World-class universities, cutting-edge research and an unrivalled cultural experience, all in an
incomparable setting; Japan makes for a perfect study abroad destination.
Here are our top 5 reasons to choose Japan.


World-class education offered on increasingly international campuses
Japanese universities have a global reputation for excellence, with 9 institutions ranked in the world top 200. High quality education and cutting-edge research is one reason why more than 230,000 international students choose to study in Japan each year. And this number is on the rise as Japan looks to internationalise its university campuses and welcome 300,000 overseas students annually by 2020.


Life-changing cultural experiences
Japan has it all – bustling cities with cutting-edge fashion and technology, serene snow- capped peaks, tropical beaches, 22 World Heritage Sites, not to mention the world-renowned cuisine, hot springs, cherry blossoms and summer festivals. If you want an extraordinary experience in an incomparable setting then Japan is the country for you. And with excitement building for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, there really is no better time to head out to the land of the rising sun.


Degrees and short-term programmes offered entirely in English
But I don’t speak Japanese, so how can I study in Japan? Not a problem! Even if you don’t speak a single word of Japanese there are still hundreds of study options available, as Japanese universities now offer short-term programmes and full-time degrees delivered entirely in English – and the number of courses is growing every year.
You will of course have the opportunity to take Japanese classes on the side and, with a little effort, you can acquire a good level of proficiency by the time you leave Japan. Many international students acquire level N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) before they graduate.


Boost your career prospects
Studying in Japan not only provides a chance to broaden your horizons and experience a new culture, it will also boost your career prospects. Numerous reports have shown that candidates with study abroad experience are highly valued by employers, as they develop key soft skills such as cultural awareness, adaptability, determination and patience – all attributes that are transferable into the workplace. As this British Council report suggests, if you can acquire Japanese language skills while studying abroad you’ll further boost your career opportunities and earning potential.
And if you want to stay in Japan to gain work experience, the good news is that there are more work opportunities for international graduates than ever before! A whole range of companies, from small-scale start-ups to world famous brands, are looking to recruit internationally to support their global strategies.


Relatively low tuition fees and a variety of scholarships
Tuition fees in Japan compare favourably to those in the UK, as well as in most other study abroad destinations. Also, there is a wide range of scholarship opportunities available to international students, including full or partial tuition fee waivers or a monthly stipend. For instance, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has some fantastic scholarships at all levels that offer a generous monthly stipend. And despite what you might think, living expenses are comparatively low in Japan. According to the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), average monthly spending for international students comes out to 138,000 yen including tuition fees, which is just £950!
As you can see, the benefits of studying in Japan are plentiful, so why not come along to the Experience Japan Exhibition to find out more?
The adventure of a lifetime awaits!