Japan is a very developed country. It is second only to the US in terms of technology. This democratic country is people friendly and very culturally rich. Students have a very good platform for pursuing opportunities in political science, international business and trade finance study in Japan.
Whether it is electronics, literature, medicine or international business administration, Japanese universities and other institutes of higher education offer course studies or research programs of virtually any field. The ratio of students who go on to universities (undergraduate level) and junior colleges (regular courses) is also very high at 50%. This figure is indicative of the high standard of education in the country. Many institutions of higher education, such as universities and junior colleges, are well equipped with fine research, computer, and library facilities and enable students to carry out their research in an excellent environment.
Students with engineering background have very good employment prospects and opportunities in after their education is completed. The working culture of Japan is very ethical and there is job security.
For students wanting to study science and geographic research there are sufficient opportunities.
The night life of Japan has gained immense popularity in the last few years The traditional sushi, teriyaki and sukiyaki and of course the green tea is very relished by indviduals around the world. This signifies the country’s seamless confluence of traditionality and modernity that is served with new age technology.
Moreover one feature that epitomises the country is the undying spirit that stands above every tall adversity. The nation has often being prey to the elements of nature,the brutality of war and the eliminating effects of nuclear warfare. However the spirit to lead life in normalcy and start over and over again with the conviction of beginner makes the country an immensly special place for study.
Cost of living and study in Japan
Firstly tution fees for higher education in Japan are far costlier than then that of universities in UK and US. The tution fees that have to paid include admission fee, tution fee, and facility and equipment fees. The average fees charged by Japanese universities is yen 535,800 and the national university fees is approximately at yen 390,000 and in case of public universities the cost is anywhere between yen 536,682. Hence the breakups of tution fees for various educational programmes are as follows-
•Bachelors Degree (programmes)- Yen 550,000 to Yen 4,380,550
•Masters Degree (programmes)- Yen 665,676 to Yen 1,229,361
•Master of Business Management degree ( programmes)- Yen 802,000 average and onwards
•Doctorate degrees ( programmes)- Yen 5,54,911 to Yen 1,23,212
Cost of Living in Japan
If it is difficult to calculate the average cost of living, the simple reason being that much depends on the student standard of living and various other variable factors. Given below is an basic estimate in terms of cost of living while studying in the country.
Living and Other Expenses- The cost of living in Japan is expensive and especially in major cities of Tokyo. However students wishing to live in metropolises should brace themselves for a higher cost. Second tier towns and semi urban area are inexpensive in comparison to the same. Costs of living include various other expenses, accommodation, food, travel, books, study material and various study costs. The cost of living expenses costs between Yen 150,000 to yen 180,000. However the expenses depend on the lifestyle maintained by the student.
Cost of Accommodations – Accommodations costs can be estimated as follows
•Average cost of accommodations – Yen 34,000
•Rented flat in Gifu – yen 70,000
•Single room apartment in Tokyo can cost anywhere between Yen 50,000 on a monthly basis
Medical and health insurance- International students wishing to study in the country have to get themselves registered at the National Health Insurance Section of the municipality (province) that they belong to. The fees differ from country to country however the average monthly cost for the same is yen 3000 per month. When enrolled with the National Health Insurance, international student have to pay 30 percent of their medical insurance.
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For a Bachelor’s degree a student should complete undergraduate studies for at least 4 years. For medicine, dentistry and veterinary science there should be completion of 6 years of study.
For a Master’s degree a student should complete 2 years of the selected masters specialization.
Also, a Master’s thesis which is judged satisfactorily has to be submitted.
For a Ph. D a student must complete 5 years of graduation. Also, the student must write a doctoral thesis that is judged satisfactorily and also pass an examination.
For an Associate’s degree a student must graduate from junior college for 2 years or 3 years or from a college of technology for 5 years.
For a Technical Associate degree a student should be a graduate. The special training colleges that have been accredited by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and should have fulfilled necessary requirements, such as minimum course attendance of least 2 years and a total of at least 1,700 hours of instruction, then these students can call themselves “qualified specialists.”
On the application form the students’ talents, grades, academic performance, letter of recommendations, hobbies and interests and statement of purpose i.e. why Japan is the selected choice for studies, there should be context of the current affairs of Japan, the mark sheets or transcripts should also be attached or be mentioned.
A student has to write about himself or herself in what is called a “Personal Statement/Essay”. This is like an autobiography. The opportunity is to bring out the best of yourself as well as emphasize one’s written and communication skills. A student must mention their GPA scores, extracurricular activities as well as other talents. A student is advised to spend a lot of effort and time on this and take guidance and an opinion of academician or professor. I have written a lot about statement of purpose, what it is, and how it should be written in my previous post.
The next stage is the Personal interview where a student is put face to face with a selection committee. Here the student is asked about the current events of Japan. Students are rated on the basis of behavior, mannerisms and presentation. There is also a group interview wherein the candidate’s ability to understand and present a topic is gauged.Remember, weightage is given on content or depth of speech and not on volume or length of speech.
Top universities in Japan
Here is a List of some Top Universities in Japan 2012-2013 offering best programs in MBA, Medical, Engineering, Arts & Design, Films & Media and many other Courses and Programs.
- Ø Aichi Gakuin University (AGU),
- Ø Aichi Institute of Technology (AIT)
- Ø Aichi Medical University
- Baiko Gakuin University
- Ø Aichi Shukutoku University