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3. Entrance examination
To enter a Japanese university, a student must pass that university's entrance examination.

A large number of universities are adopting a special process for selecting international students, but in most cases they require applicants to sit for an examination in Japan. Approximately 70 faculties accept applications directly from outside Japan, 30 universities carry out entrance examinations in some areas outside Japan and 20 universities grant permission to enter based on documentation screening only. However, only a few universities are practicing it. Many universities base their selection decisions on the "Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)" as explained in (1) below.
  For information about each university's examination date, examination subjects and treatment of results in the above-mentioned examinations, either request it from the university of your choice or see the "Shihi Gaikokujin Ryugakusei no tame no Daigaku Nyugaku Annai (Guide to University Entrance for Privately Financed International Students)," published in Japanese language every August by JASSO. (Refer to Chapter 16)

(1) Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)
    The EJU is a new examination introduced in 2002 by JASSO, and is considered as a part of the entrance examination for international students who wish to study at universities or other higher educational institutions in Japan. This examination is conducted in Japan twice annually in June and November, and is scheduled to be held in about 11 cities outside Japan mainly in the Asian region.
  The examination subjects are "Japanese as a Foreign Language," "Science (choice of two subjects from physics, chemistry and biology)," "Japan and the World" and "Mathematics (choice of Course 1 or Course 2)." The exam questions are available in Japanese and English. Applicants will take the examination on the subjects and in the language designated by the respective college or university.
  JASSO will forward the examination results to the college or university to which the student makes an application, on the request of that institution.
  Examinations in 2003 are scheduled on Sunday, June 15, and Sunday, November 16. Guidelines for the 2003 Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students are on Chapter 14.
  Some of the universities consider the "Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)" result and grades at senior high school without having students to sit for the university's entrance examination*. Therefore, if you apply to such a university, you could receive permission to enter that university without leaving your home country and prior to arriving to Japan. For the list of such universities, refer to list of schools that offer admission before arriving Japan.
*Examination to select privately financed international students.

(2) Japanese Language Proficiency Test
    The Japanese Language Proficiency Test, which evaluates and certifies non-natives' proficiency in the Japanese language, is organized by JASSO in Hokkaido, Miyagi, Tochigi, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Toyama, Nagano, Shizuoka, Aichi, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Hiroshima, Kagawa, Fukuoka, Oita and Okinawa, and by the Japan Foundation in 89 cities in 38 countries and territories around the world.
  In 2003, the examination will be held on Sunday, December 7.
  The results of the examination as part of the criteria to select applicants to be admitted to Japanese universities and other higher educational institutions has been discontinued as of the end of 2001. From 2002, in principle, the Japanese as a Foreign Language in "Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)" has been replaced.
  However, some universities do require this examination in selecting applicants for master's courses and doctor's courses.

(3) Examination of the National Center for University Entrance
    Japanese students who wish to enter a national or local public university and some private universities are required to take the Examination of the National Center for University Entrance. Most universities exempt international students from this examination, but some universities, mainly medicine, dentistry and education departments, may require international students to comply.

(4) University examinations
    Universities organize their entrance examinations by combining various kinds of examinations such as
1) document screening,
2) university-set scholastic ability tests,
3) interviews,
4) essays, and
5) competence and aptitude tests, etc.
Some applicants may have to take some of the examinations listed above. For further details of the examinations, please inquire as early as possible with the universities whose entrance examinations you wish to take.

Application deadlines, procedures, application period and application documents differ by university and department, so you will have to check directly with the university you wish to attend for specific details. The earliest deadlines are in August of the previous year. When applying from overseas, bear in mind the time needed for postal mail delivery so that you can meet the deadline.

The Information Center maintains a list of institutes that give entrance permission before arriving in Japan. Inquire to the center for further information.

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