Planning studies in Japan
Japanese Educational System
In Japan, the higher education starts upon 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 5 types of higher education institutions where international students can be admitted to, which are 1) Colleges of technology, 2) Professional training colleges (postsecondary course of specialized training colleges), 3) Junior colleges, 4) Universities (undergraduate) and 5) Graduate schools. Depending on the founding bodies, these higher education institutions are categorized into three types: national, local public and private.
※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. Please check further details from the school you are applying in.
Most 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.
Most of the educational institutions in Japan start their academic year in April. There are some institutions which start academic year in autumn.
Number of higher education institutions
|Colleges of technology||51||3||3||57|
|Proffesional training colleges||9||189||2,962||3,160|
- Outline of the Student Exchange System（Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT)
- Outline of the National Universities(MEXT)
- Outline of the Private Universities（MEXT)
- Outline of the Public Universities（MEXT)
- Outline of the Junior Colleges（MEXT)
- Outline of the Specialized Training Colleges and Miscellaneous School（MEXT)
- Outline of the Colleges of Technology（MEXT)