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76 Study Abroad Programs in Japan

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Study abroad in Japan and discover the country’s historic landmarks, culture, and lifestyle while you earn college credit. When you study abroad in Tokyo or Nagoya, you will have the opportunity to enroll in a wide variety of courses at the IES Abroad Center or through Direct Enrollment.

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Live and learn in Tokyo. Students can study the Japanese language, as well as Economics, Communications, or International Business at Temple University's Japan Campus. Participants can study alongside Japanese students for a semester or full academic year. All courses except language courses are taught in English.

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Three educational opportunities are available in Japan through KCP International study abroad programs. Participants can gain more knowledge about Japan's people, culture, and language through firsthand experience and coursework. Based in Tokyo, students acquire a proficiency in the Japanese language in a short period, immerse themselves through cultural activities, and earn valuable academic c...

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The Land of the Rising Sun, gives individuals an opportunity to learn Japanese with Eurocentres program in Japan. Students are exposed to a mix of well-preserved traditional heritage and an invasion of modernity through fast-paced technological advancement. Eurocentres programs accept worldwide participants.

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Budget, low cost, non-profit programs in Tokyo, Kobe, Kyoto, Fukuoka, or Sapporo. Verified, fully accredited programs. Earn academic credit. Discounts available. Summer, Semester, Quarter, Year, Monthly, and Weekly terms. Housing options include host families, dormitories, student type apartments, and can arrange own housing if desired. Cultural activities and excursions included. Open to all...

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Travel to Japan and experience a country like no other. Become immersed with Japanese culture, language, and society in one of the incredibly dynamic cities. The Council on International Educational Exchange offers study abroad programs with intensive Japanese language courses and field trip excursions to help you make the most of your trip. The program is available to participants all over the...

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Students can earn academic credits through the University of Virginia as they embark on a sea voyage to multiple international destinations, including two cities in Japan: Yokohama and Kobe. Participants have the opportunity to learn in classroom-style courses on the ship as well as during their time at port. This program is offered in the Spring term.

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Genki Japanese & Culture School (GenkiJACS) is a Japanese language school that offers students the opportunity to study Japanese language and culture at either of our schools in Tokyo, or in Fukuoka City. The institution offers a variety of courses including conversational Japanese, Japanese through pop culture, traditional culture, and more. We arrange accommodation including homestays, dormit...

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Seinan Gakuin University (SGU)s International Division offers one or two semesters of study abroad program that will run from August to May beginning next year. Students can earn transferable credits that are required for graduation. The course topics focus on Japan, which involves Japanese language, tradition, culture, business and politics, and history. All courses, except the Japanese langu...

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Considered to be the cultural capital of Japan, Kyoto is an incredible combination of tradition and history with all the conveniences of a modern city. Kyoto is situated in a valley, surrounded on three sides by mountains. City life is just a short train ride away if you wish to visit the equivalent of Japan’s ‘Times Square.' This program's allows you to become fully immersed in Japan's cultur...

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The University Studies Abroad Consortium offers study abroad programs in Japan that let students choose from various academic courses. USAC works only with the most sought-after universities to ensure high quality education for its participants. They also provide avenues for meaningful cultural engagements.

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Marist College offers a full-semester Asia Summer Abroad Program, which visits multiple countries in Asia, including Japan. The program is suited for students interested in International Business practices. Participants visit some of the world's leading businesses and learning about their organizational structure, marketing practices, and innovative strategies.

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Have the unique opportunity to learn Japanese in Japan with Languages Abroad learning programs. Participants may choose between a Standard or Intensive Program where they will receive twenty lessons or twenty-five lessons each week, respectively. Based in the city of Fukuoka, these educational programs are available throughout the year.

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Earn international credits with Knowledge Exchange Institute study abroad program in Japan by enrolling in one of the prestigious universities in Akita. A wide selection of courses is available to students worldwide. Study courses based on field of study such as Business, Law, and Diplomacy. Spend an academic year or semester studying in Japan.

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Studying Abroad in Japan

For much of Japan’s history it remained isolated from the outside world. In the 19th century, however, the small island country opened its doors to trade and an active foreign policy, and it has never looked back in emerging as a major global power. Making the leap to study abroad in Japan will be the opportunity to immerse yourself within a top-notch academic environment and a vibrant, autonomous culture which has stood the test of time and globalization to remain true to its roots.

Locations

Japan is a medium-sized nation off the coast of East Asia which encompasses an archipelago of nearly 7,000 islands. The four main islands on which the bulk of Japan’s 127 million citizens reside are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, erratic weather patterns and natural disasters have been an unfortunate hallmark of Japanese history amidst this landscape, and continue to remain a distinct part of its national identity today.

With nearly 40 million people living in the metropolitan area, Tokyo is the first choice for many international students of where to study abroad in Japan. The country’s capital and largest city is a major hub of culture, technology, finance, and global innovation. Home to nearly one-third of Japan’s population, this massive metropolis can often feel like a small world in itself!

Other popular cities where you might look to study abroad in Japan include Kyoto, Nagoya, and Fukuoka. There are nearly 800 universities located throughout the Japanese islands, so take the time to look into as many different options as possible to decide where feels like the best fit. The country is also very efficiently connected by high-speed rail, meaning that wherever you study abroad in Japan, you will have easy access to everywhere else!

Subjects & Courses

The language barrier has always been a limiting factor for students looking to study abroad in Japan. While local universities are making a push to accommodate for international students (including a national target of 300,000 foreign students in the country by 2020), the fact remains that the bulk of courses at major Japanese universities are taught in the local language, limiting the scope of opportunity for those who do not speak Japanese.

So while major universities are beginning to offer more courses taught in English, it is also very common for foreign students to study abroad in Japan at a satellite university or international school, where English-taught programs are designed from the ground up for a global student body. Japanese language courses are often also an integral part of these study abroad programs in Japan, which can be a big help in life outside the classroom.

Some other popular subject areas which are commonly pursued by students who study abroad in Japan include economics, international relations, history, and Asian studies. Study abroad programs in Japan are offered year-round, giving students the flexibility to enroll for a summer term, fall or spring semester, or even full year.

Scholarships & Costs

While the majority of Japan’s universities are private and tuition fees are some of the highest in Asia, higher education is still quite affordable compared to Western countries such as the United States or United Kingdom. There are also many different ways you can go about securing financial aid, ranging from through your home university to your host university to external scholarships.

Additional costs of living won’t be cheap either while you study abroad in Japan; it is the most expensive country in East Asia, and living costs are on par with other advanced economies such as those in Western Europe and North America. Simple measures such as utilizing public transportation, cooking for yourself, and taking advantage of all the free local entertainment can help you save big!

Accommodation & Visas

Homestays are usually the most popular option for international students who study abroad in Japan, though often other accommodations such as student dormitories or individual apartments are offered as well. Because Japan is one of the more densely populated countries in the world, accommodations may be less spacious than you might be accustomed to; however you will be amazed by how efficiently and comfortably the Japanese utilize less room!

If you are planning to study abroad in Japan for longer than three months, then you will need to secure a student visa for your stay. Either your study abroad program in Japan or your host university will typically endorse you throughout this process, and in the meantime you can check out our Japanese Embassy Directory for more details on their policy toward your home country.

Benefits & Challenges

Rising Sun. The ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ can often feel like a world of its own in East Asia, separated from the mainland as an island nation and taking pride in a largely autonomous culture. Get ready for an exciting adventure abroad.

Innovative Spirit. While the language barrier has somewhat limited Japanese universities from globalizing to the same extent as their Western counterparts, the high-quality education and spirit of innovation that drives academia in the country should no be sold short. Japan has more Nobel laureates than any country in Asia.

Efficient Travel. As a visitor to the country, you will come to greatly appreciate the ease with which you can get around the entire country of Japan. From its comprehensive metro systems within cities to the high speed rails connecting them, you will have the freedom to explore as much as you see fit.

Embarking to study abroad in Japan will be an unforgettable global adventure, during which you come to experience a country and culture which has been vitally influential in the shaping of our modern world. Think you’re up to it?

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