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First Steps Toward Study in Japan
1. Higher educational institutions in Japan
Higher education in Japan begins after the completion of 12 years of schooling:
6 years at elementary school, 3 years at lower secondary school and 3 years at upper secondary school. There are five types of higher educational institutions that international students can enter, and they can be divided according to their administration into national, local public and private.

The academic year in higher educational institutions in Japan begins in April and ends in March of the following year. Many classes last either the first semester (April through September) or the second semester (October through March). Vacations vary according to universities and departments, but they usually offer three vacations in a year: summer from late July through early September, winter from late December through early January and spring from February through March.

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