There are many of us who dream or have dreamed of spending a season living in Japan. But for this, the simplest thing is to find an academy in which to study Japanese or look for some type of scholarship or exchange program with the university. If you are in any of these situations, we have prepared a complete guide to study in Japan.
Whatever your case, below you will find information about academies, universities, and vocational schools. Also about scholarships and basic recommendations, so that your adventure of studying in Japan starts off on the right foot.
But above all, once you get it, don’t forget to enjoy the experience, although you will have to study hard!
There are several options to study in Japan, which we could summarize:
- Study at a Japanese academy. This is the most common option among those who want to study Japanese in Japan. It is not cheap but it is relatively easy to get since there are different academies available. Of course, the registration process can be somewhat tedious and you have to start it more than half a year in advance, taking into account vacation periods and the start of courses.
- Study at a Japanese university. There are different options to study as an international student at a Japanese university. For scholarships and exchange programs, you will have to be a university student in your home country. But you can also enter directly, taking the entrance exam. Classes can be in Japanese or English, depending on the program and the scholarship in question.
- Study at a senmon-gakko or vocational school. The senmon-gakko are schools that offer specialized training in a specific field, similar to vocational training in Spain, for example. It is not a cheap option and it is not easy to enter, since it is necessary to have a good level of Japanese (minimum L2). That is why if you are interested in studying fashion, design or computer science in a senmon-gakko , for example, it is usually advisable to study first in a Japanese academy. In this way, you get the necessary level of Japanese to then apply for admission.
The main obstacle to studying in Japan is getting a student visa. Keep in mind that the tourist visa only lasts a few months (between three and six months, depending on your country). If you only want to do a short course, for two months, for example, it may be worth it with a tourist visa. But as a general rule if you want to study in Japan you need a student visa.
To get a student visa you have to go through all the registration steps at your Japanese language school or university. During the registration process, you will be asked for a series of documents.
Some of them are the application form, a copy of your academic record, a bank guarantee, a photocopy of your passport, various certificates, photographs, and other types of personal data. It will depend on the case, so it is necessary that you follow the instructions given by your school or university.
Once all the steps have been completed, you will receive the so-called “eligibility letter”. With this letter, the school or university informs you that you are accepted. And with it you can go to the Japanese embassy or consulate in your country to get a student visa.
As you can see, it is essential to have contacted a Japanese academy or a university. Because you can’t get a student visa just by saying you want to go to Japan to study. Either you have been previously accepted to some school or university, or you will not be able to get it.
International Honjo Scholarship in Japan for foreign students. This important study opportunity in Asia is looking for young talent from anywhere in the globe who demonstrate a high level and are interested in preparing for full-time postgraduate studies in Japan.
The Honjo International Foundation offers the possibility for foreign students to obtain a place in any Japanese university linked to the foundation. The main mission of this program is to promote the development of the nations of the world through the scholarship holders, it should be noted that only people who come from outside Japan can apply.
Through the international scholarship for Americans, all applicants can apply for the scholarship from their country of origin. From the official website of the International Honjo Foundation, you can register for the scholarship program and select the university you want to enter there. Young students with dreams of traveling and studying in Japan are invited to apply.
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Institutions where you will study:
International Honjo Foundation, Japan.
Levels and study areas:
Postgraduate degree in any subject available at the Japanese university where you apply.
Who can participate?
All international applicants are allowed to apply.
The International Honjo Foundation Scholarship will allocate the following awards:
- Fund of 200,000 yen per month for one (1) or two (2) years of study.
- Fund of 180,000 yen per month for three (3) years of study.
- Fund of 150,000 yen per month for four (4) years of study.
Conditions that must be met by participants:
- Be an international student who demonstrates a high educational level.
- Possess a bachelor’s degree obtained from a renowned university.
- Have all the certificates of studies been obtained previously?
- Submit a formal application for the scholarship in Japan for Latin Americans through the online application system of the International Honjo Foundation.
Instructions to apply:
- Transcripts and academic records.
- Passport copies.
- Personal statement.
- Application for admission completed successfully.
- Among others.
Do you want to study in Japan? Visit the official website of the Honjo International Foundation to learn more about each registration detail and apply for the scholarship for foreign students.
Until April 30, 2022.