Higher studies in Japan


Nowadays Indian students are exploring various new destinations for higher studies. Their choices are no longer confined to the universities of the USA or the UK. Japan offers wonderful opportunities for Indian students to study those subjects in which Japan is known all over the world. Are you ready to take the challenge? Are you confident to learn Japanese language? The present article provides useful information for students who want to pursue higher education in Japan.

Even today, the USA and the UK are the two most-favoured destinations of higher studies in respect of Indian students. However, with the passage of time and availability of information, the students from India are going to various other countries for higher studies. Canada, Australia and counties from Eastern Europe are now attracting fair number of Indian students every year. However, still now, very few Indian students opt to study in Japan although Japan is one of the world leaders in various fields like electronics, mechanical and automobile engineering, finance and management. Japanese society is a beautiful admixture of modernity and tradition. In the present article, various aspects of higher study in Japan are discussed for the benefit of Indian students.

Higher studies in Japan

Why study in Japan

  1. Japan is extremely advanced in subjects like electronics, mechanical & automobile engineering, optical fibre technology, finance and management. Indian students must avail the opportunities to study these subjects in Japan.
  2. Japan Government encourages international students and has set a target of having 3,00,000 international students by 2020.
  3. Japanese universities hire special staff and foreign faculty members to support international students.
  4. Japanese universities have increasing number of exchange programmes with universities of other countries.
  5. Japanese universities also allow foreign students to start courses in September instead of April, when academic year in Japan starts.
  6. Increasing number of courses is being initiated in English.
  7. There are around 780 universities in Japan. Out of these universities, Kyoto University, University of Tokyo and Osaka University rank among the top universities of the world.
  8. Japan Government is aware of the high living cost of Japan compared to other countries. So, many scholarships at different levels are being offered for international students.
  9. Japan is an admixture of modernity and tradition. International students can enrich their lives by the aesthetic sense of Japanese culture like origami, calligraphy, bonsai and various other aspects.
  10. International students in Japan will get the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the country and understand the religious philosophy of Shinto-ism, Confucianism and Buddhism.


Scholarships offered

The Japanese Government offers following seven types of scholarship for Indian students-
  • For research studies: PhD/Masters level. Time to apply: April-May.
  • For Under-Graduate students: Bachelors degree. Time to apply: April-June.
  • For technology students: Associate degree. Time to apply-April-June.
  • Japanese Training College: Certificate. Time to apply: April-June.
  • Japanese studies: Certificate. Time to apply: January-February.
  • Young Leaders programme: Masters degree. Time to apply: August-October.
  • Teachers' training: Certificate. Time to apply: January-March.

For clarification regarding scholarships, interested students may contact Japan Information Centre, Embassy of Japan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. It may be noted that no application fee is charged for applying for Japan Government's scholarships.

Requirements to apply

A student needs to have a valid passport to study in Japan. He/She must contact the Japanese Embassy or Consulate at least six months before leaving for Japan to have documentation in order. A student requires to go to Japan on student visa. If he/she decides to work after completion of study, a work visa is required. Working during study allows a student to collect Japanese Yen.

Best universities of Japan

Kyoto University is the top university of Japan. It ranks within the top 50 universities in the world in 17 subjects. University of Tokyo is considered the second-best university. It ranks among the top 100 global universities in 29 subjects. Osaka University ranks 58th in the latest QS World University ranking, close behind the University of Tokyo.

Cost of living in Japan

Cost of living in Japan is very high. For the convenience of Indian students, the cost of some of the items is mentioned in INR. The current conversion rate is 0.595 INR=1 JPY.
  • Basic lunch= INR 624
  • 1 litre of whole fat milk= INR 127
  • 1 kg. of tomatoes= INR 426
  • 1kg. of potatoes= INR 234
  • 500 gram of boneless chicken= INR 290
  • Bread for two people for 1 day= INR 155
  • Monthly rent of furnished studio in normal area= INR 77296
  • Internet 8 MB for one month= INR 2015
  • Laundry detergent =INR 647
  • One pair of jeans =INR 5944
  • One pair of business shoes = INR 7526
  • Monthly ticket-public transport= INR 7128


Climate of Japan

Japan is a country surrounded by oceans. It consists of four major islands (Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu) and 6852 total islands. Its closest neighbours are Taiwan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia. Most parts of the country has four distinct seasons-Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. The average yearly temperature of Tokyo is 16.3 degree Celsius, that of Hokkaido is 8.9 degree Celsius and of Okinawa is 23.1 degree Celsius. The average annual rainfall of Japan is 1668 mm. Japan has 108 active volcanoes and is extremely earthquake-prone. In addition, August to October is the peak typhoon session in Japan.

If a student is confident to manage Japanese language and is determined to cope up with the demanding level of devotion towards study, he/she can avail any one of the scholarships being offered by the Government of Japan and study in one of the best universities of the world in Japan.


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