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. Nearly 5 million students study abroad annually, with that number projected to continue increasing. With over 150,000 international students, Japan is one of the most popular destinations for international students.
High educational standards
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 country, and the second highest of any country since 2000.. 49% of Japanese High School graduates enter university. Japan has over 700 universities, with 10 ranked in the top 200 worldwide..
See the world, develop as a person
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.
Learn Japanese while earning a degree
Studying on one of our international program 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 Tsukuba's English programs, 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 language majors, who may have comparable Japanese levels, but who lack the degree specific skills.
Discover Japan's rich cultural heritage
Japan has been inhabited for thousands of years., and has a long and fascinating history filled with war and intrigue. Discover peaceful temples and shrines, demon museums, and the history of how Japan was unified by the sword. Enjoy summer festivals and year-round traditional ceremonies, in friendly rural villages and dynamic global cities. Tsukuba is less than 2 hours from the historical capital, Kamakura, and an hour from the world class museums in the current capital, Tokyo.
Japan is a safe, peaceful place to study
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).
Martial arts and culture
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, kendo, kyudo, and karate 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.
Improving your employability
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 will 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 graduates. In a recent survey, around half of the major Japanese companies surveyed expressed a desire to hire foreigners graduating from Japanese institutions.
Low tuition fees and generous scholarships
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 $5,500) a year. Furthermore, at Tsukuba the regular entrance fees and first semester tuition fees have been waived for undergraduate English program students. 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 a travel allowance (first year only). A wide range of other scholarships are available, with some directed towards specific nationalities, women, minorities, or those with high level Japanese proficiency.