Preparation for Study in Japan

Preparation for Study in Japan

1. Planning for study in Japan
The motivations of people desiring to study in Japan differ, and the objectives of their study, method, length of stay and educational institution are by no means the same. First of all, make a detailed plan taking into account your academic ability, financial means and desired profession or direction in the future.

(1) Types of study in Japan
These are classified into the following three according to its objective and period.

1. Language study

Objective : Acquire the Japanese language
Institution : Japanese-language institute or Japanese program offered by a private university
Period : 6 months to 2 years

2. Long-term study

Objective : Aquiring a specific degree or conductinglong-term research
Institution : Graduate school, university, junior college, specialized training college, college of technology
Period : More than 1 year

3. Short-term study

Objective : Student exchange, learning and conducting research such as Japan studies program or summer course within a year, without theaim of acquiring a degree
Institution : Graduate school, university, junior college (host school in case of
student-exchange program), summer course or Japan studies program at a university
Period : Not more than 1 year

*Note: Higher educational institutions in Japan, in principle, conduct all their lessons in Japanese with only a few offering lessons in English (Refer to Chapter 5. 4.)

(2) How to finance expenses for study in Japan
Examine how much tuition and living expense is necessary, by referencing to Chapter 12. From the beginning you should not expect to easily secure a scholarship or part-time job in your funding plan for studying in Japan.
1. Japanese government scholarship
Study in Japan by receiving a Japanese government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT*) scholarship.
Note: *Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
*In the case of Japanese government scholarship students who are recommended by the embassy but who do not have an adequate knowledge of the Japanese language, they are required to attend preparatory Japanese-language education at universities or other institutes in Japan before commencing study in their major fields.

For further information please contact the Japanese of embassy in Malaysia. https://www.embjapan.org.my

2. Privately financed international students
Study in Japan privately or by receiving a scholarship other than that offered by the Monbukagakusho (such as home country government scholarship or private foundation scholarship; Refer to Chapter 10.)
*There are only a few scholarship programs available before coming to Japan. Most students are required to first come to Japan at their own expense and then look for scholarships they can apply for.
2. Information gathering

When choosing a school in Japan, it is very important for you to clarify your study and research plans, and gather as much information as possible. Without such preparation, you may run the risk of entering a school that does not offer classes in your chosen field of study or of having to pay extra expenses. Collecting the most up-to-date and reliable information is essential.

(1) Obtaining information

1. General information (admission requirements, procedures, expenses) regarding study in Japan.
2. List of educational institutions.
3. Information about individual educational institutions (As some institutions charge for their school prospectus or application guidelines, it will be necessary to enclose stamps for international return postage.)

(2) Sources of information

1. Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
The Information Center of JASSO in Malaysia : Japan Educational Inforamtion Centre, Kuala Lumpur (JEIC) answers inquiries about study in Japan, from Japan and abroad in person, by interview, telephone, letter or e-mail; distributes materials; and issues various publications for foreigners interested in studying in Japan. In addition, it furnishes information about Japanese universities and other aspects of study in Japan on its web site (https://www.jasso.go.jp) and Voice & Fax Information Service.

Its contents are:
1) Japanese Colleges and Universities,
2) General Information on Study in Japan,
3) Scholarships,
4) Short Term Student Exchange Promotion Program,
5)Examinations, etc. Publications promoting international students’ studies in Japan are available at 32 overseas locations (Refer to Chapter 15), you can view publications regarding study in Japan, as well as school prospectus for each educational institution, and application guidelines.


Japan Educational Inforamtion Centre,
Kuala Lumpur (JEIC)
Suite 1101 , Menara Amcorp, AMCORP Trade Centre,
No.18, Jalan Persiaran Barat,
46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor D.E.
Tel : 03-7957 0304
Fax : 03-7957 1631
E-mail : aiej@po.jaring.my
URL : https://www.jasso.go.jp
2. Japanese embassies, consulates and friendship organizations:
These provide information locally on study in Japan, although some places do not offer advisory services.


Embassy of Japan & Consulate-General Offices in Malaysia
Embassy of Japan in Malaysia
NO. 11, Persiaran Stonor, Off Jalan Tun Razak,50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : (603) 2142 7044
Fax : (603) 2167 2314
Website: https://www.embjapan.org.my
3. Books on study in Japan
There are several books on studying in Japan such as guidebooks on individual schools, textbooks for Japanese-language exams, and so forth. If they are not available at local libraries, university libraries or bookshops, you can order them from publishers in Japan (Refer to Chapter 16.) 
4. School prospectus and application guidelines
School prospectus, application guidelines and web sites for each institution are most valuable sources of information when you want to study in Japan. 
5. People who have had experience of studying in Japan
They may be able to provide the information that is often not covered by school prospectus or other publications. In addition, alumni associations of former international students in Japan sometimes provide useful information. The contact addresses of the associations of former international students are at the web site of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (https://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/ath/ath0201e.html) 
6. Japan Education Fairs
They are held by JASSO in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Europe, the U.S., etc., to provide firsthand information to students directly. Besides general information which is provided by JASSO, representatives from national, local public and private universities in Japan, Japanese-language institutes, and organizations related to international students provide individual information.
Information on dates, venues and institutions participating in the Japan Education Fairs are available on the JASSO web site (https://www.jasso.go.jp)
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7. Local educational departments or organizations
Your home country’s educational departments or organizations provide information on study abroad. 
8. Web site
Refer to the related sections and Chapter 15 of this booklet to get web site addresses of organizations concerned
3. Choosing a school

When choosing the educational institute, you should consider the major fields you wish to study, your objectives and qualification, as well as your desired profession or direction in the future to make an overall decision. After checking information in the internet and acquiring a list of schools, respective school prospectus, school guides and application guidelines, you should select a school according to the following criteria. You should not decide on a school solely on the basis of its name or reputation. It is advisable to take the entrance examinations of several schools, since the examination results may prevent you from gaining admission to the school of your choice.


1. Curriculum content
2. Japanese-language program
3. Special program for international students
4. Entrance examination
5. Tuition and other necessary expenses
6. Scholarships and financial support
7. Accommodation facilities
8. Research facilities
9. Location 

There is no official university ranking in Japan.
You should note that although international students at present tend to concentrate in institutions in the Tokyo area (Refer to Chapter 17,) other regions offer various advantages, such as lower prices and rents than Tokyo, fewer students and unique curricula, closer ties with the local community, abundant nature, clean, fresh water and air. Therefore, consider schools not only in the Tokyo area but in the whole of the country.

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