ.
To know more visit: https://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/admissions/faculty/admission_policy

The acceptance rate is 10% in keeping with the reputation of the University.

Scholarships are offered for the Master’s program by the Japanese government.
About 40% of international students receive some kind of financial aid

For more information:
https://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/guide/student/tuition/scholar

Application Deadlines

1st semester (spring): online preliminary application November 1. Documents must arrive by November 10.
2nd semester (autumn): online preliminary application March 20. Documents must arrive by March 30

Notable alumni - Akio Morita, Osamu Tezuka, and Akira Yoshino.

For more information: https://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en

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