4 Ways How to Study Abroad in Japan (14 Useful Links)
Hi guys! How are you doing?
The job hunting season in Japan has just begun recently so I’m getting really busy looking for companies, gathering information, writing application essays and stuff. But don’t worry, Naruhodo will keep updating you many useful Japan information and today, I’m going to answer one of the most asked questions – How to study abroad in Japan!
After high school graduation, what should we do to get into a Japan university? Should I study Japanese language first? Where should I seek for information?
This article, I’m gonna tell you the basic 4 ways people usually take to pursue their bachelor study in Japan. As I’m a Malaysian, this article will be written in a Malaysian tone but you might find it useful too even though you are non-Malaysian.
4 Ways to study abroad in Japan
1. Apply Japanese Language School in Japan
Most of the courses in Japan universities are conducted in Japanese language. No question, the first thing you should do is – to learn Japanese language.
- There are more than 700 Japanese Language Schools in Japan. But only those which are recognized by 文部科学省 – the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology – MEXT (Monbukagakusho)- providing the qualified pre-U program.
So If you are planning to enter a Japan university, please choose a Japanese language school recognized by the government.
- All Japanese schools accept high school graduates, non-high school graduates, former company workers, basically everyone.
So for people who intend to learn Japanese language and culture, you are welcomed to apply to any Japanese language schools. (Check the application guidelines of each school)
全国日本語学校データベース Japanese Language School Data Base in Japan
Go! Go! Nihon Agency
KCP International Japanese Language School
You can check out my Facebook photo albums in 2008 for some pictures I took when I was a KCP student. 😀
Lu Pei Chun Japan Education Centre
It has a long history since 1998, so I think it can be a good support for students who have a dream studying abroad in Japan 😀 (many of my friends came to Japan through this centre, if you need more information, contact me privately ne ^^ )
If your financial status allows, I highly recommend you to learn Japanese language in Japan because living in the local Japanese environment will help you improve your Japanese language skill very fast.
2. Apply Japanese language school in Malaysia
If the cost of studying in Japan is a burden for you, you can choose to study in the Japanese language school in Malaysia first. (non-Malaysian: I believe there are Japanese language institution in your countries too :D)
- Basically, you will be taking 1.5 – 2 years pre-U program, then you will be applying universities in Japan through the agency in your country.
Institut Bahasa Teikyo
3. Apply University in Japan which does not require Japanese language
Spending 2 years to learn Japanese is too costly? There are other methods to skip the long Japanese languages school process – which is applying the international university in Japan.
As globalization increases, many Japan university started to adopt English education system. My current university – APU – is one of the examples.
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)
Please spend times reading the application guidelines of APU if you are really planning to study abroad in Japan. Check out my Facebook photos for many many APU campus life photos. 😀
Global 30 Project (Suggested by user Frenzyautin)
Ritsumeikan University Global Study (Kyoto)
International Christian University (ICU)
Akita International University (AIU)
4. Apply Government Scholarship Program
Before you start researching the Japanese language schools and universities, I want you to do me a favor. Check the Monbukagakuso homepage!
Some of my friends are studying abroad in Japan under the government scholarship program. You know what, everything is free! The scholarship even pays you more than 100 thousand yen (RM 3500 ++) monthly for your living expenses.
Everybody has a chance. Just try to apply it first before you start considering other options.
Embassy of Japan in Malaysia
Here are some other useful links to help you research about Japanese language learning in Malaysia.
Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur
The Japan Club of Kuala Lumpur
Japan Student Services Organization
The Japanese Language Society of Malaysia
Japan Educational Information Centre Kuala Lumpur
I know I know. Too many links and information right? But don’t be lazy. Spend times to study everything written in the websites. A famous quote from the Havard University: Sleep now and a dream will come out; Study now and a dream will come true.
So which dream do you want to see? Ganbatte! Feel free to ask me questions. 😀 Shen is here to help!
There are 4 ways to apply to study abroad in Japan after your high school graduation. Shen will recommend you to consider in this order:
Apply government scholarship -> International University in Japan -> Japanese language school in Japan -> Japanese language school in your country
Next time I will introduce more detailed steps to prepare for study abroad in Japan. 😀 Stay tuned!