FAQ | Study in Japan

FAQ

What are the admission requirements for undergraduate programmes at universities, junior colleges and professional training colleges?

  • STPM, A-Levels, UEC, IBD, Diploma or equivalent qualifications
  • Those who are at least 18 years old
  • Received 12 years of school education, and have completed secondary education
  • Complete at least a year of “University Preparatory Course” at one of the designated Japanese language institutes, if you completed secondary education with SPM or O-Level qualification.
  • Proficiency in Japanese / English (for undergraduate courses which are offered in English)

What are the admission requirements for master's programme at universities?

  • Those who graduated from a four-year university
  • Those who have completed 15 years or 16 years of school education
  • On passing admission qualification examinations for individual graduate school and those who are at least 22 years old
  • Proficiency in Japanese / English (for master’s programme which offered in English)

What are the admission requirements for doctoral programme at universities?

  • Those who have a master’s degree or those who have been conferred degrees that are equal to master’s degrees
  • On passing admission qualification examinations for individual graduate school and those who are at least 24 years old
  • Proficiency in Japanese / English (for doctoral programme which offered in English)

Where do I send my application?

  • Applications are made directly to the higher education institutions in Japan

When do the semesters begin?

  • Most courses begin in April
  • Some begin in September / October

What is the monthly average cost studying (tuition & living expenses) in Japan?

  • JPY 100,000 ~ JPY 120,000 per month (approx. MYR 3,900.00 ~ MYR 4,680.00)
    Including accommodation, food, transportation, health insurance, clothing, etc.
    (JPY 100 = MYR 3.90)

Are scholarships available?

  • Yes. But most scholarships are only available after you enrol in the higher education institution. Please check the “Scholarships” page for more information.

Can I work part-time in Japan?

  • Yes. Upon receiving permission from the school attended and from the nearest Regional Immigration Bureau in Japan.

Are courses offered by Japanese higher education institutions recognised in Malaysia?

  • Please check for the latest information from Sistem Pengiktirafan Kelayakan Perkhidmatan Awam (eSisraf) of MQA
  • Some larger private companies however refer to the JPA recognition list as part of their recruitment policy. Students who wish to seek employment with the public sector as well as with private companies should consult with the appropriate offices, as they may have their own rules about authorising foreign degree recognition, and make decisions accordingly

What type of courses are available in higher education institutions in Japan?

  • There are more than 3,000 majors of study for you to choose for from Japanese universities. Different students have different aptitudes and skills. Different programmes have different learning objectives and cater to different learning needs.
    The basic things to consider when selecting a higher education institution in Japan are: clarify your academic ability, objectives, financial situation and the major fields; your desired profession or direction in the future and the characteristics and features of the schools and department

Can I get a job in Japan after completing my studies in Japan?

  • International students are allowed to change their status of residence for taking an employment in Japan. The following are the main points taken into account by the Immigration Bureau in Japan for issuance of employment visa for working in Japan:
    a) Academic background
    b) The type of job to be engaged in
    c) Remuneration
    d) The actual situation of the employer
  • Japan is hiring more and more talented international students regardless of their nationality.

EJU FAQ

What sort of test is EJU?

  • EJU is used to evaluate the academic Japanese language proficiency and the basic academic abilities of international students who wish to study at the undergraduate level at Japanese universities and other such institutions of higher education in Japan.

What are the objectives of implementing EJU?

  • To enable international students to secure admission to higher education institutions in Japan while they are still in their home country.
  • To simplify the admission procedures into the higher education institutions in Japan.
  • To attract more outstanding international students to further their tertiary education in Japan.
  • To evaluate the academic Japanese language proficiency and the basic academic abilities of international students who want to study at Japanese universities at the undergraduate level as well as in other institutions of higher education.

Where is EJU held outside of Japan?

  • EJU is conducted twice annually (in general the 3rd Sunday of June and November) in Japan and 18 cities in 14 countries and religions. Potential international students could sit for EJU outside of Japan at the following countries:
  1. India (New Delhi)
  2. Indonesia (Jakarta and Surabaya)
  3. Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
  4. Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar)
  5. Myanmar (Yangon)
  6. Philippines (Manila)
  7. Republic of Korea (Seoul and Busan)
  8. Russia (Vladivostok)
  9. Singapore
  10. Taiwan (Taipei)
  11. Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai)
  12. Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City)
  13. Sri Lanka (Colombo)
  14. Hong Kong

What are the examination subjects in EJU?

  1. Japanese as a Foreign Language
  2. Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology)
  3. Japan and the World
  4. Mathematics (Course 1, Course 2)
  • Examinees who sit for the Science subject must select two among Physics, Chemistry and Biology, and those who sit for the Mathematics subject must select to answer either “Course 1” or “Course 2”. The selections would be made only at the examination site.

What is "Japan and the World"?

  • The questions in Japan and the World are on topics studied in civics (mainly politics and economics), geography and history course of Japanese high school. It serves to evaluate examinees’ basic academic skills in liberal arts, particularly thinking and logical abilities, necessary for studying at Japanese universities. Please refer to JASSO Japan website for further information:  (www.jasso.go.jp/en/eju/examinee/syllabus/index.html)

What subjects should I take in EJU?

  • Applicants need to take the subjects in the language required by respective universities and higher education institutions in Japan which they wish to apply for. It is important to check with the institutions in Japan on what subjects you should sit in EJU before applying for the test. The Science subject and Japan and the World subject are conducted concurrently. It is not possible to take both subjects at the same time.

Is EJU only available in Japanese language?

  • EJU may be taken in Japanese or English, except for the Japanese as a Foreign Language subject, which is only available in Japanese. You need to select the examination language in accordance with the requirements of universities which you wish to enter. Be sure to check with universities on what language you can take EJU in before EJU application.

Do I need to state the names of universities which I wish to apply to in the EJU application form?

  • No.

Is it necessary to take EJU in order to get into higher education institutions in Japan?

  • Each higher education institution in Japan is free to decide whether to use EJU for screening of international students or not. Check whether the universities of your choice require you to sit for EJU. If taking EJU is necessary, check the examination subjects and language required by the universities.

Will I be disqualified from admission to a Japanese higher education institution if I fail to pass in EJU ?

  • Unlike JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test), EJU is not graded in terms of “PASS” or “FAIL”. Performance is simply evaluated as a score and universities in Japan will determine the level of the Japanese language skills and basic academic abilities of international students who are being screened for admission.

Can I take this test as many times as possible?

  • Yes, you may take the test as many times as you like. However, only one result of EJU would be used by universities or other higher education institution when you apply for admission. Upon request from the Japanese universities or other higher education institution in Japan, JASSO will provide the EJU scores of an examinee.

What are the differences between "Japanese as a Foreign Language" subject in EJU and JLPT?

  • The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is used to evaluate the general aptitude in Japanese, focusing on linguistic knowledge such as characters, vocabulary and grammar. In contrast, “Japanese as a Foreign Language” in EJU is designed to measure the Japanese skills needed to study at Japanese universities and other schools, and therefore emphasizes academic Japanese skills over linguistic knowledge. “Japanese as a Foreign Language” does not include questions on characters, vocabulary or grammar, but is instead composed of reading comprehension, listening, listening-reading comprehension and a writing section.

What is the answering method of EJU?

  • Multiple choice and written answers for “Japanese as a Foreign Language” and only multiple choice for other basic academic subjects.