of December 9, 2003 The Examination for Japanese University
Admission for International Students (EJU) is used to evaluate whether
international students who wish to study at the undergraduate level
at universities or other such higher educational institutions in
Japan possess the Japanese language skills and the basic academic
abilities needed to study at those institutions.
EJU takes the place of both the Japanese Language Proficiency Test
and the General Examination for Foreign Students (no longer administered
as of December 2001), which many universities (undergraduate level)
and other higher educational institutions in Japan previously required
international students to take for admission. Starting in 2002,
EJU will be administered twice a year (June and November) in Japan
and other countries and regions. For a list of examination sites,
see "Examination sites."
EJU includes the following subject tests: Japanese as a Foreign
Language, Science (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology), Japan and the
World, and Mathematics. Applicants select which subject tests to
take based on the requirements of the Japanese university they wish
to enter. The examination is available in Japanese or English, and
applicants may specify, at the time of application, the examination
language they wish to take (the Japanese as a Foreign Language test
is administered in Japanese only).
To find out which Japanese universities consider EJU scores in their
admission process for international students, see "List of
Schools using EJU." This list also gives the subject test and
examination language requirements of each university.
Note that there are some universities that base their selection
of international students mainly upon EJU scores. They do not require
international students to take the entrance examination that they
each administer, and instead offer admission based on EJU scores,
high school grades, and other such criteria. Under this system,
international students can be accepted for admission to the university
of their choice without having to travel to Japan. To find out which
universities offer entrance permission before arriving in Japan
based on EJU scores, see "List of Schools Offering Pre-arrival
Admission." This list also gives the subject test and examination
language requirements of each university.
Examinees who achieve a superior score on EJU are eligible to receive
Government Honors Scholarships for Privately Financed International
Students(offered by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports,
Science and Technology) after enrolling in a Japanese university.
Those who wish to be considered for this scholarship must indicate
this intention on their EJU application.