Studying in Japan

The motivations of people desiring to study in Japan differ, and the objectives of their study, method, duration 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. The first step in preparing to study in Japan is to collect general information such as admission requirements, application procedures, and expenses. The next step is to gather information about the schools that interest you.

Type of Study

You need to decide what type of study you want to plan for. To become proficient in the Japanese language, you will need language study. For an academic degree or long-term research, you must plan for long-term study. For study for a year or less, without getting a degree, you can plan for short-term study. Also, you need to think carefully about how you will pay for your tuition and other fees, and your living expenses in Japan.

Enrolling in a Japanese Language School in Japan

Higher educational institutions in Japan, in principle, conduct all their classes in Japanese with only a limited number offering classes in English . It is extremely important, therefore, that international students wishing to study in Japan have an adequate knowledge of the Japanese language. For this reason many international students study the language in Japan for six months to two years before applying to higher educational institutions for admission. In almost all cases, the qualification for entering an institute providing Japanese-language education is to have completed at least 12 years of school education or to have attained an equivalent level of academic ability. 

Ask us at the Center so we may be able to assist you in your individual needs to reach your particular study goal. Our partner schools not only offer discounts exclusively for our students but also assist in introducing these students to part time job opportunities to help in covering living expenses there.

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Short-term Study Programs/Exchange Study Programs

In addition to study programs for earning an academic degree, there are also short-term exchange programs that allow students to attend a Japanese university or graduate school while enrolled at a university in their home country. At universities in Japan today there are many exchange agreements with universities in other countries. If the university you are currently enrolled in has an exchange agreement with a Japanese university, this system can be used to study in Japan.

Immigration Procedures

A person who wishes to enter Japan as an international student must complete the following procedures:

  • (1) Secure admission to a Japanese educational institution(Japanese-language institute, junior college, university, etc.).
  • (2) Posess home country’s passport.
  • (3) Acquire a visa at a Japanese Embassy or Consulate in home country.
  • There are two methods of applying for a visa:

  • (1) Applying for a visa without the issuance of a “certificate of eligibility for the status of residence”
  • (2) Applying for a visa upon the issuance of a “certificate of eligibility for the status of residence”

Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students(EJU)

The EJU is an examination introduced in 2002 by JASSO, and is considered as a part of the entrance examination for international students who wish to study at universities or other higher educational institutions in Japan. This examination is conducted in Japan twice annually in June and November, and is scheduled to be held in about 17 cities outside Japan mainly in the Asian region. The examination subjects are “Japanese as a Foreign Language,” “Science” “Japan and the World” and “Mathematics ”. The exam questions are available in Japanese and English. Applicants will take the examination on the subjects and in the language designated by the respective college or university. Some of the universities consider the result and grades at senior high school without requiring students to sit the university's entrance examination. Therefore, if you apply to such a university, you could receive permission to enter that university without leaving your home country and prior to arriving to Japan.

Japanese Language Proficiency Test(JLPT)

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test, which evaluates and certifies non-natives’ proficiency in the Japanese language, is organized by the Japan Educational Exchange and Services (JEES) in Japan, and by the Japan Foundation overseas. However, some universities do require this examination in selecting applicants for master’s courses and doctor’s courses.


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2016 July JLPT Exam

The Next JLPT Examination will be conducted on July 03, 2015 | Sunday at the De La Salle University, Taft, Manila. The registration will start on March 09, 2016 to April 08, 2016 only. Kindly secure your test vouchers and read the guidelines at the JLPT Website.

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Japan's Most Visited Prefectures

Shimane prefecture, Japan's second-least populated prefecture, has self-deprecatingly decided to advertise itself in Tokyo as the "47th most famous prefecture in Japan," according to Japan Today. Of the 47 prefectures in the country, Shimane considers itself the most overlooked, located in the west of Honshu on the north coast facing South Korea.

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Our Branches

Unmei Nihongo Center now has 3 branches nationwide to share the Japan spirit to all Filipino people.

We are in an expansion phase and we are looking forward to open more branches nationwide this year. So, be updated.

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