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About Japan

Why Study in Japan?

High academic standards and attractive programs
Japanese scientists have been awarded Nobel Prizes in Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Chemistry. Therefore, you can learn cutting-edge science and technology in Japan. You can study not only law, economics, science and engineering, but also environment, information, disaster prevention, tourism, and pastry making, through to pop culture such as manga, anime, games, fashion, and many other fields. The number of degree programs conducted in English is also increasing
Well-developed financial support for international students
Tuition fees are comparatively low in Japan. Furthermore, a wide range of scholarships is available
Enables you to seek employment in Japan
Recently, more and more international students work in Japanese companies after graduation. Likewise, Japanese companies are also actively hiring international students
Enables you to learn in an international environment
About 200,000 international students from more than 170 countries and regions of the world are studying at, among others, universities and Japanese language schools in Japan. Recently, student dormitories where international students and Japanese students live together are increasing. They will have a broader view through exposure to Japan, as well as diverse cultures of the world.

Japan Facts & Figures

Country name
Japan; Nippon, Nihon
Geographical position
Between 20° 25'N and 45° 33' N of the East Asian land mass in the northern Pacific. The Sea of Japan separates the country from neighbours Russia, China, North and South Korea.
Land area
377,887 square kilometers (for comparison, Germany is 357,046 square kilometers) over four main islands (Honshu: 61% of the total area), Hokkaido (21%) Kyushu (11%) and Shikoku (5%) as well as 6,852 smaller surrounding islands.
Overwhelmingly mountainous (61%), hilly (12%) and forested (66%). Urban and industrial areas, as well as land set aside for agricultural use, are concentrated on approximately just 24% of the total land area. Japan has 36 active volcanoes and lies in the world’s most active area of seismic activity.
The approximately 3,800 kilometer Japanese archipelago extends over various climate zones. While Hokkaido, with its abundant snow in the winter and its rather cool summers, has a sub-Arctic character, a sub-tropical climate prevails over the southern islands of Okinawa. Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku have moderate temperatures with clearly defined seasons: spring begins in early April with the famous cherry blossoms, followed by the rainy season around June, which lasts for approximately four weeks and brings particularly sultry temperatures and high humidity. The high summer lasts until mid September and has high temperatures, before the storm-laden typhoon season sets in. The winter conversely has average temperatures of around 6°C, and as a rule is dry and sunny.
Tokyo, with approximately 12.5 million inhabitants (10% of the total population). Population density: approximately 5,730 inhabitants per square kilometer. The population of the 23 inner wards was 8.5 million, including 360,000 registered aliens (as of October 2005).
Cities with population
over 1 million
Yokohama (3,6 million inhabitants), Osaka (2,6 million), Nagoya (2,2 million), Sapporo (1,9 million)

Japanese Language Institutes

What are Japanese language institutes?
Japanese language institutes are intended to teach Japanese language for non-Japanese speakers. For international students aiming to be admitted to higher education institutions in Japan, many Japanese language institutes offer foundation courses, such as EJU, JLPT, English, mathematics, science or liberal arts.

Beware of frauds and scams promising high-paying jobs while studying in Japan

You may have seen recent advertisements that guarantee high-paying jobs in Japan. Be wary of “Study in Japan” agents who give you false or misleading information in order to trick you and demand money. They might use websites with false information such as:

“You can earn JPY 300,000 (about US$ 2,500) per month working part-time while studying in Japan.”
No such thing exists.
“You can earn JPY 3,000 (about US$ 26) per hour working part-time.”
The average hourly wage is about JPY 900 (about US$ 8).
“You can cover your tuition, living costs and also send money to your home country by making money while studying in Japan.”
There is no such thing as “making plenty of money” while studying in Japan