|Programs for International Students
There are almost 800 universities in Japan, and they include national, public and private
institutions. The length of study in an undergraduate university is four years with the exception of medicine, dentistry and veterinary science department, which require six years of study.
Higher educational institutions in Japan conduct almost all their lessons in Japanese with a few
exceptions. Some universities offer special courses aimed at obtaining degrees or short-term
study programs in English. In particular, the 13 universities selected by the Japanese government to take part in the Global 30 Project have established degree courses that are taught in English. These courses provide international students with a high quality of education and an environment that makes it easy for them to study in Japan. At the graduate level, especially in science-related fields, the number of courses being conducted in English is on the rise.
To qualify for admission to a Japanese university, students usually need to have completed 12 years of school curriculum in their home country. Or they may qualify if they possess such an international qualification as the International Baccalaureate, the German Abitur and the French Baccalaureate and have reached 18 years of age. Many schools have special entrance exams for international students. This exam is a combination of several of the following tests: application screening; tests of academic ability; an interview; a short essay; other competence and aptitude tests; and National Center Test for University Entrance Admissions. Students wishing to enroll in programs held in the Japanese language would also need to take either the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students or the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.