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Why study in Japan?

Interested in studying in Japan? Find out why the 'land of the rising sun' could be the perfect study destination for you


Top Universities

Japan provides the world with some of the best universities – five of which are ranked within the top 100 in the world by the QS World University Rankings 2015/2016. Because of the national focus on education, international students searching for challenging and engaging coursework should look no further. Many courses are taught or partially taught in English, making Japan more accessible to those that cannot speak Japanese. With the growing value of international programming, you will have a ton of opportunities to find exactly what you want in Japan.


Growing international programmes

In 2008, Japan published the “300,000 International Students Plan” to make Japan more accessible and open to international students. This plan aims to have accepted around 300,000 international students by 2020, meaning they are looking to accept over 100,000 international students in the next five years. If there was ever a time to apply to a Japanese university, it’s now. The country is making studying in Japan more and more attainable as they continue to expand and improve programmes catered directly to international students. Basically, Japan wants you to study there and wants to help you get accepted!


Job Opportunities

Due to the efforts to bring foreign students to Japan, companies are looking to hire international students after graduation. Companies especially want for Engineering, Information Technology, Investment Banking, and Education graduates, but as Japan is attempting to push further into the global market more and more opportunities to live and work for a Japanese company in other parts of the world are also appearing.


In May 2015 the Japanese government publicized plans to assist international students in the job search by providing universities with internship and hiring information targeted towards international students. Overall, Japan offers loads of opportunities to international students like you looking for a future job!


Additional financial aid for foreigners

The Japanese government has also attempted to make studying in Japan easier by providing additional financial support to international students through scholarships and grants. Two government agencies, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) provide students with a number of grant and scholarship opportunities for universities all over Japan. Check out this article to learn more about Japanese financial aid


Quality of life

Japan is one of the safest countries in the world. The strict rules on drugs and alcohol, absence of firearms, and strong focus on crime prevention create a very safe environment for citizens and international students.


This safety, coupled with the beautiful landscape of this island nation make the land of the rising sun a wonderful place to study and explore. Popular destinations for students include Tokyo, one of the largest cities in the world by population; Kyoto, a romantic city containing some of the most popular Japanese architecture; and the Shiritoko National Park, which provides breathtaking insight into the pristine Japanese landscape. Whether you prefer city or country, Japan has endless amounts of entertainment for those looking to study abroad.


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Ella Frazer is a student at the University of Puget Sound studying English Literature and Religion. She is currently studying abroad in London and is busy enjoying the collection of museums, constantly losing her way, and being of legal drinking age. When she is not writing for Hotcourses Abroad, you can usually find her searching for manuscripts at the British Library.