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Top fields to study in Japan

Do you want to study abroad in Japan, but are not sure what to study? We take a look at some of the top fields for international students in the country.

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International students flock to Japan for its great culture, safety, and unbelievable cuisine, but Japan is also one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. The country is a leader in innovative businesses, technology, research, and also enjoys high numeracy and literacy rates. Japan’s focus on education not only allows the country to succeed globally but offers incredible opportunities for those that want to study in Japan. In this article, we explore some of the top subjects that you can study in Japan as an international student. 




Japanese businesses need engineers. This is especially true for skilled graduates who possess the necessary acumen and ability to work in the field of engineering. Because Japan is so technologically advanced, companies like Toyota, Sony, Nintendo, and more offer opportunities for graduates to jump into well-established organisations very soon after graduation. The average starting salaries are also particularly appealing for graduates. 


While there are many opportunities for engineers that specialise in robotics engineering and computer science, Japan also leads the world in earthquake engineering. Because there are so many earthquakes, engineers have taken the initiative to create safer cities and attempt to minimize damage caused by these frequent shocks.   


If you are looking for the ideal university to study for an engineering degree in Japan then the University of Tokyo, the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Kyoto University might be good options as they all have strong engineering programs. Kyoto University is ranked within the top 50 universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings 2021. Placed even higher is the University of Tokyo that occupies a position in the top 25 institutions on the globe in the same rankings.




Teachers in Japan, especially those that can teach English, are some of the highest-paid teachers in the entire world, with the largest salaries paid by private schools and universities. This pay, coupled with one of the largest job markets in the world for English teachers makes Japan, Tokyo specifically,  one of the hottest spots for foreign teachers. Studying education abroad can be very beneficial. 


Apart from the good career prospects that a degree in education can provide, it is also a rewarding line of work to pursue. There is also the option to branch out into different specialisations and areas of teaching. The University of Tokyo again makes the list of one of the best universities to study for a degree in education in Japan. The university enjoys an excellent rating on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 as one of the top 50 universities in the world. 




If you are looking to complete a master’s programme in business, Japan is the place for you. Many people use an MBA programme in Japan to get a job because the vast majority of established Japanese businesses are open to hiring foreign students when they have an understanding of Japanese culture. Achieving an advanced degree in business will always place you in a good position career-wise with a set of skills that employers are looking for. It’s also important to think carefully about whether an MBA is the right degree for you


A career in business in Japan opens the door to working in other countries, as Japan is increasing its global reach. Depending on the company and your job, you may be able to create a global career working with a Japanese business or apply your skills across the globe. When considering studying for a degree in business in Japan you’ll want to choose a university with a top business school. You may want to explore Keio University, known for its expertise in the field of business, and a top 200 global institution as per the QS World University Rankings 2021. There is also the Tokyo Institute of Technology which is ranked in the top 500 of all institutions around the globe by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021. 


Thinking of studying one of these fields at a Japanese university? You can find the perfect course and university using our course matcher tool. Don’t forget to take some time out to read our guide to why you should study in Japan