There are many good reasons to study in Japan. Some students are
attracted by Japan's high educational standards, while for others the
attraction is Japan's rich cultural heritage. Nowdays, over 3.7
million students study abroad, with that number projected to continue
increasing. The US and UK have been the traditional destination for
the majority of students, although as the world is becoming more globalized
a wider variety of options are available for the adventurous.
The OECD ranks Japanese high school students number one
in the world for maths, and number 2 for scientific literacy.
Japan has the highest number of Nobel prize winners of any Asian
49% of Japanese High School graduates enter university. Japan has
over 700 universities, with 10 universities ranked in the top 200 worldwide (including
Studying abroad gives you an unparalleled opportunity to
live, work and explore a different culture. You will be able to
learn about the people, the culture, the history and language of one of
thew world's most unique cultures. Living overseas will help you
develop as a person, becoming independent and taking responsibility.
It will help you to see things from new perspectives, and appreciate the
differences between cultures, while also seeing the deep similarities
between people. Learning doesn't just happen in the classroom;
meeting people from different cultures and making friends from all over
the world are also important parts of growing up.
Global 30 allows you to learn Japanese all the way throughout
your degree program, while also earning a degree in another subject. Many students
with an interest in Japan feel they have to choose between a degree in Japanese
and another subject. With Global 30 at Tsukuba, you can have the best of both worlds;
learning Japanese while also gaining a degree in another subject. Student who wish to
remain in Japan and work after graduation may enjoy a significant advantage over lanaguage
majors, who may have comparable Japanese levels, but who lack the degree specific skills.
Japan has a long and fascinating history filled war and intrigue. Japan
has been inhabited for thousands of years. Discover peaceful temples and shrines, demon museums,
and the history of how Japan was unified by the sword. Tsukuba is less than 45 minutes from
the historical capital, Kamakura, and an hour from the world class museums
in the current capital, Tokyo.
Japan is one of the safest countries in the world. Violent crime is
rare, with Japan ranking last in the number of victims of crime per capita (nationmaster.com).
Japan regularly turns up on lists of the safest places to visit in the
world. Japan also has one of the world's most advanced healthcare
systems, reflected in this high life expectancy. Members of the
National Health Insurance scheme pay only 30% of their healthcare costs,
with a trip to the doctor or dentist often costing only a few hundred
yen (few dollars).
For those wishing to learn Japanese, or take part in a Japanese
martial art, the University offers obvious benefits. The University has sent over 60
athletes to the Olympic games, and we have numerous Olympic medalists and world champions
on staff. Judo players have the opportunity to train in one of the world's foremost university
clubs, while high level instruction is readily available.
Students wishing to learn taiko drumming, shamisen, Japanese calligraphy or the tea ceremony
are equally well catered for.
Study abroad is an impressive part of any resume.
Employers value the skills you learn as an international student.
As well as the personal growth you will undergo studying in Tsukuba,
interacting with your professors, classmates, tutors and friends, will
help improve your international awareness and employment opportunities.
Internationally aware employees are in strong demand, and many companies
actively recruit students with overseas learning experience - especially
if they are able to speak a second language. If you choose to
return home after graduation, you can be confident that your experience
in Tsukuba wil help you appeal to high-quality employers, particularly
those involved in international business.
For this wishing to remain
in Japan, there is a strong job market for highly qualified graduated.
Many major companies have publicly stated their desire to hire
foreigners graduating from Japanese institutions.
Tuition fees are comparatively cheap in Japan.
While an "in state" student in the US may spend $10,000 a year or more
on tuition, with "out of state" and international fees being several
times higher, tuition fees at Japanese public universities are a mere
535,800 yen (approx $6,500) a year. Furthermore, at Tsukuba the
regular entrance fees and first year tuition fees have been waived.
Partial and full tuition fees waivers are even possible for high
achieving students from poorer backgrounds.
Furthermore, a wide range
of scholarships are available, both from the university, and from public
and private organizations. A limited number of Tsukuba
scholarships are available, paying a monthly living allowance, and
either a travel allowance in first year or paying fees in later years.
A wide range of other scholarships are available, with some directed
towards specific nationalities, women, minorities, or those with high
level Japanese proficiency.