Admission Requirements for University and Junior College in Japan

Universities: At Universities, undergraduate programmes are available that lasts for four years, while programmes in Medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and pharmacy last for six years. Along with the degree programmes, short-term programs and research programs are also offered.

Junior Colleges:  At Junior Colleges, skills-specific education is imparted. Courses last for two years, while certain courses like medical technology and nursing last for three years. 

Eligibility Criteria

You are eligible for admission into University and Junior College in Japan, if you have satisfied one of the following below mentioned criteria-
  • 12 years of school education must be completed by the pupils (In Japan or overseas)
  • Pupils must have passed the academic qualification examination equivalent to the completion of 12 years of schooling abroad, and must have attained the age of 18 years.
  • Pupils having completed the international qualification like the French or International Baccalaureate and Abitur (Germany), and have attained 18 years of age
  • 12 years of school education in International Schools accredited by an International accrediting/evaluation authority such as ACSI, WASC or ECIS, established in Japan must be completed by the pupils, and he/she must have attained 18 years of age.
  • An entrance examination equivalent or higher than upper secondary must be passed by the students, and must be above 18 years of age.
For Students having less than 12 years of school Education- Such students must have completed a preparatory course at a recognised University, or courses at training universities/facilities, and must be above 18 years old.

Application Procedure

Abide by these steps-

Step 1: Request information bulletin and application form from the University and Junior College you wish to attend.
Step 2: Fill in the application form and send it along with the necessary documents to the respective University or Junior College.
Step 3: After the University or Junior College receives the application package, screening is done based on the set criteria. 
Step 4: Results are declared after thorough processing of all the application. Results are made available on the respective University or Junior College website. Check the website! Also, successful candidates will receive an email indicating the same.
Step 5: Receive the Application Acceptance email. Fill in the necessary additional documents and send them back to the respective University and Junior College on time.
Step 6: After successful completion of the Step 5, you’ll get the ‘Admission Letter’.


Following documents must be submitted to the chosen University or Junior College-
Application Form: University and Junior College Specific form

Curriculum Vitae: The CV should entail your personal details, education history, skills and accomplishments, and Volunteering or related experience. Clear, Complete and Concise!

Academic Credentials: Upper Secondary School Certificate and related transcripts

Letter of Recommendation: At least two letter of recommendation from the principal/head of school, or teacher from upper secondary school. It should basically provide the insights of you! Should include your personal qualities, academic skills and achievements, experience apt for the course/program applied (can be internship or volunteer work)

Medical Certificate

Financial Backing Proof: Evidence of your financial support indicating that you’re capable to handle living and educational costs.

Valid Passport and passport-size photographs

Japanese Proficiency Certificate: Examination for Japanese University Admission (EJU) or Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) scores.

** Documentation varies according to Universities and Junior College, so contact the respective University and Junior College to know more about the documents to be submitted.

Application Screening Ways and Means

The Candidates application undergo a screening process. Below mentioned are the elements of screening-
Interview: The primary aim of the interview is to discover your academic capabilities/potential and aptness for the chosen course/program and University or Junior College. Know your subject, area of interest, details of your application, and answers to why this University or Junior College, why this particular course/programme, and what after this course! Be Confident, relaxed!

Essay:  A topic is given and you are required to write a short essay on that. Clarity, Coherent, Concreteness, Creativity, and Fluency is looked upon!

Entrance exam:
  • Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) (For International Students): This exam is for admittance to Japanese Universities-Undergraduate course/program. It is organized by JASSO
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test (For International Students)- Scores of Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
  • National Centre Test for University Entrance Examination: National Centre Test is necessary for Japanese Students to sit for this exam in order to gain admittance to University Undergraduate Program.

For International Students

International Students along with the application form and necessary documents need to take an exam- Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) and send its scores to the University or Junior College. 
Also, they are required to fill in an application form for opening a local bank account and return it back to the chosen University and Junior College. After which, you’ll receive a ‘Certificate of Eligibility’ issued by the Ministry of Justice for a residence status. Pay the required fees. Visit your nearest Japanese embassy or consulate and apply for visa. Search for Accommodation and apply for insurance coverage as well. 

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee varies depending upon the type of institution, course opted for and the duration of the course. The tuition fee for a National University Undergraduate program is 535,800 Japanese yen per year, local public university is 537,933 Japanese yen per year, and private university undergraduate program tuition fees varies between 877,751 yen per year- 3,783,553 yen per year (depends upon the course/program).
The tuition fee for private junior college varies between 847,348 Japanese yen per year to 1,080,136 yen per year. Exact tuition fee amount may vary depending upon type of programme you are taking.
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