Student Guide FAQs

Student Guide FAQs

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)

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.