Nowadays, Japan has been the most popular attraction among the Nepalese students. It has not been pretty long since the country has drawn the attention of almost all the Nepalese students aspiring to pursue a higher education abroad. Japan is an economically advanced country with a high degree of scientific technology. People in the universities and enterprises make advanced basic research and applied research every day. The huge investment in science and technology and education is the main key to become the developed country in the world. Japanese people are rich in their culture and manner. Japan is very safe country for the foreign students. Government policy make cover to support the financial part for the students to assist for their study and job.

In Japan, its higher education starts after the completion of 12 years of education: elementary education (6 years of elementary school) and secondary education (3 years of lower secondary school and 3 years of upper secondary school).

There are many different ways of studying in Japan. International students in Japan will receive the benefits of some of the highest educational standards in the world. You can choose either from Japanese-language training to postgraduate studies. Foreign students can enroll in one of five types of institutions of higher learning. These five types of higher educational institutions are:

  • Universities
  • Junior colleges
  • Graduate schools
  • Colleges of technology
  • Specialized training colleges/ professional training colleges (postsecondary course)

These higher educational institutions are largely categorized as either national, local public or private.

Colleges of Technology

Technical colleges are meant for junior high graduates to acquire practical and specialized knowledge and skills required for a specific vocation. Many of these colleges specialize in engineering, but maritime colleges are also an option. A degree at a technical college takes five or more years to complete.

Specialized Training Colleges/ Professional Training Colleges

Specialized training college aim to teach the skills required for a specific vocation. They provide vocational education as well as education in the skills, technology and knowledge needed in life. A course is generally two years, but there are also three and four-year courses.

Junior College

Another option for students studying in Japan is junior college. The length of study is two years or three years depending on the department.The majority of departments are those related to home economics, humanities, education and sociology which are 2 years course and engineering, nursing have 3 years in duration.

Universities (Undergraduates)

Universities are the most common form of higher education in Japan. About 50% of Japanese high school graduates go on to universities. An undergraduate degree at a university generally takes four years to complete with the exception of medicine, dentistry, and occasionally pharmacy and veterinary science take six years.

Graduate schools

Graduate schools are an option for university graduates who wish to continue their education in a specialized subject while studying in Japan. A master’s course takes two years to complete, while a professional graduate course takes one to three years, and a doctorate takes more than five years.

After completing your major in a junior college or college of technology recognized by the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation (NIAD-UE), you can obtain your Bachelor’s Degree if you pass the examination set by the NIAD-UE. Most of the higher educational institutions in Japan set its academic year from April to March of the following year. Many of higher educational institutions adopt the semester system.