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    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.

    Japanese Educational System

    ※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.

    Category of Student Exchange in Japan

    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.

    academic year The long holiday seasons are usually in summer (end July ~early September), winter (end December ~early January) and spring (February ~March).

    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
    National Local public Private Total
    Colleges of technology 51 3 3 57
    Proffesional training colleges 9 189 2,962 3,160
    Junior colleges - 17 314 331
    Universities(Undergraduate) 86 93 603 782
    Graduate schools 86 83 467 636