Active international student exchange is now taking place throughout many parts of the world, and there are now said to be more than 1.5 million foreign students studying around the globe. Among them, 117,302 (as of May 1, 2004) are studying in Japan.
The greatest reason for studying in Japan is its academic environment where one can study state-of-the-art technology and acquire the knowledge that enabled Japan’s phenomenal postwar economic growth. Whether it is electronics, Japanese literature, medicine or international business administration, Japanese universities and other institutes of higher education can offer course studies or research programs of virtually any field. 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.

Earning While study in Japan

International students wishing to work in Japan must obtain a permit for extra-status activities from the Immigration Bureau before they start working. However, the permission is given only when it is clear that such activity does not affect his/her primal activity. Part-time job by college students and pre-college students is permitted to be within the scope that will not be a hinder to their study which is their primal activity. For example, college students are permitted to work up to 28 hours a week (occasional students and research students, up to 14 hours a week).

The procedures that need to be taken to obtain visa for Japan as a foreign student are as follows:
1 Application for Certificate of Eligibility
2 Two photographs
3 Letter of Acceptance from University

Please inquire at an overseas Japanese embassy or consular offices ( for details regarding visas. Please note that a “temporary visitor” visa is normally needed to enter Japan in order to take an entrance examination.

1) Be sure to note your term of residence

Students who hold the College Student residency status are permitted to reside in Japan for either 2 years or 1 year. Those holding the Pre-college Student status of residence are allowed to stay in Japan for either 1 year or 6 months. If you wish to extend your stay or change your status of residence, you will need to make an application to do so.

2) Be sure to make the application as soon as possible

If you should happen to reside in Japan without extending the term of your stay or changing your status of residence, you will become an illegal alien even if you do not mean to do so. You can make applications to extend your stay 2 months before the end of the term, so it is recommended that you make your application as soon as possible.
In recent years, a growing number of schools have begun making the application for extension of stay on behalf of foreign students. Therefore, there are an increasing number of foreign students, such as those attending Japanese-language institutes, who do not know about the immigration bureaus. Because procedures related to staying in Japan need to be taken by the individual in essence, it is important that you clearly understand your status of residence, term of residency as well as the necessary procedures.

3) If you are unsure of anything, be sure to check with a counseling center before you make your application

If your class attendance is low without a reason such as illness, you will be judged as not concentrating on your studies. In such cases, you will not receive permission to extend your stay or change your status of residence. Even if there is a valid reason, your extension or change of status of residence may not be approved without documentary proof. Once your application for an extension of stay or change of status of residence is turned down, it is extremely difficult to reverse the decision. Therefore, if you should have any questions or doubts about your application, be sure to consult with the Immigration Information Center or a counseling center for foreign students before making your application.

To support you financially during your study in Japan, various government related scholarship programs are available. Besides, scholarship are provided from private foundations as well as scholarships offered by university itself can also be very helpful to you. Most of the scholarships introduced by university are primarily targeted at privately financed students currently holding resident visa status in Japan.

However, scholarships in Japan are limited in number. Scholarship related matters are managed through the Student Affairs Division’s Scholarship Section but consulting with each undergraduate school or graduate school as to the details regarding scholarship including candidate recruitment.
You may contact to the Japanese Consulate in your vicinity for information on Embassy recommends scholarships in case you would like to apply before leaving to Japan.

Akita University
Aoyama Gakuin
Chiba University
Chubu University
Chukyo University
Dokkyo University School of Medicine
Doshisha University
Ehime University
Fujita Health University
Fukui University
Fukuoka Institute of Technology
Fukuoka Junior College of Technology
Fukushima Medical College
Fukushima University
Gunma University
Hachinohe Institute of Technology
Hirosaki University
Hiroshima City University
Hiroshima Institute of Technology
Hiroshima Shudo University
Hiroshima University
Hiroshima-Denki Institute of Technology
Hitotsubashi University
Hokkaido University
Hokkaido University of Education
Institute of Industrial Science
International University of Japan
Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Japan Women’s University
Kagoshima University
Kanazawa University
Kansai University
Keio University
Keio University of Science and Technology
Kinjo Gakuin University
Kitasato University
Kobe University
Kochi National College of Technology
Kochi University
Kogakuin University
Konan University
Kumamoto National College of Technology
Kumamoto Prefecture College
Kumamoto University
Kurume institute of Technology
Kwansei Gakuin University
Kyoto Institute of Technology
Kyoto University
Kyushu Institute of Design
Kyushu Institute of Technology
Kyushu Sangyo University
Kyushu University
Maebashi City College of Technology
Matsuyama University
Meiji University
Meisei University
Mie University
Miyazaki International College
Miyazaki Medical College
Miyazaki University
Muroran Institute of Technology
Musashi Institute of Technology
Musashi University
Nagano University
Nagasaki University
Nagoya Institute of Technology
Nagoya University
Nanzan University
Nara Institute of Science and Technology
Naruto University of Education
Nihon University
Niigata University
Nippon Bunri University
Nippon Dental University
Nippon Medical School
Notre Dame Women’s College
Oita University
Okayama Prefectural University
Osaka Kyoiku University
Osaka Medical College
Osaka Prefecture University
Osaka University
Reitaku University
Ritsumeikan University
Saga University
Saitama University
Sapporo Medical University
Science University of Tokyo
Sendai National College of Technology
Shiga Polytechnic College
Shimane Medical University
Soka University
Sophia University
Sundai College of Foreign Languages
Takuma National College of Technology
Tama Institute of Management & Information Sciences
Teikyo University
Temple University Japan
Tohoku University
Tokai University
Tokyo Gakugei University
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Tokyo International University
Tokyo Kaseigakuin Tsukuba Junior College
Tokyo Kogei Tanki University
Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Tokyo Metropolitan College of Aeronautical Engineering
Tokyo University of Agriculture & Technology
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Tokyo Woman’s Christian University
Tokyo Women’s Medial College
Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University
Toyama University
Ube College
University of Aizu
University of Electro-Communications
University of Library and Information Science
University of Tokushima
University of Tokyo
University of Tsukuba
University of the Ryukyus
Utsunomiya University
Wakayama University
Wakkanai Hokusei Gakuen Junior College
Waseda University
Yamanashi University
Yasuda Women’s University


Here is the list of Top Japanese Universities. The name of the Japanese universities are listed alphabetically with the links to their respective websites.

4 University of Tokyo
5 Kyoto University
6 Osaka University
7 Tokyo Institute of Technology
8 Tohoku University
9 Nagoya University
10 Kyushu University
11 Hokkaido University
12 Keio University
13 Waseda University
14 Kobe University
15 University of Tsukuba
16 Hiroshima University
17 Chiba University
18 Showa University
19 Gunma University
20 Tokyo Metropolitan University
21 Gifu University
22 Yokohama National University
23 Tokyo University of Science
24 Osaka City University
25 Okayama University
26 Kumamoto University

Living Cost in Japan varies with the individual, but we recommend you to prepare at least 1,000,000 JPY for one year of academic study and for living costs in Japan.
You will need to manage facilities like: public utilities, telephone services, Bedding, kitchen supplies, tableware, Washing machine, Dryer by yourself. So on your stay in Japan you must be able to pay for the charges of facilities.
Japanese accommodations (dormitories and apartments) are generally not furnished. Although some dormitories may supply beds, you will usually have to buy such items as a bed and/or bedding, refrigerator, microwave, television, etc. Prices for such items have become quite inexpensive as compared to the past at discount shops, etc. You can also check the bulletin boards at your university or school for notices regarding sale of inexpensive items.
Public utility fees for water, gas and electricity are not included in your rent. Therefore, you will need to subscribe to and pay for the services yourself. If you will be living
in an apartment, you can check with your landlord, etc. for contact information.
Unlike Europe and the United States, apartments in Japan do not have a laundry room equipped with washing machines and dryers. Therefore you will have to either buy your own washing machine or go to a neighborhood coin-operated laundry.
Living in Japan is recognized as one of the most expensive one in the world, so be very careful about your ability to fulfill required cost during your stay there.

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