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Planning studies in Japan

Colleges of Technology

Colleges of technology, or "kosen," are higher education institutions that offer a comprehensive five-year program (a five and half year program for mercantile marine studies) for junior high school graduates. As a general rule, international students start from the third year of the college of technology's program, skipping the first and second years.

Unique features of the education system of Colleges of Technology

Kosen offer education programs that develop hands-on engineers who acquired world-class expertise and can handle the latest technology, with a focus on lab work, practical work and hands-on exercises as well as having advanced theoretical knowledge.

  • Though most departments in Kosen are related to the industrial field, department on mercantile marine that aim to develop mariners are also available.
  • Graduates of Kosen are awarded an "associate degree."
  • After a five-year curriculum, a two-year advanced course is offered to provide a further higher level of education.
  • A student who has successfully completed a two-year advanced course after his/her graduation from the college of technology will be awarded a bachelor's degree