Japan

Japan

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.

Highlights:
  • 3rd largest economy country

  • Lands of automobile and electronics which includes world renowned brands like Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Sony, Toshiba, Fuji, Casio, Seiko etc.

  • The highest life expectancy rate in the world.

  • Renowned as the Safest country

Fast Facts

Location: Japan is the nation of East Asia located in the Pacific Ocean.

Capital: Tokyo

Major Cities: Tokyo, Yokohama, Fukuoka, Osaka, Nagoya, Hiroshima, Nagasaki

Area: 377972 km2

Population: 12, 66,72,000 (2017 census)

Density: 336/km(36th)

Government: Unitary Parliament Constitutional Monarchy

Language: Japanese

Climate: The average winter temperature in Japan is 5.1 °C and the average summer temperature is 25.2 °C.

GDP: $5.167 trillion (3rd, 2018 estimated)

Per Capita: $40849 (20th, 2018 estimated)

Country code: +81

Why Study in Japan?

  • Studying in Japan is a learning experience for any student; especially those studying science, technology, finance and industrial design.

  • Japan is amongst the most technologically advanced in the world and its manufacturing of electronics, appliances and motor vehicles is quickly changing the world.

  • Japan has High Standard Education over 700 universities, with 10 ranked in the top 200 worldwide by QS ranking 2017.

  • Parallel opportunity to live, work and explore a different culture.

  • Japan is one of the safest countries in the world. Violent crime is rare, with Japan ranking last in the number of victims of crime per capita.

  • Employers value for the skills of an international student are highly impressive and most of the Japanese companies hire the international students for the employment.

  • Tuition fees are comparatively cheap in Japan. Partial and full tuition fees waivers are even possible for high achieving students.

  • Student visa can convertible into working visa for bachelors passed students after graduation from the Japanese language school.

  • Moderate academics and justifiable gap accepted.

  • Application fee and tuition fee after issuances of Certificate of Eligibility (CoE).

Education System

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:

  • Colleges of technology

  • Specialized training colleges/ professional training colleges (postsecondary course)

  • Junior colleges

  • Universities

  • Graduate schools

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.

Expected Cost

Tuition fees:

This is one of the more expensive places to study in Asia. The cost is still lower compared to US, UK and Australia. Other fees to consider with education in Japan include application fees or entrance examination fees and maintenance fees.

Tuition fees: Between ¥500,000 (US$4,140) and ¥1,000,000 (US$8,280) per year

Living Cost:

Living cost will depend on the region. There is a wide variety of accommodation options for international students undertaking education in Japan university-operated accommodation or private housing.

The average living cost: ¥70,000 - ¥1,00,000 per month

Visa Procedure:

  1. Counseling
  2. Take Japanese Language Classes
  3. Institution Selection
  4. Submit Application Form with Prepared Documents
  5. Apply for COE Through School
  6. Receive COE (Certificate of Eligibility)
  7. Fee Payment
  8. Prepare for Visa Interview
  9. Apply for Visa
  10. Appear for Visa Interview ( if asked)
  11. Visa Decision
  12. Pre-Departure Orientation

Career and Employment

Part Time: 28 hours per week during studies

Earning: ¥800 to ¥1200 per hour

Tax: If you are an international student studying in Japan You must determine your residency status and pay tax according to your earning in Japan.

Work Type: There are various part-time jobs available. Mostly Nepalese Students are working in non-communication Production sector and communication sector like supermarket, restaurant, Convenience Store. Student can also do internship in the related field which may or may not be with pay.

Full Time:

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. After completing Bachelors level, you search the job related to your course. And if you got job then your student visa will convertible into working visa as per the conditions of job Provider Company.

How to find a job?

  • Career Services

The education provider intuitions will provide you for career support services to students. They will be able to help you with your job search, resume, and applications.

  • Networking– Networking is the best way to search job in the foreign community. Share your plans with all your friends, teachers, seniors and other circles. There are high possibilities to get job through networking.

Average Salary: ¥36,00,000 - ¥40,00,000 per year.

Living and Tradition

Culture

Japanese culture has evolved greatly from its origins. Modern Japanese culture and society consist of a diverse mixture of the old and new, the East and West, and the natural and artificial.Traditional Japanese arts include crafts such as ceramics, textiles, swords and dolls, performances of Japanese national dance, and sumo. Other practices like tea ceremony, flower decoration, martial arts, paper art, onsen, pachinko and games

Food

Japanese cuisine encompasses the regional and traditional foods of Japan. Japanese cuisine, particularly sushi, has become popular throughout the world. The traditional cuisine of Japan washoku is based on rice with miso soup, fish, pickled and vegetables. Seafood is common, often grilled, but also served raw as sashimi or in sushi. Apart from rice, staples include noodles, such as soba and udon. They mostly prefer boiled and raw food and using chopstick for having meal.

Safety

Japan is the one of the safest country in the world even a child can visit at midnight without any huddles. This indicates in what extent the Japan is safe and systematic. Japan is known as earthquake country. So the school will provide you orientation session with useful information about traffic rules and advice to you what to do and what not to do during the earthquake and tsunami.

Health:

Health insurance coverage is mandatory in Japan. School will provide you health and insurance card which determine the how much and what health facilities you would get in hospital.

Welfare

Japanese institutions put their full effort to create good learning environment for the international students. The Partial and full tuition fee waivers are granted to high-achieving students. Scholarships are available to students based on kanji area (china, Korea, Taiwan) and non Kanji area (other countries). Non kanji area is given high priorities. These scholarships are provided both by the universities and by public and private organizations. Some scholarships provide a monthly living allowance either in the first year or paying fees in later years.

Transportation

Japan has an efficient public transportation network, especially within metropolitan areas and between the large cities. Japanese public transportation is famous for on time service, its superb service, and the large crowds of people using it. You have many options like bullet train, train, subways, bus, car and taxies for the transportation and you could choose on which you feel more comfort and convenient. Trains services are available even at midnight.

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