3. Entrance examination
4. Courses taught in English
5. Auditors, Credit-earning students,
6. Universitiy transfers
7. Short-term study programs
8. Conditions for graduating
/ Completing courses
9. International recognition
of degrees obtained in Japan
Short-term study programs
majority of short-term study programs in Japan are less than one
year. Students coming to Japan for short-term study are mostly on
exchange programs based on student-exchange agreements, but there
are individual students who come to Japan for specific purposes.
The contents of the short-term study programs are various.
1. Undergraduate departments
2. Graduate courses
2. Language of instruction:
1. Japanese only
2. English only
3. Japanese and English
2. Research subjects on Japan
3 .Humanities and social studies subjects
4. Natural science subjects
5. Science and engineering subjects
(Some universities have established special classes for short-term
international students while others accept them in regular courses
offered in faculties and departments. The status of students is
diverse, such as exchange student, auditor or credit-earning student.)
(1) Exchange programs
Recently Japanese universities are increasingly
establishing short-term study programs (exchange programs) to enable
international students to study in Japan for one semester or one
year with the purpose of earning credits while maintaining student
status of their university back home. Students who wish to join
such programs must apply through their universities at home. Inquiries
concerning application procedures, costs and other details should
be made to the relevant office of your university.
In the case of international students coming to Japan
to study on the basis of a student-exchange agreement between universities
or similar accord, the "JASSO Short Term Student Exchange Promotion
Program" scholarships are available. JASSO provides round-trip
travel expenses, scholarships and other assistance to international
students. Application for this program has to be made through a
university in a student's home country.
(2) Other short-term studies
In the case of a short-term study program that
is not an exchange agreement between universities, or research students
or auditors, etc., inquiries should be made to the school of one's
choice after obtaining the list of universities from JASSO's web
site (http://www.jasso.or.jp) as well as Chapter 18.
It is recommended to confirm with one's home institution
concerning the handling of credits earned.
Only a few students are eligible to receive scholarships
if they are studying in Japan not on the basis of a student-exchange
agreement between universities.